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, October 13, 2014

The Dharma in DNA: Intersections of Buddhism and Science

Speaker: Dee Denver, OSU College of Science

BUDDHA_science-0c597Science of the West and Buddhism of the East have been separated in time and space for most of their respective histories, but recent dialogue between these two traditions has revealed many unexpected points of harmony. Science and Buddhism share a value in logic and reason in shaping their respective worldviews.

Areas of discord remain. Science uses experimentation and observation to look out at the world. Buddhist practice emphasizes meditation to achieve awareness. In science, it is common to consider the scientist as an independent, neutral observer, whereas Buddhism argues that this is, in fact, impossible.

This presentation will first offer a brief overview of the Buddhist tradition and philosophy. It will treat the Buddhist view on the nature of reality as a scientific hypothesis and test it using the famous DNA molecule as the target of analysis. The results might surprise you. Prepare to participate in an historical re-enactment!

Dee Denver is an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and also the Director of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 2002. His research team studies the evolution of genomes and symbiotic relationships in nematodes and anemones. In 2012, he was a visiting research professor at Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon, where he did research for an ongoing book project focused on the intersections of Buddhism and biology.

Upcoming Science Pub

November 10: I Learned to Ride a Two-Wheeled Bike — So What? Physical activity and children with autism spectrum disorder. Speaker: Megan MacDonald, OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences.