Join us at a local pub for an evening of learning and libations. Presenters from around the region will share their knowledge on a variety of subjects, while you enjoy your favorite drink!
6:30 - 8pm at Howiee's in Medford
16 N. Front St.
The Biofuel Alternative
Scott Plumber, PhD
A fact-filled presentation on the current and future state of alternative energy with a focus on strains of algae that could one day become an emission-free source of hydrogen, and power, for the planet and its people.
Looking far into the future, such hydrogen could one day turn on a lightbulb, fuel an automobile and even ignite the power grid of an entire city. Hydrogen-generating algae could make it possible to create the commercial-scale production of energy that is not only green - but also significantly less expensive than current methods of power-production.
Dr. Plummer is currently the CTO and Founder of H2OPE Biofuels, llc, a molecular hydrogen bioenvironmental startup committed to a renewable and pollution-free solution for the energy needs of the world.
Scott received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Molecular Biology and Environmental Chemistry from Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, Colorado as well as two Master of Science degrees in Applied Chemistry and Biological Engineering from CSM and Cornell University, respectively. His Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Chemistry is also from CSM. Dr. Plummer has also obtained undergraduate and graduate experience in math, pre-medicine, astrophysics, cell biology, and biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University, the University of Colorado, and CSM.
Scott is a chemist and genetic engineer specializing in alternative energy research. He owns H2OPE Biofuels, a biotech company specializing in biohydrogen, a third generation biofuel.
Cascadia: Ready or Not!
Althea Rizzo, PhD
With a 10,000 year history of past megathrust earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction zone, we know we will face another one someday. Are you ready? Is your community ready? Letís find out! This talk will highlight the hazards and how to prepare for them.
Althea joined Oregon Emergency Management in 2008 as the Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator after completing a one year National Weather Service-funded program as Tsunami Coordinator for the City of Lincoln City. She is a member of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and serves as the co-chair of the Warning Subcommittee. She has successfully implemented outreach programs for seismic hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Dr. Rizzo has been a frequent instructor and lecturer on hazard mitigation, risk reduction and outreach program design and implementation.
Tracking Energy: The Original Science
Everyone is a tracker - it's in one's DNA and even modern humans can not escape from the power of the "trackers mind". Once early hunters walked off the trail of their quarry in order to prove a working hypothesis and deduce an animals location: Science was born!....and they successfully ate well. Ever since time forgotten humans have tracked all manner of energy. What do you track? Your Kids? Numbers? Sounds? This primal skill is utilized at very high levels today but most have lost their connection to the language of tracking....re-awaken it tonight!
Joe is the University of Vermont's Tracking Instructor and the Director of Coyote Trails School of Nature. Always an outdoor enthusiast, Joe began imprinting on nature at an early age and fondly recalls his first backcountry trip at age 7. He is a graduate of Southern Oregon University and attended Miami University where he studied Business Administration, Space Physics, Bio- Physics and Cellular Biology.