OMSI on the Rocks

From the OMSI event site:


On the Rocks: Science, Hard Science. Chemistry becomes cocktails as we shake up everything you know about mixed drinks – and geology!


7-8pm VIP Hour

8-11pm General Admission

Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.


OMSI After Dark + On the Rocks VIP Admission: $60. Includes one hour of tasting prior to general admission, souvenir shot glass...

Brain communication

Doors Open at 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation

With over 6,000 different spoken languages around the world, speech is one of our defining features as humans. But for 6 - 8 million Americans with a language impairment, daily life is more challenging.  The first steps towards helping individuals with language impairments is to understand how the brain processes complex sounds. Auditory neuroscientists Dr. Christine Portfors and Elena Mahrt use mice and bats as model organisms to study how normal and diseased brains interpret communication sounds. Their work can inform...


An apple a day. Upset the apple cart. As American as apple pie. Apples are so common in society that they serve as a cultural touchstone for dozens of expressions. However, what do we really know about them? Until very recently, most of the apple varieties grown in the U.S. and the world have been derived from apple seedlings planted in North America by European settlers between the 17th and 19th centuries, and we typically see only a small fraction of the 100 or so varieties grown commercially. However, apples have been around for millennia and there are currently around 7,500 known...


Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are all over the news these days, and it’s hard to separate the fact from the fiction. Some people would have you believe that they are dangerous for humans, while others insist that they’re perfectly safe and are the best way to cure world hunger. How do you know what’s true? At this Science on Tap, Steven Sylvester, PhD, toxicologist and associate professor in the school of molecular biosciences at WSU Vancouver, will give a historical...

Science on Tap Brain Music

Music not only soothes the soul, but it can enhance the brain as well. At this special Friday night Science on Tap, explore the origins of music, why humans enjoy making and listening to music, and how the brain behaves when we create music. Also, learn how music practice might improve brain development and prevent or limit the effects of aging and brain injury. In this multi-media presentation, Dr. Larry Sherman, an OHSU neuroscientist and...

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Join FOL for their annual spring used book sale. You will find thousands of well selected and organized used books, cds, dvds, lps, audio books, and more! Some of our book categories include: childrens books, science fiction, fantasy, horror, literature, gardening, mystery, math, science, vintage books, and more! Prices start at only $2! 


Fri. April 29th: 6-9p.m. - Members Only NIght, join at the door!

Sat. April 30th: 9-3p.m. - Last day for Collector's Corner. 

Sun. May 1st: 11-5p.m - Literary Trivia from 1-2:30p.m.

Mon. May 2nd: 9-3p.m. - 50% OFF ALL...

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl (Knopf) is an illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science, a moving portrait of a longtime friendship, and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world. Lab Girl offers an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be.

Can technology solve all our problems? Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many of our most famous journalists, pundits, and economists seem to think so. According to them, “intelligent machines” and big data will free us from work, educate our children, transform our environment, and even make religion more user-friendly. This is the story they’re telling us: that we should stop worrying and love our robot future. But just because you tell a story over and over again doesn’t make it true. Curtis White, one of our most brilliant and perceptive social critics, knows all about the...

science on tap

Starting from a very young age, humans are driven to seek out novel sensations and rewarding experiences; the brain is wired this way. During adolescence, some seek out drugs of abuse because they create novel sensations and can alter the perception of reality. Repeated exposure to these drugs creates new experiences in the form of powerful, persistent memories, and these drug-related memories are thought to underlie the relapse that can occur for decades, even after extended periods of abstinence. At this Science on Tap, Barbara Sorg, PhD, professor of neuroscience at WSU Vancouver, will...


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