Popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak at UF


Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 8:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 8:40 p.m.

Noted astrophysicist and TV personality Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the University of Florida on April 3.

Accent Speaker’s Bureau is sponsoring the event, where Tyson will discuss his experiences through his career as a scientist, including his time as host of “NOVA ScienceNow” on PBS from 2006 to 2011.

Tyson is receiving $45,000 for his appearance.

Accent Chairman Josh Holtzman said Tyson appeals to students with science backgrounds as well those with a casual interest.

“He’s an incredible communicator of science,” he said.

Tyson has researched and written about star formation, dwarf galaxies and the structure or the Milky Way. He has received numerous honorary degrees and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest civilian award given by NASA.

According to an Accent news release, the program will start at 8 p.m. at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and will end with a question-and-answer session. Admission is free and open to the public, and doors will open at 7 p.m.

Students may pick up tickets with a Gator1 Card — up to two per person — at the Phillips Center Box Office beginning at noon on April 2, according to the release. If tickets remain, they will be distributed to the general public beginning at 7 p.m. the night of the event. In the release, organizers warn that ticket availability for the general public will be very limited and advise people to check Accent’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates on ticket availability.

Contact Joey Flechas at 338-3166 or joey.flechas@gvillesun.com.

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