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, February 9, 2015

Starfish Wasting Disease: Isolated incident or sign of things to come?

Speaker: Bruce Menge, College of Science, Oregon State University

The shed limbs of a sunflower sea star near Popham Island, British Columbia, in September 2013. (Photo: Donna Gibbs, Vancouver Aquarium)

The shed limbs of a sunflower sea star near Popham Island, British Columbia, in September 2013. (Photo: Donna Gibbs, Vancouver Aquarium)

When purple ochre sea stars started dying along the Oregon coast last spring, scientists were stunned. “This is an unprecedented event,” says Bruce Menge, Oregon State marine biologist and leader of a multi-year coastal research program known as PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans). Because sea stars are dominant predators in the intertidal zone, the die-offs are expected to have catastrophic impacts in near-shore waters and tide pools.

Menge and his colleagues had never seen such a rapid disappearance of a keystone species. As they investigated waters in Yaquina Bay, Boiler Bay and other locations, researchers documented the progress of the disease. Animals began to lose legs and then to disintegrate. The process takes a week or less.

From Alaska to Baja, California, the disease has affected more than 20 species of sea stars and attracted the attention of scientists across the country. In November, researchers at Cornell University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, announced that they had isolated a virus that appeared to be the cause of wasting, but the factors making the sea stars susceptible to disease remain unclear.

Bruce Menge will bring us up to date on this unfolding story. He is the Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and an OSU distinguished professor in the Department of Integrative Biology of the OSU College of Science. He studies the structure and dynamics of coastal ecosystems and their response to climate change. His research partnerships extend around the world to Chile, New Zealand and South Africa.

Menge received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and came to Oregon State in 1976.

Upcoming Science Pubs

March 9

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

April 6

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