Science Pub Corvallis

Science Pub Corvallis offers thought-provoking presentations along with good food and drink in an informal atmosphere. Interact with experts, ask silly questions and leave feeling more nourished and knowledgeable. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor and appetite!

DATE: March 9

Human Milk and Infant Health

SPEAKER — David Dallas, assistant professor in the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences

LOCATION — Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis

The benefits of mother’s milk for babies are well known, such as lower disease risks and improved cognitive development. But the story isn’t so clear for infants born prematurely. Even when fed breast milk, they can fail to thrive.

At this Science Pub Corvallis, David Dallas will explore what scientists know about human milk and how babies digest it. With colleagues at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Dallas leads studies of milk composition and the products of digestion.

“We don’t know if premature babies digest milk as well as full-term babies,” says Dallas. “They may be exposed to completely different proteins and peptides. We don’t know how digestion affects the overall protein breakdown. It’s a big black box.” As physicians struggle to improve the prospects of these infants, researchers like Dallas offer the possibility of developing new treatments tailored to nutritional needs.

More than half a million babies — about 1 in 10 births — are born prematurely in the United States every year. And for those born extremely early, between 23 and 28 weeks, 1 in 4 dies in the hospital.

Dallas is an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. He receives research funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture and nonprofit organizations. He also serves on the board of the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank.


April 13: The Ecology of Surprise: Ecology and Ethics in an Old-Growth Forest. Speaker, Michael Nelson, Director, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest

May 11: Runners and Their Shoes: Where non-traditional running footwear meets biomechanics. Speaker, Christine Pollard, Director of the FORCE Lab, OSU Cascades

June 1: Climate Change and Human Rights. Speaker, Allen Thompson, OSU professor of philosophy


Science Pub begins at 6 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis and is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be done online (the link will be available when registration opens) before the event or by contacting University Events at 541-737-4717 or If registration is closed (fully booked), walk-ins are welcome, but people who arrive without a ticket will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m.

Podcasts of previous Corvallis Science Pub events on topics such as “Technology in the Fields” and “From Wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science” are available at

For accommodations for disabilities or questions, contact University Events at 541-737-4717 or

Held on the second Monday of the month in Corvallis, Oregon, Science Pub is sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Downtown Corvallis Association, the Office of Research and Terra magazine at  Oregon State University.

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Make sure to secure your tickets for Science Pub Corvallis as we frequently have maximum capacity attendance. Please read the specifics below.

  • This is a free event, but registration is recommended.
  • Registration typically opens three weeks prior to each Science Pub.
  • Available on a first-come, first serve basis at the link above or by calling 541-737-4717.
  • Advanced registration recommended to guarantee a ticket/seat.
  • Only register if you plan on attending, please.
  • If plans change, please cancel your reservation via your initial confirmation email or by calling 541-737-4717.
  • Walk-ins welcome, but seating will not be guaranteed and is based on availability.
  • Register for the Science Pub listserv at Science Pub Corvallis Email List or 541-737-4717.