Thursday, August 2, 2018

OMSI Science Pub

Hanford Nuclear Site

5 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. presentation

$5 suggested donation; $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats

All ages welcome

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Presented by: Ken Niles, Assistant Director for Nuclear Safety, and Jeff Burright, Technical Staff, at the Oregon Department of Energy

Hanford Nuclear Site

Hanford Nuclear Site

The Hanford Nuclear Site is home to the world’s largest environmental cleanup. Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, Hanford produced plutonium for America’s nuclear weapons program for 45 years. That process created enormous amounts of radioactive and chemically hazardous wastes and impacted the Columbia River at times. Since cleanup began in 1989, there have been some significant accomplishments and some spectacular challenges. Cleanup is not expected to be completed until the 2070s or later. Learn about the extent of contamination at the beginning of cleanup, and the progress and challenges that remain, including the 56 million gallons of high-level waste stored in 177 aging underground storage tanks.

About the speakers:
Ken Niles is the Assistant Director for Nuclear Safety at the Oregon Department of Energy.  Ken manages Oregon’s involvement in cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Site, the safe transport of radioactive materials through Oregon, and emergency preparedness in the event of a nuclear accident.  Ken joined the Oregon Department of Energy in July 1989. Prior to that, he spent 11 years as a broadcast news reporter, working in both radio and television. A native Oregonian, Ken earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon State College in March 1992.

Jeff joined the Oregon Department of Energy in November 2017. He brings prior experience providing technical decision support for complex Federal nuclear remediation projects around the country, as well as knowledge of radioactive waste management at a national level. Jeff is focused on issues surrounding the retrieval and treatment of Hanford’s high-level radioactive tank waste. Also a native Oregonian, Jeff holds a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University.

$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets available online or at the OMSI front desk until midnight the day prior to the event.

OMSI Science Pub

OMSI Science Pub

Science Pub Mission is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email:

Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please visit the McMenamins Mission Theater website for a dinner menu and venue information.




About Mission Theater

Featuring Music, Movies & Events

Our historic Mission Theater in Northwest Portland features special movie screenings, live music, engaging talks, select sports event screenings and other fun experiences—join us for the next event! We’ve installed a much larger screen & a thundering new sound system, and have space for you to either sit or stand.  

Food and Drinks at the Mission
We’ve got a full bar, pizza, salad and concessions for you to enjoy.

Theater pricing and policies 
•  All shows are 21 and over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or unless stated otherwise.
•  Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before show time, unless stated otherwise.
•  Admission is $2 for adults and children for shows starting before 5pm, $4 for adults and $3 for children after 5pm, unless stated otherwise.
•  Daily ticket specials only apply to standard movies and are not available for special screenings or events.

Accommodations Closed Captioning 

Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seat’s cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of headphones: hearing impaired headphones that amplify the dialogue, or visual impaired headphones that describe the scenery and action. Just inquire before showtime to use any of these devices.

Please note: Mission Theater is wheelchair accessible.

Online Ticket Questions

If you purchased a ticket accidentally, for the wrong show or theater, or need a refund for any other reason, please call us at (503) 223-4527 for assistance.


Menu  Dietary Restrictions  Catering

We’ll serve you a meal or a snack to enjoy while you sit and take in the feature film. Enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, salads and movie concessions – along with both non-alcoholic beverages and our own handcrafted ales, wines, hard cider and beer (plus guest taps).


The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

From a church to a theater-pub, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info!

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The Mission Theater (ca. 1912) offers historic splendor in the heart of Northwest Portland. The preserved balcony, ornate finishes, woodwork, high ceilings and grand stage all make for a magnificent and memorable wedding venue. Our catering, staff, and sweeping area for a dance floor add the desirable detail to your big day.

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