Picture a scientist. What do you see? Beakers? Check. Lab coats? Check. Wild fuzzy hair? Check. Old white dude? Check. Girl? Not so much. Today, right now, girls are killing it in math and science. They are taking more science credits in high school than boys and earning higher grades. What they aren’t doing is choosing science careers. Why is that? What does science have to say about this persistent gender gap? Dr. Brandy Todd, a.k.a. Eugene SLUG Queen Professor Doctor Mildred Slugwak Dresselhaus, director of the Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE), has spent the last 10 years researching and implementing engaging, hands-on science with girls. At this next Science on Tap, Dr. Todd—in a presentation called “Girls, Goggles, and Blowing Stuff Up”—will dive deep into the obstacles girl scientists face, share what parents, teachers, and allies can do to support budding girls scientists, and extol the virtue of a wicked set of bangs. You can get advance tickets for this show here.
Science on Tap is a monthly lecture series at the Kiggins Theatre, offered in partnership with Via Productions (“Better Learning Through Beer”) and Washington State University Vancouver. The presentation starts at 7 p.m., but the Kiggins will open its doors at 6 p.m. so you can find a seat and purchase yummy refreshments: beer, wine, soda, pizza, and theater-style popcorn and candy. Tickets are $8 in advance (click here to purchase online) or $10 suggested donation at the door. Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of a few dollars. Come anyway and donate what you can! Buying a ticket in advance merely confirms that you will have a seat at the event.