The annual Discover Science Lecture Series presents its first speaker of 2017-2018 on Thursday, October 12, 2017. He will be Scott E. Page, the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics at the University of Michigan. His talk is titled “The Diversity Bonus.”

Other upcoming speakers in the series include Julie Robinson from NASA, theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates Jr. and UNR Foundation Trustee Mick Hitchcock on bio-pharmaceutical research about HIV.

“Discover Science Lecture Series at UNR” presentations are free and open to the public on a first come basis. Tickets are not required. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.


Grow your own in Nevada

September 14, 2017

No, this isn’t about pot, it’s about food. “Grow Your Own, Nevada! – Gardening classes in Reno,” is where you can learn how to grow vegetables and other plants in northern Nevada. It is a series of presentations sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE).

The classes are for home gardeners and small scale growers. They impart basic horticultural information and also provide information about new and alternative growing methods. If you are interested in food safety, self – sufficiency, and have a desire to eat locally grown food, these classes are for you.

The first class in the fall series is on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. This one is about bringing beneficial insects to the garden. Subsequent classes (8 in total) will be held on on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September and October, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Reno UNCE office, 4955 Energy Way. If you live elsewhere in Nevada, your local UNCE office may be offering this series as well.

The cost is $15 per class or $60 for the entire series. Refer to my Grow Your Own, Nevada! article for information about registering and the topics of all classes in the series.

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team kicks off its 2017 season schedule of home games at Mackay Stadium on Saturday, September 9. This follows the season opener at the Northwestern Wildcats the previous weekend.

This first Wolf Pack home game of the season starts at 4 p.m. and will be against the Toledo Rockets. A couple of upcoming games feature big name opponents – Idaho State Bengals on Sepember 16 in Reno and the Washington State Cougars on September 23 in Pullman.

Nevada Wolf Pack football team schedule, Reno
The biggest and most important Nevada Wolf Pack football game of every season is the intrastate Battle for the Fremont Cannon against the UNLV Rebels. This year, the game will be in Reno, kickoff at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017. The Pack beat UNLV last year (45 – 10) in Las Vegas and will be seeking to retain their trophy. No matter how each team is doing, this game is almost always exciting due to the rivalry.