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Discover Science Lecture Series

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Stimulating discussion from renowned scientists

Established in 2010, the Discover Science lecture series brings renowned scientists from all over the country to the University of Nevada, Reno campus to present their knowledge to the community in a series of engaging lectures at the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. Click here for a campus map.

Seating for all Discover Science lectures is available on a first come, first serve basis - all lectures are free of charge. Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking garage located on N. Virginia Street.

"Science encompasses a wonderfully diverse collection of explorations into the unknown," Jeff Thompson, Dean of the College of Science, said. "Join us and experience the extent of the science universe as the best scientists on the planet visit Nevada for our Discover Science Lecture Series."

2015-16 Featured Speakers

October 1, 2015

Simon Winchester
New York Times best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman.

November 19, 2015

Karl Karstrom
The recipient of the 2015 Annual Research Lecturer award, one of the highest honors that University of New Mexico bestows on its faculty.

February 4, 2016

David Quammen (Note: Date may change due to possible travel for next book)
Contributing writer for National Geographic shares his insights into global issues of science and conservation. Author of the book Spillover.

March 10, 2016

Paul Alan Cox
TIME magazine has named Cox one of 11 "Heroes of Medicine" for his work in ethnobotanical drug discovery.

April 21, 2016

Bob Williams
Senior Research Astronomer-Space Telescope Science Institute & Past-President, International Astronomical Union.

Support the Lectures

The Discover Science Lecture Series is made possible by many generous donors to the College of Science.

If you would like to financially support the series, please contact Donna Knotek, College of Science Director of Development:
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Previous Discover Science Speakers

Robert Williams, Hubble Telescope scientist

Hubble telescope director reveals passion for astronomy, exploring universe

Robert Williams is next speaker for the Discover Science Lecture Series, April 21

Robert Williams

Hubble Telescope project director to talk on searching for the ends of the universe

Robert Williams next speaker in the Discover Science Lecture Series April 21 at University of Nevada, Reno


Grand Canyon expert Karl Karlstrom to talk on origins of natural wonder of world

10/27/2015 • Mike Wolterbeek
Next speaker in the Discover Science Lecture Series at University of Nevada, Reno.

Zeb Hogan

Zeb Hogan, researcher and Monster Fish expert, to talk about big fish

5/1/2015 • Mike Wolterbeek
Zeb Hogan, researcher and Monster Fish expert, to talk about big fish at College of Science’s Discover Science lecture May 7

Zeb Hogan with big fish

Monster Fish expert Zeb Hogan to talk about big fish

4/17/2015 • Mike Wolterbeek
Monster Fish expert Zeb Hogan to talk about big fish at Discover Science Lecture Series May 7

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Monster fish, indicator of ecosystem health, face extinction crisis

3/19/2015 • Mike Wolterbeek
Monster fish, two dozen species of large freshwater fish weighing more than 200 pounds, are an alarming indicator of the health of aquatic ecosystems around the world.

David Pogue

NOVA host, science fan David Pogue to give free public lecture

3/17/2015 • Mike Wolterbeek
David Pogue, the host of NOVA ScienceNow, founder of Yahoo Tech, and an accomplished musician will present the Discover Science lecture April 2.

Paul Wender

Leader in molecular chemistry and designer molecules to give free public lecture

2/9/2015 • Mike Wolterbeek
Stanford Professor Paul Wender has made many highly significant original contributions to synthetic and bio-organic chemistry. He will talk about his work Feb. 12, 7 p.m., in the Milt Glick Distinguished Discover Science Lecture.

Paul Wender

Leader in molecular chemistry and designer molecules to give public lecture

1/14/2015 • Mike Wolterbeek
Professor and organic chemist Paul Wender will talk about his work in the Glick Distinguished Discover Lecture Series at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

David Kung

Mathematics comes to life in a musically entertaining evening of education

10/6/2014 • Shelby Wilburn
Award-winning professor and author David Kung featured in Discover Science Lecture Series examines the musical experience from a mathematical perspective.

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Robert Ballard, discoverer of Titanic wreckage, featured at University lecture

3/18/2014 • Mike Wolterbeek
Robert Ballard, discoverer of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic, the battleship Bismarck, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and President John F. Kennedy's PT-109 is the final speaker in this year’s Discover Science Lecture Series.

alan krause

Alan Krause, CEO of firm that designed new Panama Canal to speak in Discover Science Lecture Series

1/28/2014 • Mike Wolterbeek
Alan Krause, whose engineering firm is the lead on the massive Panama Canal expansion project, will be the speaker in the College of Science Discover Science Lecture Series.

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