Curriculum Vitae

Education
Graduate, college, and high school.
Employment
Current and former employment.
Research Publications
Published papers in science journals.
Books
Written and edited books.
Chapters and Forewords
Chapters and Forewords in select books.
Assorted Writing
Essays, Articles, and OpEds.
Major Media Appearances
Activities on the Web, Radio, and Television.
Professional Societies
Memberships in professional societies.
Honors
Assorted honors and awards.
Grants Awarded
Research & Education grants.
Referee/Reviewer
Research papers, proposals, and popular books.
Observing Time Allocations
Research time on world-renown telescopes.
Supervised Research
Advisor on undergraduate student theses.
Courses Taught
Undergraduate courses at major universities.
Invited Colloquia
Various invited professional talks.
Board Service
Government and private sector board service.
Consulting
Various projects.
Selected Profiles
Profiles in newspapers, magazines, & books.

Education

Graduate:

PhD: Astrophysics, May 1991

Columbia University, New York City

Research area: Galactic Bulge - chemical evolution, abundances, and structure

Advisor: Prof. R. Michael Rich

MPhil: Astrophysics, May 1989

Columbia University, New York City

Research area: Stellar Evolution

MA: Astronomy May 1983

University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Research area: Star Formation models for Dwarf Galaxies

Advisor: Prof. John M. Scalo

College:

BA: Physics June 1980

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

High School:

The Bronx High School of Science

Bronx, New York

Astrophysics Emphasis: June 1976

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Current Activities

Astrophysicist and Frederick P. Rose Director

Hayden Planetarium

American Museum of Natural History

From May 1996

Research Associate

Department of Astrophysics

American Museum of Natural History

From July 2003

Employment History

Visiting Research Scientist and Lecturer

Department of Astrophysical Sciences

Princeton University

July 1994 – June 2003

Project Scientist

$210 Million Reconstruction

Hayden Planetarium

Rose Center for Earth and Space

January 1997 – February 2000

Founder and Chair

Department of Astrophysics

American Museum of Natural History

December 1997 - June 1999

Acting Director

American Museum - Hayden Planetarium

June 1995 - April 1996

Staff Scientist

American Museum - Hayden Planetarium

July 1994 - May 1995

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Astrophysics

Princeton University

July 1991 - June 1994

Lecturer

Department of Astronomy

University of Maryland

January 1987 - December 1987

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Research Publications

The Faint-End Slopes of Galaxy Luminosity Functions in the COSMOS Field

Liu, C. T.; Capak, P.; Mobasher, B.; Paglione, T. A. D.; Scoville, N. Z.; Tribiano, S. M.; and Tyson, N. D.

2008, Astrophysical Journal Letters, v.672, p.198

COSMOS: Hubble Space Telescope Observations

Scoville, N.; Abraham, R. G.; Aussel, H.; Barnes, J. E.; Benson, A.; Blain, A. W.; Calzetti, D.; Comastri, A.; Capak, P.; Carilli, C.; Carlstrom, J. E.; Carollo, C. M.; Colbert, J.; Daddi, E.; Ellis, R. S.; Elvis, M.; Ewald, S. P.; Fall, M.; Franceschini, A.; Giavalisco, M.; Green, W.; Griffiths, R. E.; Guzzo, L.; Hasinger, G.; Impey, C.; Kneib, J.-P.; Koda, J.; Koekemoer, A.; Lefevre, O.; Lilly, S.; Liu, C. T.; McCracken, H. J.; Massey, R.; Mellier, Y.; Miyazaki, S.; Mobasher, B.; Mould, J.; Norman, C.; Refregier, A.; Renzini, A.; Rhodes, J.; Rich, M.; Sanders, D. B.; Schiminovich, D.; Schinnerer, E.; Scodeggio, M.; Sheth, K.; Shopbell, P. L.; Taniguchi, Y.; Tyson, N. D.; Urry, C. M.; Van Waerbeke, L.; Vettolani, P.; White, S. D. M.; Yan, L.

