'Science Super Hero' Speaking at IPFW

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A high-profile astrophysicist and television host will deliver a presentation this evening at the IPFW campus. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the second speaker in the 2014-2015 Omnibus Lecture Series. October 21, 2014

News Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) welcomes astrophysicist, TV host, and superhero of the sciences Neil deGrasse Tyson as the second speaker in the 2014-2015 Omnibus Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 21.

Tyson and Chancellor Vicky Carwein will speak to members of the media from 3:15-3:30 p.m. in Kettler Hall, Room 154 (Faculty and Staff Lounge). The event will use an open Q&A format, so please have questions ready.

NOTE: Please arrive for the press conference by 3:00 p.m. Tyson's schedule on campus is very tight, so the press conference will begin promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Following the press conference, Tyson will meet for a discussion with IPFW physics students. If you are interested in covering his meeting with students, please speak with John Kaufeld at the press conference for details.

On Tuesday evening, Tyson will give his Omnibus lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center. His presentation is titled "This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe."

All tickets for the event were claimed within the first 45 minutes they were available, which was a new record for the Omnibus Lecture series. To accommodate as many people as possible, IPFW added an "overflow room" which will display a live video feed of the lecture. All tickets for the overflow room were claimed by people on the box office waiting list.

There will be a stand-by line on the night of the presentation for patrons who were not able to get tickets for this lecture. Patrons in the stand-by line will be seated on an as-available basis.

Bio: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tyson is a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. He is the former host of NOVA ScienceNow on PBS and is currently at the helm in FOX’s reimagined Cosmos series.

Tyson has served on advisory councils for NASA and former President George W. Bush, lending his expertise on space exploration, the future of transportation, and national security. In addition to authoring dozens of professional publications, Tyson is a New York Times bestselling author and frequent guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

A New York native, Tyson earned a bachelor's in physics from Harvard and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia; since then, he has received 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a citizen.

About IPFW

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), is the largest university in northeast Indiana, offering more than 200 prestigious Indiana University and Purdue University degrees and certificates. More than 13,000 students of diverse ages, races, and nationalities belong to the IPFW family. The 688-acre campus in Fort Wayne is home to over 9,900 degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Through IPFW's partnerships with area high schools, almost 3,300 high school students take dual credit courses, simultaneously earning both high school and college credits. IPFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access University accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Learn more about us at ipfw.edu.

Source: IPFW