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!
Held 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.
Check out photos from the May 13, 2013 Science Pub. You can also see past Science Pub events (2009-2014) online and listen to the Science Pub podcast, starting with June 2016, Jane Ishmael on Marijuana as Medicine. And if you can’t join us in Corvallis, check out science pubs by OSU-Cascades in Bend and by OMSI in Portland, Hillsboro and Eugene.
Robots will increasingly rub shoulders with people at home and in the work place, so machines need social attributes: humor, personality and body language. Heather Knight, an assistant professor in computer science at Oregon State University, aims to develop machines that use their social qualities to empower people, not replace them. She directs the CHARISMA Lab (Collaborative Humans and Robots: Interaction, Sociability, Machine Learning, and Art) at OSU.
“Machines that fail to interact appropriately with people run the risk of becoming irritating and unwelcome,” says Knight. “However, when personality and charm are added, functional machines can not only empower people, they can engage, inspire, improve performance and foster bonds with their human partners.”
Knight has worked at NASA and the MIT Media Lab where she designed a sensate skin for a teddy bear. She explores the ways psychology, expressive emotion, behavior system design and art influence the positive evolution of charismatic technology.
Knight also fosters the interaction of robotics and artists through a theater company, Marilyn Monrobot. She coordinates an annual Robot Film Festival and features comedy performances by Ginger the Robot.
Among her past accomplishments, Knight was recognized in the 2011 Forbes List for 30 under 30 in Science. Her TED Robot Comedy talk and the VMA-winning “This too shall pass” OK GO Rube Goldberg Machine music video are available online.
February 12, 2018: Tom Shellhammer, Food Technology and Science, Oregon State. New Brews: Hops, barley and the future of craft beer.
March 12, 2018: Jim Rivers, College of Forestry, Oregon State. Home from the Sea: The marbled murrelet project
April 9, 2018: Larry Landis, Valley Library, Oregon State. Science in a Western Vale: 150 years of OSU research
May 14, 2018: Sean Fleming, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. The Boom and Bust Cycles of Rivers (see Fleming’s post on the top five water stories of 2017.)