30th Brossman-Frisbie Science Lectureship

30th Brossman-Frisbie Science Lectureship

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Clair Performance Hall of the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center (formerly Lyte Auditorium)

Speaker: Dr. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute. He’s also been a NASA Solar System Ambassador since 2009 and serves as the “Astrobiology Ambassador” for the NASA/MIRS/UNCF Special Program Corporation’s Astrobiology Partnership Program. One of his newest honors is an appointment to the outreach advisory board for the world’s largest telescope, the new Thirty-Meter-Telescope at Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

He appears regularly in the media as a science content expert including appearances on the “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central and “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS. For more than two decades, Pitts has hosted award-winning astronomy radio programs for Philadelphia’s two public radio stations and created signature astronomy television programming for PBS. One of the highlights of Pitt’s career was meeting President Obama and his family when he was invited to participate in the first-ever White House Star Party.

Pitts has received numerous awards including an honorary Doctor of Science degree from La Salle University, and serves on the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, St. Lawrence University. His twitter handle is @CoolAstronomer and his motto is “Eat, breathe, do science. Sleep later.”

Evening Presentation: “The New Universe” New discoveries add to the rich diversity of amazing astronomical objects, effectively revealing a “new” universe every few years.  The new discoveries also redefine who we are as citizens of the Cosmos.

Tickets for this event are free and may be reserved online at MuTicketsOnline.com or by calling the Ticket Office at 717-872-3811. In addition, tickets will be available at the door the night of the presentation.

For more information call: 717-872-3407

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