• Science Open Mic #2

    Broken Top Bottle Shop

    PLEASE NOTE, WE HAD TO CHANGE THE DATE TO MAR 7TH DUE TO AN ACCIDENTAL SCHEDULING CONFLICT. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT ON THAT DATE It's that time everyone! Get ready for Science Open Mic #2. Our first open mic was a magnificent success so we're doing it again. This time around I'm going to try and limit the total presentation time to an hour and fifteen so we have more time to socialize beforehand. I think I have 2 commitments as of this writing, so I need 2 or 3 more. If we can limit the talks to 13 minutes then I think we can get 5 people in, which would be ideal. Social at 6:00 and presentations start at 6:40. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TALKING THIS TIME AROUND, CONTACT ME ASAP AS WE WILL PROBABLY FILL UP. Give me the title of your talk, a one sentence description and how long you think your talk might be (1 minute to approx 13 minutes, longer if the times add up just right). A video projector is available and in our first round 4 people took advantage of it. What is this you may ask? Well, you've heard of open mics before where someone gets up for 10 minutes or so to share a song, poem, or story. This is no different, but it's all about SCIENCE. You love science, and you want to share your enthusiasm. Great! Perhaps you've just bought a new 4" refractor telescope and you want to tell everyone about it. Super! Perhaps you have been closely watching the new Mars lander and want to share what you've been learning! We're listening! Maybe you visited an interesting science museum in Ireland. We look forward to living vicariously! Maybe you just discovered a scientist from centuries ago that no one has heard of and you think maybe its time they did. Fantastic. Maybe you wrote a poem about science. Why not? Maybe you are just excited about science and want to talk about why you are excited about it. Wonderful! You get the idea. Anything goes as long as it's science. YOU DON'T NEED TO BE AN EXPERT. In fact I suspect that you will most certainly not be. All you need is an interest in something involving science and an interest in sharing it. The audience is guaranteed to be supportive and will cheer you on. Here are the details. You contact me ASAP and let me know you want to talk. You tell me how much time you need (1 minute to 13 minutes max, possibly a little longer), the title of your talk and a one sentence description. The event will take place only if I have at least 4 presenters. An HDMI video projector will be available if you want one so bring your computer. I can also accommodate iPhone/iPad lightning connections. Or, if you prefer, just use cardboard charts. If you don't need anything, just bring yourself. However you want to do it is fine. A mic will be used. Here are the rules: The talk must be related to science. No politics or topics that can be construed as attacks on people or groups. Use good judgement! Science policy topics such as climate change or science in schools for example are fine. Other than that, it's your talk. Use your imagination! Obviously, the success of this event depends heavily on YOU. Maybe you're not sure if you want to present, but you might. I encourage you to give it a shot. If it helps, I know you will be awesome! You will sleep with a smile on your face! You will gain fans and admiration. You may even end up touring the world armed with your newly found passion opening for Neils Degrasse Tyson. The sky is the limit! See you soon, oh, and yes that is St. Vincent in the photo in case you were wondering. Photo by Haags Uitburo on Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

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  • In Love of Oregon's Oceans

    The Belfry

    Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Oregon State University, will be presenting: Oregon's Ocean: Local Legacy and Global Goals What happens when an area of the ocean comes under the protection of an ocean preserve? Are fisheries ruined or enhanced? Is the cost too high? Dr. Grorud-Colvert studies Oregon’s ocean and shares her research internationally to enrich global understanding of marine reserves. If you are as passionate about our Oregon coast and its beautiful waters as I am, this will be a talk you will want to hear. I will be arriving at 6:15 to try and reserve a table for our meetup group. Keep an eye out for the "Astronomy and Beyond" table card. Please arrive early so I don't have to hold the table long as the Belfry will fill up quickly. The lecture starts at 7:00, so we'll have time to chat before the lecture. This presentation is brought to you by Bob Collin's and the team at the Sister's Science Club. There is a $5 admission at the door (teachers and students are free) and there is food and drink available.

  • The Eclipse Up Close and Personal

    Worthy Brewing Company

    An eclipse of the moon is happening and we can view it like you've never seen it before, through the Hopservatory telescope! Grant Tandy, one of our organizers, operates the scope at Worthy and he will be there to answer any questions you may have. The viewing starts at 7:00 but let's grab a table at 6:00 to get some pizza (or other food) and something to drink before heading up toward the sky. I'll be in the entrance lobby a little before 6:00 (or at the bar nearest the door) and we can grab a table from there when everyone arrives. Please don't be late. NOTE: If you just want to do the viewing at 7:00, then DO NOT RSVP. Instead just show up, and either find us at our table or else just go on upstairs to the Hopservatory and meet us up there. Only RSVP if you will be there for a table.

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  • Our First Science Open Mic

    Broken Top Bottle Shop

    THE DATE IS NOW SET IN STONE. I HAD TO CHANGE IT TO THE 8TH DUE TO VENUE AVAILABILITY SO PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGE AND IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT FOR THAT DATE PLEASE UN-RSVP. Our first ever science open mic is happening! I've told many of you about this and the interest has been remarkable, so let's do it! What is this you may ask? Well, you've heard of open mics before where someone gets up for 10 minutes or so to share a song, poem, or story. This is no different, but it's all about SCIENCE. You love science, and you want to share your enthusiasm. Great! Perhaps you've just bought a new 4" refractor telescope and you want to tell everyone about it. Super! Perhaps you have been closely watching the new Mars lander and want to share what you've been learning! We're listening! Maybe you visited an interesting science museum in Ireland. We look forward to living vicariously! Maybe you just discovered a scientist from centuries ago that no one has heard of and you think maybe its time they did. Fantastic. Maybe you wrote a poem about science. Why not? Maybe you are just excited about science and want to talk about why you are excited about it. Wonderful! You get the idea. Anything goes as long as it's science. YOU DON'T NEED TO BE AN EXPERT. In fact I suspect that you will most certainly not be. All you need is an interest in something involving science and an interest in sharing it. The audience is guaranteed to be supportive and will cheer you on. Here are the details. You contact me before the event and let me know you want to talk. You tell me how much time you need (1 minute to 18 minutes max), the dates you can or cannot commit to, and the title of your talk. The event will take place only if I have at least 5 people contact me and commit to present, then a firm date will be set. An HDMI video projector will be available if you want one so bring your computer. I can also accommodate iPhone/iPad lightning connections. Or, if you prefer, just use cardboard charts. If you don't need anything, just bring yourself. However you want to do it is fine. A mic will be used. Here are the rules: The talk must be related to science. No politics or topics that can be construed as attacks on people or groups. Use good judgement! Science policy topics such as climate change or science in schools for example are fine. Other than that, it's your talk. Use your imagination! Obviously, the success of this event depends heavily on YOU. Maybe you're not sure if you want to present, but you might. I encourage you to give it a shot. If it helps, I know you will be awesome! You will sleep with a smile on your face! You will gain fans and admiration. You may even end up touring the world armed with your newly found passion opening for Neils Degrasse Tyson. The sky is the limit! See you soon Photo by TEDxMoncloa on Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

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  • Thinking Like a Tree

    The Belfry

    Hey Fellow Science Lovers! It's time again to hear another great presentation at the Belfry in Sisters. The Sisters Science Club presents "Global Climate Change: A Tree's Perspective", a talk by Dr. Steve Grossnickle. How can reforestation practices cope with a climate that might be significantly changed by the time little trees grow up? Dr. Grossnickle has worked in the plant sciences/forestry field for more than 35 years throughout the United States and Canada, specializing in the ecological and physiological processes related to forest ecosystem restoration. The Sisters Science Club always puts on a great presentation. Doors are at 6:00 and the presentation is at 7:00. Admission at the door is $5. Students and teachers are free. I'll get there a little before 6 to see if I can save a table for the group. Beer, wine, and light food are available. Look for the "Bend Astronomy" table card.

  • Solving the Lost Cosmonauts

    Broken Top Bottle Shop

    In a joint event with the Science and Suds meetup group, fellow Bend Astronomy and Beyond member and creator of the award-winning weekly science podcast Skeptoid, Brian Dunning, will be giving a really neat talk on a little-known snippet from the early days of the Space Race. An urban legend popular with conspiracy theorists asserts that a series of amateur recordings made during the Cold War proved that Soviet cosmonauts died in secret flights that never made it into the history books. In this talk, Brian will dig deeper, and maybe we'll find out what those recordings really were... This will be in the private room at the Broken Top Bottle Shop restaurant and brew pub, located at 1740 NW Pence Ln #1, Bend, OR 97701. Come at 5:30 to order your dinner and drinks if you like; the show will start about 6pm. It's awesome, bring your friends!

