Tickets Still Available for Schooler Lecture

January 10, 2011

Dr. Neil deGrasse TysonAstrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will present "10 Things You Should Know About The Universe" during the Schooler Lecture on Thursday, March 24 at 8 p.m. in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC). Tyson is the on-campus host and executive editor of PBS’ show NOVA scienceNOW as well as an astrophysicist and research associate at the American Museum of Natural History.

Complimentary tickets are available. Call the Schooler Lecture ticket line at (330) 829-6120.

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other telescopes in the United States and Chile, Tyson researches star formation, exploding stars and the structure of the Milky Way. He was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the future of the United States aerospace industry. The report contained recommendations that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration and national security. He was appointed by Bush again in 2004 to serve on a nine-member commission, and in 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious Advisory Council, which helps guide NASA through its perennial need to fit an ambitious vision into a restricted budget.

A native of New York City, Tyson earned a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Harvard University and a doctoral degree in astrophysics from Columbia University. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in its official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. Voted sexiest astrophysicist alive by People magazine in 2000, Tyson is the author of nine books including New York Times’ best seller Death By Black Hole as well as Other Cosmic Quandaries and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet, which chronicles his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto’s planetary status.

Dr. Neil deGrasse TysonTyson joined Lynn Koplitz, a professional standup comedienne, to host StarTalk. Using celebrity guests combined with informative yet amusing banter, the show aimed at people who never thought they could like science. The National Science Foundation funded pilot program brought science to commercial radio. Tyson has been a guest on popular talk shows such as The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

He has received 12 honorary doctorates as well as the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. He is also the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium.

The Schooler Lecture Series was established in 1988 with grant funding from the Schooler Family Foundation. The Foundation's philanthropy has enabled Mount Union to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at the institution and for residents in the greater Alliance area to experience the breadth and depth of American culture.

Past Schooler lecturers have included the late former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford; former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop; former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; former hostage Terry Anderson; Schindler’s List author Thomas Keneally; the late holocaust survivor Leopold Page; Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; the Archbishop Desmond Tutu; the late and former moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press Tim Russert; political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin; writer and commentator Fareed Zakaria; and humanitarian Greg Mortenson.

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