Better Learning With Beer!

The Clinton Street Theater

Portland, Oregon

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, in Portland

What Doesn’t Kill You… How Early Experiences Shape You, Your Health, and Your Kids

This is a repeat of the talk held at the Kiggins Theater in Vancouver on October 12, 2016. Your experiences in early childhood are not just the beginning of your life story, rather, they set the tone for how you will respond to life events for years to come. Childhood experiences that are consistently stressful… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, in Portland

Memory and the Neuroscience of Addiction

Back by popular demand! This is a repeat of our sold out event held at the Clinton Street Theater on Tuesday, 9/6/16. Starting from a very young age, humans are driven to seek out novel sensations and rewarding experiences; the brain is wired this way. During adolescence, some seek out drugs of abuse because they… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, in Portland

More Than Hard Rock: Metals in Your Life

When one talks about metal and life, most people might immediately think of Metallica, or maybe about the dangers of lead in drinking water. But Dr. Kelly Chacón, professor of chemistry at Reed College, wants to tell you about the other amazing roles that all kinds of metals play: in our bodies, in ecology, and… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in Portland

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Take a look up at the stars on a clear night and you get a sense that the universe is vast and untouchable, full of mysteries beyond comprehension. But did you know that the key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos is as close as the nearest toaster? Our home here on Earth is… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Portland

Inside the Feline Mind

Have you ever wondered what goes inside your cat's furry little brain? Let Dr. Rolan Tripp, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, take you on a guided tour through the feline mind, from genetics to geriatrics. Learn answers to questions like: Why do cats hiss? Why bring me a dead mouse? Why head-butt people as affection… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Portland

Microbes and the Human Gut: Do These Bacteria Make Me Look Fat?

The human body has trillions of cells, but only about 1/10th of those cells are actually human. The rest are microbes that live in and on our bodies, and collectively they’re called the “human microbiome,” and we couldn’t survive without them. They make vitamins for us, help us digest food, and battle disease-causing microbes, and… GET DETAILS