Quack Chats

Japanese votive slip
October 4

Ghosts and monsters of Japan to scare up interest at pub talk

Professor Glynne Walley will talk about senjafuda votive slips at the Oct. 9 event
Nadia Singh
September 20

Learn how jumbled genes can help beat nature at its own game

Biologist Nadia Singh will talk about genetic recombination as a way to survive harsh conditions
A cabinet of curiosities
July 4

The history of curiosity to be put under the pub talk lens

Historian Vera Keller will talk about how research came about in a July 10 Quack Chat
Nanomia bijuga, a relative of jellyfish
June 6

Pub talk to dive into the idea of jellyfish-inspired submersibles

Biologist Kelly Sutherland thinks the way jellies swim could be a model for new underwater vehicles
Magma chamber diagram
May 17

Quack Chats explores the insides of the world’s great volcanoes

Geologist Emilie Hooft will talk about the plumbing that allows magma to reach the surface
Teen doing bike acrobatics
May 3

Pub talk will sort out which teens go too far with risky behaviors

Professor Atika Khurana will challenge the stereotype that all teens struggle to manage impulses
Model of brain with teen
April 26

Pub talk will try to unravel the mystery of the teenage brain

Psychology professor Jennifer Pfeifer will talk about how the adolescent brain changes over time
Illustration of masked performers at a medieval festival
April 5

Pub talk to peer into the everyday life of medieval England

English and folklore professor Martha Bayless will show that the Middle Ages could be fun
Colon and related stem cells, colored in green, help Zemper track the cells in mice
March 15

Cell biologist to examine gut-brain connection in pub talk

UO biologist Annie Zemper will dive into gut science and seek to make the topic less squeamish for everyday conversations
Greg Retallack on site of mammoth footprints
February 14

Pub talk will explore Oregon’s dinosaurs and mammoths

Field trips in Eastern Oregon led by Greg Retallack helped put dinosaurs into the state’s past

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