Campus welcomes ‘Urban Physicist’

April 7, 2014 11:00 AM

New Wave staff

Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for bringing the esoteric topic of astrophysics to the general public in a way that is both entertaining and understandable. During a free event sponsored by Tulane University Campus Programming (TUCP), Tyson will lecture Monday (April 14) at 8 p.m. on the uptown campus.

Neil Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson will lecture Monday (April 14) at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on the uptown campus. The event is free and open to the public. (Photo from Hayden Planetarium)

Tyson, who earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a doctorate in Astrophysics from Columbia University, specializes in the areas of star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the Milky Way. He is director of the Hayden Planetarium.

Tyson is host of a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series “COSMOS,” airing on the FOX network this spring.  

In addition to an abundance of academic publications, Tyson has published 10 books, including his memoir The Sky Is not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist.  

In 2009, Tyson identified a stable of professional standup comedians to assist his effort in bringing science to commercial radio with “StarTalk,” a pilot program funded by the National Science Foundation, which combines science with the playful banter of celebrity guests. The target audience, he says, is all those people who never thought they would or could like science.

Tyson is the recipient of 18 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.

TUCP also reports that People magazine named Tyson “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” in 2000.

The event will is open to the public and will be followed by a Q & A session with Tyson. The lecture will be held in McAlister Auditorium.

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