Science — Popular Science Pub series slated to visit Dark Horse Wine Bar

Science will come out of the lab and into the bar as University of Oregon chemist David Johnson visits the Dark Horse Wine Bar in Newberg for a “science pub.”

Science pubs began in the 1990s in the United Kingdom as a way to host conversations about cutting edge science among those inclined to learn more. The talks are given in a casual form, including trivia and a question-and-answer sessions, all while customers enjoy food and drink.

Johnson’s talk “Nanotechnology: Unveiling the Big World of the Very Small,” explores how materials barely a billionth of a meter in size are about to revolutionize computer technology, renewable energy, medicine and building materials. The science pub program is an education outreach component of the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry.

“Science pubs offer a great opportunity to start a public conversation about some pretty complex subjects,” said Andy Bedingfield, director of education and outreach for the UO Materials Science Institute. “Not only does the audience learn a thing or two about science, but presenters learn how to make their areas of expertise more understandable. At the end of the night, everyone walks away with their minds expanded.”

The Newberg science pub begins with trivia at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Dark Horse Wine Bar, 1505 E. Portland Road. Johnson’s talk will begin at 6:45 p.m. A wine-tasting flight of at least 10 wines for $10, along with complimentary light snacks, will be offered.

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