Public Lecture Series

The Montana Tech Public Lecture Series

The Montana Tech Public Lecture Series brings speakers from a wide variety of disciplines to our campus. Spring 2021 lectures are planned to be remote, using the Zoom platform. All lectures begin at 4 p.m. (mountain time) Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted) and are free and open to the public.

Spring 2021

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Montana Tech is pleased to present some public lectures to the campus and Butte community. 

To be added to the list for speaker announcements and connection information, please contact Victoria Pagan 406-496-4102 or If you do not wish to receive all the announcement e-flyers, please contact Victoria about 2 weeks before the talk that interests you.  We also welcome your feedback, to help us identify future speakers and improve the Public Lecture Series.
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January 13 Raina Maier, University of Arizona, Revegetation of Mine Wastes: Lessons Learned and Stakeholder Communication.

January 20 Sarah Beganskas, Temple University in Philadelphia, Using surface water modeling to address water management challenges in the Pajaro Valley, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

January 27 Rainer Weiss, MIT & Nobel Laureate 2017, The Beginning of Gravitational Wave Astronomy: First Results and a Bright Future. 4 p.m. Via ZOOM only,, Password: MTECH

February 3 Huixuan Liao, Sun Yat-Sen University, Utilizing large-scale datasets to understand plant invasion

February 10 France Córdova, 14th Director of National Science Foundation (2014-2020), Science and Policy: Tensions and Opportunities.

February 17 Desiree Plata, MIT, Fossil Energy in a Modern World: Managing Impacts on Water and Climate from Domestic Energy Extraction.

February 24 Randy Schekman, UC Berkeley & Nobel Laureate 2013, Membrane Traffic Processes and the Connection to Parkinson’s Disease.

March 3 Daniel Montesinos, Australian Tropical Herbarium, TBD

March 10 Rita Colwell, 11th Director of National Science Foundation (1998-2004), Oceans, Climate, and Human Health: What Cholera can Teach Us about COVID-19

March 17 Speaker and topic TBD.

March 24 Rob Thomas, University of Montana Western, The Roadside Geology of Montana – Second Edition.

March 31 Carly Peach, Montana Tech, Beaver Ponds as Catchment-Wide Retention Basins for Heavy Metals Sequestration

April 7 Karen Dannemiller, The Ohio State University, topic TBD.

April 14 Ben Colman, University of Montana, Some Answers and More Questions about The Role of Small Particles in Ecosystems