Discover Science Lecture Series—Thursday, April 9 College of Science, UNR

Speaker: Dr. Harrison Schmitt, Geologist and Apollo 17 NASA Astronaut

“Dr. Harrison Schmitt is an American geologist, retired NASA astronaut, university professor, former U.S. senator from New Mexico, and, as a crew member of Apollo 17, the most recent living person to have walked on the Moon. In December 1972, as one of the crew on board Apollo 17, Schmitt became the first member of NASA’s first scientist-astronaut group to fly in space. As Apollo 17 was the last of the Apollo missions, he also became the twelfth of the twelve men who have set foot on the Moon.”

Details and information

Read Nevada Today story (January 15, 2019) by Mike Wolterbeek.

Reminders of upcoming geology talks

AEG MeetingJahns LectureThursday, February 6:

Scott Lindvall—Characterizing Fault Displacement Hazards: Significant Progress and Significant Uncertainties

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Merrily Graham

Discover Science Lecture Series
Thursday, February 6:

William F. Tate IV—Is Space + Race > STEM Opportunity?

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AEG/GSA 2019
2020 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished LecturerFriday, February 7:

Speaker: Scott Lindvall

Topic: A Tale of Three Dams along the Owens Valley Fault System

Biography: Scott Lindvall is a Certified Engineering Geologist in California with 35 years of experience working in the consulting industry performing seismic and geologic hazard analyses, fault investigations, and engineering geology studies for both existing and proposed critical facilities.

Location: Pennington Medical Education Building, Room 12 (NE corner of UNR campus)

Date/Time: Friday, February 7 (11:30–1:30 PM)

Free lecture is open to the public.

Shuttle service will be provided to the lecture hall at the Pennington Medical Education Building. Shuttles will leave the south end of DMS Building at 11:30 PM and return by 1:30 PM. Paid parking is also available northeast of the Pennington Medical Education Building.

Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lectureship: “The Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lectureship was established in 1988 by the Environmental and Engineering Geology Division and the Association of Engineering Geologists, jointly, to commemorate him and to promote student awareness of engineering geology through a series of annual lectures at academic institutions.”

Discover Science Lecture Series—Thursday, February 6

Speaker: William F. Tate IV, Washington University
Topic: Is Space + Race > STEM Opportunity?

“William F. Tate IV is the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He currently serves as Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

Tate’s lecture is titled “Is Space + Race > STEM Opportunity?” According to Tobler’s first law of geography, “Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things.” This lecture describes the implications of this law for opportunity to learn in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Using geospatial methods, Tate illustrates the relationship between place and STEM attainment.

The Discover Science Lecture Series is always free and open to the public. Lectures start at 7 pm at the Davidson Math and Science Center, Room 110. Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian Whalen Parking Complex.”

Details and additional information.

Read Nevada Today story (January 15, 2019) by Mike Wolterbeek.

COS Discover Science Lecture Series—October 17, 2019

Gabriela González, LIGO Physicist
Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes and Other Matters

“Dr. Gabriela González is a physicist working on the discovery of gravitational waves with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team, a collaboration of more than 1,000 scientists who measured for the first time the gravitational waves that Einstein predicted over 100 years ago.

González was born in Córdoba, Argentina, studied physics at the University of Córdoba, and received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She is currently a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University. She has received awards from the American Physical Society, the American Astronomical Society and the National Academy of Sciences.”

Read Nevada Today story (October 2, 2019) by Mike Wolterbeek.

COS Discover Science Lecture Series—Thursday, Sept. 19 Gregory Crouch—The Bonanza King

2019-2020 Speaker Schedule

The Discover Science Lecture Series is always free and open to the public. Lectures start at 7 PM at the Davidson Math and Science Center, Room 110. Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian Whalen Parking Complex.

“Gregory Crouch is an author who specializes in adventurous and historic subjects. He has five major books in publication. In his lecture, he will discuss the rags-to-riches American frontier tale of Irish immigrant John Mackay, and the rich body of gold and silver so immensely valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States. John Mackay is the subject of his recent book titled “The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the battle over the greatest riches in America.”

Crouch has published stories in The Atlantic, National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Smithsonian, Time and more.”

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.

Discover Science Lecture Series—April 25

Speaker: Dr. Robert “Bob” Zeigler

Topic: Global Food Security

Dr. Robert “Bob” Zeigler is Director General (Emeritus) of the International Rice Research Institute and an internationally respected plant pathologist. Zeigler has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural research in the developing world, and his lecture titled “Science and policy: the Yin and Yang dynamic of global food security” will explore how science, technology and public policy are in a constant state of flux – a Yin and Yang like dance, as he describes it. From the onset Green Revolution of the 1950s – the large increase in crop production in developing countries achieved by the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and high-yield crop varieties – to now, advancements in agriculture technology have shaped our modern understanding of food security in the developing world.

Zeigler’s professional life spanned Africa, Latin America, US, and Asia. He has had a productive research career on diseases of rice that focused on host-plant resistance, pathogen and vector population genetics, and their interactions to develop durable resistance and sustainable disease management practices.

Thursday, April 25
DMSC Redfield Auditorium, 7 PM

Read more here (Nevada Today story, 4-16-19):

Discover Science Lecture Series—March 14

Speaker: Dr. Karen Lloyd
Deep Surface Microbiologist
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Topic: Microbes in Weird Places: What Life Is Like Deep in the Earth

“Karen Lloyd studies novel groups of microbes in Earth’s deep surface biosphere, collecting them from disparate remote places such as Arctic fjords, volcanoes in Costa Rica, even deep in mud in the Marianas Trench.

Lloyd applies molecular biological techniques to environmental samples to learn more about microbes that have thus far evaded attempts to be cultured in a laboratory. She has adapted novel techniques to quantify and characterize these mysterious microbes while requiring minimal changes to their natural conditions. Her work centers on deep oceanic subsurface sediments, deep-sea mud volcanoes and cold seeps, terrestrial volcanoes and hot springs, serpentinizing springs, Arctic marine fjord sediments and ancient permafrost. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee.”

Thursday, March 14
DMSC Redfield Auditorium, 7 PM

Learn more!
Watch Dr. Lloyd’s TED talk titled “This deep-sea mystery is changing our understanding of life”