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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.

Each Discover Science lecture begins at 7 pm in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center's Redfield Auditorium (RM 110) and 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."

2016-17 Featured Speakers

October 13, 2016

Derrick Pitts
Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute  & NASA Solar System Ambassador
https://www.fi.edu/scientists/derrick-pitts-hond

November 10, 2016

Eric Scerri
UCLA professor (Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry) and author of "A Tale of Seven Elements" and other acclaimed academic books, articles and featured via numerous media appearances
http://www.ericscerri.com

February 16, 2017

Michael Dickinson
Award winning endowed chair at the University of Washington presents his fascinating discoveries in insect behavior, physiology and evolution
http://www.washington.edu/news/tag/michael-dickinson/

March 16, 2017

Carolyn Porco
A veteran of the Voyager mission, Porco is leading the imaging science of the Cassini Mission presently in orbit around Saturn
http://carolynporco.com/

May 9, 2017

Harry Greene
Cornell professor, world's foremost expert on the biology of snakes and a proponent of re-populating North America with big game
http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/greene/greene.html

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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About Our Discover Science Speakers

DerrickPitts

Astronomer, Astrobiology Ambassador Derrick Pitts to speak at lecture series

9/14/2016
Next speaker in the Discover Science Lecture Series Oct. 13 at University of Nevada, Reno

Robert Williams, Hubble Telescope scientist

Hubble telescope director reveals passion for astronomy, exploring universe

4/14/2016
Robert Williams is next speaker for the Discover Science Lecture Series, April 21

karl-karlstrom

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

zeb hogan and payara

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 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.

Robert Ballard - discover science

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.

Brian Greene

Physicist Brian Greene brings “Why Science Matters” lecture to University

11/13/2013 • Mike Wolterbeek
Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and an entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts, will be speaking Dec. 5

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