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American Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson to visit Jamaica



U.S. Embassy, Kingston | 2012-11-20 00:00:00

United States Ambassador, Pamela E. Bridgewater, will host renowned American Astrophysicist and science communicator, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, on November 28, 2012. Dr. Tyson’s brief visit to the island will be shaped by a lecture/presentation dubbed ‘Star Talk’ to be held at the U.S. Embassy Kingston. The event will be attended by over 200 invited guests including university and high school students, educators, members of the Astronomical Association of Jamaica, the Meteorological Services of Jamaica and officials from Jamaica’s Ministry of Education.


What promises to be an interactive hour and a half session will focus on space exploration and the cosmos. Dr. Tyson will later that evening present to an audience comprising Jamaican government officials, members of the Jamaica Teachers Association, key members of the local business community and members of the diplomatic corps, at an event held at the Ambassador’s residence. His evening presentation will highlight the importance of systematic and institutional support of the sciences with greater accessibility to the study of subject area(s). His evening presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing, as guests will each receive a copy of the book, Space Chronicles, authored by Dr. Tyson.


Dr. Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and Research Associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Tyson's professional research interests are broad and include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry. The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations for Congress and for the major agencies of the government that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration, and national security. Since 2006 Dr. Tyson has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW on PBS and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!


Dr. Tysons visit underscores the U.S. government’s overall commitment to science diplomacy in Jamaica and the region as his visit follows an Embassy initiated science workshop, held in August 2012. The workshop taught educators techniques through which mathematic and scientific principles may be imparted through sports such as soccer, basketball, and track& field. Three sessions were held across the island in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology and the Ministry of Education.

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