Neil deGrasse Tyson draws large crowd at final 2010-2011 Distinguished Speakers presentation
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Posted: 03/29/2011
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, an author, host of PBS' NOVA ScienceNow and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, displayed not only his love of science and technological discovery but also his sense of humor in a presentation in the Fine Arts Auditorium Monday, March 28 at The University of Texas-Pan American. Nearly 1,500 people heard Tyson talk about his concern about America's lack of support for science education and its declining role as one of the world's scientific leaders before he answered questions from the standing-room-only crowd. During his time on campus, Tyson also met and talked with student leaders and University administrators at a dinner held before his presentation. Tyson was the last presenter in the University's 2010-2011 Distinguished Speakers Series which featured journalist and sustainability expert P. Simran Sethi, political economist and geo-strategist Parag Khanna, and CNN senior political analyst David Gergen. The Distinguished Speakers Series is underwritten by student fees as recommended by the Student Affairs Advisory Committee, and receives support from the Student Union and other University departments. Speakers for the 2011-2012 Distinguished Speakers Series will be announced later this year. Pictured with Tyson (second from left) are Dr. Timothy Mottet, professor of communication and Henry W. & Margaret Hauser Endowed Chair in Communication, who serves as chair of the Distinguished Speakers Committee; Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, UTPA president; and Dr. Havidan Rodriguez, UTPA provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.