CalendarScience-related events in the Pacific Northwest
Events in July 2018
Pollinator PowerHigh Desert Museum59800 S Hwy 97Bend, OR 97702
Join us in celebrating National Pollinator Week! Learn more about the vital role pollinators play in sustaining our native plants and food system and what you can do to support them.
Free with Museum admission
Quack Chats Pub Talk: Of fish and humans: How their basic brain development and behavior could help treat autism
Quack Chats Pub Talk: Of fish and humans: How their basic brain development and behavior could help treat autismDowntown Athletic Club, Ax Billy GrillThird Floor999 Willamette St.Eugene, OR
University of Oregon biologist and brain scientist Phil Washbourne studies how synapses form in zebrafish. In his Quack Chats pub talk, he will describe his latest research and detail how it potentially could guide new treatments for brain defects that underlie problems in social interaction, including autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia.Vancouver Science on Tap: After the Flames: The Science Behind the Eagle Creek Fire Response
Vancouver Science on Tap: After the Flames: The Science Behind the Eagle Creek Fire ResponseKiggins Theatre1011 Main StreetVancouver, WA
Doors open at 6:00pm.
Cost: $9.00* advance tickets,
$10.00** suggested cover at the door.
We all watched in horror as our beloved Columbia Gorge burned last year. Within days of firefighters gaining control of the Eagle Creek Fire in mid-September 2017, scientists and specialists were quickly dispatched to investigate the extent of the damage. Members of a U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team explored the impacted area to assess potential threats to human health and safety, concerns for damage to property, and potential impairment to natural or cultural resources, including the likelihood of future hazards like flooding and landslides. Steven Sobieszczyk joined that team as a BAER trainee. At this Science on Tap, hear his story about the results of those working on the science behind the Eagle Creek Fire response.
Steve is a Hydrologist at U.S Geological Survey. He has degrees in landslide engineering geology and geographic information systems (GIS). He began his career with a brief stint at NASA before moving out west to model landslide and seismic hazards in northern California. Steve eventually settled in Portland, OR, in 2002 and has been studying watersheds in Oregon ever since. His interests focus on all things dirt, including landslides, water quality, and stream ecosystems. In addition to doing science, Steve is an advocate for science communication, mentors STEM students, and doodles Pokemon on his kids’ lunch napkins.
This is a repeat of the talk given at the Alberta Rose Theatre on April 18, 2018.
Science Pub Eugene: Oregon Bees
Science Pub Eugene: Oregon BeesWhirled Pies199 W 8th AveEugene, OR
Knowing Oregon's Bees: An Exploration of an Overlooked Fauna
With August Jackson, Interpretation Program Coordinator at Mount Pisgah Arbor
Doors open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
From wilderness areas to urban backyards, bees are always underfoot yet often unseen. With approximately 500 species, Oregon isn't exactly a hot-spot for bee diversity. In fact, Oregon has only about one third as many species as California, but Oregon's bees play a crucial and often invisible role in the pollination of our expansive native flora, and an even less appreciated role in the productivity of our home gardens and industrial farms. Despite their importance, relatively little is currently known about which species live here, where they live, and how they make their living. A lack of baseline data presents challenges for assessing the health of Oregon's bees, and a lack of public awareness inhibits successful intervention on behalf of declining species.
In this talk, August Jackson will present a vividly illustrated exploration of the diversity of Oregon's bee species, their varied life histories, and examples of their relationships with our native flora and beloved local foods. Getting to know our native bees is the first step to seeing them everywhere you go, and to appreciating the vital role they play in our ecosystem.
August Jackson works as Interpretation Coordinator at Mount Pisgah Arboretum, helping to develop the Arboretum's interpretive exhibits and adult educational programming. He has been studying and photographing bees and other pollinating insects in the region for over five years, and his photographs have appeared in a number of publications. August regularly teaches classes and delivers talks on pollination ecology and bee identification around the state. Most recently, he is assisting with the Oregon Bee Project in teaching basic bee taxonomy to volunteers conducting a statewide census of Oregon's bee species.Science Pub Portland: Neurology of Sleep
Science Pub Portland: Neurology of SleepMcMenamins Mission Theatre1624 NW GlisanPortland, OR
Waking Up to the Power of Sleep and Dreams
With Kim Hutchison, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets available online or at the OMSI front desk until midnight the day prior to the event.
