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February Pub Talk

Science Pub: “On Composting Humans: Biology and Bioethics”
Feb 7th, 2022 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sip your favorite brew, while you learn a thing or two! Science Pub is an opportunity to enjoy learning about science in an informal atmosphere; no scientific background necessary! Just bring your curiosity and a thirst to learn.

There are 2 ways to be at this event:

  1. In Person – Paradise Creek Brewery will be seating indoors at 100% capacity and the pub talk will be broadcast/projected on a the large projection screen in the pub/restaurant area.
  2. On Zoom – Register for the Zoom Talk HERE. Place a food/drink order for pick up at Paradise Creek Brewery’s Downtown Restaurant – 245 SE Paradise St, Pullman. Local delivery is also available. Mention Science Pub and you’ll be sent a link by text or email to join the event. Tip: Place your order early so it’s ready by Science Pub time.

See the Facebook event here

This month’s speakers:

Join Lynne Carpenter-Boggs and Bill Kabasenche on February 7th for their pub talk, “On Composting Humans: Biology and Bioethics”.

In 2019 Washington State became the first to legalize Natural Organic Reduction, or the use of composting for human funerals. Behind the legal process was WSU research and a process of research assurances. We’ll look at the ethics of new research, how NOR developed, and where these processes came together to support a change in the funeral industry.

Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs is a Professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture in the WSU Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. She directs the WSU Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture. Her background in soil microbiology, alternative agricultural systems, and livestock mortality composting supported the development of natural organic reduction.

Dr. Bill Kabasenche is a professor of philosophy in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs and the Ethics Education Director in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. He is also a Fellow in the Center for Reproductive Biology. His research focuses on a variety of ethical issues in the sciences and biotechnology and in health care.

 

November Pub Talk

Science Pub: “Air Bubbles and Huckleberries: Water Across Scales from Cells to Ecosystems”
Nov 15th, 2022 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sip your favorite brew, while you learn a thing or two! Science Pub is an opportunity to enjoy learning about science in an informal atmosphere; no scientific background necessary! Just bring your curiosity and a thirst to learn.

There are 2 ways to be at this event:

  1. In Person – Paradise Creek Brewery will be seating indoors at 100% capacity and the pub talk will be broadcast/projected on a the large projection screen in the pub/restaurant area.
  2. On Zoom – Register for the Zoom Talk HERE. Place a food/drink order for pick up at Paradise Creek Brewery’s Downtown Restaurant – 245 SE Paradise St, Pullman. Local delivery is also available. Mention Science Pub and you’ll be sent a link by text or email to join the event. Tip: Place your order early so it’s ready by Science Pub time.

See the Facebook event here

This month’s speakers:

Join Mark Swanson and Andrei Smertenko on November 15th for their pub talk, “Air Bubbles and Huckleberries: Water Across Scales From Cells to Ecosystems”.

“Water is a key resource for plants, especially in arid ecosystems. Water-related processes that affect plants and their survival operate at scales from individual cells up to the scale of landscapes.  In this talk, Dr. Andrei Smertenko and Dr. Mark Swanson discuss how plants, water, and the physical environment interact, with outcomes relevant far beyond the plants themselves. Dr. Smertenko will give the audience insight into plant-water relations at the scale of cells and tissues, using stunning microscopic photography techniques, while Dr. Swanson will discuss research on how even dead trees can keep much needed water for plants (trees and shrubs) attempting to recolonize disturbed sites. In a time of climate change, an understanding of the fascinating relationship between plants and water is key to interpreting what is happening in ecosystems, and devising strategies for mitigating impacts of drought on humans.”

Dr. Mark Swanson is Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology and Silviculture and is the Forest Ecology and Management Program Leader in the School of the Environment and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. Mark’s research interests include: compositional, structural, and function attributes of early succession on forest sites in the Pacific Northwest, the ecology of native large mammals,
forest disturbance processes, including fire and volcanic eruption and he regularly participates in agricultural and horticultural research with partners within WSU

Dr. Andrei Smertenko is Associate Professor in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, He received his Ph.D at the National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine. The Smertenko lab studies the role of cellular architecture in the regulation of life and death processes in plants. They combine diverse techniques including advanced live-cell imaging, genetics, biochemistry, modelling and cell biology to address fundamental questions of plant biology. Current research projects in the lab focus on: Structural proteins of microtubules and actin filaments, regulation of cytoskeletal organization and dynamics, mechanisms of cell division, terminal differentiation and programmed cell death, alteration of cytoplasm architecture in response to stress.

 

EFA Social at JSMOA

You are invited to attend the EFA Social at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU Pullman on Oct 19th, 5 – 6:30 PM.

Come enjoy a drink, light hors d’oeuvres, learn about our fall/spring activities, meet like-minded peers, see amazing art, and network with people who can support your initiative and advance your efforts.

To RSVP please click here.

October Pub Talk

Science Pub: “Communication Breakdown: Why Talking to People When Designing and Operating Buildings is Important”
Oct 11th, 2022 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sip your favorite brew, while you learn a thing or two! Science Pub is an opportunity to enjoy learning about science in an informal atmosphere; no scientific background necessary! Just bring your curiosity and a thirst to learn.

There are 2 ways to be at this event:

  1. In Person – Paradise Creek Brewery will be seating indoors at 100% capacity and the pub talk will be broadcast/projected on a the large projection screen in the pub/restaurant area.
  2. On Zoom – Register for the Zoom Talk HERE. Place a food/drink order for pick up at Paradise Creek Brewery’s Downtown Restaurant – 245 SE Paradise St, Pullman. Local delivery is also available. Mention Science Pub and you’ll be sent a link by text or email to join the event. Tip: Place your order early so it’s ready by Science Pub time.

See the Facebook event here

This month’s speakers:

Join Craig Parks and Julia Day on October 11th for their pub talk, “Communication Breakdown: Why Talking to People When Designing and Operating Buildings is Important”.

People spend up to 94% of their lives in buildings! It is critically important that buildings meet our basic needs, but we must also be cognizant of how our buildings impact our resources, carbon emissions, health, and most of all, other people. Our research has shown many of the issues that arise in the design and operation of buildings can be traced back to lack of communication and basic understanding of human behaviors. Perhaps we can design and build better buildings by simply talking to people. Come join us to hear outrageous stories of our shared experiences in this research area.

Dr. Craig Parks is Associate Vice President for Health Sciences and professor of Psychology. His primary area of expertise is in human cooperation, specifically how to encourage people to set aside personal interest in favor of the collective good. His work incorporates findings from sociology, economics, environmental science, design, anthropology, public policy, and science communication.

 

Dr. Julia Day teaches the building science courses for Architecture and Construction Management in the School of Design + Construction. Day also serves as the Director of WSU’s Integrated Design + Construction Lab (the ID+CL). The ID+CL team targets interdisciplinary research to advance building energy savings and occupant comfort through market transformation, education, and innovation. Day holds a joint appointment with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.