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September 9, 2013

Large turnout expected for Neil deGrasse Tyson lecture

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will discuss "This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe" at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the lecture is free and open to the public.

Due to the large turnout expected at this lecture please note the following:

* No lines may form for entry until 3 p.m. on Sept. 19.  Lines will form in a designated area outside of Elliott Hall of Music.

* It is not permitted to camp outside a building, including using or bringing chairs, tents, sleeping bags, etc. For additional information, please refer to the facilities use policy at http://www.purdue.edu/policies/pages/facilities_lands/i_4_1.html

* You may not hold a place in line for others. If you wish to sit together as a group then everyone in your party must be present to wait in line.

* Should you leave after entering Elliott Hall of Music no re-entry will be permitted.

* This is a general admission event and there is no assigned seating.

* There will be a security checkpoint with a visual inspection and bag search.

The lecture is presented by The Discovery Lecture Series and the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series with support from the college of Engineering and Science, and Purdue Convocations. Additional support is provided by the Indiana Space Grant Consortium, the Black Cultural Center, Global Policy Research Institute, and Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion.

deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and science communicator, is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. He also is a member of NASA's Advisory Council. From 2006-11 he hosted the science show "NOVA ScienceNow" on PBS. He also has been a guest on "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report," "The Big Bang Theory," "Real Time with Bill Maher," and "Jeopardy!" Educated in New York's public school system before embarking on higher education, Tyson has focused his research and professional work on the universe's structure, the Milky Way galaxy, and the formation of stars. He curates a Twitter feed (@neiltyson) of more than a million followers.

Tyson will base his topics of discussion on the most recent, noteworthy, and exciting events in space science.

Source: Abby Eddy (Purdue Convocations director of marketing) 765-494-5045, aeeddy@purdue.edu