COS Discover Science Lecture Series—Thursday March 10

COS Discover Science Lecture SeriesThursday March 10:
Paul Alan Cox, Ethnobotanist

College of Science (COS) Discover Science Lecture Series
Date: March 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Paul Alan Cox

“TIME magazine has named Cox one of 11 “Heroes of Medicine” for his work in ethnobotanical drug discovery.”

“Established in 2010, the Discover Science lecture series brings renowned scientists from all over the country to the University of Nevada, Reno campus to present their knowledge to the community in a series of engaging lectures at the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. Click here for a campus map.

Seating for all Discover Science lectures is available on a first come, first serve basis – all lectures are free of charge. Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking garage located on N. Virginia Street.”

“Science encompasses a wonderfully diverse collection of explorations into the unknown,” Jeff Thompson, Dean of the College of Science, said. “Join us and experience the extent of the science universe as the best scientists on the planet visit Nevada for our Discover Science Lecture Series.”

Ethnobotanist to talk on search for plants that may lead to disease cures: Paul Alan Cox next speaker in the Discover Science Lecture Series March 10
3/2/2016 – By: Mike Wolterbeek

“Searching for plants that will lead to curing diseases has kept Paul Alan Cox traveling the world, protecting rainforests and coral reefs and studying patterns of wellness and disease among indigenous peoples. Cox, a renowned ethnobotanist, will talk about his work at the next Discover Science Lecture Series at the University of Nevada, Reno March 10.

Cox is the director of the Institute for Ethnomedicine in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His current ethnobotanical research is focused on neurodegenerative illness with the goal of discovering new therapies for ALS and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1997 TIME magazine named Cox one of 11 “Heroes of Medicine.” His work with indigenous peoples in preserving their island rain forests won him the Goldman Environmental Prize. A Harvard Ph.D., Cox has published more than 200 scientific papers and four books.

He has held academic appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, Brigham Young University, the University of Melbourne, Uppsala University, the Swedish Agricultural University, and the University of Illinois, Chicago, and served as Director of the Congressionally-chartered National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Hawaii and Florida.

Cox founded Seacology, the world’s premier environmental non-profit organization for island conservation, headquartered in Berkeley, California. Through partnerships with indigenous people, Seacology has now saved more than 1.3 million acres of island rainforests and coral reefs in 56 nations. Throughout Polynesia, he is known by the chiefly title Nafanua.

Now in its sixth year, the annual Discover Science Lecture Series brings renowned scientists and science lecturers from around the country to share their knowledge with the community. The final speaker scheduled for the 2016 Discover Science Lecture Series is Robert Williams, Hubble Space Telescope project leader, April 21.

The Paul Alan Cox lecture will be held at 7 p.m., March 10 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” (from Nevada Today, 3/2/2016, by Mike Wolterbeek)

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