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!

WEDNESDAY, February 19, 2020, in Portland

Cosmic Revolution: What Happened Before the Big Bang?

Until about a hundred years ago scientists thought that the Milky Way galaxy was the entirety of the Universe and didn’t know that there were any galaxies out there beyond our own. When we finally discovered that other galaxies did exist, it revealed a Universe that was expanding, getting less dense, and was cooling. By working backwards… Read more

MONDAY, February 24, 2020, in Portland

Your Brain on Pleasure and In Love: A Discussion and Concert

Listening to beautiful music, falling in love and eating really good chocolate create intense feelings of pleasure – but why? At this special musical Science on Tap, OHSU neuroscientist Larry Sherman, Ph.D. will be joined by singer, songwriter and pianist Naomi LaViolette to present a fascinating multi-media discussion and concert on how the brain experiences pleasure… Read more

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Portland

As the Crow Flies: Corvid Behavior, Play, and Funerals

Crows are everywhere: they are found on nearly every continent and thrive in human dominated environments. They have influenced art and literature throughout history, and whether they inspire love or hate, they have certainly impacted the hearts and minds of the humans who share their space. Because crows are so common, it may be easy… Read more

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Portland

Making Memories: Using Neuroscience to Enhance Teaching and Learning

NEW VENUE! Join us at the Tiffany Center for a special event in collaboration with the Science Talk 2020 Conference. How does your brain learn best? As the field of Neuroscience uncovers the neural mechanisms of perception and learning, can we begin to bring these findings into the classroom to help improve how students learn… Read more

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in Portland

Making Chubs & Slugs Sexy! Behind the Lens of Oregon Field Guide

Can slugs, suckers and Siuslaw hairy-necked tiger beetles compete with American Idol and Kitchen Nightmares? Turns out, yes! Oregon Field Guide has been OPB’s weekly TV news magazine for 30 years, exploring the ecological issues, natural wonders and outdoor recreation of the Northwest. At this Science on Tap, Oregon Field Guide Executive Producer Ed Jahn reveals the secret sauce his team has used… Read more

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in Portland

As the Crow Flies: Corvid Behavior, Play, and Funerals

Crows are everywhere: they are found on nearly every continent and thrive in human dominated environments. They have influenced art and literature throughout history, and whether they inspire love or hate, they have certainly impacted the hearts and minds of the humans who share their space. Because crows are so common, it may be easy… Read more

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