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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 Featured Speakers

Thursday, February 12th
Paul Wender,
Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University
Milton D. Glick Discover Science Lecture
7 PM - Glick Ballroom, 4th Floor Joe Crowley Student Union (north campus)

Thursday, April 2nd
David Pogue, Founder of Yahoo Tech
7 PM - Redfield Auditorium, Davidson Mathematics & Science Ctr

Thursday, May 7th
Zeb Hogan, Star of National Geographic's Monster Fish television show and University of Nevada, Reno professor
7 PM - Redfield Auditorium, Davidson Mathematics & Science Ctr

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 Char Hagemann, College of Science Director of Development:
Support the Series

Previous Discover Science Speakers

 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 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.

 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

 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.

 Doug Smith with a wolf

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

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