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, July 31, 2018, in Portland

Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything

Metabolism, behavior, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing, puberty, and sex: these are just a few of the things our bodies control with hormones. Armed with a healthy dose of wit and curiosity, Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a journey through the unusual history of these potent chemicals and their discovery… 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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, in Portland

Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World

Few of us have any conception of the enormous timescales in our planet’s long history, and this narrow perspective underlies many of the environmental problems we are creating for ourselves. The passage of nine days, which is how long a drop of water typically stays in Earth’s atmosphere, is something we can easily grasp. But… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in Portland

Cascadia Earthquakes: Reality, Risks, and Improving Resilience

The Pacific Northwest is due for a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and a magnitude 9 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami would likely produce an unprecedented catastrophe much larger than any disaster the state of Oregon has ever faced. Oregon’s resilience to earthquakes is low, thus, preparing for a catastrophic disaster to become more… GET DETAILS

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, in Portland

Real-Life Monsters: Psychopathy and the Neuroscience of Morality

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