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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."

Robert Ballard - discover scienceRobert Ballard, discoverer of Titanic wreckage, featured at University lecture
March 18, 2014 • By 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 BallardRobert Ballard Titanic discovery lecture
February 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.

alan krauseAlan Krause, CEO of firm that designed new Panama Canal to speak in Discover Science Lecture Series
January 28, 2014 • By 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 GreenePhysicist Brian Greene brings “Why Science Matters” lecture to University
November 13, 2013 • By 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 lectureSteven Strogatz, mathematician, radio show host, author to lecture April 4
March 28, 2013 • By 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 7Michio Kaku, renowned physicist and TV science show host, comes to campus
January 15, 2013 • By Mike Wolterbeek
Michio Kaku to lecture Feb. 7 in Discover Science Lecture Series at Davidson Mathematics and Science Center.

Doug Smith with a wolfYellowstone Wolf Project director to speak Dec. 6
November 16, 2012 • By Mike Wolterbeek
The public is invited to hear the history and latest discoveries in the Yellowstone Wolf Project.

Robert TriversRobert Trivers to speak on deceit, self-deception as part of Discover Science Lecture Series
October 9, 2012 • By 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 guyBill Nye the Science Guy to bring his science to Lawlor Events Center Sept. 6
August 2, 2012 • By 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 oreskesClimate change scientist to debunk debunkers at free Discover Science Lecture Series
April 16, 2012 • By 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
February 6, 2012 • By 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 grayCalTech's Harry Gray to speak Dec. 8 on making clean fuel from sunlight and water
December 6, 2011 • By 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 DaweUniversity hosts United Nations food economy expert for public lecture
November 7, 2011 • By Mike Wolterbeek
University hosts United Nations food economy expert for Discover Science public lecture Nov. 10

Best-selling popular-science author Mary RoachBest-selling author Mary Roach featured in Discover Science Lecture Series
September 12, 2011 • By 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 RooseveltArcheologist and Amazon expert Anna Roosevelt to lecture
March 29, 2011 • By 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 TysonTyson delivers a campus knockout
February 10, 2011 • By 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 GoldmanTahoe expert to speak about world water crisis
November 17, 2010 • By 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 WatermanHuman genome theorist Michael Waterman to lecture
October 28, 2010 • By 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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