Tickets still available for April 6 Neil deGrasse Tyson lecture

A limited number of free tickets are still available for the 2011 Arthur H. Waynick Memorial Lecture featuring famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The lecture is at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Eisenhower Auditorium. Tickets are available at Eisenhower Auditorium, the Bryce Jordan Center, the HUB-Robeson Center information desk and the Penn State Downtown Theatre.

Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He has hosted NOVA and NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS and has been featured on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report."

The event, sponsored by the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Student Programming Association, is free and open to the public.

Tyson's research interests include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of our Milky Way galaxy.

He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on two commissions — one studying the future of the U.S. aerospace industry and the other on American space exploration policy.

The New York City native is the recipient of NASA's Distinguished Public Service medal and numerous honorary degrees. The International Astronomical Union recognized his work in promoting awareness of space to the public by naming an asteroid in his honor, 13123 Tyson.

Tyson has authored numerous books including "Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries" and "The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet."

He holds a bachelor of arts in physics from Harvard University and a doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University.

The lecture is named in honor of Arthur H. Waynick, former department head in electrical engineering and the first departmental Robert A. Noll Professor until his retirement in 1971.

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Last Updated April 04, 2011