Discover Science Lecture Series
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."
2016-17 Featured Speakers
October 13, 2016
Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute & NASA Solar System Ambassador
November 10, 2016
UCLA professor & author of "A Tale of Seven Elements" and other acclaimed academic books, articles and featured via numerous media appearances
February 16, 2017
Award winning endowed chair at UW presents his fascinating discoveries in insect behavior, physiology and evolution
March 16, 2017
A veteran of the Voyager mission, Porco is leading the imaging science of the Cassini Mission presently in orbit around Saturn
May 9, 2017
Cornell professor, world's foremost expert on the biology of snakes and a proponent of re-populating North America with big game
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Previous Discover Science Speakers
Robert Williams is next speaker for the Discover Science Lecture Series, April 21
10/27/2015 • Mike Wolterbeek
Next speaker in the Discover Science Lecture Series at University of Nevada, Reno.
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
4/17/2015 • Mike Wolterbeek
Monster Fish expert Zeb Hogan to talk about big fish at Discover Science Lecture Series May 7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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