Year One Events Series

Help celebrate the first year of the College of Sciences by attending a lecture, seminar or alumni get-together as part of our Year One Events Series.

Apr
 3

Signature event: State of the Sciences

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist, television host and author
This event is sold out.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the world’s best-known astrophysicists and science communicators. He is director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium and host of the highly anticipated Carl Sagan reboot, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, that will debut in 2014. His appearances on The Daily Show, The Tonight Show and other programs have helped build a new generation of science lovers. Tyson is the author of Space Chronicles, The Pluto Files, and other books.

The event marks the launch of State of the Sciences, a premier education and outreach program hosted by the College that introduces hundreds of science fans to groundbreaking scientific work. The North Carolina Science Festival is helping to sponsor the event.

» 5 p.m. in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
This event is sold out.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Apr
10

John C. Mather
Senior Astrophysicist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Seminar title: “The History of the Universe from Beginning to End, and Observing with the James Webb Space Telescope”

John Mather will explain the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to now, and on to the future. He will also show NASA’s plans for the next great telescope in space, the James Webb Space Telescope, which will peer inside the dusty cocoons where stars and planets are being born. Mather is the senior project scientist for the telescope and won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite. He will speak as the Department of Physics 2014 L.H. Thomas Lecturer.

» 4 p.m. in the SAS Hall Auditorium

John C. Mather

John C. Mather

Apr
14

Iain Couzin
Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Princeton University

Iain Couzin uses lab experiments, fieldwork, computer simulations and mathematical models to learn more about how animals coordinate their behavior. His work aims to reveal the fundamental principles that underlie evolved collective behavior, and consequently his research includes the study of a wide range of biological systems, from brain tumors to insect swarms, fish schools and human crowds. Couzin will speak as the 2014 Department of Mathematics Kwangil Koh Lecturer on Mathematics in Our Time.

» 4:30 in Room 2203, SAS Hall. A pre-talk reception begins at 4 p.m.

Iain Couzin

Iain Couzin