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!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Portland

After the Flames: The Science Behind the Eagle Creek Fire Response​

We all watched in horror as our beloved Columbia Gorge burned last year. Within days of firefighters gaining control of the Eagle Creek Fire​ ​in mid-September 2017, scientists and specialists were quickly dispatched to investigate the extent of the damage. Members of​ ​a U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team explored the​ ​impacted… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Portland

The Criminal Brain: The Neuroscience of Psychopathy

Why do some people live lawful lives, while others gravitate toward repeated criminal behavior? Do people choose to be moral or immoral, or is morality simply a genetically inherited function of the brain? Research suggests that psychopathy as a biological condition explained by defective neural circuits that mediate empathy, but what does that mean when… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, May 3, 2018, in Portland

Music and the Aging Brain: A Discussion and Concert

Our brains undergo numerous changes that affect memory, motor, and sensory functions as we age. Many of these changes are amplified in diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Could music limit the effects of aging and neurodegenerative diseases? Join Dr. Larry Sherman, a musician and Professor of Neuroscience at the Oregon Health &… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Portland

Autism, Neuroeducation, and Inclusion in Complex Society

The awareness of autism has exploded in our cultural consciousness in the past decade, and more and more individuals are being identified on the autism spectrum. But what exactly is autism, and why is it sometimes challenging for people on the spectrum to get along in the “regular” world? How does a person with an… GET DETAILS

Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Portland

Cause and Effect: Racism, Poverty, and Public Health

The lives of many Americans are shaped by living with long-term trauma brought on by discrimination and poverty. Chronic exposure to adverse life events such as racism or racialization, gender-based prejudice, fewer opportunities for education and employment, high rates of incarceration, and systemic inequity have tangible health effects on both individuals and communities. Although uniquely… GET DETAILS

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Portland

Unnatural Selection: Animal Evolution at the Hand of Man

When Charles Darwin contemplated how best to introduce his controversial new theory of evolution to the general public, he chose to compare it with the selective breeding of domesticated animals. In her new book, Unnatural Selection, marking the 150th anniversary year of Darwin’s great work on domesticated animals Variation under Domestication, author and illustrator Katrina… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in Portland

Inventive Connections: Movie Stars, Math, & Marine Mammals

Movie stars are adored by the public, but often just for their looks and talents on the silver screen. Actress Hedy Lamarr was once known as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” but was also an inventor. She and a colleague designed radio-skipping technology to help the US Navy guide torpedoes more effectively during… GET DETAILS