67th Annual Oregon Agate & Mineral Show
FREE EVENT | 9:30AM-5:30PM
Explore the wonders of nature at the Annual Oregon Agate and Mineral Show. Enjoy a wide array of beautiful cabochons (cut, shaped, and polished rocks) including agate, jasper, and obsidian from the northwest. Presented by the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society (OAMS) 30+ exhibits will be on display.
Special features include: the Oregon State Seal made from a large variety of Oregon stones including the Sun Stone, the Oregon State gem; a food table, which showcases rocks that look like food; an active Kids' Corner; and hand-crafted jewelry and window hangings made by OAMS club members.
OAMS members will be on-site demonstrating the equipment and process used to prepare rocks for display. These include a big saw used to cut slabs, a trim saw used to create a design, a grinder to shape the specimen and a polisher to put the finishing touches.
The OAMS has been a long-time partner of OMSI and proceeds from the Show are donated to OMSI’s Hancock Field Station located in Central Oregon’s John Day River Valley, an area world renowned for its fossil-rich rock formations and fosters geology learning.
Meet A Scientist: February
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 each 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.
February 24 Topics
- Food scientist Seth shares the secrets of jams and jellies.
- Join Prarthana and learn how zebrafish are used as model animals in Toxicology.
- Get ready to tie-dye some ocean currents with Jenessa and watch them whirl! Come learn about water properties like salt and temperature –and how they propel ocean circulation from the equator to the poles.
- Explore what ocean mud can tell us about past conditions and events on Earth with Cara.
RESCHEDULED - Forum: Editing our Evolution
Due to weather, this event has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, 2/27.
As gene editing techniques become more refined, the possibility of editing the human genome is moving from science fiction to reality. What should we do with this power? Who should decide? How can we maximize benefits from these scientific advances while minimizing the harm that might come from them?
Participants will engage in thoughtful conversations with scientists about important issues regarding the potential societal and ethical implications of advancements in science and technology. This event discusses the potential ways CRISPR could be used to edit the human genome.
No prior knowledge is necessary to participate in this FREE event. Just bring your thoughts and opinions!
Recommended for ages 16+
OMSI After Dark: Game On!
Keep your wits about you as you calculate risk, execute attacks and tabulate probabilities in order to stay on the winning side at OMSI After Dark.
Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados, or fossils. Talk to a brewer about the science behind beer, or sample products from local artisans.
All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun!
21+ Only | ID's Required
Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.
OMSI After Dark admission: $15/non-members, $7.50/OMSI Members and FREE for OMSI After Dark Access Pass Holders
Probability Paradox | "Come on "down" and find out how a simple game show can reveal statistical surprises!
The Human Condition | Some games work both your body and your mind. Come learn about the human physiology behind athletic competitions.
PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS
Classical Music Inspired by Sports | with Warren Black, All Classical Portland
Ground Kontrol Indie Games
Questions? Call 503.797.4642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticketing questions call 503.797.4634
For more information about purchasing an OMSI After Dark Access Pass, please email email@example.com or give us a call at 503.797.4634
Sponsored by Delta Airlines
Science Pub Portland: Evolution of Attraction
A Taste for the Beautiful: The Evolution of Attraction
With Michael J. Ryan, PhD, Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology at the University of Texas and a Senior Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama
March 1, 2018 | 7-9PM; Doors Open @ 5PM |
In A Taste for the Beautiful Dr. Michael Ryan draws on recent studies in neuroscience and evolutionary biology to explore how sexual aesthetics are rooted in the brain—specifically the female brain—and how many of the details of what we find beautiful actually derive from other things the brain evolved to do. In this talk, Ryan will describe how the senses, the brain, and its cognitive architecture mold sexual aesthetics in animals, including humans, and how the evolution of sexual beauty can be viewed as a series of experiments in which males try out different traits in an effort to please females.
Michael J. Ryan, PhD, lived in The Bronx until he was 10, at which time his family moved to the rural environs of Northwestern New Jersey. He received his PhD at Cornell University. He then became a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley followed by a faculty appointment at the University of Texas, Austin where he is to this day. Ryan is also a Senior Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. A recent accident left him in a wheelchair with a spinal cord injury that challenges his mobility but not his enthusiasm. Ryan’s new book, A Taste for the Beautiful: The Evolution of Attraction, is now available via the Princeton University Press.
OMSI Science Pub at the Mission Theater is a ticketed event. To guarantee a seat at this event, please buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase until 2pm on the day of the event. Please show your ticket at the theater entrance upon arrival.
If the event sells out, we will update the website and Facebook listings accordingly. If the event does not sell out in advance, attendance will be first-come, first-served at the door and at-the-door admission will remain a suggested donation.
Science Pub Mission is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please visit the McMenamins Mission Theater website for a dinner menu and venue information.
