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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+)

The Science of Adult Attachment: Understanding our Patterns in Relationships

COST: $15-45
TIME: Doors at 6pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7pm.
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We all have an attachment style that impacts how we behave and feel in 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 how each attachment style develops and the behaviors associated with them so participants can walk away with ideas to make their relationships more secure and satisfying.

Leah Haas (she/her) works in mental health as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in sexuality and gender at Inner Awareness Therapy. She works in youth sexual health for the State of Oregon and is a co-founder of Beyond the Talk which provides sex education to adults. In her free time, Leah loves backpacking, music, and hanging out with her dog Leto.

COVID Policy:
Verbal vaccine confirmation required; masks encouraged.

The event will be recorded and available to watch online later on our Patreon page.

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Neuroscience of Pleasure: How Your Brain Responds to Music, Love, and Chocolate

Patricia Reser Center for the Arts


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What happens in the brain when we fall in love or when love goes awry? Does chocolate activate the same brain chemistry as someone we can’t stop thinking about?

At this special Valentine’s Day event, Dr. Larry Sherman, neuroscientist at OHSU, and singer/songwriter/pianist Naomi LaViolette, along with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, answer these and other questions about pleasure and love. Learn how neurochemical changes can have major effects on our behaviors—how we love, what we love, and who we love.

It's a multi-media concert and lecture mixing music (ranging from Puccini to Sondheim), humor, and neuroscience in an unforgettable evening!

Note: this event is located at:
The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
12625 SW Crescent Street, Beaverton, OR 97005

COST: $40 General Admission (+$4 fees)
$35 Senior (+$4 fees)
$15 Student (+$4 fees)

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How Do Scientists See Black Holes?

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TIME: 7pm
COST: (see below)

If light can’t escape from black holes, how do we know where they are and what they’re doing?

Black holes get their name because their gravity is so strong that not even light can escape, so they look black to us. However, we still know where lots of them are. Scientists can find and study black holes from the effects they have on the space environment around them. In this talk, astronomer Dr. Abbie Stevens tells us about the ways of finding black holes and learning more about their extreme physics.

Dr. Abbie Stevens is an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow. She studies black holes and neutron stars, and is involved in X-ray space telescopes, science advising on creative projects, open-source software development, astronomy data science, science literacy education, and mental health initiatives in academia.

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Written questions during the event are welcome!

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Free, with a $5 -15 suggested donation
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The Mystique of Terroir: Geology and Wine

Alberta Rose Theatre


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Definition: the environmental conditions, especially soil and climate, in which grapes are grown and that give a wine its unique flavor and aroma.

The Willamette Valley has a certain je ne sais quoi, no? What special quality of the region’s terroir yields such exceptional wines? How do the soil, climate, and conditions lend themselves to lovely Pinot Noirs, but not Cabernets or Merlots? How does the region’s geologic past affect where and how to grow grapes? How do Washington and Oregon compare to other wine-growing regions in the United States and other countries around the world?

Join us as Dr. Scott Burns, professor of geology and past chair of the Department of Geology at PSU, and wine enthusiast, tells us about all this and more about what makes a vineyard successful.

Verbal vaccine confirmation required; masks encouraged.

$45.00 SUPPORTER: Premium seating, pint glass, and good feelings for supporting the program
$35.00 VIP: Premium seating in the front several rows of the center section
$15.00 STUDENT

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