Like it or not, sleep is an innate biological rhythm essential to human survival. However, despite thousands of years of study, sleep remains one of the great-unsolved questions of the life sciences. Why do we spend nearly one-third of our lives in a semi-conscious state? And what happens when we don’t get enough? Similar to diet and exercise, a good night’s sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle.
In this talk, neurologist and sleep medicine specialist, Kim Hutchison, MD, will discuss what occurs in our brains when we slip into this daily unconscious state and what happens when we don’t get enough. She will discuss the theories on why we sleep and how different stages of sleep are required for optimal function. Lastly, Dr. Hutchison will explore REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, or dreaming sleep, and the meaning behind this subconscious dumping ground where fears, desires, and emotions create vivid and often illogical narratives. You are likely to leave with a few tips on how to improve your own sleep as well!
Kim Hutchison, MD, is an associate professor of neurology and sleep medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Dr. Hutchison earned her M.D. from the University of Kansas and completed her internship and her residency in Neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed a fellowship in sleep disorders medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, where she spent 5 years seeing patients and studying the effects of sleep deprivation on the brain using functional imaging (fMRI). Kim moved to Portland in 2011 where she joined the faculty at OHSU and combines clinical practice with teaching and exploring her research interests. Named one of “Portland’s Top Docs” for 2014, Dr. Hutchison is the medical director for two sleep laboratories, including one on the Pacific island of Saipan, where she maintains a remote neurology and sleep medicine practice. She is active in the frontiers of neurology including telemedicine, e-consults, innovations in sleep medicine treatment, and merging hospital systems. Outside of medicine, Kim spends most of her time parenting two teens while sneaking in a few hikes with her dog and mindfulness trainings. “Do good and enjoy what you do” is her motto.
SJN West Coast Regional Gathering
SJN West Coast Regional GatheringEcotrust Alder Room721 NW 9th Ave #200Portland, OR
Last year, the Solutions Journalism Network hosted its first summit in Sundance, Utah and it was nothing short of magical. As we gear up for the summit this year, we're also organizing a series of regional gatherings to discuss issues of common interest, place by place. If you're working in journalism on the West Coast or are a member of one of our SJN communities in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, or the San Francisco Bay Area, you don't want to miss this opportunity to come together in Portland, Oregon with other reporters, editors, producers, and media entrepreneurs interested in how people are responding to social problems.
Like our summit, this regional gathering will take the "all teach and all learn" approach. If you're able to join us, we want you to help us shape the agenda, by filling out this short survey. Tell us what you’re an expert in, what support you’re looking for, and how we can help. From your answers, we'll design an agenda to serve everyone present, highlighting the expertise of the whole room.Robot Film Festival
Robot Film FestivalMcMenamins Mission Theatre1624 NW GlisanPortland, OR
Marilyn Monrobot Presents:
ROBOT FILM FESTIVAL
The Robot Film Festival (RFF) is an annual celebration of robots on screen and in performance. The event features screenings of invited films and juried selections from open- call submissions, live performances by robot entertainers, and a red-carpet awards ceremony.
The eighth annual Robot Film Festival is themed VINTAGE ARCADE REVIVAL. What would the robots of today look like through the lens of 1980's technoptimists? Enter a technological storytelling time machine, and see the modern world through their eyes.
4pm Short Film Screenings
6pm Cocktail Party
8pm Botskers Award Cememony
Over the course of the festivities, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Pearl District; savor delicious locally-made food and beverages, appreciate robotic demonstrations and art exhibits, and discuss the richly varied and thematically curated screening sessions robotfilmfestival.com
History: RFF was founded in New York City in 2011 with the mission of spreading positive storytelling about robotics. Since then, the Festival has expanded its influence with events in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. The event is produced by an interdisciplinary team of roboticists, filmmakers, and storytellers. Through these traveling screenings and its online video archives, RFF nurtures a community of creatives and engineers who explore, document, and invent the imaginative world of robotics.
All ages welcome. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets are non-transferable. Will Call name changes are not permitted.
"Print at Home" Method of Delivery is suggested to avoid potentially long Will Call lines at the Box Office Day Of Show. Print at home tickets can be physically printed out or displayed on your phone to be scanned at the door.
Portland Science on Tap: Yes, I’m Really A Doctor: How Equity Eludes Women in Medicine in Science
Portland Science on Tap: Yes, I’m Really A Doctor: How Equity Eludes Women in Medicine in ScienceAlberta Rose Theatre3000 NE Alberta StPortland, OR
Doors open at 6:00pm.
Cost: $15* general admission,
$8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only)
Buy Tickets Online or at the Alberta Rose box office
What kind of person comes to mind when you hear the word “doctor?” If you’re given a choice in a medical emergency, would you trust the female physician as much as the male?
Studies show that many people — from patients and their families to administrators and other medical staff — show an implicit bias against female physicians and scientists, often judging them as less experienced or trustworthy. Esther Choo, MD MPH, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at OHSU and Founder of Equity Quotient is a nationally recognized expert in gender bias in medicine. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Choo will discuss some of the underlying reasons behind the inequities, limitations to solutions proposed to date, and next steps to creating and sustaining diverse and productive healthcare teams.Science Pub Portland: Geometry of Music
Science Pub Portland: Geometry of MusicEmpirical Theater at OMSI1945 SE Water AvePortland, OR
Strings & Spheres: The Geometry of Music
With Steven A. Bleiler, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Portland State University
Doors Open @ 5PM | **Please note: OMSI's restaurant, Theory will not be open.**
$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets available online or at the OMSI front desk until 11:59pm the day prior to the event.
“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, and music in the spacing of the spheres” - Pythagoras
For over two millennia now, when faced with this very famous statement from the father of nearly all Western mathematics, people have asked what really is this “geometry of humming strings”? This talk explores how modern computational software capabilities grant us new ways of visualizing geometrical and hearing musical landscapes. This happy trick is performed via the elimination of various arithmetical and computational barriers that have previously stymied those untrained in musical theory or mathematical and arithmetical techniques from fully appreciating Pythagoras’ remarkable observation.
Herein, we will take both a historical and a research perspective and show how one can use the free educational program GeoGebra, among others, to explore both the construction and geometric visualization of scales and harmony. Our exploration will also demonstrate the virtual construction of keyboard instruments that make use of a wide variety of scales and geometric arrangements of keys. These constructions include simple reconstructions of the famous (and now no longer manufactured) Tonal Plexus and Harry Partch's Just Intoned Diamond Marimba.
Tonight’s presentation will include joint work of the presenter with Portland State Math and Stat graduate students Ewan Kummel and Mike Wells; and will not assume a familiarity with musical theory, mathematical knowledge beyond elementary arithmetic, or programming expertise. All the GeoGebra applets referred to and demonstrated in the presentation are available free on the web for user use and modification in their own explorations of musical and mathematical landscapes. We look forward to hearing of your progress!
Steve is a lifelong mathematician and musician with broad scientific and musical interests. He received the Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon in 1981. His many published scientific works include results concerning knots and links, the geometry and topology of low dimensional spaces, the mathematical theory of computation, information, and games in both the classical and quantum environments, the direct calculation of uncertainty in mathematical and financial modeling, and the applications of mathematics to musical theory. He has received teaching honors from Portland State University and the Mathematical Association of America, and regularly delivers presentations om mathematics and the theory of games to service organizations, community colleges and high schools. In 2003, he was ranked among the world’s top 300 no limit Texas hold’em players and was the first expositor on how on-line poker will change when played with quantum computers communicating over a quantum internet. When not matheing, Steve performs musically around the state, both as a soloist and as a member of various groups, on a variety of left handed musical instruments, including a personally flipped left handed piano. He serves as host for one of Portland long running old-time music jams and can be found out and about jamming with others.
