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Past Events

Monday, October 16, 2017, in Portland

Exploring the Deep Sea with Nautilus Live

How do you get people excited about the dark, unexplored corners of our planet — our oceans? For oceanographer Robert Ballard, the answer to this is question simple: bring the mysteries of the deep ocean into the homes and classrooms of millions of people, live.

This summer, three Portland educators, Alfonso Garcia Arriola, Linda Fergusson-Kolmes, and Jenny Woodman, joined Ballard’s Corps of Exploration on board the E/V Nautilus — a 64-meter research vessel outfitted with cutting-edge technology for ocean exploration and education. Using remotely operated and autonomous vehicles in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the corps visited deep sea coral and sponge communities, underwater volcanoes and so much more.

At this Science on Tap, join Alfonso, Linda, and Jenny to learn about seafloor mapping, otherworldly deep sea organisms, science communication, and slice of life at sea!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, in Vancouver

Should Humans Play Football? The Neuroscience of Concussions

We humans have always loved dangerous sports, from ancient chariot racing all the way to today’s football, soccer, and hockey. Despite safety equipment, the sight of a player being checked for a head injury has become increasingly common. Growing evidence indicates that multiple concussions and similar injuries to the head can accelerate certain forms of dementia and lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). What does that mean for both professional athletes and for your kids who play on after school sports teams?

Dr. Larry Sherman is a neuroscientist at OHSU, and his lab has been exploring how the brain responds to certain types of injury and will explore the mechanisms underlying the brain’s responses to injury and possible ways to reverse brain damage. Dr. Sherman has spoken at several earlier events, including on The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love, Every Brain Needs Music, and You and Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice, but at this event he will be talking about his own research.

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Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver


*A note on advance ticket prices: We’ve changed the ticket vendor to one with lower service fees, so while the price of the ticket has increased by $1, the amount you pay remains the same.
**A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door from advance and box office ticket sales. However, we are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn. If the event still has seats available and if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can. Buying a ticket in advance confirms that you will have a seat at the event.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in Portland

A Scientific Approach to Raising an Ideal Dog

Most people raise dogs as if they are mini furry people, but they’re not. Canines are proud members of a different species with very different sensory systems and somewhat different social structure. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Rolan Tripp, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, will talk about understanding how dogs think and why they behave the way they do. He will show how to measure and graph both wanted and unwanted canine personality traits, and will give behavioral science-based suggestions on how to increase mutual trust, respect, and bonding with your dog.

Dr. Tripp holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine as well as academic degrees in Philosophy and Music. He is a past Affiliate Professor of Applied Animal Behavior at two US Veterinary Schools, and certified by the International Assn of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Tripp has published over 40 articles on pet behavior, and given over 100 lectures to veterinary associations. In addition to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, he has presented in England, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Canada, including giving the Keynote Address at an international veterinary meeting. He has appeared on Animal Planet over 20 times as a content expert and is currently Chief Behaviorist for Hannah the Pet Society in Portland, Oregon.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, in Vancouver

The New Adolescent Sexuality: Life, Lust, and Learning

Chances are pretty good that if you’re an adult, you’ve had a question or two about sex in your life…anything from “what kind of contraception should I use?” to “what actually counts as ’sex’?” Maybe you got answers to those questions, maybe not. If you have kids or young people in your life, they DEFINITELY have questions about sex. But some things have changed since you were young, what with social media and sexting and people identifying as having non-binary genders and the like, and it may be confusing and embarrassing to talk to your kids, especially if you don’t have the answers yourself.

At this Science on Tap, Dr. L. Kris Gowen, author of Sexual Decisions: The Ultimate Teen Guide, will talk about what’s new in teen sexuality (for example, did you know that teen pregnancy rates are DOWN?), how to get reliable and trustworthy information about sex, what information is and is not being covered in schools, and how to talk about this subject with the young people in your life. We welcome both adults and teens at this event.

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Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver

Tuesday, Sept 5, 2017, in Portland

The Neuroscience of Pain: The Good, the Very Bad, and the Ugly

Pain is the most important and misunderstood sensory system: you cannot live without it, yet we live every day trying to avoid it. Dr. Morgan cannot cure your pain (he’s not that kind of doctor), but he will explain how your nervous system codes pain, how your brain tries to control it, and how drugs provide relief. And don’t worry… he plans for this talk to be entertaining and pain-free.

