Science Pub Portland: Water Drop Photography
The Art and Science of Water Drop Photography
With Martin Waugh, Liquid Sculpture Photographer
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Water is fundamental. It comprises the majority of the Earth's surface and is present in all life. From our primordial beginnings to our prenatal environment to our very constitution, it is us. In this talk, Martin discusses the techniques, discoveries, and surprises he encountered in his ten-year obsession with photographing water drops. As with so many things, even if it appears simple, the closer you look the more complex and beautiful it becomes.
Martin’s creative uses of high-speed photography make it possible to capture the smooth and effortless curves of liquid, eliciting a childlike sense of fun and whimsy. By varying the size, speed and position of drops, as well as the color, viscosity, and surface tension, Martin creates a panorama of color, movement and intrigue. His images are engaging metaphors for life and are as intriguing to the eye as they are thought provoking.
Martin received his B.S. degree in Physics and Secondary Education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, where he pursued a career in software and raised a family and kayaked many of the close-by rivers. His work has been published worldwide and can be found in both corporate and private art collections.
Science Pub Mission is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientifict background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: email@example.com.
Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please visit the McMenamins Mission Theater website for a dinner menu and venue information.
Movement in the Museum: The Internal Ecosystem
Movement in the Museum is a new class series that explores principles of science in the actions and sensations of our moving bodies. Each class kicks off with a hands-on science activity or demonstration to explore the evening’s topic, a 1-hour dance or yoga class, and a 15-minute discussion. No previous dance or yoga experience is required. Open to ages 12 and over.
March 7 | 6-8 PM
Tickets: $15 (OMSI Members receive 15% off)
The Internal Ecosystem: Yoga with Dr. Laura Washington
Our bodies are fascinating and complex ecosystems that depend on rhythms, cycles, and structures of support. In this class we will learn about the ecosystem of a watershed and understand how our bodies function similarly. Through practicing yoga and breathing we will learn new and different ways to care for the health of our bodies and benefit their internal balance.
Questions call 503-797-4529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science Pub Eugene: Missoula Floods
Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods
With Scott Burns, PhD, Professor of Geology at Portland State University
Doors open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
One of the greatest set of geological events to ever have occurred in North America was given the name, the Missoula Floods, which occurred between 15,000 and 18,000 years ago. This talk will focus on the incredible story of discovery and development of the idea of the floods by J Harlen Bretz and then will discuss the effect of the floods on the development of the landscape of 16,000 square miles of the Pacific Northwest.
Scott Burns, PhD, is a professor Emeritus of geology and past chair of the Department of Geology at Portland State University where he has taught for over 20 years. He has a B.S. degree in chemistry and a M.S. degree in physical sciences from Stanford University and a PhD in geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Burns specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, and quaternary geology. In Oregon, his projects involve landslides and land use, environmental cleanup of service stations, slope stability, earthquake hazard mapping, the Missoula Floods, paleosols, loess soil stratigraphy, radon generation from soils, and the distribution of heavy metals and trace elements in Oregon soils and alpine soil development.
He has won many awards for outstanding teaching and his work in geology, including the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Portland State Alumni Association in 2001, the Richard Jahns Award for engineering geology from GSA and AEG in 2011, and the Outstanding Scientist for Oregon for 2014 from the Oregon Academy of Sciences. He has authored more than 100 publications and received more than 25 research grants. Dr. Burns actively helps local TV and radio stations and newspapers bring important geological news to the public and, for the past 43 years, has been studying wine and terroir—the relationship between wine, soils, geology, and climate.
Science Pub Eugene is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: email@example.com.
Explore the wonderful world of cheese making! We’ll learn the art and science of making cow’s milk fresh mozzarella cheese in this class. Participants will sample a variety of cheeses, make their own mozzarella, and learn about several types of fresh cheeses to make at home.
One batch of cheese per ticket. One ticket per batch of cheese, maximum three participants per ticket.
Ages: 8 and up with an adult, 14 and up without. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.
OHSU Brain Fair
Learn about the amazing adaptive power of the brain when OBI’s Brain Fair returns to OMSI on March 11. This year’s “cerebral celebration” will include interactive exhibits, real human and animal brains, prizes, activities, and OHSU neuroscientists explaining and demonstrating their groundbreaking research.
This event will take place in the OMSI Auditorium and is free to the public.
Meet A Scientist: March
Included in General Admission | Current science gets up close and personal at Meet a Scientist. This program, held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, features local scientists who share their research and knowledge with you through hands-on activities and conversation. Meet a Scientist exclusively features professionals who are OMSI Science Communication Fellows.
Science Pub Corvallis: Soft Robotics
Soft Robots: Machines Inspired by Snakes, Lizards and Other Squishy Things
With Yiğit Mengüç, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University
In the movies, the typical robot is as soft as a tin can. But, inspired by animals that slither, swim and crawl, engineers are designing new robotic systems as soft as skin and muscle.
