Opera on Screen: Porgy & Bess
Portland Opera and OMSI are collaborating to present our second season of Opera on Screen, a series of film screenings featuring recent productions from the San Francisco Opera, with a special introduction by a Portland Opera staff member.
Porgy and Bess is the Gershwin brothers’ miraculously melded work of classical music, popular song, jazz, blues and spirituals. This quintessentially American masterpiece tells the poignant story of a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves, and the community that sustains them both. Eric Owens and Laquita Mitchell star in the title roles. Porgy and Bess is sung in English with English subtitles.
Duration: 158 mins. | Intermission: 15 mins. | Rating: Ages 13+
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Included in General Admission | The Earth Science Hall also houses the Paleo Lab, where staff and volunteers excavate real dinosaur and ancient Oregon fossils from plaster casts in a setting open to the public.
Included in General Admission | Discover the hair-raising effects of static electricity with the Van de Graff Generator and view some of the first phonographs ever made at the Physics Lab.
Included in General Admission | The Watershed Lab allows visitors to create their own rivers; watch salmon develop from eggs to smolts; explore the microscopic world that supports us all, and see how we all fit into the region we call the Northwest.
Science Pub Portland: Deep-Sea Hot Springs
With Anna-Louise Reysenbach, PhD, Professor of Microbiology in the Biology Department at PSU
Doors Open @ 6PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Most of the biodiversity of life on Earth is microbial. These microscopic organisms occupy almost any conceivable habitat where there is available water, energy and carbon for growth. They live in some of the most salty, cold, hot, nutrient-starved, dry and acidic places on this planet, and they form critical partnerships with many other organisms, including us. At deep-sea vents, microorganisms form the base of the food web, fueling the chemosynthetic-based ecosystem. Here, as the very hot hydrothermal fluids mix with the cold seawater, minerals precipitate out a solution to form mineral deposits called ‘chimneys’. These porous rocks provide habitats for a plethora of new heat-loving microbes, thermophiles.
Using a combination of genomic, ecological and microbiological approaches, Dr Reysenbach will provide insights into how the geology and geochemistry at the deep-sea vents helps drive the diversity of microbes in these systems, and has led to the discovery of many novel branches on the Tree of Life. Many of these organisms have potential medical and industrial applications, and help inform us better when looking for signs of life elsewhere in the Solar System.
Dr. Reysenbach is a microbial ecologist whose research focuses on life in high temperature environments. Her work has taken her to many of the terrestrial and deep-sea hot springs around the world. She has led deep-sea research expeditions using the submersible, Alvin or remotely operated vehicle, Jason to work on the microbes that inhabit the high temperature deep-sea vents. She is internationally known for her research using a combination of genomic and microbial culturing approaches to explore the diversity of microbes in these extreme environments. She has published her research in journals such as Nature and Science, and has participated in several documentaries for BBC, NOVA, OPB among others. She has served on NASA’s Planetary Science Subcommittee and the National Research Council, and serves as an editor for several scientific journals. Her research has been funded by NSF and NASA. Dr. Reysenbach has a Ph.D. from University of Cape Town, South Africa and is Professor of Microbiology in the Biology Department at Portland State University.
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Included in General Admission | Please join us in the front of the hall to clap, sing, and dance to all your favorite tunes. The OMSI Band plays at 10:30AM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
Included in General Admission | The Chemistry Lab offers a wide variety of hands-on experiments and activities, and gives visitors the opportunity to safely mix, measure, and pour chemicals. The Chem Lab website is also the home of Experiencing Chemistry, a unique online resource for chemistry curriculum and engaging experiments.
Life Science Lab
Included in General Admission | The Life Lab, located in OMSI's Life Science Hall is a place of continual change, where exhibits, experiments and the public meet in a more intimate way than in the Halls. The Lab includes a large collection of live animals and a young children's table with lots of fun activities and experiments to allow our younger visitors to explore the life sciences.
Plus! We're highlighting genomics to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. Designed in collaboration with OHSU and PSU, weekend activities include:
Meet a Scientist: Get a glimpse into the work of real scientists focused on genomics, and ask them questions! (Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12)
Phylogeny Tree: Use physical evidence to compare relationships among organisms to understand how additional evidence, such as DNA, can change our understanding of how organisms are related.
DNA Bracelets: Create a DNA bracelet while learning about genomics studies on cancer and mutations, including work at OHSU and PSU.
Pipette Painting: Learn about the importance of measurements and scale in genomic studies by using a micropipette with paints on a dot painting canvas.
LEGO Protein: Challenge yourself to build proteins out of LEGOS to find out how DNA code leads to a functional protein and what happens when things go wrong.
Electrophoresis: Walk through the process of dingin patterns in DNS with the actual equipment.
Included in General Admission | The Vernier Technology Lab features engaging, in-depth units on different aspects of technology, including Security, Biomedical, Robots and Computers, Communications, and Household Technology. The units rotate frequently, so that every time you visit OMSI you'll find something new to do in the lab!
Great White Shark
Misrepresented, maligned and on the verge of extinction, the great white shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. Great White Shark explores the great white's place in our imaginations, in our fears and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain.
Shot on location in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and California, the film concentrates on key global aggregation points, examining what we know about these incredible animals through the eyes of researchers whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Jurassic World | 3D
Twenty-two years after the original Jurassic Park failed, an even bigger and enormously popular attraction has risen on Isla Nubar: Jurassic World. To keep attendance high, the park operators introduce a new, genetically modified hybrid creature called Indominus Rex. Bigger, stronger and far more intelligent than any dinosaur that ever walked the earth, the secretive new breed also proves more dangerous than anyone ever anticipated.
Executive-produced by franchise creator Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, the park's ex-military expert in animal behavior, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, Jurassic World's driven careerist. Together they team up to save the park's tourists when chaos erupts in this blockbuster adventure that will delight fans of the original as much as it thrills a new generation of viewers.
Duration: 124 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Science Pub Eugene: Revisiting Easter Island’s Mysterious Past
With Terry L. Hunt, PhD, Professor of Anthropology and Dean of the Robert D.Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon
$5 Suggested Donation
Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is widely known for its mysterious past: a remote and deforested island covered with nearly a thousand giant statues. What happened and when did it happen? Rapa Nui has also become the “poster child” for societal collapse resulting from reckless human actions. In this lecture Dr. Hunt critically re-evaluates the conventional narrative for this mysterious past. He also revisits one of the most intriguing questions for the island: how were the colossal statues transported to every corner of the island. Science, history, and native traditions converge in Dr. Hunt’s widely acclaimed research on Rapa Nui’s past.
Terry Hunt is Dean of the Clark Honors College and Professor of Anthropology, at the University of Oregon. He is also Professor Emeritus in Anthropology at University of Hawai`i. He earned his Bachelor's Degree at University of Hawai`i, Hilo; his Master's Degree (First Class Honors) at University of Auckland (New Zealand); and his Ph.D. at University of Washington (1989). Dr. Hunt taught at University of Hawai`i for 25 years, and recently moved to University of Oregon in his new role as Dean. Dr. Hunt has been conducting archaeological field research in the Pacific Islands for more than 35 years. He has done extensive work in the Hawaiian Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and Easter Island.
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