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 (andyb@uoregon.edu) for dates and topics.

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Next Science Pub, March 9, 2015

In Hot Water: Investigations Beneath the Earth’s Surface Using Electromagnetic Methods

Speaker: Adam Schultz; Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Oregon State University

Mount Rainier in mid-summer. (Photo: Matthew R. DePies, Cascadia Community College)

Mount Rainier in mid-summer. (Photo: Matthew R. DePies, Cascadia Community College)

The majesty of Cascadia’s mountains can overwhelm the senses, but the persistent subsurface activity that gives rise to these dramatic landscapes has its own beauty. Geophysical methods enable scientists to create a picture of this subsurface world with ever-increasing clarity.

Researchers in the National Geoelectromagnetic Facility (NGF) at Oregon State view the planet’s underground structure with a method known as magnetotellurics. Like an MRI of the human body, this technology uses electromagnetic energy to reveal contrasts in the electrical properties of the Earth. The resulting images illuminate the nature of subsurface structures, including their geometry and possible composition. When scientists apply this and other methods in the same location, they can improve interpretations of these features.

Adam Schultz will describe some of these geophysical methods and recent regional studies in the United States in which those methods have been deployed. Schultz leads the NGF at Oregon State and directs the magnetotelluric component of Earthscope, a National Science Foundation-funded program that investigates North America’s basement, the structure of the continental plate from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Schultz received his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Washington. He has taught at the University of Cambridge and Cardiff University in the United Kingdom and came to OSU in 2003.

Upcoming Science Pubs

April 6

Mas Subramanian, Professor,  OSU College of Science; New Color Pigments for Art and Industry

May 11

George Waldbusser, Professor, OSU College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences; Ocean Acidification: Why carbonate chemistry matters to oysters and other organisms