“Incredible biological mechanisms have emerged through evolution and can provide a wellspring of inspiration for roboticists,” says Yiğit Mengüç, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. “One promising area emerging from biological inspiration is the design of devices and robots made of compliant materials, as part of a larger field of research in soft robotics."
At the Corvallis Science Pub, Mengüç will present his research in soft active materials, bioinspired mechanisms and 3D printing. In his laboratory, called the mLab, he uses liquid metal alloys, biodegradable rubber, electroactive fluids and other materials that produce machines with the agility of geckos and the flexibility of snakes.
“Bioinspired mechanisms include soft muscles, adhesives and soft wearable sensors,” says Mengüç. “The mLab fabricates these materials and mechanisms through our own innovations in 3D printing and rapid digital manufacturing. Though significant challenges remain to be solved in soft materials, exciting developments promise to bring robots more and more into our daily lives.”
The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public.
Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
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Reel Science: Era of Megafires
6:30PM | Lecture: Wildfire in the West with Paul Hessburg, PhD, EFHR Team Leader & Research Ecologist at the USDA Forest Service
7:30PM | Movie: Era of Megafires (Duration: 50 mins. | Rating: NR | Year: 2017)
ABOUT THE FILM
Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres, and the destruction caused by them is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities, homes, businesses and our very way of life are threatened. If we are going to make effective progress towards increasing fire resiliency, we must increase awareness and stimulate conversation about this important issue across all levels of society. Through education, we firmly believe we can change the way we receive fire and smoke.
The Wildfire Project is a 60-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg, who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years.
Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of documentaries to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience. All ages are welcome.
The Empirical Cafe will be open serving hotdogs, grilled cheese, movie snacks plus beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.
Science Pub Portland: Ocean Tides
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
With Jonathan White, Author, Founder and Former Director of the Resource Institute
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White vowed to understand the tide. He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly? He read a book, then two. Ten years later, he had read three hundred books and crisscrossed the seven seas to see the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. In China he confronted the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five foot tidal bore that races eighty miles up the Qiantang River; at London’s Royal Society, he dug into the earliest Western tide science, which preoccupied thinkers from Da Vinci to Galileo to Newton; and in the Arctic he followed an Inuit elder down a small hole through thick winter ice to gather fresh blue mussels in the cavities left by low tide. With photographs, stories, and short readings, Jonathan takes his audiences on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide.
Jonathan White has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Sierra, The Sun, Surfer’s Journal, Orion, and other publications. His first book, Talking on the Water (Sierra Club Books), is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature. White is an active marine conservationist, holds an MFA in creative nonfiction, and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.
Jonathan’s love for the sea is lifelong. He grew up on the beaches of southern California. He’s built and sailed many boats, logged more than a hundred thousand miles on the Pacific and Atlantic, and surfed all over the world. He has served on numerous conservation boards and committees, including the San Juan Preservation Trust, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, and the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative.
As founder and former director of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization based in Seattle, he spent 11 years building a seminar program aboard the schooner Crusader in the Pacific Northwest, from Puget Sound to Southeast Alaska.
Dinner will be available in our restaurant, Theory, or from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance to reserve a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm
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Doors Open @ 5:30PM | Game Begins at 6PM
Test your mouth-mind connection. A program started by Ecotrust and Edible Portland, Blind-Tasting Bingo at OMSI is a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In the game, Bon Appetit Executive Chef, Kit Zhu, will present 14 distinct bites that players taste with their eyes covered, seeking to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will take home fun prizes!
Tickets are $30pp. Advance ticket purchases are required, no tickets will be sold at the door due to food ordering deadlines. No refunds less than 24 hours prior to the event.
Please Note: No dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Star Party: Vernal Equinox Celebration
$5 Parking Per Vehicle Parking Fee
On Saturday March 25, OMSI and Rose City Astronomers will celebrate the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring with a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park! From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes the planet Jupiter, waxing gibbous Moon, Orion Nebula, and more!
Join us as we gaze at the spring night sky at Rooster Rock State Park, located 22 miles east of Portland on I-84 just east of Sandy River at exit 25. To reach L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The event starts at sunset and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.
On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors check back here for possible weather-related cancellations.
Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.
Rooster Rock State Park | Take I-84 east of the Sandy River at exit 25. The park is located 22 miles east of Portland.
L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park | Take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The park is located 34 miles west of Portland.
Science on Screen: The Imitation Game
6:30PM | Lecture and Q&A: Computers and the Dawn of Modern Cryptography with Erik L. Arneson, Amateur Cryptologist, Software Developer, Author, and Technologist
7:30PM | Movie: The Imitation Game (Duration: 1h 54mins. | Rating: PG-13)
ABOUT THE FILM
During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Science on Screen℠ creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. Each film is used as a jumping off point for the speaker to reveal current scientific research or technological advances, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment.
An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.
The Empirical Cafe will be open serving grilled cheese, hotdogs, movie snacks plus beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.