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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!

Upcoming events (4+)

Making Memories: Using Neuroscience to Enhance Teaching and Learning

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Back by popular demand!

DATE: August 25th, 2022
LOCATION: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. Vancouver, WA
TIME: Doors at 6pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7pm.
TICKETS: Get tickets

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
(This event is in person at Kiggins Theatre – not livestreamed this time around.)

How does your brain learn best? As the field of neuroscience uncovers the neural mechanisms of perception and learning, can we begin to bring these findings into the classroom to help improve how students learn?

Back by popular demand, this hilarious Science on Tap will discuss the brain’s learning networks, emotional connections and how the visual and motor pathways influence what we process. Join us as Dr. Mark Pitzer demonstrates of how each brain circuit can be recruited by instructors to improve teaching/learning in and out of the classroom and how neuroscience can make learning truly memorable.

Mark Pitzer, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist at the University of Portland. For the last 25 years he has worked to better understand diseases of the brain. Mark is also an award-winning teacher that uses the findings from the fields of learning and neuroscience to invoke enduring enthusiasm, curiosity and deep learning in his college students.

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How’d They Film That? Behind-the-Scenes of Science Communication at OPB

DATE: 9/1/22, Thursday
TIME: (in person:) Doors at 6pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7pm. (online:) 7pm
TICKETS: Get tickets

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

This event will be IN PERSON at the Alberta Rose Theatre and also ONLINE ($15)

Scientists often work for decades to unlock the mysteries of our world and make our lives better. But when you’re trying to explain that amazing work to a wider audience, you’re lucky to have about 10 minutes (unless you’re Science on Tap, of course). At this very special Science on Tap, a behind-the-scenes look at how the folks behind the new OPB show “All Science. No Fiction.” communicate science. How do they pull off all the different things they do on camera to try to get you as excited about science in the Pacific Northwest as they are?

All Science. No Fiction.“ uses whimsy, curiosity and fun to place a spotlight on PNW scientists and the work and they’re doing. These stories are about new marvels of technology, cutting edge solutions and inventions and grand ideas that pass the HCTC (Holy Crap That’s Cool!) test.

Jes Burns and Brandon Swanson are the production team behind “All Science. No Fiction.” Jes is a science reporter and producer for OPB’s Science & Environment unit. Brandon is a videographer and editor, working on OPB shows like Oregon Field Guide. They’ve worked in some places, won some awards, and really dig scientists and making videos about their work.

COVID POLICY
Vaccine cards required and checked at entry. Masks are recommended (and subject to be required following any County mandate changes).

Lava, Mudflows and Ash: Volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest

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DATE: September 21th, 2022
LOCATION: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. Vancouver, WA
TIME: Doors at 6pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7pm.
TICKETS: Get tickets

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
(This event is in person at Kiggins Theatre – not livestreamed this time around.)

The Cascades Range is home to many volcanoes, but how active and dangerous are they? What are the greatest hazards from volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest, who monitors them, and how?

At this Science on Tap, Jon Major explores volcanic processes associated with volcanic eruptions and their aftermath, provides insights on the greatest threats posed by the Cascades volcanoes, and reveals how our regional volcanoes are monitored and why. The great 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens fundamentally changed how scientists viewed volcanic eruptions. The four decades since have seen significant advancements in our understanding of volcanic histories, processes, hazards, monitoring capabilities, and the role that scientists have in communicating with governmental agencies and the public.

Jon Major is the Scientist-in-Charge at the US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington. He has worked at volcanoes in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, El Salvador, Chile, and the Philippines. He has been working at Mount St. Helens since 1981, and has been with the Cascades Volcano Observatory since 1983.

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A Silent Fire: The Story of Inflammation, Diet, and Disease

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DATE: Wednesday, 10/12/22
TIME: 7pm
TO REGISTER: Sign up with GiveLively here*
* THEN register on Zoom with the link provided in the confirmation email.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
A riveting investigation of inflammation—the hidden force at the heart of modern disease—and how we can prevent, treat, or even reverse it.
Inflammation is the body’s ancestral response to injury and foreign pathogens. But as the threats we face have evolved, new science is uncovering how inflammation may also turn against us, simmering underneath the surface of leading killers from heart disease and cancer to depression, aging, and mysterious autoimmune conditions.

In A Silent Fire, gastroenterologist Shilpa Ravella investigates hidden inflammation’s emerging role as a common root of modern disease — and how we can control it. With fascinating case studies, Ravella reveals how we can reform our relationships with food and our microbiomes to benefit our own health and the planet’s.

Shilpa Ravella is a transplant gastroenterologist with expertise in nutrition and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Slate, among others.

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Written questions during the event are welcome!
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  2. YouTube live: go to our channel at 7pm on Thursday (refresh until you see the video post)

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