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.
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.
September 12: The Oregon Flora Project, Bringing Plants to the People
Speaker: Linda Hardison, Assistant Professor, Director of the Oregon Flora Project, Oregon State University
From coastal rainforests to the high desert, Oregon’s diverse landscape produces a stunning variety of plant life. This richness impacts all Oregonians — ranchers, wildflower enthusiasts, gardeners or connoisseurs of local brews. The Oregon Flora Project provides information about the plants of the state in ways that are relevant to all citizens.
The project coordinates hundreds of volunteers and scientists who are carefully recording details of the state’s botanical resources. At the Corvallis Science Pub on September 12, Linda Hardison, director of the Oregon Flora Project, will show what they have discovered and how citizens can use the results to launch their own investigations into biodiversity, gardening with natives, weeds, rare plants and more.
Some of that information is captured in the first of three volumes of the Flora of Oregon, published in 2015 by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
“Oregonians love their land and its natural resources,” says Hardison. “Individuals statewide have contributed to make the book and our website a better resource.” Volunteers share photos, review data and submit lists of plants seen on hikes. Information has also been included from studies by university researchers, the Native Plant Society of Oregon and state and federal agencies.
In addition to descriptions of grasses, sedges, lilies, ferns, and conifers, Volume 1 of the Flora of Oregonincludes a history of botanists in Oregon, color photos and descriptions of the state’s 11 ecoregions and 50 mapped locations for exploring botanical sites. Artist John Myers contributed 86 new pen and ink drawings.
“Having accurate knowledge about the plants that surround us can help us make good decisions at many levels, from the plants we select for our gardens to the land use policies implemented by our government,” adds Hardison. “A new Flora, coupled with a website that reflects the most current information, is a valuable tool to inform such decisions.”
October 10th: Grand Strategies in Foreign Policy
Speaker: Christopher Nichols, Assistant Professor, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Oregon State University