It's in The Bag: Lunchtime Lectures


OSU-Cascades' free lunchtime lecture series showcases the range of research and scholarship underway by our faculty. The series invites you to bring a brown bag lunch and get an in-depth look at faculty research projects and understand how they relate to your world. Lectures take place throughout the academic year on Wednesdays once a month unless otherwise noted.

No RSVP is necessary.

Important! Attendees must stop at the reception desk in Cascades Hall to pick up a parking pass prior to the lecture.

Time: 12noon - 1:00 p.m.
Cascades Hall, Rm. 117-118
For information contact or 541-322-3100.

It's in the Bag Lectures, 2014-2015

November 5

Genes Matter: From Olympians to Grasshoppers and Grasslands

Matt Orrmatt-orr, Assistant Professor, Biology

Genetics play a significant role in physical performance and ability.  In this presentation, Orr will explore the role of genetics in animal performance, from a grasshopper under natural selection at high elevations, a runner selected at an Olympic trial, or a Central Oregon bunchgrass selected by a restoration ecologist.


December 3

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Jeff Gautschi, Instructor, Organic Chemistry





February 4

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Brianne Kothari, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences





March 4

Sensing the White Dragon: How Computing Helps Avalanche Forecasters

marc-rubinMarc Rubin, Instructor, Computer Science

Snow avalanches in the U.S. cause thousands of hours of road closures and kill about 30 people each year.  Being able to accurately predict where and when an avalanche will occur could help save time, money and lives.  For avalanche forecasters, knowing when and where avalanches happen is an integral part of predicting future avalanche events. Join Rubin to explore his research around two aspects of near real-time avalanche detection; low-cost wireless hardware to sense avalanches and machine learning workflows that can automatically detect the avalanches.

May 6

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Susan McMahon, Assistant Professor, Accountancy






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