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Episodes feature recordings of talks given at Science on Tap events held in Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA.

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Episode 20 — Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything

Hormones don’t just control things like puberty or sex; they control SO much more about our bodies, including sleep, metabolism, hunger, and the fight-or-flight response. Find out more about hormones in this talk by Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH about her book Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything. This talk was recorded… Read more

Episode 19 — Yes I’m Really A Doctor: How Equity Eludes Women in Medicine and Science

If you’re a woman or you’re someone who has ever been treated by a female medical professional, you should listen to this episode on the topic of Yes, I’m Really A Doctor: How Equity Eludes Women in Medicine and Science by Esther Choo, MD MPH. She is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at OHSU, Founder of Equity… Read more

Episode 18: Treknology, The Real Life Science Behind Star Trek’s Technologies

Star Trek introduced us to the amazing technologies of a fictional future such as warp drive, replicators, and photon torpedoes, but it turns out that some of those technologies aren’t so fictional anymore. In this episode hear theoretical physicist and author Ethan Siegel, PhD, talk about some of the real inventions that were inspired by Star Trek… Read more

Episode 17: Gender, Sex, and Biology

Are biological sex and gender the same thing? Do anatomy and genetics completely determine sex and/or gender?In this talk from June 2018, Dr. Lisa Sardinia, Associate Professor of Biology at Pacific University, talks about some of the so-called “bathroom bills” proposed in the US to restrict access to public restrooms based on terms like “biological sex”… Read more

Episode 16: The Neuroscience of Pain

Pain is the most important and misunderstood sensory system: you cannot live without it, yet we live every day trying to avoid it. In this episode, Dr. Michael Morgan, Professor of Psychology at Washington State University Vancouver, explains how your nervous system codes pain, how your brain tries to control it, and how drugs provide relief. He’ll… Read more

Episode 15: Inventive Connections

How are actress Hedy Lamarr, GPS, and elephant seals all connected? Find out in this episode as Dr. Leslie New from WSU Vancouver celebrates women who have contributed to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but who have been dismissed or deliberately forgotten because of their gender… Read more

Episode 14: Grunt with Mary Roach

If you have a sense of humor, Mary Roach is either already your favorite science author or she’s about to be. She came to Portland in 2017 to talk about her latest book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, and our onstage interview ranged from asking how she gets inspiration for her books to tips on how… Read more

Episode 13: Evolution Under the Influence

We’re back! This episode is a recording of the talk “Evolution Under the Influence: Alcohol and the Coevolution of Humans and Yeast” by geneticist Dr. Kevin McCabe who works at Full Sail Brewing in Hood River, Oregon. In this talk, Kevin will take you through the history of primate alcohol consumption, the importance of yeast to human… Read more

Episode 12: The Neuroscience of Racism

This episode is a recording of the talk You and Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice with Dr. Larry Sherman, a neuroscientist from OHSU. In this talk, Dr. Sherman explains how our brains have evolved to make judgments based on visual information in milliseconds, and that these preconceived opinions about other people are not based on reason or… Read more

Episode 11: Parasites

This episode is a recording of the talk Parasites: A Global Health Problem, with Dr. Buddy Ullman, a parasitologist from OHSU. In this talk, Buddy describes a number of different human parasites, including tapeworms, hookworms, and plenty that you’ve never heard of. WARNING: this talk contains pretty graphic detail of what parasites do to human… Read more

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