On Tuesdays, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is hosting free virtual science pubs via Facebook Live. The local science center has kicked off a new online series of short talks on topics such as geology, ethology and physics.
The virtual science pubs are free, but OMSI does encourage a $5 donation that can be made on their website.
Here are the descriptions and details about the upcoming virtual science pubs.
OMSI Virtual Science Pubs
Art & Science During the Renaissance
Renaissance Man. The term evokes images of men like Leonardo da Vinci conducting different experiments and exploring various topics, inventions, crafts—a man who not only worked in the sciences but in the arts. But in our modern world, we often divide art and science into two different areas of study—you are either artist or scientist, but not both. Why?
During the Renaissance, men of thought didn’t see science and art as opposites, but as complementary. Artists needed to study optics to achieve proper perspective in their paintings, engineering to build statues that wouldn’t crumble under their own weight, anatomy to draw realistic figures, biology to depict landscapes and animals, chemistry to mix proper pigments and fresco plasters… Science didn’t act in contrast to art, but in concert. Without one, there wasn’t the other.
This visually-rich lecture will dive deep into how artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and other great masters of the Renaissance relied on the sciences to transform the art of the Renaissance into the history-changing images we know today and will inspire audiences to explore the connection between the arts and sciences in their own lives, helping us all to see that these two fields of study are not so different, but must build on each other to thrive.
This science pub is Tuesday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m.
A Random Walk Along the River: Vital Connections that Rivers Share with the Land, the Sky, and Us
Rivers are everywhere and affect everything. When all goes well, they provide us with water, power, food, transportation, recreation, and beauty. And when things go wrong, they wipe out our homes or even bring poisoned water to our taps.
But how much do we know about how rivers actually work? How can a river flood one year and dry up the next? Where do canyons come from? How do we make forecasts of floods and water supplies? How do changes in land use and climate impact our rivers? And how does the study of water flow across the landscape – known as hydrology – overlap with other natural and social sciences, from biology to finance, and astrophysics to conflict studies?
In this talk, environmental scientist Dr. Sean Fleming explores how math and physics can reveal the hidden secrets of rivers, offers insights into the deep relationships rivers have with landscapes, ecosystems, and people, and looks at the threats our rivers face and how we can protect them over the long run.
This talk is Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
How the Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Enabled Us to Divine our Seismic Future
Almost everything we love about the San Francisco Bay area is brought to us by the faults. Absent the San Andreas and Hayward faults, there would be no San Francisco Bay, the only deep protected harbor on the California coast, and so the wellspring of the Gold Rush. The Hayward fault lifts up the Berkeley and Oakland Hills, with their magnificent sunset views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The San Gregorio fault makes Big Sur ‘big.’ A bend in the San Andreas fault thrusts up the Santa Cruz Mountains, the spine of the peninsula, and the Marin headlands. These coastal ranges temper the climate, bathe us in fog, and crown us in Redwoods. What I want you to see is that we enjoy the fruits of the faults every day. And so, we must learn to live with their occasional spoils—as befell the San Francisco Bay area in 1868, most famously in 1906, and 1989. You will see that while we can’t predict earthquakes, we know where and why the hazard is high. And we know how to erect buildings that can withstand anything the faults can hurl at them. During this presentation, we’ll move from the discovery of gold to the discovery of what an earthquake is, and how quakes interact, illustrated with four different demos. And, I’ll leave you with the means to assess your own seismic risk, to ensure the safety of your own family.
This science pub is Tuesday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Subzero Encounters: Diving Antarctica
The cold waters of the Southern Ocean are home to the most vibrant marine ecosystem on our planet. Meet the Ocean founder and polar expedition diver Paul North takes us on a journey through the Antarctic food web to share the unexpected invertebrates that cover the seafloor, marvel at the planktonic life that microscopically floats in the water column, and wonder at the whales and penguins that share the surface.
Paul North is the founder of Meet the Ocean – a PDX based nonprofit using storytelling and interactive technology to advocate for Earth’s marine ecosystems. He produces online media and outreach campaigns to encourage public awareness and visits schools and children’s hospitals internationally to present content from Antarctica and other far off destinations.
This talk is Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m.
After the lectures there will be a Q&A session. You will be able to easily ask your questions via the comment section on the Facebook Live. For more information, visit OMSI’s website.
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