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, January 12, 2015

Science and Gender: Women in the scientific enterprise

Sarina Saturn, School of Psychological Sciences

Sarina Saturn, School of Psychological Sciences

Speaker: Sarina Saturn, School of Psychological Sciences, Oregon State University

If science and technology were blind to gender, men and women would participate roughly equally in fields such as chemistry, engineering, computer science and math. However, the numbers tell a different story. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women comprise about 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but hold only 24 percent of jobs in so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

This disparity is also reflected in higher education. At Oregon State University in 2012, women made up only 23 percent of the faculty in STEM fields, including the social and behavioral sciences.

Since 2001, the National Science Foundation has endeavored to increase the number of women in STEM fields through a program known as ADVANCE. Past recipients have included Cornell, Michigan State University and the University of Washington.

At the January 12 Corvallis Science Pub, Sarina Saturn will describe the current status of women in STEM fields in higher education. As a co-investigator on Oregon State’s recently approved ADVANCE program, she’ll describe the activities with which she and her colleagues aim to develop a more inclusive culture that supports and promotes female scientists.

Saturn received her Ph.D. in neuroscience at New York University in 2003. She studies the neurobiology that underlies stress and prosocial behaviors, such as empathy, altruism and moral elevation.

 

Upcoming Science Pubs

February 9

Bruce Menge, Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology, OSU College of Science. Origins and consequences of starfish wasting disease.

March 9

Kyle MacDonald, Faculty Research Assistant, OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Plumbing the Cascades: A geomagnetic view of volcanism