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Research On Tap

The Oklahoma State University Division of the Vice President for Research, in partnership with Iron Monk Brewery, is excited to present an opportunity for you, the public, to meet and interact with experts from a wide range of research fields at OSU. Researchers from the sciences, arts and humanities will be joined by Dr. Kenneth Sewell, the Vice President for Research, to have a conversation regarding their work and the impact it has on you and your community. Ample time will be provided for you to interact with the researcher and questions are encouraged in this informal, but informative, setting.

We hope you will join us the third Monday of each month to enjoy some of Stillwater’s own local brew while chatting about some of the impactful and interesting research happening here on the OSU campus. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes of open dialogue between Dr. Sewell and the researcher, followed by questions and discussion from the audience.

In 1998, researchers made a surprising discovery. Analyzing thousands of patient records, they discovered that exposure to multiple types of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), including abuse, neglect, and other stressful experiences, had devastating effects on adult health and well-being. Research during the past two decades confirms that ACEs increase the risk of chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease, stroke, autoimmune diseases), mental health problems, health-harming behaviors, and social problems affecting our communities (teen pregnancy, school drop-out, delinquency, violence and crime). Recent research in neuroscience, genetics, and human behavior explains how childhood adversity literally “gets under the skin,” changing cells, brains, and even DNA making individuals vulnerable to future stress and health risks.

Equally important, however, is the growing knowledge that positive childhood experiences can mitigate the harmful effects of ACEs. We are learning how Protective and Compensatory Experiences (PACEs) can buffer the effects of ACEs, how relationships and resources allow children, adults, and communities to become resilient in the face of ACEs.

Join us in taking a look at our own ACEs and PACEs, the history of ACEs in our state and communities, and how we can create societal and personal practices that promote resilience through nurturing relationships, strong and supportive cultural institutions, and enriching experiences for children and adults of all ages. 

 Research on Tap Flyer - Hays-Grudo


We look forward to seeing you at the Iron Monk Brewery Taproom, 519 South Husband, on Monday, April 15, at 5:30 pm.




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Upcoming Schedule:

April 15: Dr. Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

May 20: Dr. Heather Fahlenkamp, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering