Science

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Food scraps comprise almost one-fifth of the amount of material our region sends to landfills every year – enough to fill 5000 long-haul trucks. These food scraps can provide compost, energy and other benefits to communities, but what are the most desirable environmental and economic approaches to dealing with this resource? What impact do food scraps have on the climate, water supplies, energy, and food security?

 

David Allaway, senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, will share insights for different ways of dealing with...

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$8.00 advance tickets, $10.00* suggested cover at the door
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You may have heard that less than 2% of the human genome is comprised of protein-coding DNA.  So what is the 98% composed of, where does it come from, and what does it do?  Sarah Schaack, PhD, assistant professor of biology at Reed College will take you on a guided tour through the genomic landscape of some fully sequenced plants and animals, including humans.  Her talk will explore the recent heated debate among biologists surrounding "junk DNA", its utility (or lack thereof), and why bigger isn't...

On Saturday OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring with a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart  State Park!  From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes the planets Mars, Venus and Jupiter, waxing gibbous Moon, Orion Nebula, and more! 

Join us as we gaze at the spring night sky at Rooster Rock State Park,...

Exciting news - the third biannual Women in Science Mixer Happy Hour will be held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry! OMSI has generously donated their space, and the onsite caterer, Bon Appetit, has donated appetizers.There will also be demos from some of OMSI's exhibits and prizes.

 

To promote our mission of enhancing networking and mentoring across career levels and career types, we will be inviting people in senior-level positions to join us for our "mixer" event. All WIS members are encouraged to personally invite their favorite male or female faculty member, PI...

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$13.00 Non-Members, $6.50 Members

Mind Games. Find out where this OMSI After Dark will lead you. Get lost at OMSI and find yourself immersed in the science behind your brain on games.

Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month.

 

Demonstrations & Activities

  • Like a Rat in a Maze (Timed Demo) - Our rats are experts at
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Science Pub Portland at The Empirical Theater at OMSI is a monthly event open to everyone. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!

 

Do you know that we already live in a world where it is affordable and commonplace to choose to have your DNA analyzed in order to make informed medical decisions? That isn’t to imply that everything about a person’s health can be derived from DNA. What it does mean is that there are many aspects of your health, your...

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$8.00 online advance, $10.00 suggested at the door

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

 

Freshwaters are some of the most imperiled ecosystems on the planet.  Human activities, such as those linked to climate change, invasive species, and pollution, have greatly accelerated the degradation of these critical ecosystems.

 

Angela...

Admission: 

$8.00 online; $10 suggested at the door
science on tap

You may have heard that less than 2% of the human genome is comprised of protein-coding DNA.  So what is the 98% composed of, where does it come from, and what does it do?  Sarah Schaack, PhD, assistant professor of biology at Reed College will take you on a guided tour through the genomic landscape of some fully sequenced plants and animals, including humans.  Her talk will explore the recent heated debate among biologists surrounding "junk DNA", its utility (or lack thereof), and why bigger isn't...

Darwin Day is February 12!
 
The mission of International Darwin Day, held traditionally on February 12 (Darwin's birthday), is to inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin. This year, Biology Investigations and Outreach (BIO) is delighted to bring Dr. Jim Baichtal to Portland State! Dr. Jim Baichtal, lead geologist for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, has conducted a variety of biological field...

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$8.00 advance tickets, $10.00* suggested cover at the door

This Is Your Brain on (Legal) Drugs: The Neuroscience and Art of Cannabis and Alcohol

 

Humans have used intoxicants like alcohol and marijuana for thousands of years, and we modern humans are no different. The Northwest is home to thriving beer, wine, and spirits industries, and now that both Washington and Oregon permit the recreational sale and use of marijuana, there are more legal opportunities to get high.

At this Science on Tap, have a beer and stimulate both sides of your brain as neuroscientist ...

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