Science Pub Corvallis

Science Pub Corvallis offers cool presentations in an informal atmosphere where you can interact with experts and where there are no silly questions. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

sp_logo_2013_rgb-corvallis3-8-13Held on the second Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, Science Pub is sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Terra magazine at  Oregon State University.

No RSVP is necessary. Tell your friends and join us on Facebook to stay informed about upcoming guests. We hope to see you there! Check out photos from the May 13, 2013 Science Pub. You can also see recorded Science Pub events online. And if you can’t join us in Corvallis, check out science pubs by OSU-Cascades in Bend and by OMSI in Portland, Hillsboro, McMinnville and Eugene. The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, an international research center led by Oregon State and the University of Oregon, is hosting science pubs at the Calapooia Brewery in Albany. Contact Andy Bedingfield ( for dates and topics.

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Next Corvallis Science Pub: January 11, 2016

Face to Face and Heart to Heart — The Psychology of Disability and Communication

Speaker: Kathleen Bogart, assistant professor, Oregon State University School of Psychological Science

Kathleen Bogart (Photo: Chris Becerra)

Kathleen Bogart (Photo: Chris Becerra)

Diversity and disability can affect our interactions and relationships. When people present an appearance or behave in ways that are unfamiliar or outside what we experience as normal, communication can become difficult.

According to Kathleen Bogart, assistant professor at Oregon State University, our expectations about how we convey thoughts and emotions in face-to-face encounters — through language and the subtleties of facial expressions and eye movements — can lead us to stigmatize people who behave differently. And for people who lack one of those channels, difficulties in making themselves understood become problematic, maybe life changing.

At the January 11 Corvallis Science Pub, Bogart will describe her research on the twists and turns of interpersonal communication as seen through the eyes of people with disabilities. Born with facial paralysis, a condition known as Moebius Syndrome, Bogart learned as a child how to compensate in order to communicate.

In her research, she studies what it means to interact with others without the channels that most people take for granted. “For example, facial paralysis is actually a widely shared experience,” she says. “About 130,000 Americans are born with it or develop it each year from a variety of conditions.”

Difficulties in communicating, she has found, can lead to what she calls an emotional disconnect. “If someone with facial paralysis walks into a room, everyone will notice that something is different about their face, but they can’t quite figure out what it is,” she says. As a result, conversation may become distracted, cut short or not even started. Others have difficulty recognizing the emotions of people with facial paralysis.

People who are unable to use the full range of communication channels may suffer severe social consequences, she adds. But the ability to work around those differences can benefit people who feel isolated or misunderstood.

“People have been studying emotional communications for years. But what if we study what happens in populations with disabilities? Compensatory expression can also be used in interventions in other conditions that result in emotional miscommunications, like Parkinson’s, schizophrenia, depression, perhaps autism,” she says.

Bogart directs the Disability and Social Interaction Lab at OSU. She received her Ph.D. in psychology at Tufts University in 2012. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health.

The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis. Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.


Upcoming Corvallis Science Pubs

February 8, 2016 — Hydromythology. Speaker: Gordon Grant, U.S. Forest Service and OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

March 14, 2016  — Ocean Warming: Update on the Blob and El Nino. Speaker: Laurie Weitkamp, research fisheries biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife