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.

Do you fancy yourself an expert on science? Take the Science Pub quiz!

Next Science Pub, September 8, 2014

Five Fungi That Changed the World

Speaker: Joey Spatafora, professor, Oregon State Department of Botany and Plant Pathology

Russula sanguinea (Photo: Miika Silfverberg)

Russula sanguinea (Photo: Miika Silfverberg)

Without fungi, human life would be very different. No beer or cheese. No penicillin or cyclosporin antibiotics. Our forests would be far less resilient and productive. And we’d be swimming in every manner of waste product.¬†Despite their contributions to human civilization, we know little about this diverse group of organisms. Joey Spatafora will offer a glimpse at five groups of fungi that illustrate the importance of these organisms to medicine, food and the environment.

Joey Spatafora earned his BS (1986) in zoology from Louisiana Tech University. He received his Ph.D. (1992) in botany from Louisiana State University, and he did his postdoctoral research (1993-1994) in mycology at Duke University. In 1995, he joined the faculty of Oregon State University. Joey has worked in a number of areas of fungal evolutionary biology including fungal pathogens of insects, population biology of ectomycorrhizal fungi (organisms that form symbiotic relationships with plants) and phylogenetics of the fungal tree of life. More recently, his research has focused on comparative genomics with an emphasis on evolution of host-jumping and nutritional modes.

Upcoming Science Pub presentations

October 13, “The Dharma in DNA: Intersections of Buddhism and Science.” Speaker: Dee Denver, OSU College of Science