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Science Distilled – DRI and The Discovery launch new NOVA Science Café lecture series to make science more approachable

First event to feature DRI climate experts discussing El Niño expectations and impacts

RENO – Headlines on drought and El Niño created big expectations across the West for winter this year. But what really happened? And how did the winter really play out?

Find out the real story on El Niño from local climate experts, and explore the past, present, and future of water and climate in our region at the first Science Distilled event on June 1, 2016 at IMBIB Custom Brews in Reno. Social hour begins at 7:00 p.m., discussions begin shortly after at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for Discovery members, $15 for non-members. Tickets available online.

This new evening lecture series, created by the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), will make cutting-edge science approachable through presentations on current and curious topics held at hip locations in a social atmosphere.

Join DRI and The Discovery on June 1 at IMBIB Custom Brews for an evening with:

  • Dr. Kelly Redmond — Research Professor Climatology, DRI Kelly will introduce the event’s theme by sharing insights gained from more than four decades of experience in climate science and experience developing the tools that make climate predictions possible.
  • Dr. Benjamin Hatchett — Research Scientist, DRI Ben studies the extreme climates in our region, such as megadroughts and ice ages. He will talk about how lake sediments, glacial moraines, and submerged trees can be used to paint a picture of natural changes in climate in the centuries before we began collecting meteorological observations.
  • Dr. Dan McEvoy — Postdoctoral Fellow Applied Climatology, DRI Did you expect more from El Niño this year?  Dan will talk about emerging technology in climate science and why season-to-season predictions are so difficult.  His work employs the technology of, powered by Google, which is used in drought monitoring and is part of the White House Climate Data Initiative.

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DRI, the nonprofit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, is a world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world.

The Discovery creates interest and engagement in science for all. Through unique, hands-on programs and exhibits, The Discovery creates learning experiences that range from simple curiosity to deep understanding, empowering a community of critical thinkers. The Discovery is a locally founded nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. To learn more about The Discovery and how you can help support the museum’s mission, visit