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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson April 8: Lecture Series event moved to Millett Hall


Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at Miami April 8 (photo by David Gamble)
Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at Miami April 8 (photo by David Gamble)
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, will present "Science as a Way of Knowing" at 8 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Millett Hall. Tickets are not required for the free lecture, which is part of the Miami University Lecture Series.

Tyson was named the first Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in 1996.

As a science communicator, Tyson regularly appears on television, radio and other media outlets. He hosted the educational science television show “NOVA ScienceNow” on PBS, and he has been a frequent guest on “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Jeopardy!”

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Tyson has written more than 10 books for the public, including the New York Times bestseller Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries (2007); his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist (2000); and Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military (under contract).

His book The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet (2009), chronicles his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto's planetary status and was the basis for a PBS/NOVA documentary.

He is also host of the “StarTalk” radio program and podcast, aimed at “people who never thought they would, or could, like science.”

Among other awards, Tyson is the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a nongovernment citizen.

Tyson is currently working on a remake of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series “Cosmos,” to air on the FOX network in 2014.

He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and his doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University in 1991.


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