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Astrophysicist Tyson Scheduled for Penn State Talk

on April 04, 2011 8:21 AM

Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak on the Penn State University Park campus this week, the university has announced.

His lecture -- the 2011 Arthur H. Waynick Memorial Lecture -- is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday in Eisenhower Auditorium. Tyson's research has focused on star formation, exploding stars, dwarf gallaxies and the structure of the Milky Way galaxy, according to a Penn State news release.

A New York City native, he has served on federal commissions that center on the future of the aerospace industry and on space-exploration policy. Tyson also is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York, and has hosted NOVA and NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS. His books include "Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries" and "The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet."

Access to the Wednesday lecture will be free, but tickets are required. The free tickets can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at Eisenhower Auditorium, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the HUB-Robeson Center information desk and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at the Penn State Downtown Theatre.

The lecture is named for Arthur H. Waynick, a former department head in electrical engineering at Penn State. The event is sponsored by the Department of Electrical Engineering and the university Student Programming Association.

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