Science

Accident or Arson? How Fire Investigators Identify the Cause. With Nicole Fuge, Portland Fire & Arson Investigator

 

We’ve seen it before, a fire rages on the news, crowds gather and firefighters battle the flames.  The tragic event leads to hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage, families are left without a home and someone remains critical in the burn unit.  After the fire is out and just a skeleton of a building remains, fire investigators work to determine the answer to the still-burning question, “How did it start?”

 

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"A VOLE WALKS INTO A BAR..." WHAT ANIMALS TELL US ABOUT SOCIAL DRINKING

 

With Caroline Hostetler, PhD, Senior Research Associate in the Oregon Health and Science Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and Portland VA Medical Center
This talk will primarily focus on recent research on the prairie vole, a monogamous rodent species. Monogamy includes pair bonding and biparental care, and while these behaviors are important for humans, they are rare among mammals. Prairie voles are an excellent model for understanding the evolution and neuroscience of social behavior. Research...

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the doom and gloom of climate science. Projections for Oregon show increasing risk of drought, wildfires, heat waves, storms, and floods, and predictions for worldwide consequences are even more scary. These impacts threaten our health and the systems that support us…but maybe there is a silver lining in this dark cloud looming? Climate change may be the greatest challenge we have known as a society, but it is also the greatest opportunity to achieve the kind of systemic change we need to improve the health of our communities and our environment. Come hear...

Amphibians are at the forefront of the global extinction crisis, and emerging fungal diseases have accounted for a surprising number of amphibian declines and extinctions. At this Science on Tap, Jonah Piovia-Scott, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Washington State University Vancouver, will talk about what these fungal pathogens are, how they kill amphibians, and efforts to prevent further amphibian losses to disease.

Einstein famously said, “God does not play dice with the universe.” But could games have anything to do with the Origins of Life on the Earth? In this talk, Dr. Niles Lehman, professor of chemistry at Portland State University, will introduce the concept of game theory and make a connection between game theory’s principles and how life may have arisen on the Earth some four billion years ago. Surprisingly there may be a link between strategies that “players” use when in competitions, and the strategies that molecules use to behave in a life-like fashion.

 

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OMSI Builds on 60 Years of Outdoor Education with New Camp in Newport, OR

 

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) celebrated the grand opening of its new marine science camp, the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, on March 12, 2016. Situated along South Beach in Newport, Oregon, the camp is slated to serve 5,000 school groups, children and families annually.

 

A new installment in OMSI’s 60-year history of outdoor education, the facility will provide a year-round immersive camp...

PSU speech-language pathology graduate student Lauren Ficker and media artist Cheryl Green take you on a multi-media tour of the brain and examine ways the community can better support peers with traumatic brain injury…

WHAT: Traumatic Brain Injury: Comedy, Communication, Community

WHO: Lauren Ficker (PSU) and Cheryl Green (http://whoamitostopit.com)

WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6 – 8pm

WHERE: ...

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage brings five decades of Star Trek to concert halls for the first time in this galaxy or any other. 

This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international solo instruments. People of all ages and backgrounds will experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

The concert will feature some of the greatest music...

Peter McCoy, a 30-year old Portland native, has dedicated the past 15-years to studying the diverse and integral roles fungi play in the environment, human cultures, and social movements. In 2006 McCoy founded Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the many ways that fungi (i.e. mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and lichens) can enhance personal, societal, and ecological health. A decade later, McCoy has written Radical Mycology to detail the wide array of skills and insights...

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