Tue., May 16, 2023 | 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Matt Orr, Associate Professor, Biology
Join us for a fascinating discussion looking at the connections between science and religion. OSU-Cascades biologist Matt Orr will explain how the Anthropocene, Earth’s present geological epoch, is defined by a decline in environmental ecosystems, as well as by human responses to the decline in the forms of anxiety, guilt, grief and illness.
Orr will share ways in which spiritual practices have evolved in response to other significant crises over time, and examine how contemporary spirituality practices are evolving in response to the environmental crisis. He'll also look at how this evolution may continue and improve both the environmental and human condition.
Tue., April 18, 2023 | 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Join us on a journey to OSU-Cascades’ Water and Energy Technologies where lab director and engineering researcher Bahman Abbasi and his diverse team are working to create novel water purification techniques that can remove salt from water to make it drinkable and salvage valuable minerals from briny waters, such as fracking wastewater. In a world where cleaner water is a precious resource, the WET Lab’s work has attracted more than $5 million in research awards from the U.S. Department of Energy and other sources, gained national attention, and launched a spin-off company, Espiku.
The WET Lab research team’s work was captured in a series of podcasts, produced by the OSU College of Engineering.
Tue., March 21, 2023 | 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Amy Jo Detweiler, Professor of Horticulture, OSU Extension Service
Love to garden, but are challenged by the region's weather? This is a great topic for newcomers to Central Oregon and experienced gardeners. Join us when OSU horticulturist Amy Jo Detweiler discusses the influence of Central Oregon’s climate and lands on growing vegetables and plants locally. She will provide research-based advice on watering, soil, and plant selection and protection that can help you successfully grow plants. In her role with OSU's Extension Service, Detweiler serves Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties and is responsible for teaching and outreach about community and commercial horticulture in the high desert environment. She also leads the Central Oregon Master Gardener program. Detweiler specializes in sustainable landscape practices including water-wise gardening, landscaping that supports the community Firewise USA program and backyard food production.
Tue., February 21, 2023 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Around the globe, destination communities face the same challenge. How can they enjoy economic and cultural benefits of tourism, and support a quality of life for locals? Join Todd Montgomery, director of the Sustainable Tourism Lab at OSU-Cascades when he shares what he has learned through his research (and presented on OPB’s Think Out Loud) about community sentiment towards tourism in communities throughout Pacific Northwest states, -- including in Bend -- Alaska and Hawaii, and in the Northern Marianas Islands.
Kevney Dugan, CEO of Visit Bend, will join the conversation to share his vision a sustainable tourism-community balance that leverages data to drive decisions that balance community and visitor needs.
Founded in 2021, the Sustainable Tourism Lab works with destination communities worldwide in their pursuit of a sustainable path, inclusive of economic, community and environmental perspectives.
Tue., January 17, 2023 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Satoris Howes, Professor of Management, Toomey Faculty Fellow
Narcissists tend to rise quickly within organizations, yet may not be the best individuals for decision-making positions. Join us as Professor Satoris Howes shares her research findings about the flawed decision processes of narcissists. Learn why narcissists tend to discount advice and fail to learn from their mistakes, and what, if anything, we might be able to do about it. Howes is a regular contributor to the fields of management, and industrial and organizational psychology. Her research looks at performance management and feedback, as well as employment selection, occupational health and motivation, and judgment and decision-making.
RESCHEDULED: Wed., October 26, 2022 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Worthy Brewing Brew Pub
Presenter: Matt Shinderman, Co-Director, OSU-Cascades Human and Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability Lab; Senior Instructor, Natural Resources
When used in conservation, restoration and land management, native plants can counter the effects of invasive plants, wildfires, and extreme weather and human-caused events. But native plants are disappearing from the public lands throughout the U.S. West. Learn how Matt Shinderman, co-director of the OSU-Cascades HERS Lab and Rick Martinson, executive director of the Worthy Garden Club, joined forces to propagate native plants and transplant them onto public lands where they will support healthier ecosystems.