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Science on Tap Portland -- Cause and Effect: Racism, Poverty, and Public Health - 01/08/18

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: https://www.albertarosetheatre.com" target="_blank">Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Ore.
Cost: 15 general admission, $8 student with ID, under 21 with parent/guardian only
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, hand pies, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available

The lives of many Americans are shaped by living with long-term trauma brought on by discrimination and poverty. Chronic exposure to adverse life events such as racism or racialization, gender-based prejudice, fewer opportunities for education and employment, high rates of incarceration, and systemic inequity have tangible health effects on both individuals and communities. Although uniquely complicated, science can help navigate the scope of the mechanisms and their real world impact, and hopefully help us engage the issue to redress the harm.

At this Science on Tap, epidemiologist Dr. Frank A. Franklin, PhD, JD, MPH, Director of the Community Epidemiology Services at the Multnomah County Health Department, will explore the intersection of inequality and public health and the search for how to improve the well-being of vulnerable populations.

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Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, drink a pint, and enjoy learning. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun--all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

For more information on this event or about Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.

Science on Tap Vancouver -- Inventive Connections: Movie Stars, Math, & Marine Mammals - 01/03/18

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.
Cost: $9 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.

Movie stars are adored by the public, but often just for their looks and talents on the silver screen. Actress Hedy Lamarr was once known as "the most beautiful woman in the world," but was also an inventor. She and a colleague designed radio-skipping technology to help the US Navy guide torpedoes more effectively during WWII, but her invention was ignored for decades until it was revisited and used as part of the foundation for wifi, GPS, and cellphones. She and many other women have contributed to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but have been dismissed or deliberately forgotten by virtue of their gender. The contributions of these women play an integral role in our everyday lives and in that of scientists around the world, but their work is often forgotten.

At this Science on Tap, Leslie New, PhD, assistant professor of statistics at WSU Vancouver, will celebrate the unique life and mathematical accomplishments of Ms. Lamarr. In a satisfying twist, Dr. New will also describe how Ms. Lamarr's work on wireless technologies, originally intended for the Navy, currently helps her study and protect marine mammals such as whales and dolphins.

This event is in collaboration with the Kiggins Theatre's showing of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story from January 12-18.

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Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver.

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Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, drink a pint, and enjoy learning. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun--all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

For more information on this event or about Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.