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Noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to give BYU forum Sept. 22

Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, will discuss “The Cosmic Perspective” during a Brigham Young University campus forum Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

The forum will be presented live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Please note that there will be no rebroadcasts or published copy of Tyson’s address.

Tyson will also be available for a question-and-answer session immediately following his address in the Marriott Center.

Tyson is the host of the popular public television science feature “NOVA Science Now” and also hosted NOVA’s critically acclaimed four-part miniseries “Origins.” He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University. Tyson has worked as an astrophysicist and research scientist at Princeton University.

He has published eight best-selling books, including “One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos, Origins, Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution” and his memoir, “The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist.” His most recent book is a collection of essays for Natural History magazine, “Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries.”

Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a nine-member commission on the implementation of the U.S. space exploration policy “Moon, Mars and Beyond.” Recommendations from his group formed the foundation for President Bush’s new space vision.

For more information, contact Jeffrey D. Keith, associate academic vice president for undergraduate studies, at (801) 422-4331.

Writer: Ricardo Castro

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