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Science on Tap -- Making Memories: Using Neuroscience to Enhance Teaching and Learning (Photo) - 08/11/22

Date: Thursday August 25th, 2022

Time: 7 pm

Location: Kiggins Theatre Vancouver, Wa

Tickets: $15-$45

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How does your brain learn best? As the field of neuroscience uncovers the neural mechanisms of perception and learning, can we begin to bring these findings into the classroom to help improve how students learn?

Back by popular demand, this hilarious Science on Tap will discuss the brain’s learning networks, emotional connections and how the visual and motor pathways influence what we process. Join us as Dr. Mark Pitzer demonstrates of how each brain circuit can be recruited by instructors to improve teaching/learning in and out of the classroom and how neuroscience can make learning truly memorable. 

Mark Pitzer, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist at the University of Portland. For the last 25 years he has worked to better understand diseases of the brain. He has worked on techniques to improve the survival of newly transplanted brain cells as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease and, more recently, conducted experiments using a genetic technique to halt the production of toxic proteins in the brain as a potential treatment for Huntington’s disease. Currently, his lab is conducting experiments designed to identify the neural circuits and neurotransmitters that play a role in the personality changes that affect those who suffer from Huntington’s disease. Mark is also an award-winning teacher that uses the findings from the fields of learning and neuroscience to invoke enduring enthusiasm, curiosity and deep learning in his college students.

This event is in person at Kiggins Theatre only and will not be livestreamed.


Vaccine cards required and checked at entry. Masks are recommended (and subject to be required following any County mandate changes).

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Science on Tap -- As The Crow Flies Part III: Behavior and Cultural Coevolution with People (Photo) - 07/27/22

Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

Time: 7 pm

Location: Register on Zoom (YouTube livestream also available)

Tickets: $15-$5 suggested donation (Support us on Patreon or make a one-time donation here)

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Crows are everywhere: they are found on nearly every continent and thrive in human dominated environments. They have influenced art and literature throughout history, and whether they inspire love or hate, they have certainly impacted the hearts and minds of the humans who share their space. Because crows are so common, it may be easy to overlook the fact that they are very intelligent and have complex behaviors and social structures.

In this sequel to her two of her extremely popular talks on corvid behavior, Dr. Kaeli Swift will continue her exploration of the corvid brain behavior to include areas of research on how crows have co-evolved with people and how this is reflected in their behavior and ours. She’ll touch on mythology, commonly asked questions about crow human interactions/conflicts, and new research. 

Kaeli Swift, PhD, is an avian behavioral ecologist who has spent the past decade working with corvids including American crows and Canada jays. She will introduce and explain to us the world of these fascinating birds and why they make such an impact on our lives. You can find Dr. Swift on Twitter and Instagram @corvidresearch where she talks about crows, corvids, and other wildlife and plays a weekly game called #CrowOrNo to help people learn how to correctly ID and distinguish different kinds of corvids.

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Visit our YouTube page for the live show (refresh until you see the video post), or watch the high quality version on Zoom (register above).

The recorded shows will be available to our Patreon members. 

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 Science on Tap OR WA.

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