2007, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, v.172, p.38

The Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS): Overview

Scoville, N.; Aussel, H.; Brusa, M.; Capak, P.; Carollo, C. M.; Elvis, M.; Giavalisco, M.; Guzzo, L.; Hasinger, G.; Impey, C.; Kneib, J.-P.; LeFevre, O. S.; Lilly, J.; Mobasher, B.; Renzini, A.; Rich, R. M.; Sanders, D. B.; Schinnerer, E.; Schminovich, D.; Shopbell, P.; Taniguchi, Y.; and Tyson, N. D.

2007, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, v.172, p.1

Optical light curves of the Type IA supernovae SN 1990N and 1991T

P. Lira, et al.

1998, Astronomical Journal, v.115, p.234

(See also Erratum: 1998, Astronomical Journal, v.116, p.1006)

BVRI Light Curves For 29 Type Ia Supernovae

M. Hamuy, et al.

1996, Astronomical Journal, v.112, p.2408

The Type Ia Supernova 1989B in NGC3627 (M66)

L. A. Wells, et al.

1994, Astronomical Journal, v.108, p.2233

The Expanding Photosphere Method Applied to SN1992am at cz = 14600 km/s

B. P. Schmidt, et al.

1994, Astronomical Journal, v.107, p.1444

On the Possibility of a Major Impact on the Uranus in the Past Century

Neil D. Tyson, Michael W. Richmond, Michael Woodhams, & Luca Ciotti

1993, Astronomy & Astrophysics (Research Notes), v.275, p.630

An Exposure Guide for Taking Twilight Flatfields with Large Format CCDs

Neil D. Tyson & Roy R. Gal

1993, Astronomical Journal, v.105, p.1206

Radial Velocity Distribution and Line Strengths of 33 Carbon Stars in the Galactic Bulge

Neil D. Tyson & R. Michael Rich

1991, Astrophysical Journal, v.367, p.547

On the possibility of Gas-Rich Dwarf Galaxies in the Lyman-alpha Forest

Neil D. Tyson

1988, Astrophysical Journal (Letters), v.329, p.L57

Bursting Dwarf Galaxies: Implications for Luminosity Function, Space Density, and Cosmological Mass Density

Neil D. Tyson & John M. Scalo

1988, Astrophysical Journal, v.329, p.618

uvby Photometry of Blue Stragglers in NGC 7789

Bruce A. Twarog & Neil D. Tyson

1985, Astronomical Journal, v.90, p.1247

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Books

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang

W. W. Norton & Company (New York), In contract

A review and assessment of the centuries-old relationship between the study of the universe and the waging of war, with emphasis on the technologies common to both.

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Neil deGrasse Tyson. Edited by Avis Lang

W. W. Norton & Company (New York), Feb 27, 2012

Reflections on the mismatch between the public's vision of our future in space and persistent geo-political forces that thwart them.

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

Neil deGrasse Tyson

W. W. Norton & Company (New York), 2009

An exposition of the often-tempestuous correspondence between Tyson and his colleagues as well as between Tyson and school children—all over the demotion of Pluto from its planet status.

Death By Black Hole, And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Neil deGrasse Tyson

W. W. Norton & Company (New York), 2007

Anthology of the best essays that have appeared in Natural History magazine under the title Universe.

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Neil deGrasse Tyson & Donald Goldsmith

W. W. Norton & Company (New York)

The remarkable beginnings of life, the universe, and everything. Companion Book to the PBS-NOVA series on cosmic origins. Premiered September 28-29, 2004

Cosmic Horizons: Astronomy at the Cutting Edge

Steven Soter & Neil deGrasse Tyson, eds.

The New Press (New York), 2001

A collection of twenty contributed essays on the modern frontier of astrophysics, with commentary and historical material added by the editors. A book conceived along with the 2000 opening of the Hayden Planetarium and Rose Center for Earth and Space.

