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Discover Science Lecture Series

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Mathematician, David Kung | Chemist, Paul Wender | Yahoo Tech Founder, David Pogue | National Geographic's  Monster Fish star, Zeb Hogan.
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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."

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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.

 Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard Titanic discovery lecture

2/10/2014
Robert Ballard best known for the discovery of the Titanic wreckage to speak on campus Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7PM as part of the College of Science's Discover Science Lecture Series.

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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

 strogatz lecture

Steven Strogatz, mathematician, radio show host, author to lecture April 4

3/28/2013 • Mike Wolterbeek
Steven Strogatz will be presenting a free public lecture, "Doing Math in Public," about the beauty of mathematics that pervades the world around us.

 michio kaku lecture Feb 7

Michio Kaku, renowned physicist and TV science show host, comes to campus

1/15/2013 • Mike Wolterbeek
Michio Kaku to lecture Feb. 7 in Discover Science Lecture Series at Davidson Mathematics and Science Center.

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Yellowstone Wolf Project director to speak Dec. 6

11/16/2012 • Mike Wolterbeek
The public is invited to hear the history and latest discoveries in the Yellowstone Wolf Project.

 Robert Trivers

Robert Trivers to speak on deceit, self-deception as part of Discover Science Lecture Series

10/9/2012 • Mike Wolterbeek
Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers of Rutgers University will speak on the evolution of deceit and self-deception on Oct. 16

 bill nye science guy

Bill Nye the Science Guy to bring his science to Lawlor Events Center Sept. 6

8/2/2012 • Mike Wolterbeek
Public invited to be entertained and educated with Bill Nye the Science Guy, the first presentation in the annual Discover Science Lecture Series.

 naomi oreskes

Climate change scientist to debunk debunkers at free Discover Science Lecture Series

4/16/2012 • Mike Wolterbeek
Climate change scientist Naomi Oreskes to debunk debunkers at free Discover Science Lecture Series April 17

 Jeff Lieberman

'Time Warp' host to speak on the nature of curiosity

2/6/2012 • Mike Wolterbeek
Popular television science-show host, musician, artist, researcher, scientist, mathematician and roboticist Jeff Lieberman will be featured in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Discover Science Lecture Series on Feb. 9

 harry gray

CalTech's Harry Gray to speak Dec. 8 on making clean fuel from sunlight and water

12/6/2011 • Mike Wolterbeek
Harry Gray, the force behind an army of hundreds of students working to make solar power a ubiquitous energy source for the world, to give a free public lecture Thursday, Dec. 8.

 David Dawe

University hosts United Nations food economy expert for public lecture

11/7/2011 • Mike Wolterbeek
University hosts United Nations food economy expert for Discover Science public lecture Nov. 10

 Best-selling popular-science author Mary Roach

Best-selling author Mary Roach featured in Discover Science Lecture Series

9/12/2011 • Mike Wolterbeek
Mary Roach will focus on her latest book, "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void," in the free Sept. 13 lecture.

 Anna Roosevelt

Archeologist and Amazon expert Anna Roosevelt to lecture

3/29/2011 • Mike Wolterbeek
The tropical rain forest of the Amazon region was not the vast uninhabited jungle wilderness envisioned by early archeologists, but has been a home to human populations for as long as 12,000 years, according to leading American archeologist Anna Roosevelt

 Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tyson delivers a campus knockout

2/10/2011 • Jean Dixon
The overflow turnout and spirited reaction for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Discover Science” lecture on Feb. 3 is something the campus will not soon forget.

 Charles Goldman

Tahoe expert to speak about world water crisis

11/17/2010 • Mike Wolterbeek
World-renowned limnologist Charles Goldman will present, “Lake Tahoe: Five Decades of Change and the World Water Crisis,” Dec. 2 in College of Science’s Discover Science Lecture Series.

 Michael Waterman

Human genome theorist Michael Waterman to lecture

10/28/2010 • Mike Wolterbeek
The Nov. 4 Discover Science Lecture Series features Michael Waterman, whose work formed one of the theoretical cornerstones for the Human Genome Project.

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