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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

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

February 16, 2017

Michael Dickinson
Award winning professor of Biology and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology presents his fascinating discoveries in insect behavior, physiology and evolution

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

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

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

Harry Greene

Discover Science Lecture Series to wrap up with snake expert

Celebrated herpetologist and rewilding proponent Harry W. Green will talk snakes and returning developed land to its natural state


Prepare for lift off with planetary scientist and Saturn expert Carolyn Porco

Discover Science Lecture Series takes a spin through the solar system on March 16


Planetary scientist and Saturn expert Carolyn Porco will speak at University of Nevada, Reno

Discover Science Lecture Series turns its eyes to the sky March 16 as part of the series

Fly guy

Fly expert to explain mystery of why swatting flies is tough

Michael Dickinson, will speak as part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Discover Science Lecture Series

Michael Dickinson

Neuroscientist and bioengineer to speak about aerodynamic feats of fruit flies

Michael Dickinson to present Feb. 16 in free Discover Science Lecture Series at University of Nevada, Reno


Astronomer, Astrobiology Ambassador Derrick Pitts to speak at lecture series

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

Robert Williams is next speaker for the Discover Science Lecture Series, April 21


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.

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