  • Pleiades and Pizza

    Worthy Brewing Company

    Grant Tandy, one of our organizers, is giving our group a private showing from 7:30 to 8:00 in the Hopservatory at Worthy Brewing Company before it opens to the public at 8:00. This is a great opportunity, as less people means more viewing time! If you have any particular celestial object that you have wanted to see, Grant will do his best to accommodate your request. We'll also be viewing Mars and Pleiades (Seven Sisters) and possibly Andromeda if it's not too low in the sky. Let's grab a table and get some pizza (or other food) and something to drink before heading up toward the sky. I'll be in the entrance lobby at 6:30 and we can grab a table from there when everyone arrives. Please don't be late.

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  • Exoplanets and Beyond

    Worthy Brewing Company

    I'm looking forward to this very exciting event and I hope you can join me. The doors open at 6:30 and the lecture is at 7:00 and ends at 8. I highly recommend getting there no later than 6:30 as it will most likely fill up quickly. Also if anyone would like to hang out a little for a beer before the doors open I can be there at 6:00. Message me or leave a comment below if you want to join me. The easiest way to find me would probably be at the main bar so let me know and we can meet there at 6. So here is the description from the Worthy Garden web site: "The Worthy Garden Club is proud to present the third chapter of our on-going series of Cosmic Chats with Dr. Scott Fisher, UO Physics Professor and Director of Pine Mountain Observatory. In this two-pronged public-level presentation Dr. Fisher will talk about the biggest and most exciting astronomical discovery of our generation, exoplanets. In the last 15 years or so we've discovered over 3500 planets orbiting stars that are not the Sun. Even more amazing, astronomers now think that every star in the sky has - on average - one planets orbiting around it. This has completely changed our place in the Universe, Dr. Fisher will tell us how and why it is such a big deal. In the second part of the hour long talk, Dr. Fisher will open up the floor to the audience for an always rousing game of "Stump the Astronomer!" So come prepared with your space and astronomy related questions ready and let's have a fun and interactive evening with one of our favorite local astronomers"

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  • 400 Member Meet and Greet

    Immersion Brewing

    Hey fellow astronomers and science lovers! Well it seems we just broke the 400 member mark and you know what that means. It's time to catch up with old members and meet new ones. We did this for the 350 member mark and had a blast! So we'll do it again at the same place. Immersion is a comfortable place with a friendly staff and great food and it so happens that Tuesdays are now Taco Night with cheap tacos. Happy hour until 6:00. NEWCOMERS, WELCOME! If this is your first meetup with the Astronomy and beyond group, great! We all look forward to meeting you. We are a fun group of ordinary folk who just happen to love to look at the stars and dream about the wonders of nature. You will feel right at home. OLDTIMERS, IT WILL BE NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN! It's been awhile since we've gotten together and I look forward to seeing you again and catching up on what you've been up to. PLEASE NOTE: If you sign up but can't make it, please be kind and UN-RSVP. PLEASE DON'T BE A NO-SHOW! See you soon! Photo by VISITFLANDERS on Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

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  • What Wolves can tell us about the World's Health

    Worthy Brewing Company

    What Wolves can tell us about the World's Health: How the Yellowstone Experiment Led to the Second Warning to Humanity: Presented by Dr. Bill Ripple, Oregon State University Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 @ 7 pm Free Event // Worthy Brewing’s Hop Mahal Dr. Bill Ripple is a distinguished professor of ecology in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University where he serves as the Director of the “Global Trophic Cascades Program”. His latest research involves studying the conservation of megafauna (large carnivores and large herbivores) around the world. To continue with the global environmental concerns of the scientists’ warning, he has recently formed the “Alliance of World Scientists” which includes more than 14,000 scientists from many different countries. Dr. Ripple will present his work on how the far-reaching impacts of wolves are affecting the ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park. Ripple will illustrate how he transitioned from Yellowstone to other national parks in western North America and beyond to demonstrate both the benefits of large mammals and the costs of their demise. He will disclose how his conservation research and general concern about the global environment and climate change led to him writing the letter “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.” As a health check-up for planet Earth, this letter has reached millions of people and is one of the most widely discussed and endorsed scientific articles of recent times. **We expect this to be a packed event, plan on coming early!**

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