CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A sold-out audience listened intently to Bill Nye, Scientist, Inventor and Emmy Award-winning Television Host, discuss evidence of climate change from sea level rise to increased carbon dioxide levels on our planet during the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Fall 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series held on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Nye also encouraged the youth of today to “change the world,” by leading the movement away from oil and gas toward renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power and electric cars.
Nye gave his presentation titled, “An Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy,” to a crowd of 1,200 at the Performing Arts Center. His mission is to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.
Earlier in the day, Nye addressed elementary, middle, high school and college students during a free Student Forum. He also referenced the significance of today’s date (October 21, 2015) featured in the 1989 movie, “Back to the Future II,” in which characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future in a DeLorean time machine.
“Bill Nye has offered so much into the field of science; he is a fascinating man,” said Brandon Baker, a freshman mathematics major at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “He is passionate about science and is able to convey that through speaking at events like this where he shares his love of science with those around him.”
For most of his life, Nye has been making science entertaining and accessible. His fascination with how things work led him to earn a mechanical engineering degree at Cornell University. After graduation, he worked as an engineer at Boeing in Seattle, Wash. It was in Seattle that Nye began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, and Bill Nye the Science Guy was born. “Bill Nye the Science Guy” initially ran on weekends, then later on PBS five nights a week and in syndication on weekends.
Nye has won several Emmy Awards for writing, performing and producing “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” He currently hosts three TV shows: “The 100 Greatest Discoveries” on the Science Channel, “The Eyes of Nye” on PBS, and “Stuff Happens” on Planet Green.
He is also the Vice President of The Planetary Society, the world’s largest space-interest group, and speaks all over the world about space exploration. Nye has written five children’s books, including “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs” and is also an inventor with two educational patents.
“Not only am I happy my students get to see a real life scientist, but I have also grown up with Bill Nye myself,” said Nadalyn Almaguer, a fourth grade teacher at Rose Shaw Elementary School and TAMU-CC alumna. “I think it is a great experience for the students to have an opportunity like this because they don’t get these chances every day. Bill Nye can take scientific topics that people may find boring and make them fun and relatable.”
Each spring and fall, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Distinguished 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. Past speakers include “Animal Planet” Host and Leading Conservationist Jeff Corwin, and Astrophysicist and Science Communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson. To learn more about Bill Nye and the Distinguished Speaker Series, go to http://dss.tamucc.edu/bill_nye.html.
At the close of the evening program, Apollo 13 NASA Flight Director, Gene Kranz, and Apollo 13 Astronaut, Fred Haise, were announced as the next Distinguished Speaker Series speakers on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Sign up to find out about our speakers at http://www.tamucc.edu/distinguishedspeakerseries/.