One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Charles Liu, & Robert Irion

Joseph Henry Press of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), 2000

The connections of astrophysics with everyday life. The companion book to the 2000 opening of the Hayden Planetarium and Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Winner: American Institute of Physics, 2001 Science Writing Award

One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos - On Line Version

Charles Liu & Neil deGrasse Tyson

Joseph Henry Press of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), 2002

The One Universe book enhanced with 1,000 hyperlinks, review questions and problems sets.

The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Doubleday (New York), 2000

Revised and updated: Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2004

Autobiographical reflections.

Just Visiting this Planet

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Main Street Books, an imprint of Doubleday (New York), 1998

A collection of six years from a Q & A column written monthly for Star Date Magazine. Sequel to Merlin's Tour of the Universe (see below) that contains chapters of questions about astronomy and space asked by the general public and answered through the pen name Merlin.

Universe Down to Earth

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Columbia University Press (New York), 1994

Essays on special topics in astronomy that evolved principally from invited talks and lectures delivered for introductory college astronomy classes at Columbia University, University of Maryland, and University of Texas. The book uses creative household analogies to help bring complex topics of the universe to the lay reader.

Merlin's Tour of the Universe

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Columbia University Press (New York), 1989

Thirteen chapters of questions about astronomy and space asked by the general public and answered through the pen name Merlin.

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Chapters and Forewords

Foreword: "Reflections on Carl Sagan's Cosmos"

In Cosmos

by Carl Sagan. Random House (New York, NY), 1980; 2014.

Delusions of Space Enthusiasts

In The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007, pp. 53-60

Edited by Richard Preston and Tim Folger. Mariner Books (New York), 2007.

Adapted from Natural History Magazine article.

Foreword

In Fly Me to the Moon: An Insider's Guide to the New Science of Space Travel

by Edward Belbruno. Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2007.

Foreword

In The Cosmic Perspective - Textbook

by Jeffrey Bennett, Megan Donahue, Nicholas Schneider, and Mark Voit. Benjamin Cummings press Press (San Francisco), 2006.

Foreword

In Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science, and the Spiritual

by Lynn Gamwelll. Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2005.

Reach for Your Own Star

In Kids Who Think Outside the Box

Edited by Stephanie Lerner. AMACOM (New York), 2005.

The Sky Is Not the Limit

In Open the Unusual Door

Edited by Barbara Summers. Graphia (New York), 2005.

Adapted from Memoir

Gravity in Reverse

In The Best American Science Writing 2004, pp. 53-60

Edited by Dava Sobel. Ecco/HarperCollins (New York), 2004.

Adapted from Natural History Magazine article.

Holy Wars: An Astrophysicist Ponders the God Question

In Science and Religion: Are They Compatible, pp. 73-79.

Edited by Paul Kurtz and Barry Karr. Prometheus Books (Amherst, NY), 2003.

Adapted from Natural History Magazine article.

Powers of Ten

In Power, the book compendium of the 2002 Darwin Lecture Series of the same name.

Darwin College, University of Cambridge. Cambridge University Press (Cambridge), 2003

Space Travel Troubles

In Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Forty Years of U.S. Human Space Flight, p. 127.

Edited by Steve J. Garber, NASA (Washington D.C.), 2002.

Adapted from televised May 8, 2001 presentation in a George Washington University NASA symposium.

Space, You Can't Get There from Here

In Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Science, Technology, and Society

Edited by Thomas A. Easton, McGraw-Hill/Dushkin (Guilford, CT), 2002.

Adapted from Space Travel Troubles in Natural History magazine.

Space, You Can't Get There from Here

In The Well-Crafted Argument, p. 427.

Edited by Fred E. White & Simone J. Billings, Houghton Mifflin Co. (Boston), 2001.

Adapted from Space Travel Troubles in Natural History magazine.

Science's Endless Golden Age

In The Invisible Future: The Seamless Integration of Technology with Everyday Life, p. 1.

Edited by Peter J. Denning, McGraw Hill (New York), 2001

Certain Uncertainties

In Skeptical Odysseys, p. 176.

