Experience astrophysics at the Holland Center with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Sep 12, 2016, 09:24 AM by Kelly Bartnick

OMAHA, Neb. – (September 8, 2016) Reignite your curiosity for the universe when award-winning astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson comes to the Holland Center May 15 at 7:00 PM. Tickets go on sale September 15 at the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas Street or online

In this special event, Tyson will answer questions from the audience and talk about topics in his new book, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.” Each audience member will receive a copy of the book. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the recipient of 19 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen.

Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the Future of the US Aerospace Industry. In 2004, Tyson was once again appointed by President Bush to serve on a 9-member commission on the Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy, dubbed the Moon, Mars, and Beyond Commission. And in 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious advisory council, which will help guide NASA through its perennial need to fit its ambitious vision into its restricted budget.

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. From 1995 to 2005, Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine. And among Tyson's ten books is his memoir “The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist;” and “Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution,” co-written with Donald Goldsmith. Origins is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series “Origins”, in which Tyson served as on-camera host. The program premiered in 2004.

For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinoff program “NOVA ScienceNOW”, which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe.

During the summer of 2009 Tyson worked with standup comedians to bring science to commercial radio with the pilot program “StarTalk.” Now also a popular podcast, and a limited-run Television Series on the National Geographic Channel, “StarTalk” combines celebrity guests with informative, playful banter. In its first year on Television it was nominated for a "Best Informational Programming" Emmy.

Recently Tyson served as Executive Editor and host for “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey,” the 21st century continuation of Carl Sagan's landmark television series. The show began in March 2014 and ran thirteen episodes on FOX TV. “Cosmos” won four Emmy-Awards, a Peabody Award, two Critics Choice awards.

Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first named to its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.