Science series speaker talks about geography, race in education

Wiliam Tate. Photo provided by the University of Nevada, Reno College of Science.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- The next Discover Science Lecture Series features an educator and author who will talk about the relationship between location and race and getting STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) degrees.

William Tate, a professor in arts and sciences at Washington University, St. Louis, talks in a public lecture Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Tate's lecture, "Is Space + Race > STEM Opportunity?" is grounded on Tobler’s first law of geography: “Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things,” the university said in a statement. He describes the implications for opportunity to learn in STEM education. Using geospatial methods, Tate illustrates the relationship between place and STEM attainment, the university said.

The Discover Science Lecture Series are free and open to the public. There is parking on the southeast corner of Evans Avenue and Record Street.

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.

Other speakers the College of Science is bringing to the community this year are: on March 12, Harry Jol, a geoarchaelogist who uses ground penetrating radar in Holocaust studies at suspected locations of mass graves, destroyed synagogues, ritual bathhouses and other structures in Lithuania that have been lost to time; and on April 9 Harrison Schmitt, the last man on the moon, who is a retired NASA astronaut and geologist.

For more information, call the College of Science at 775-784-4591 or visit the Discover Science Lecture Series website.

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