Dr. Michael Morgan is a Professor of Psychology at Washington State University Vancouver, and has studied the neural mechanisms of pain modulation for over thirty years. He earned a doctorate in Physiological Psychology from UCLA and conducted post-doctoral research in Neurology at UC San Francisco before joining the faculty at WSU Vancouver, where he has won teaching and research awards.

August 19-21, 2017, in Eastern Oregon

Solar Eclipse Event with Atlas Obscura

Science on Tap will be providing some space science activities at this special eclipse event in Eastern Oregon!

Atlas Obscura invites you to celebrate this rare astronomical event on a gorgeous, secluded farm nestled in Oregon’s Snake River Valley. For more information, click here to visit the event page.

For two days, take part in an all-out festival of wonder featuring celebrated scientists, writers, musicians and explorers, plus an under-the-stars musical performance. At the end of it all, you’ll experience the Total Eclipse itself—two minutes of midday darkness that you may never have the chance to see again.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, in Vancouver

The Sights, Safety, and Science of the Great American Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, the continental United States will experience its first total eclipse since 1979, and its first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918. With over 12 million people in the path of totality and nearly 200 million within a single day’s drive, this may become the most watched eclipse in world history. From what you can expect to see to how to stay safe to the current and historical science that eclipses have brought us, this talk should give you all the information you need for an unforgettable eclipse experience!

Ethan Siegel was born in New York, majored in three different things as an undergrad, and got his Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Yes, you indecisive young people, there is hope. After postdoctoral research focusing on dark matter and cosmic structure formation, he became a physics professor and a professional science communicator. The communication was more fun, so now he writes and speaks full-time, including for Forbes, and NASA. His blog, Starts With A Bang, was voted the #1 science blog on the internet by the Institute of Physics, and, separately, by Real Clear Science. His first book, Beyond The Galaxy, is available today (and yes, he has copies to sign), and his second, Treknology, about the real-life science behind the technologies envisioned by Star Trek, comes out in October.


Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver

Monday, July 17, 2017, in Portland

Microbes and the Human Gut

Back by popular demand! This is a repeat of the talk held at the Clinton Street Theater on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

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 they may influence our behavior, particularly in what and how much we eat. However, disturbances to the gut microbiome, perhaps through antibiotic overuse, have been associated with obesity, asthma, and autism. Understanding how a body’s microbiome is unbalanced or not functioning optimally may help lead to new and unusual treatments such as use of probiotics, prebiotics, and fecal transplants. (Really.)

At this Science on Tap, Dr. Lisa Sardinia, associate professor of biology at Pacific University, will explain what the microbiome is, how it can get out of balance, and how we may be able to restore health by deliberately changing the kinds or numbers of microbes that share our bodies.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Vancouver

Decoding Cats: Secrets of Feline Body Language

Have you ever watched a funny cat video (or your own cat) and wondered, “Why are they doing THAT!??” At this Science on Tap, Dr. Rolan Tripp, veterinarian and animal behaviorist, will start with a basic introduction to feline body language – both between cats and when TRYING to communicate with people. (Once you know what to look for, few things are as entertaining as “Cat Social Politics.”) Then we’ll analyze several internet cat videos, and after giggling, decode the underlying brain-muscle mechanisms of impulse control, reaction thresholds, and the fine line between quirky and crazy.

Dr. Tripp holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine as well as academic degrees in Philosophy and Music. He is an Affiliate Professor of Applied Animal Behavior at two US Veterinary Schools, and certified by the International Assn of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Tripp has published over 40 articles on pet behavior, and given over 100 lectures to veterinary associations. In addition to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, he has presented in England, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Canada, including giving the Keynote Address at an international veterinary meeting. He has appeared on Animal Planet over 20 times as a content expert.

Dr. Tripp has also spoken at several previous Science on Tap events on Inside the Feline Mind, and A Scientific Approach to Raising an Ideal Dog in both Portland and Vancouver.


Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017, in Portland

Evolution Under the Influence: Alcohol and the Coevolution of Humans and Yeast

Have you ever sat down at a bar, ordered a beer, and thought to yourself, “Why do humans even have specific genes for breaking down alcohol?” This is what happens when a guy with a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics from OHSU gets a job working at a brewery. The answer, as it turns out, takes you a long way back in human history; our relationship with yeast (the organism that makes alcohol), predates human evolution. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Kevin McCabe, Lab Supervisor at Full Sail Brewing, will take you through the history of primate alcohol consumption, the importance of yeast to human history, and how early microbiology turned the tables on yeast and gave humans control over our boozy destiny.

This is a repeat of the talk given on March 8, 2017, at the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver.

Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Portland

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, with author Mary Roach!

Much of military science is necessarily preoccupied with the study of violence, the development of strategy, of weapons and armaments, of warfare. But not all the battles of war involve drone technology and Bradley Personnel Vehicle. On a daily basis, soldiers also fight more esoteric battles against less considered adversaries—for example, exhaustion, shock, panic, disease, extreme heat, cataclysmic noise, gastrointestinal distress, and assorted waterfowl.

In Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, America’s favorite science writer, Mary Roach—the author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, Packing for Mars, and Gulp—explores those aspects of war that no one makes movies about—not the killing but the keeping alive. Grunt salutes the scientists and surgeons running along in the wake of combat, lab coats flapping. With her characteristic sense of humor, her indefatigable enthusiasm, and her sharp eye for telling detail, Roach, as always, proves to be the ideal tour guide, whether observing two maggots devour a third on the tip of her index finger, courtesy of George Peck, resident filth fly expert at the Entomology Branch of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; sniffing Stench Soup, a superlative malodorant (i.e., stink bomb) described as “Satan on a throne of rotting onions,” designed to efficiently clear buildings or disperse violent mobs; or attending medic training with the $57,000 Strategic Operations Cut Suit, a “human-worn” patient simulator with skin that actually “bleeds” when pierced. At this Science on Tap, Roach will talk about her book and will introduce us to a range of quirky but essential scientific endeavors.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Vancouver

The Neuroscience of Pain: The Good, the Very Bad, and the Ugly

Pain is the most important and misunderstood sensory system: you cannot live without it, yet we live every day trying to avoid it. Dr. Morgan cannot cure your pain (he’s not that kind of doctor), but he will explain how your nervous system codes pain, how your brain tries to control it, and how drugs provide relief. And don’t worry… he plans for this talk to be entertaining and pain-free.

Dr. Michael Morgan is a Professor of Psychology at Washington State University Vancouver, and has studied the neural mechanisms of pain modulation for over thirty years. He earned a doctorate in Physiological Psychology from UCLA and conducted post-doctoral research in Neurology at UC San Francisco before joining the faculty at WSU Vancouver, where he has won teaching and research awards.
 


Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Portland

Inside the Feline Mind

Back by popular demand! This is a repeat of the sold-out events held at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Tuesday, March 14, and at the Kiggins Theatre on April 12.

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?
  • Why ask for stroking then attack a person for doing it?
  • Why not just use the perfectly good litter box you provide for them?

Come to this entertaining lecture to get an entirely new perspective on the semi-wild animal in your life.

Dr. Tripp holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine as well as academic degrees in Philosophy and Music. He is an Affiliate Professor of Applied Animal Behavior at two US Veterinary Schools, and certified by the International Assn of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Tripp has published over 40 articles on pet behavior, and given over 100 lectures to veterinary associations. In addition to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, he has presented in England, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Canada, including giving the Keynote Address at an international veterinary meeting. He has appeared on Animal Planet over 20 times as a content expert.

Monday, May 22, 2017, in Portland

The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love, at Artists Rep.

This event is in collaboration with the Artists Repertory Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
It is also a repeat of the two sold-out shows held at the Alberta Rose Theatre in February and March, 2017.

Is the brain chemistry behind our love for chocolate equivalent to that which drives infatuation with a new lover, the love of a particular song, or addiction? How does the brain sort out pleasure and discomfort? What drives our decisions to stay with one person for life or go from one lover to another, never settling down? At this Science on Tap, Dr. Larry Sherman, neuroscientist at OHSU, will focus on these and other questions that reveal much about how neurochemical changes can have major effects on our behaviors—how we love, what we love, and who we love.

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017, in Vancouver

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

This is a special bonus Science on Tap event!

Why does the universe have a speed limit? What (or who) is attacking Earth with tiny, super-fast particles? What exactly is Dark Matter? And for that matter… What is matter?

