Join the conversation: Science worth spreading

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Science has the power to define our future by creating opportunities for a better world and a healthier people. It doesn’t just start with scientists, it happens one conversation at a time. It certainly takes a village!

Start your day with “Science Worth Spreading,” a series of powerful, stimulating  7-minute talks from scientists in your own backyard at Oregon State University followed by a mind-bending conversation about science. Join us to learn about the discoveries, powerful insights and sustainable science happening at OSU. Become part of the conversation and spread the impact and value of science.

We invite you to attend this series of free public talks on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. in OSU’s Learning Innovation Center (LinC), room 100, a 600-person, theater-in-the-round smart arena equipped with wrap-around screens. The talks get underway at 10 a.m., but join us for complimentary coffee/tea at 9 a.m. and see seven interactive science demonstrations—including the Women in Physics club’s ever-popular hovercraft—by our OMSI Science Communications Fellows.

Come for the science and stay for free pizza after the event to continue the dialogue in the atrium.  We welcome scientists, science students and science fans of all ages!

Science Worth Spreading is hosted by the College of Science and sponsored by the Oregon Academy of Science and the American Chemical Society. Our panel of scientists will discuss topics ranging from science start-ups in Oregon and our warming oceans to influencing policy for better decision making.

RSVP today

Register to reserve your spot so we can responsibly plan for food and space. We encourage and welcome everyone to participate—students, families, our local community and others. Find out how science can guide us towards a healthier planet, a healthier people and even a healthier economy.

World-renowned marine ecologist and OSU Distinguished Professor, The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco will kick off the event in a welcome video with a clarion call for the importance and value science offers our society in these changing times.  She served as the Administrator of NOAA and is currently the inaugural U. S. Science Envoy for the Ocean for the U.S. State Department.

Oregon State’s own Terra magazine editor Nick Houtman will emcee the event and lead an interactive panel discussion, and Q&A.

Program highlights

All events will be held in LInC, room 100 except those noted in the atrium.

9:00 a.m.  Coffee/tea/beverages in the atrium

9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interactive OMSI demos in the atrium

10 a.m.  Welcome, Sastry Pantula, Dean of the College of Science and via video Jane Lubchenco

10:10-11:05 a.m.  Scientists present short, 7-minute power talks.

Brent Steel, OSU political scientist and director of the Public Policy Graduate Program, “Weaving Science into Policy.”

Ben Dalziel, OSU population biologist and mathematician, Ecology in the Age of Cities”

Francis Chan, OSU  marine ecologist and co-chair of a 20-person member panel of leading West Coast ocean scientists, “Science in our Changing Oceans”

Sandra Loesgen, OSU chemist, “Drugs from Dirt and Oceans”

Eric Rosenfeld – Oregon’s largest investor in science start-ups, “Starting Up with Science”

Vrushali Bokil – OSU mathematician, “From Love to Despair and Health to Disease: How Mathematics Helps Understand Change”

11:05 – 11:35 a.m.   Interactive panel discussion/Q&A, led by Nick Houtman, editor of Terra magazine

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Free pizza lunch in the atrium

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