Via Productions
Emergency Messages as of 1:00 am, Sun. Oct. 21
No information currently posted. Operating as usual.
News Releases
Science on Tap Portland -- Cascadia Earthquakes: Reality, Risks, and Improving Resilience - 10/11/18

DATE: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TIME: Event at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) 

LOCATION: Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Ore.

COST: $15* general admission, $8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only) 

FOOD & DRINK: Full Bar, hand pies, pizza rolls, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available.

Event Website: 
https://www.viaproductions.org/events/alberta_oct_16_earthquakes

 

The Pacific Northwest is due for a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and a magnitude 9 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami would likely produce an unprecedented catastrophe much larger than any disaster the state of Oregon has ever faced. Oregon’s resilience to earthquakes is low, thus, preparing for a catastrophic disaster to become more resilient is needed to improve personal safety and safeguard communities and businesses. At this Science on Tap, Yumei Wang, geotechnical engineer at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), will discuss Oregon’s earthquake setting, expected impacts from a Cascadia earthquake and how Oregonians are preparing for “the really big one.”

Yumei Wang focuses on building resilience to natural hazards and earthquake risk management, including on schools, emergency response facilities and critical infrastructure. She provides support to the Chief Financial Office at the Oregon Department of Administrative Services on long range resilience planning, serves on the Board of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup, and has been an advisor to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), to the National Academies liquefaction committee, as well as co-led post-earthquake damage assessments on the 2011 Tohoku, Japan and 2010 Maule, Chile. Wang has been a guest on PBS NewsHour, been interviewed by The New York Times, and appeared in documentaries produced by Oregon Public Broadcast, NOVA, National Geographic, and Discovery. Wang served as a U.S. Congressional Fellow in Washington DC. She is the recipient of the 2018 Le Val Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Risk Reduction.


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 -- Science is Stranger than Fiction: Death and the Afterlife - 10/03/18

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time: Event at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.)

Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Cost: $9 in advance, $10 at the door

Food & Drink: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn, and snacks available.

Event Website: https://www.viaproductions.org/events/kiggins_oct_10_strange

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins seem a far way from science, yet humanity’s fascination with death and the supernatural has influenced research for centuries. The desire to overcome death and understand the strange and unusual of the human condition has inspired many scientists throughout history, particularly within the fields of anatomy and medicine.

At this Science on Tap, Leslie New, PhD, assistant professor of statistics at WSU Vancouver, will take us on a tour of some of the weirdest specimens from museum collections in the western world and describe how scientists through the centuries have tried to understand death and the afterlife. Not for the squeamish, join us for a walk through the more macabre corners of science…if you dare.

_______ 

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

 


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 Portland -- Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World - 09/24/18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Time: Event at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.)

Location: Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Ore.

Tickets: $15 for GA, $34 for book + ticket combo, or $8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only) 

Food & Drink: Full Bar, hand pies, pizza rolls, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available

Event Website: https://www.viaproductions.org/events/alberta_sept_18_geology

Few of us have any conception of the enormous timescales in our planet’s long history, and this narrow perspective underlies many of the environmental problems we are creating for ourselves. The passage of nine days, which is how long a drop of water typically stays in Earth’s atmosphere, is something we can easily grasp. But spans of hundreds of years—the time a molecule of carbon dioxide resides in the atmosphere—approach the limits of our comprehension. Our everyday lives are shaped by processes that vastly predate us, and our habits will in turn have consequences that will outlast us by generations. 

At this Science on Tap, Marcia Bjornerud, PhD, will talk about her new book Timefulness and will present a new way of thinking about our place in time that will enable us to make decisions on multigenerational timescales. Knowing the rhythms of Earth’s deep past and conceiving of time as a geologist does can give us the perspective we need for a more sustainable future.

Dr. Bjornerud is a professor of geology and environmental studies at Lawrence University, the author of Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth, and a contributing writer for Elements, the New Yorker’s science and technology blog.

Books will be available for sale ($25) and signing, courtesy of Broadway Books.
 


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.