Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson To Deliver SROP Keynote

Mar 18, 2010
Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will deliver the keynote address at this summer's 24th annual Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) conference. The conference, hosted by Ohio State University, will take place July 23-25 in Columbus.

Tyson, who is Harvard-educated and currently serves as the director of American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York, will speak to a diverse cohort of 450 of the nation's most promising and ambitious undergraduates who are conducting research at CIC universities.

Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of the Milky Way. Tyson obtains his data from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as from telescopes in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and in the Andes Mountains of Chile.

Tyson is well-known in pop culture for his role in the declassification of Pluto as a planet. The recent PBS Nova special, “The Pluto Files,” was based on Tyson’s book of the same name.

For a complete biography detailing Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson's career and accomplishments, please visit his Web site. For more information on SROP, please visit its homepage.