CORVALLIS, Ore. – Rivers shape landscapes, feed people and enchant us with their waterfalls, meanders and tumultuous rapids. 

At the Corvallis Science Pub on May 14, Sean Fleming, book author and courtesy professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, will discuss how rivers interact with the land in the Northwest and around the world.

Science Pub begins at 6 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2ndSt. in Corvallis and is free and open to the public. Due to the continuing popularity of Science Pub, attendance will be limited, and advance registration will be required. Registration is available online or by calling University Events at 541-737-4717. People who arrive without a ticket are welcome but will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m.

Fleming is a geophysicist with extensive experience in operational and research hydrology. He runs a data science consultancy and holds affiliate positions at Oregon State, the University of British Columbia and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He will draw on his recent Princeton University Press book, “Where the River Flows: Scientific Reflections on Earth’s Waterways.”

Podcasts of previous Corvallis Science Pub events on topics such as the roadside geology of Oregon and the bond between people and dogs are available at

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.


General OSU

About Oregon State University: As one of only three land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 34,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport, OSU Portland Center and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

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Nick Houtman, [email protected], 541-737-0783


Sean Fleming, [email protected], 541-250-1248

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