SOLD OUT - Cheese Making
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.
Recommended for ages 8 and up with an adult, 14 and up without. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.
One ticket per batch of cheese, maximum three participants per ticket.
Time: 11AM - 1PM
Reel Science: Coco
6:30PM | Lecture: Go Behind-the-Scenes of Coco with Keith Klohn, Effects Lead at Pixar Animation Studios and Michael O'Brien, Effects Supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios
8:15PM | Movie: Coco (Duration: 1 hr. 45 mins. | Rating: PG | Year: 2017)
Tickets: $7/non-members & $6/OMSI members
Special thanks to our sponsors VFX/PDX & SideFX!
ABOUT THE FILM
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite documentairies 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; 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
The Empirical Cafe will be open serving hotdogs, grilled cheese, movie snacks plus beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.
Questions? email@example.com or 503-797-4529.
Science Pub Eugene: Computational Power
Your Computer: Just How Powerful Is it, and Is That Enough?
With Hank Childs, PhD, Associate Professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Oregon
March 8, 2018 | 6:30-8:30PM; Doors open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
A typical desktop computer is approximately one million times more powerful than the first computers of sixty years ago. Further, the most powerful machines in the world are well over one million times more powerful than a desktop computer. With each increase in computing power, computers become capable of doing tasks better and better and also become capable of taking on tasks that they previously could not. When is enough? Do we need even more computing power? Or have computers become so powerful that the only limiting factor is human imagination?
In this talk, Dr. Childs will discuss several aspects of computing power starting with a brief summary of how computers work, how we measure the power of a given computer, and how compute power has increased over time. He will then describe some applications that require computing power that challenge both today's desktop machines (computer graphics) and fastest machines (physics simulations). He will conclude the talk discussing the latest trends in computer hardware, and how the recent leap in computing power has enabled a corresponding leap in activities like machine learning.
Hank Childs is an Associate Professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Oregon. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Davis in 2006. Hank's research focuses on scientific visualization, high performance computing, and the intersection of the two. Outside of his research, Hank is best known for his role in the VisIt project, a visualization application for very large data that is used around the world. Before joining UO, Hank spent over a dozen years working for the Department of Energy in big data visualization. Hank was voted Best Teacher by the graduating class in his department in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OHSU Brain Fair
Learn about the amazing adaptive power of the brain when OBI’s Brain Fair returns to OMSI on March 10. 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.
March 10 Topics
- Explore the depths of the ocean as you discover new species of squid with Annie.
- Join Ben and learn how different factors in the environment may affect the risk of tick-borne illnesses in humans.
- Discover ocean pollution in unexpected places and search for its origins with Elise.
- See how wind creates currents and turbulence deep below the surface of the ocean with Sally.
- Explore the amazing world of molecular motors with Allison.
March 24 Topics
Make soap from scratch to take home while learning about the awesome chemistry of soap molecules! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances.
Recommended for ages 6 and up with an adult, 12 and up without. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.
One ticket per batch of soap. | Maximum three participants per ticket.
Time: 10AM - 12PM
Science Pub Corvallis: The Marbled Murrelet
Uncovering the Hidden World of a Secretive Seabird
With Jim Rivers, PhD, Assistant Professor, Senior Research, Dept of Forest Ecosystems & Society and Adjunct Faculty in the Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University
March 12, 2018 | 6-8PM; Doors open @ 5PM | FREE
Birds are plucked silently off the water as they doze in the middle of the night. A plane searches over hundreds of square miles to listen for a faint tracking signal. An unmanned drone combs the forest with an infrared heat-seeking camera to search for life high in the canopy of an old growth forest. With activities like these, uncovering the ecology of the marbled murrelet sounds more like an action movie than a research project. However that is exactly what it takes for Jim Rivers, a professor of animal ecology at Oregon State University, and his colleagues to study this elusive seabird.
Backed by strong support from both the timber industry and conservation groups, Rivers and his team are tackling some of the most important questions about nesting and space use for one of Oregon’s most secretive and difficult-to-study birds. Unlike their close relatives, which include puffins and murres, the marbled murrelet is a bird of two worlds. It gets its food from the ocean but raises its young up to 50 miles inland in mature forests. Disturbance in either environment has the potential to impact the murrelet population, which is currently listed as an endangered species in Oregon.
Beginning in the spring and summer of 2017, the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project began capturing murrelets on the open ocean and attaching radio tags to track the movements of individual birds throughout their breeding season. The project is designed to span multiple years and should provide much needed data to inform science-based forest management in future years.
Rivers heads a large research team at Oregon State University, investigating how marbled murrelets and other animals that require forests are impacted by natural and human-caused disturbances. Additional information about the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project and other research by the Rivers lab can be found online at www.oregonmurrelet.org.
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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You can also listen to their podcasts at http://communications.oregonstate.edu/podcast.