May 27, 2014
National science communicator and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the popular host of the television series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, will speak at Alma College this fall.
The talk, scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the Hogan Center, Art Smith Arena, will launch the return of the Alma College Speaker Series sponsored by the Responsible Leadership Institute.
Tyson’s research expertise is broad and includes star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of the Milky Way. An appointee to multiple national commissions on space exploration, Tyson is a past recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen.
He is a prolific writer and the author of several books, including Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier (2012), The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet (2009) and Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries (2007).
Most recently, Tyson’s national fame and familiarity has grown as host of the 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series “Cosmos.” Previously, he appeared as the on-camera host for five seasons of PBS-Nova’s spinoff program NOVA Science/NOW.
He also is host of StarTalk Radio, which combines celebrity guests with informative yet playful banter on science issues.
Born and raised in New York City, Tyson was educated in the public schools through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Harvard and his Ph.D in astrophysics from Columbia.
Also Visiting Alma College This Fall:
Kari Byron, best known for her featured role on the Discovery Channel reality-based science television show “Mythbusters,” will visit Alma College this fall. She will speak at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 in the Remick Heritage Center.