Joanna Norris, Assistant DirectorDepartment of Media Relations and Events(904) 620-2102
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Astrophysicist, author and visionary Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at
7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, at the UNF Arena. He will discuss “Beyond
Global: Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries.”
event, which is free and open to the public, is a UNF Presidential Lecture and is
part of the Distinguished Voices Lecture Series. Tickets are required and can
be reserved online atwww.unf.edu/lectures or by phone at (904) 620-2117.
Tyson was appointed by President Bush in 2001 to serve on a
12-member commission that studied the future of the United States aerospace industry.
The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations that would
promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration and national
He has written
nine books, including his two latest books “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.
“Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution,” co-written with Donald
Goldsmith, is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA four-part mini-series “Origins,” in which Tyson serves as
on-camera host. The program premiered in 2004 and beginning in the fall of
2006, he became the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA’s spin-off 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.
He is the
recipient of nine honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service
Medal. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been
recognized by the InternationalAstronomical Union
in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. He was also voted “Sexiest
Astrophysicist Alive” by People Magazine in 2000.
The Presidential Lecture is hosted by the University of North Florida Foundation, the World
Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Evenings and WJCT Public
Broadcasting and is supported by Water Street Capital, the James C. Sharp
Trust, the Mackowski Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, Jr. and
the Winston Family Foundation.
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