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 Corvallis Science Pub: September 14, 2015

Mobile Machines: Designing robots to walk and run

Speaker: Jonathan Hurst, College of Engineering, Oregon State University

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Robots already build cars, perform household chores and explore the oceans, but these machines are not ready to walk safely among humans. Neither can they undertake tasks in unpredictable situations such as looking for survivors in collapsed buildings after an earthquake.

At the September 14 Corvallis Science Pub, Jonathan Hurst will describe efforts at Oregon State to take robotic systems to this next level.

“It’s completely inevitable,” says Hurst, a leader in Oregon State’s growing robotics program. “It’s possible to have robots that walk and run and manipulate things and do all the physical interactions that people can do. We have physical proof. I can do it. Why not a robot? Where will it happen first? That’s the question.”

Hurst is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and a leader of OSU’s growing robotics program. Working with OSU students and with colleagues at the University of Michigan and Carnegie-Mellon, he designed a robot known as ATRIAS, the first machine to reproduce human-like and animal-like ground reaction forces and center-of-mass motion for a bipedal walking gait. The researchers derive inspiration from the locomotion of birds.

Hurst’s research is supported by the Defense Advanced Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Human Frontiers Research Organization. He received his Ph.D. at Carnegie-Mellon and came to Oregon State in 2008.

Upcoming Corvallis Science Pubs

October 12, 2015 — Shaking Up the Northwest: The Cascadia earthquake in our future. Speaker: Chris Goldfinger, OSU geophysicist (Note: This science pub will be held at the Majestic Theater, downtown Corvallis.)

November 9, 2015 — The Life of a Dead Tree: Art and science at the H.J. Andrews Forest. Speakers: Mark Harmon of the OSU College of Forestry and several Oregon artists.