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 in the lot located at the South-East corner of 9th street and Record Street.

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 speakers

Jaime Casap

Jaime Casap, August 22

Education Evangelist, Google

Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders around the world focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime is also the author of "Our First Talk About Poverty," as a way to talk to children about poverty. He serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education and equity. Jaime teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy, a computer science public school he helped launch in Phoenix, and guest lectures at Arizona State University.

He was recently named as the ASU GSV 2018 Innovator of Color and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Felician University. You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap.

Jaime will be giving two lectures during his visit to Reno. Prior to his Discover Science lecture on August 22, Jaime will be giving a lecture to all incoming first-year College of Science students during ScienceFIT.

August 22, Discover Science Lecture: Generation Z is going to college; are you ready?

Generation Z is the first truly native digital generation; they have never known a world without constant connectivity. Technology is just part of their lives. This impacts what and how they learn. They are experiencing a more student-centric education model with technology as the enabling and supporting capability. They are also experiencing a renewed focus on critical skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, iteration, and global competency. While K12 is undergoing a transformation, higher education has been slower to adapt.

August 21, ScienceFIT student audience only: Critical Skills for the Digitization Economy

We are entering the Digitization Economy, an era that will require a deeper understanding of human skills and their integration with digitization. We do not know what the future will look like. Students are preparing to solve global problems we haven't defined yet, using technology that hasn't been invented, in roles that do not exist. To thrive in this new era, students need to know how to learn, problem-solve, iterate, create, collaborate, communicate, and to think critically.