Oregon State University; Oregon State University - Cascades; OSU-Cascades; Heceta Bank; Marine Science; Science Pub
Mar 10, 2020

At Oregon State University - Cascades' upcoming Science Pub, OSU marine scientists will host a screening of “Heceta Bank: Oregon’s Hidden Wonder,” a new, short documentary that depicts how a submerged rocky bank 35 miles off the Oregon coast has surprising and beneficial impacts on our state’s coastal environments.

Science Pub will take place on Tuesday, March 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the theater at McMenamins Old St. Francis in Bend.

Heceta Bank, located offshore near Florence, is a hotspot for biological productivity along Oregon’s coast due to its position and the influence of northern coastal currents occurring in the summers.

The 30-minute documentary was produced by Oregon State Productions. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Jack Barth, executive director of the OSU Marine Studies Initiative and a professor in the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Bill Pearcy, an emeritus professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Paul Engelmeyer, sanctuary manager for the Audubon Society of Portland
  • Ann Peterson, a senior instructor of biology at OSU-Cascades

Panelists will also be joined by David Baker, director of Oregon State Productions.

Networking and food and beverage service begin at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. Science Pubs are free to community members, but reservations are required. Space is limited to 100 guests.

Registration must occur by 5 p.m. the day prior to each Science Pub at osucascades.edu/sciencepubs.

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 35 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.