CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Neil deGrasse Tyson incited the scientific curiosity of the next generation during his talk before a sold-out Performing Arts Center audience on Thursday, March 27, during the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Spring 2014 Distinguished Speaker Series.
A crowd of 1,200 listened attentively to the Astrophysicist, Science Communicator, and Host of the highly-anticipated Carl Sagan reboot, “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, as he discussed his expectations of where we should be in our space endeavors and our limitations.
Tyson is the face of PBS’ Nova Science Now and StarTalk Radio, presenting authoritative, innovative, and entertaining scientific stories. His professional research interests span from star formation and exploding stars to dwarf galaxies and the structure of our Milky Way.
“I was a fan of the original ‘Cosmos,’ and when I heard he was coming out here, I just wanted to hear more about what he was doing,” said Neil Rosales a geology graduate student. “I think it is great that we can get people of his caliber to come to our school.”
Tyson obtains his data from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as from telescopes in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and in the Andes Mountains of Chile. And, as Director of the Hayden Planetarium, he conducts research in astrophysics and brings the universe down to Earth.
In addition, Tyson is the Author of “Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier,” “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of American’s Favorite Planet,” “The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist” and others.
Earlier in the day, Tyson addressed high school and college students during a free Student Forum, which precedes the Distinguished Speaker Series event.
“Anytime you can pique a kid’s interest in science, which is what Tyson does, I think it’s great,” said Porfirio Zamora, an AP biology teacher at Mary Carroll High School. “There are very few people that kids see as superstars, so to have someone like Tyson in science is pretty rare and doesn’t come along often.”
Each spring and fall, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Speaker Series brings accomplished national and international speakers to campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate conversation about the country’s most compelling issues. To learn more about Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Distinguished Speaker Series, go to http://dss.tamucc.edu/neil_tyson.html.
At the close of the program, Entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” Star Daymond John was announced as the Fall 2014 speaker; and Animal Planet Star Jeff Corwin was announced as the Spring 2015 speaker.
Some of the net proceeds from the Distinguished Speaker Series will go toward scholarships for students attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Sign up to find out about our speakers at http://www.tamucc.edu/distinguishedspeakerseries/.