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Press Release for Tuesday, March 16, 2010

NOVA ScienceNOW TV Host Neil deGrasse Tyson Speaks at UNF

Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102



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.”


This 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 at 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 security.


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.


Tyson’s book “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 International Astronomical 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.