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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!

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Fire-Bending: Coffee Roasting and its Effect on the Bean

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7:00pm. Meet inside the theater at 6:30 p.m. to talk with your fellow group members for a bit before the show starts. Look for the Meetup sign. Location: Kiggins Theatre, (http://kigginstheatre.com/) 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash. Cost: $9 online advance tickets*, $10 at the door**, $5 student This is an all-ages event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-on-tap-fire-bending-coffee-roasting-and-its-effect-on-the-bean-tickets-57049715234 Please Note: RSVP-ing "yes" to these events does not automatically get you in the door. You must either purchase tickets in advance (ticket details above), or if we have not sold out, you may buy tickets at the door. Food & Drink: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn, and snacks available. Event Description: The flames roaring, the ever-changing smells, the rhythmic sounds of the movement of the beans within the metal dragon. Inside, coffee beans are loosing water content, amino acids are catalyzing reactions with monosaccharides, oligosaccharides are undergoing caramelization, organic acids are breaking down while others are forming from the breakdown of these carbohydrates while developing pressures that can exceed 300 psi. At the end of the day, 300 volatile aromatics are transformed into over 1000. This craft, so often pictured in the artisanal idyllic is blending of science, art, and craft: bending fire to transform raw coffee into roasted beans. In this session, Rob Hoos (https://hoos.coffee/), author and Director of Coffee at Nossa Familia, will introduce us to the world of coffee roasting, as well as dive into some of the science that underpins and guides the profession of a coffee roaster. Looking at the process from start to finish, we will come to understand the basic design, chemistry, and thermodynamics of the process as well as dive into current research on the manipulation of flavor development during coffee roasting. Event Website https://viaproductions.org/events/kiggins_jun_12_coffee/ _________ 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! _________ Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver (http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/). _________ *A note on advance ticket prices: there is a fee per advance ticket, but buying a ticket in advance confirms that you will have a seat at the event.

The Science of Adult Attachment: Understanding our Patterns in Relationships

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7:00pm. Meet inside the theater at 6:30pm to talk with your fellow group members for a bit before the show starts. Look for the Meetup sign. Location: Alberta Rose Theatre (http://www.albertarosetheatre.com), 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR Cost: - $15* general admission - $8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only) Buy Online ( https://www.albertarosetheatre.com/tickets.html?Page=https://public.ticketbiscuit.com/AlbertaRoseTheatre/Events/373692) or at the Alberta Rose box office Please Note: RSVP-ing "yes" to these events does not automatically get you in the door. You MUST either purchase tickets in advance (ticket details above), or if we have not sold out, you may buy tickets at the door. Food & Drink: Full Bar, hand pies, pizza rolls, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available. Event Description: We all have an attachment style that impacts how we behave and feel in romantic relationships. Though attachment styles are formed during childhood, awareness of our attachment style and tendencies can support the development of a healthy relationship through adulthood. At this Science on Tap, Leah Haas, a mental health provider and sex educator, will discuss the origins of each attachment style and the behaviors associated with them so participants can walk away with ideas to make their romantic relationship more secure and satisfying. Leah Haas (https://innerawarenesstherapy.com/about) has a Master of Social Work (MSW) and is a Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA), providing mental health therapy on sexuality and gender related topics. She is also a sex educator for the State of Oregon and co-founder of Beyond the Talk (http://beyondthetalk.net/), an organization that supports sexual health for adults. Event Website https://viaproductions.org/events/alberta_june_18_attach/ _________ *A note on the ticket price: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, and this theater is larger and more expensive than our previous venues. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if the ticket price is a hardship for you, please contact [masked] for reduced-price tickets.

Living in Earthquake Country: What Can the PNW Learn from Recent Quakes

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7:00pm. Meet inside the theater at 6:30 p.m. to talk with your fellow group members for a bit before the show starts. Look for the Meetup sign. Location: Kiggins Theatre, (http://kigginstheatre.com/) 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash. Cost: $9 online advance tickets*, $10 at the door**, $5 student This is an all-ages event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-on-tap-living-in-earthquake-country-what-can-the-pnw-learn-tickets-52969788062 Please Note: RSVP-ing "yes" to these events does not automatically get you in the door. You must either purchase tickets in advance (ticket details above), or if we have not sold out, you may buy tickets at the door. Food & Drink: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn, and snacks available. Event Description: 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 pacific northwest, or the nation, has ever faced. Vancouver isn’t ready, and significant preparation is needed to safeguard communities, businesses, and people. There are lessons to be learned from several recent earthquakes around the world including Chile, Japan, New Zealand, and Mexico. At this Science on Tap, Allison Pyrch, a local geotechnical engineer, will discuss SW Washington’s earthquake setting, what similar quakes can tell us about what to expect from a Cascadia earthquake, and how the Pacific Northwest is preparing for “the really big one. Allison Pyrch https://salusresilience.com/about-our-team/ is a geotechnical engineer whose experience includes site specific seismic design for buildings, roads, bridges, dock and port structures, large embankments, slopes and landslides, and water and wastewater infrastructure. Recognized as American Society of Civil Engineer’s https://www.asce.org/ 2018 Oregon/SW Washington Engineer of the Year, she has travelled to Chile, Japan, and Mexico after their recent subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis to study the effects on lifelines. Allison was also featured prominently in the awards-winning OPB documentary Unprepared https://www.opb.org/news/series/unprepared/ as well as the Al Jazeera program TechKnow. https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/techknow/ Event Website https://viaproductions.org/events/kiggins_july_10_earthquakes/ _________ 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! _________ Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver (http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/). _________ *A note on advance ticket prices: there is a fee per advance ticket, but buying a ticket in advance confirms that you will have a seat at the event.

As the Crow Flies: Corvid Behavior, Play, and Funerals

Alberta Rose Theater

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7:00pm. Meet inside the theater at 6:30pm to talk with your fellow group members for a bit before the show starts. Look for the Meetup sign. Location: Alberta Rose Theatre (http://www.albertarosetheatre.com), 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR Cost: - $15* general admission - $8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only) Buy Online (SOON!) or at the Alberta Rose box office https://www.albertarosetheatre.com/tickets.html?Page=https://public.ticketbiscuit.com/AlbertaRoseTheatre/Events/370804 Please Note: RSVP-ing "yes" to these events does not automatically get you in the door. You MUST either purchase tickets in advance (ticket details above), or if we have not sold out, you may buy tickets at the door. Food & Drink: Full Bar, hand pies, pizza rolls, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available. Event Description: Crows are everywhere: they are found on nearly every continent and thrive in human dominated environments. They have influenced art and literature throughout history, and whether they inspire love or hate, they have certainly impacted the hearts and minds of the humans who share their space. Because crows are so common, it may be easy to overlook the fact that they are very intelligent and have complex behaviors and social structures, including play, tool use, communal roosting, and being able to recognize specific humans. Kaeli Swift, PhD, studies crows and other corvids (ravens, jays, and magpies), and will introduce and explain to us the world of these fascinating birds, including, of course, crow funerals. You can find Dr. Swift (https://corvidresearch.blog) on Twitter and Instagram @corvidresearch where she talks about crows, corvids, and other wildlife and plays a weekly game called #CrowOrNo to help people learn how to correctly ID and distinguish different kinds of corvids. Event Website https://viaproductions.org/events/alberta_jul_16_crows/ _________ *A note on the ticket price: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, and this theater is larger and more expensive than our previous venues. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if the ticket price is a hardship for you, please contact [masked] for reduced-price tickets.

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