Discover Science Lecture Series: bringing the world's leading scientists to the community

Attending the Discover Science Lecture Series

Free and open to the public

Lectures start at 7 pm
Davidson Math and Science Center
Room 110

Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian Whalen Parking Complex.

The Discover Science Lecture Series was founded by the College of Science in 2010, with the goal of bringing the country's top scientists to the University to share their knowledge, research and wisdom with the community.

"Science encompasses a wonderfully diverse collection of explorations into the unknown. We invite science lovers and the science-curious to join us and experience the extent of the science universe as the best scientists on the planet visit the University of Nevada, Reno for our Discover Science Lecture Series," Jeff Thompson, Dean of the College of Science said.

Past speakers in the series include astrophysicists Michio Kaku and Neil deGrasse Tyson; Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic; and Bill Nye the Science Guy.


Upcoming speaker: November 15, 2018

David Hillis
Professor and evolutionary biologist Dr. David Hillis presents his lecture titled "Applications of the Tree of Life"

Darwin's view of a connected Tree of Life captured the imagination of mid-19th Century biologists. Now in the 21st Century, sequencing of genomes is finally allowing biologists to reconstruct and explore the Tree of Life in detail. The resulting information is being used throughout biology to compare and understand biological problems and processes. Many applications are surprising: phylogenetic information is now used in murder investigations, in the development of vaccines, for study of epidemiological outbreaks, and for building new automated identification technology that was once only imagined in science fiction stories. I'll discuss how our daily lives are being changed and improved from the discoveries and developments.

David Hillis' primary interests are in biodiversity, molecular evolution, and the phylogeny of life. His research spans much of biology, including development of statistical and computational methods for analyzing genomes, viral epidemiology, the diversity and phylogeny of life, and the origin and evolution of animal nervous systems. He has published over 200 scholarly articles and four books, which have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, and Japanese. He is a MacArthur Fellow, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He currently is the Alfred Roark Centennial Professor of Natural Sciences, and serves as the Director of the Biodiveristy Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He also owns and operates the Double Helix Ranch, where he breeds and studies the evolution and genetics of Texas Longhorns.


2018-2019 Discover Science Lecturers

Jaime Casap

Jaime Casap
August 22, 2018

Education Evangelist, Google

Jim Bell

Jim Bell
September 20, 2018

Professor, Space Exploration

David Hillis

David Hillis
November 15, 2018

Evolutionary Biologist

Bob Ziegler

Bob Ziegler
April 25, 2019

Plant Pathologist

Karen Lloyd

karen Lloyd
March 14, 2019

Deep Sea Marine Scientist