Coast Fork Science Pub: Trash Talk: Waste Management and Recycling
Coast Fork Science Pub: Trash Talk: Waste Management and RecyclingAxe & Fiddle657 E. Main StreetCottage Grove, OR 97424
Trash Talk: Waste Management and Recycling presented by Kelly Bell, Lane County Master Recycler Program Coordinator, will be the focus of the July 2018 Science Pub. In recent months local recycling rules have changed due to global influences. In this presentation, Ms. Bell will provide clear recycling instructions for Lane County areas which have slightly different recycling regimes and explain the facts of why recycling has changed for us.
The CFWWC hosts a family-friendly monthly public meeting series called the Coast Fork Science Pub on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 5-7pm at the Axe & Fiddle, 657 E. Main Street in Cottage Grove. The event begins with informal socializing, trivia, and updates about the watershed and watershed council during the first hour. The Science Pub presentation begins at 6pm. CFWWC receives 10% of all sales from the evening between 5-7:30pm.
The event is free to the public, with a $5 donation suggested. For further information, visit Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/247718262447347/) or www.coastfork.org.Nuclear Energy-In Space!
Nuclear Energy-In Space!Naked City Brewery & Taphouse8564 Greenwood Ave. N.Seattle, WA
Exploring beyond low Earth orbit requires reliable robust power. Nuclear technology can provide power for both life support and propulsion systems, allowing us to explore beyond where we have been able to go before.
Join us for beer and discussion with Chris Morrison, Ph.D. and Astro-Nuclear Engineer for UltraSafe Nuclear Corporation as he explains the use of Nuclear energy in space, and how his work can also help with energy on Earth.
Share your Science workshop
Share your Science workshopNaked City Brewery8564 Greenwood Ave N.Seattle, WA
NSWA is partnering with The People’s Science to put on an interactive workshop and write-a-thon for effectively communicating science to the public. They’ll be coming to Seattle later this month as a part of their national tour, and we’re looking for both scientists and communicators to get involved!
If you’re a scientist or researcher, sign up to be a participant. You’ll learn how to better translate your research for a lay audience and get hands-on guidance from coaches to refine your writing.
If you’re a writer, editor, PIO, or other communicator, sign up to be a coach. You’ll polish your science communication skills in a special training session and then guide participants through the process.
The festivities will be held at Naked City Brewery, so there will be no shortage of food, drinks, or fun to be had! Just make sure to get your name on the list by Friday, July 20th. Space is limited; first-come first-served. Find out more at shareyourscience.org/seattle
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Volunteer training (coaches only)
- 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Check-in for participants
- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Workshop and Write-a-thon
- 5 p.m.: Networking
Portland Science on Tap - Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything
Portland Science on Tap - Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About EverythingAlberta Rose Theatre3000 NE Alberta StPortland, OR
Doors open at 6 pm.
Cost: $15* general admission,
$8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only)
Buy Tickets Online or at the Alberta Rose box office
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, from the London laboratory where the concept of hormones was identified to a basement filled with jarred brains to a canine sex lab. We meet leading scientists who made life-changing discoveries about the hormone imbalances that ail us, as well as charlatans who used those discoveries to peddle false remedies. Along the way, Epstein examines the functions of hormones such as leptin, oxytocin, estrogen, and testosterone, demystifying the science of endocrinology.
A fascinating exploration of the history and science of one of medicine’s most important discoveries, Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything reveals how hormones can both push us to the edge and reel us back. Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., the author of Get Me Out is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a lecturer at Yale University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Psychology Today blog, among other publications.
Aroused will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Broadway Books.
Please note: NSWA provides these event details as a courtesy to science-related organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Please confirm event details with the sponsoring organization before attending.