They might wolf down the great sandwiches, chili and local brew, but what the crowd at the monthly Corvallis Science Pub really wants is a good science story. Since 2009, Oregon State students, faculty, retirees and community residents have been jamming the Old World Deli, a mainstay of the downtown Corvallis restaurant scene, to hear about issues from the tough (climate change, GMOs, sexual health) to the curious (how our sense of taste works, the Dharma of DNA, the science of skin).
The Downtown Corvallis Association, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Terra magazine at Oregon State sponsor Corvallis Science Pub events, which typically draw more than 100 people. Attendees get to test their knowledge with a trivia quiz before the presentation. And there is always time for a lively Q&A with the speakers.
Science Pub is held on the second Monday of the month, September to November and January to June. It is free and open to the public. See upcoming speakers at oregonstate.edu/terra/science-pub-corvallis.