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!
Held 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, Salem 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 across the state in 2012 and 2013. Contact Andy Bedingfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) for dates and locations.
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Next Science Pub, March 10, 2014
The Science of Skin
Speaker: Arup Indra, Oregon State College of Pharmacy
Americans spend billions to beautify their outermost organ — to make it softer and younger, to erase wrinkles, conceal freckles, fake a tan, flaunt a tattoo. In our obsession with skin’s cosmetic qualities, it’s easy to forget the role it plays as nature’s biohazard suit. It defends our bodies against a barrage of environmental and biological assaults, from solar ultra-violet (UV) radiation and industrial pollution to extreme heat and deadly pathogens.
While our skin has evolved sophisticated responses to injuries and insults, it sometimes displays chronic or even deadly abnormalities. More cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year than of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. And while skin cancer rates vary geographically, the nation’s highest are in the Pacific Northwest.
At the March 10 Corvallis Science Pub, Arup Indra, associate professor in the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, will present information about skin development, composition and disease risks. He’ll discuss what he and other researchers have revealed about how skin cells progress from a state of normalcy to chronic eczema or a pre-cancerous condition.
An expert in skin development and cell biology, Indra received his Ph.D. at Jadavpor University in Kolkata, India, before doing post-doctoral research at the Institut de la Génétique et de la Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire in France. He accepted a position at Oregon State in 2005.
See a Feb. 4, 2014 KEZI-TV report on a skin cancer and the GRASP gene.
Upcoming Corvallis Science Pubs
April 14, Natural Gas for Transportation. Speaker: Chris Hagen, Assistant Professor, Energy Systems Engineering program, OSU-Cascades
May 12, The future of the oceans. Speaker: Andrew Thurber, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (Note: This science pub will be held at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis)
June 9, Reflections on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Speaker: Cristine Eisenberg, College of Forestry (Note: This science pub will be held at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis)