Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: "This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe"


8 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Tickets: $45

The lecture is sold out. To be put on a WAIT LIST, call the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396).

Media Availability: Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson will be available for interviews with the media at 7 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Quick Center. Contact: Mike Horyczun, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu.

Image: Neil TysonThe Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, presents the lecture "This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe" at 8 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013, at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts as part of its signature lecture series, Open VISIONS Forum. Introducing Dr. Tyson will be Kevin Greener, a Fairfield University student and leader of Physics Club. Following Dr. Tyson's presentation, there will be an informal conversation and discussion with Professor Philip Eliasoph, OVF moderator, and Dr. Angela Biselli, Chair, Department of Physics. The program is made possible in part by the generous support of TVEyes and the CT Humanities. Moffly Media is the exclusive magazine sponsor for the 2012-13 Open VISIONS Forum series. Single tickets are $45. (The event is sold out. Call the box office to be put on wait list).

Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a science communicator, television personality, best-selling author, and the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium, which operates out of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.He was born and raised in New York City, graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, earned his BA in Physics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia University. His professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Dr. Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe. During the summer of 2009, Dr. Tyson worked with a stable of professional standup comedians, bringing science to commercial radio with the NSF-funded pilot program StarTalk. Now also a podcast, StarTalk Radio combines celebrity guests with informative banter. Currently, he 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.

"I are very excited about Dr. Tyson's visit to Fairfield University," said Dr. Angela Biselli. "Dr Tyson over the years has been an important figure in the world of physics with his outreach activities and has helped make the subject of science accessible to all ages."

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. From 1995 to 2005, he was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine under the title "Universe." And among his ten books is his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; and Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-written with Donald Goldsmith. "Origins" is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series Origins, in which Dr. Tyson served as on-camera host. The program premiered on September 28 and 29, 2004. Two of his recent books are the playful and informative Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller, and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet, chronicling his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto's planetary status. The PBS/NOVA documentary "The Pluto Files", based on the book, premiered in March 2010. In February 2012, Dr. Tyson released his tenth book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, in which he shares his thoughts on the past, present, and future of space exploration.

Dr. 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.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 11, 2013

Vol. 45, No. 254