David Pogue, the host of NOVA ScienceNow, founder of Yahoo Tech, and an accomplished musician will present "Should Science Be Allowed to Be Interesting? One Man's Insane Journey through a TV Career on PBS" at the University of Nevada, Reno's Discover Science Lecture Series at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 2.
One of the preeminent speakers on today's latest consumer technology, Pogue is also a former columnist for the New York Times, a monthly columnist for Scientific American and host of science shows on PBS's NOVA. He's been a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning since 2002 where he won an EMMY.
With more than three million books in print, Pogue is one of the world's best-selling "how-to" authors. He has written or co-written seven books in the For Dummies series, including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music. In 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.
Merging his musical background with his scientific knowledge, Pogue delivers unique presentations that generally end with him sitting at a piano performing a couple of his famous song parodies on the technology industry - "Don't Cry For Me, Cupertino" and "I Got YouTube" being some of his more popular ditties.
Pogue will be available for book signing after his lecture. The two books available for sale at the event will be National Geographic's The Science of Everything and the children's book Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power.
Now in its fifth year, the annual Discover Science Lecture Series brings renowned scientists from around the country to share their knowledge with the community.
"Science encompasses a wonderfully diverse collection of explorations into the unknown," Jeff Thompson, dean of the College of Science, said. "We want our community to experience the extent of the science universe as the best scientists on the planet visit Nevada for our Discover Science Lecture Series."
On May 7, Zeb Hogan, aquatic ecologist in the University's biology department, a National Geographic Fellow and host of the Nat Geo WILD series Monster Fish, will talk about his adventures searching for, studying and protecting rare, large freshwater fish species.
Past Discover Science Lecture Series speakers include, among others, Bill Nye the Science Guy; anthropologist Anna Roosevelt; physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; Nobel Laureate and physicist Eric Cornell; chemist and green energy expert Harry Gray; Jeff Lieberman, musician, artist, researcher and host of Time Warp on the Discovery Channel; Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic; and Michio Kaku, futurist and theoretical physicist.
The lecture is held at 7 p.m. in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University campus. Parking is reserved for the event on the top level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex on North Virginia Street. Admission is free. For more information, call 775-784-4591 or visit the College of Science website at www.unr.edu/science.