PHD Comics’ Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson are experts at explaining things. In their book, We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe, Cham & Whiteson explore why a vast portion of our universe is still a mystery, and what a lot of smart people are doing to understand it. Armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and highly entertaining and lucid explanations of science, Cham and Whiteson explore some of the biggest holes in our cosmic knowledge. We Have No Idea features over 400 incredible, original illustrations, that illuminate everything from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. It’s the perfect book for anyone who is curious about big, universe-sized questions. At this Science on Tap, they will introduce their new book and will invite us to see the universe as an exciting expanse of mostly uncharted territory that’s still ours to explore.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

This Science on Tap event is co-sponsored by Science Talk NW, an organization dedicated to improving science communication and engagement in the Pacific Northwest. We host regional workshops and an annual conference, helping scientists better connect with diverse audiences to share their work and build a community passionate about making science fun and accessible for everyone.


Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Vancouver

Chicks Dig Science: Girls, Goggles, and Blowing Stuff Up

Picture a scientist. What do you see? Beakers? Check. Lab coats? Check. Wild fuzzy hair? Check. Old white dude? Check. Girl? Not so much. Today, right now, girls are killing it in math and science. They are taking more science credits in high school than boys and earning higher grades. What they aren’t doing is choosing science careers. Why is that? What does science have to say about this persistent gender gap?

Dr. Brandy Todd, AKA Eugene SLUG Queen Professor Doctor Mildred Slugwak Dresselhaus, Director of the Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) has spent the last 10 years researching and implementing engaging, hands-on science with girls. At this Science on Tap Dr. Todd will dive deep into the obstacles girl scientists face, share what parents, teachers, and allies can do to support budding girls scientists, and extoll the virtue of a wicked set of bangs.

 


Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Portland

Every Brain Needs Music: The Neuroscience of Composition, Interpretation, and Performance

Music not only soothes the soul, but it can enhance the brain as well. At this Science on Tap, explore the origins of music, why humans enjoy making and listening to music, and how the brain behaves when we create music. Also, learn how music practice might improve brain development and prevent or limit the effects of aging and brain injury. In this multi-media presentation, Dr. Larry Sherman, an OHSU neuroscientist and accomplished pianist who studies normal brain development and neurodegenerative diseases, will combine musical performance, thought-provoking data, and lively discussion. Dr. Sherman is a Professor and Senior Scientist of Neuroscience at OHSU and President of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Portland

March for Science!

Do you believe that science is important? Are you frustrated about how science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking are under attack?

Join us for a march through downtown Portland to show your support for SCIENCE!

On Saturday, April 22, the March for Science is happening in downtown Portland and around the world, and it’s a chance to show your support for the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.

We’ll update closer to the March date where Science on Tap marchers will be meeting.

Want to help out but can’t attend? Donate to the March for Science!

Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Portland

Sign-Making Party for the March for Science

Do you believe that science is important? Are you frustrated about how science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking are under attack? Do you want to stand up in support of science?

On Saturday, April 22, the March for Science is happening in downtown Portland and around the world, and it’s a chance to show your support for the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.

To prepare for the March, join us on Thursday, April 20, at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub in Portland to make signs to carry at the March! It will be a casual evening with time to meet with other science enthusiasts, make plans for marching on Saturday, and to make clever signs. We will provide poster paper and markers for anyone to use. Even if you’re not joining in the March on Saturday, you’re welcome to come to the sign-making party to help show your support for science and create signs for others to carry.

This is a free event and you can drop by anytime between 6:00-9:00pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Want to help out but can’t attend? Donate to the March for Science!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Vancouver

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?
  • Why ask for stroking then attack a person for doing it?
  • Why not just use the perfectly good litter box you provide for them?

Come to this entertaining lecture to get an entirely new perspective on the semi-wild animal in your life.

Dr. Tripp holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine as well as academic degrees in Philosophy and Music. He is an Affiliate Professor of Applied Animal Behavior at two US Veterinary Schools, and certified by the International Assn of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Tripp has published over 40 articles on pet behavior, and given over 100 lectures to veterinary associations. In addition to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, he has presented in England, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Canada, including giving the Keynote Address at an international veterinary meeting. He has appeared on Animal Planet over 200 times as a content expert.

 


Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver