Science Pub

Meet some of OSU’s leading researchers. Delve into their fascinating worlds in casual Science Pubs at McMenamins in Bend, and in Sisters and Sunriver. No scientific background required—just bring your curiosity, sense of humor and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!


  • Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • Full menu, no-host bar.
  • Science Pubs are popular and sometimes sell out.  Reservations required no later than 5:00 p.m. the day prior to each lecture.
  • Click RSVP  below the Science Pub you wish to attend. Online reservations available starting six weeks prior to each event. If you need to cancel your reservation, please email us so we can accommodate others.
  • Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-322-3100.


July 15, 2014 • Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center, Sunriver

The Benefits of a Physically Active Lifestyle for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Megan-MacDonaldMegan MacDonald, Assistant Professor, School of Biological & Population Health Science, Exercise & Sports Science Program, Movement Studies in Disability, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University 

Living a physically active lifestyle has many benefits; in addition to the health-related benefits there are social benefits too. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have known social and communication difficulties. Participating in physical activity has the potential for far-reaching social benefits for those with ASD. This talk will focus on how adapted physical activity is one avenue to consider for social skill practice, with a specific focus on children with ASD.

Registration is closed

August 19, 2014 • Father Luke's Room, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend

Genome Sequencing, Bioinformatics and Chlamydia: Decoding a Pathogen of Ill Repute

tim-putman-labTim Putman, OSU-Cascades alumnus, biomedical researcher and Ph.D. candidate, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University

Putman will examine the chlamydiae, one of the most ubiquitous bacterial parasites in the world, with species that infect hosts at every animal level. Unchecked, chlamydia can have worldwide public health implications. In addition to the notorious genital tract infection, chlamydia species are the leading cause of infectious blindness worldwide, threaten koalas with extinction and even occupy a spot on the Center for Disease Control bioterrorism threat list. Come learn how OSU biomedical researchers are combining innovative laboratory science with the cutting-edge technologies of genome sequencing and bioinformatic analysis to understand how these pathogens work.

Registration is closed

September 16, 2014 • Father Luke's Room, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend

Invasion of the American Bullfrog: Why do they like Oregon waters so much?

tiffany-garciaTiffany Sacra Garcia, Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University

Research on invasive species has focused on species that cause human or economic harm.  But what about invaders that don’t directly threaten us—or our pockets? American bullfrogs are almost invisible to humans, but are one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world.  They contribute to the declines of native species, particularly other amphibians, and affect the health of aquatic ecosystems, even here in Oregon.  Explore the invasion of the American bullfrog from Mississippi to Oregon and learn what a diverse team of biologists is discovering about its impact.

Registration is closed

November 18, 2014 • Father Luke's Room, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend

In Hot Water: Investigations Beneath the Earth’s Surface Using Electromagnetic Methods

adam SchultzAdam Schultz, Professor of Geology and Geophysics, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Join researcher Adam Schultz as he takes you underground, in glorious 3D, to show you what the ground beneath your feet looks like through the eyes of an electromagnetic geophysicist.  Schultz and his researchers are engaged in exciting new methods of imaging that are used in geothermal investigations and to deepen our understanding of the evolution of the North American continent. You’ll explore beneath the Cascades mountains, under cornfields in the mid-west, and beneath the Newberry Enhanced Geothermal Systems Project here in Central Oregon.

Registration is closed

December 16, 2014 • Father Luke's Room, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend

Beyond Mexican Food:  Getting to know Latinos in Oregon

Susana Rivera-Mills, Executive Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Oregon demographics are changing rapidly, and Latinos are the fastest growing population in our state. How familiar are you with the language, identity, culture and history of Latinos? Join Rivera-Mills to explore the connection between the Spanish language and the Latino identity, and the history of how Latinos arrived in Oregon.  Using census data and data gathered through sociolinguistic interviews, she'll explain the differences and similarities between Latinos and traditional European groups and provide a profile of Latinos in Oregon. 

Registration is closed.

January 20, 2015 • Father Luke's Room, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend

Ebola and Beyond: Medical and Ethical Considerations


Patrick Iversen, Senior Research Professor, Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences

As deaths from the recent Ebola outbreak mount, health care providers continue to search for effective treatments. OSU senior researcher Patrick Iversen, formerly with Sarepta Therapeutics in Corvallis, led the development of a drug that targets the genetic machinery of the Ebola virus.  Join him to understand the chronology leading up to this latest Ebola outbreak, the resulting and potential economic and social impacts, the challenges to finding treatment, and the global response. Iversen will also discuss available medical treatments and explore how the new drug works and how its approach could signal a new way to treat infectious diseases.

Registration is now closed.

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