Neil deGrasse Tyson tickets on sale soon at UCCS

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Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Tickets to hear one of the world’s leading astrophysicists and former host of “Nova Science Now” speak at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will go on sale Feb. 17 on campus and at other locations throughout Colorado Springs.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of “Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier,”  “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet,” and “Death by the Black Hole,” host of the “Star Talk Radio Show” and the former host of “NOVA Science Now” will be at UCCS April 17 for a single 7 p.m. presentation, “America’s Past, Present and Future in Space.”

The event will be at the Gallogly Events Center. Seating is limited to 1,200. Tickets for UCCS faculty, staff, and students are $2 and will be available beginning Feb. 17 at the University Center front desk, King Soopers or through TicketsWest at Tickets for high school students, students at other colleges, and military members with identification are also $2. Tickets for all others are $7.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and the Department of Residential Life and Housing.

“We think tickets are going to go fast for this event,” Stephen Cucchiara, assistant director, Office of Student Activities said. “Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for his engaging, thoughtful commentary and his ability to make us think. This will be a great show.”

About the Speaker

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City and was educated in public schools. He earned  a bachelor’s in physics from Harvard University and Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia University.

Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President George H. Bush to serve on a 12member commission that studied the Future of the U.S. aerospace Industry. The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations (for Congress and for the major agencies of the government) that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration, and national security.

In 2004, Tyson was once again appointed by President Bush to serve on a nine-member commission on the implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy, dubbed the “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” commission. This group navigated a path by which the new space vision can become a successful part of the American agenda. In 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious advisory council to help guide NASA through its need to fit its ambitious vision into its restricted budget.

In addition to dozens of professional publications, 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 Tyson’s 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. “Origin” is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series Origins, in which Tyson served as on-camera host. The program premiered on September 28 and 29, 2004.

Two of Tyson’s 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.

For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA’s spinoff program “NOVA Science NOW,”which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe.

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”. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by People Magazine in 2000.

In February 2012, Tyson released his tenth book, containing every thought he has ever had on the past, present, and future of space exploration: ”Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.” 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.

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