Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. 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!


Wednesday, July 25th at 7pm


Our brains undergo numerous changes that affect memory, motor, and sensory functions as we age. Many of these changes are amplified in diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Could music limit the effects of aging and neurodegenerative diseases? 
At this event, learn from Dr. Larry Sherman, a musician and Professor of Neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University, and singer/songwriter Naomi LaViolette as they explore how listening, practicing, and performing music influence the brain, and how these activities could impact brain aging and disease. They will also discuss Naomi’s work as a pianist, vocalist, arranger, and composer with Steven Goodwin, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and the Saving His Music project, which has received prominent coverage in national and local news.
Join us and enjoy a multi-media presentation that combines live music and visuals with discussions about cutting edge science. Both Dr. Sherman and Ms. LaViolette will be performing live music ranging from Debussy, Leonard Cohen, and the Beatles to original pieces by Ms. LaViolette and Steven Goodwin.
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office.

Music and the aging brain

Wednesday, August 8th at 7pm


The world is a colorful place, and pigments are responsible for coloring everything in nature…from the needles of evergreen trees to your pet’s fur to the skin and eyes of your loved ones. Melanin, the black pigment found in humans, generates eye, hair and skin color, but we do not completely understand how it is generated. With a better understanding of the biology of melanin, is it possible to modify the amount made to protect ourselves from the sun? Can we find new treatments for pigment cell diseases such as melanoma and albinism?
At this Science on Tap, Cynthia Cooper, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics at WSU Vancouver, will describe the complexity and beauty of pigment, the hard work it does in your skin, and how using zebrafish as a model can help us better understand how pigment develops and functions in humans.
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office.

Wednesday, September 12th at 7pm


The Ebola virus causes a frightening and deadly disease most commonly found in central and west Africa, and the most effective efforts to control it combine both medical intervention and cultural understanding of the people it threatens the most. Without context, the fact that village people often flee, refuse to cooperate, and sometimes physically attack members of intervention teams seems confusing, but these local responses to epidemics are rooted both in culture and in human nature. Barry Hewlett, PhD, professor of anthropology at WSU Vancouver, was the first social scientist to be invited by the World Health Organization to work on Ebola control efforts in central Africa. At this Science on Tap, join him on an improbable journey through the heart of Africa to discover how local people view epidemics and how their knowledge and practices can help to control outbreaks. Also, learn how other countries might use the insights of anthropologists to design more effective public health campaigns around other epidemics.
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office.


Wednesday, 07/25/18 7:00 PM
Wednesday, 08/08/18 7:00 PM
Wednesday, 09/12/18 7:00 PM
When: Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm
Cost: $9.00 Advance tickets
$10.00* suggested cover at the door
Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.
For more info: visit  VIA Productions.
*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.