Edited by Paul Kurtz, Prometheus Books (Amherst, NY), 2001.

What are the Grand Questions of Science

In Closer to Truth: Challenging Current Belief, p. 311.

Edited by Robert Lawrence Kuhn, McGraw Hill (New York), 2000.

From a PBS televised panel.

What are the next breakthroughs in science

In Closer to Truth: Challenging Current Belief, p. 325.

Edited by Robert Lawrence Kuhn, McGraw Hill (New York), 2000.

From a PBS televised panel.

Paths to Discovery

In The Columbia History of the 20th Century, p. 461.

Edited by Richard Buillet, Columbia Press (New York), 1998.

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Assorted Writing

Foreign Affairs, NY

The Case For Space
March/April 2012 (in press)

Parade Magazine, NY

For the Love of Hubble
Cover story, June 22, 2008
Why America Needs to Explore Space
Cover story: August 5, 2007

Natural History Magazine, NY

Universe - Monthly Essayist

January 1995 - December 2005

Principal source of Content for the books Death By Black Hole and Space Chronicles.

StarDate Magazine, Austin, TX

Merlin - Monthly Q&A Columnist

January 1995 - December 2005

Principal source of Content for the books Merlin’s Tour of the Universe and Just Visiting This Planet.

The New York Times

If I Were President...

Week in Review, August 21, 2011

Part of a collection of opinions on the question: “If I Were President...”

Remembering Richard Holbrooke

Letter to the Editor, December 16, 2010

A science-politics anecdote from my first encounter with the Clinton-era Diplomat.

No Apocalypse in 2012

Letter to the Editor, August 24, 2010

Thoughts on the upcoming solar maximum and the 2012 doomsday myth.

A Teacher, a Student and a Church-State Dispute

Letter to the Editor, December 21, 2006

Commentary on the assertion that religious beliefs should be taught alongside science in public school.

World Trade Center Anniversary

Letter to the Editor, September 11, 2002

Eyewitness reflections on the anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Destiny in Space

Op-Ed, January 1, 2001

Our achievements in space compared with Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Misaligned Stars

Op-Ed, July 22, 1998

A commentary on science literacy in the arts and society.

Hayden Planetarium, NY

Windows to the Universe

Space Show

Spring 1996

Art in the Service of Science - A Hayden Retrospective

Curated Exhibit

Spring 1996

Cosmic Mind Bogglers

Space Show

Fall 1995

Major Media Appearances

Twitter - August 2014

Rising through 2,200,000 Followers

Average Growth Rate: Between. 2,000 & 2,500 followers per day

Average Post Rate: 10 Tweets per week

Miscellaneous cosmic thoughts, tidbits, and sky phenomena

Active since February 2009

Top YouTube Appearances - August 2014

* * * List * * *

We're All Connected [4min] 6 million views

Most Astounding Fact [3.5min] 7 million views

Cinema Sins: Everything Wrong With Gravity [10min] 4 million views

NDT Destroys Bill O'Reilly [3min] 3.5 million views

Poetry of Reality [3min] 2.6 million views

Does the Universe Have a Purpose? [2.5min] 2.5 million views

Tyson Rebukes Dawkins [2min] 2.2 million views

My Man, Sir Isaac Newton [2min] 2.2 million views

My Man, Sir Isaac Newton [SLOW MOTION] [2min] 900,000 views

Stephen Colbert Interviews NDT [80min] 1.6 million views

We Stopped Dreaming [5.3min] 1.6 million views

COSMOS: A Space-Time Odyssey

On-Camera Host and Executive Editor

FOX, Burbank, CA & Cosmos Studios, Ithaca, NY

US Premiere: March 9, 2014

World: 181 Countries, in 45 Languages

A 21st century continuation in 13 episodes of Carl Sagan's landmark Television series from 1980.

StarTalk Radio

Host and Executive Producer

50 Terrestrial Stations; Live Streaming; iTunes Podcast; Google-YouTube channel

Summer 2009 - