Science Pubs in Central Oregon


A collaboration between OSU-Cascades and OSU's main campus in Corvallis brings you some of OSU’s leading researchers. Delve into their fascinating worlds in casual Science Pubs held monthly 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.
Science Pubs offer a full menu and no-host bar.

Science Pubs are free, but their popularity demands that we require reservations no later than 5:00 p.m. the day prior to each lecture.

To make a reservation, click on the RSVP online form listed below the Science Pub lecture you wish to attend. Online reservations will be available starting six weeks prior to each Science Pub. If you need to cancel your reservation, please email us so that we can accommodate others. Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-322-3100.

2014-2015 Science Pubs

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 now 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


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