Apr 042014
 
Neil deGrasse Tyson (via haydenplanetarium.org)

Neil deGrasse Tyson (via haydenplanetarium.org)

Neil deGrasse Tyson — an astrophysicist and one of the best-known science communicators in the country — plans a speaking appearance next week at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Tyson has written numerous books on astronomy and now hosts “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” on Fox, an update of Carl Sagan’s 1980 science series that draws millions of viewers each week.

He will speak at 8 p.m (Monday) April 14 at McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University in a lecture titled “This just in: Latest discoveries in the universe.” For details, see the following information from Tulane University Campus Programming:

TUCP Direction is proud to present a lecture by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, a renowned astrophysicist who earned his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia, conducts research in such areas as star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. From 1995 to 2005, Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine under the title Universe. To date, Tyson has published ten books, including his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist.

During the summer of 2009 Tyson identified a stable of professional standup comedians to assist his effort in bringing science to commercial radio with the NSF-funded pilot programStarTalk. Now also a podcast, StarTalk Radio combines celebrity guests with informative yet playful banter. The target audience is all those people who never thought they would, or could, like science.

Tyson is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000.

Currently, Tyson is working on a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series COSMOS, to air in 13 episodes on the FOX network in the spring of 2014.

Please join TUCP for this free event featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson with a Q&A to follow.

For more information on Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Hayden Planetarium, please visit their website:

http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson

Lecture by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Monday, April 14th, 2014
McAlister Auditorium
8 PM – FREE and open to the public

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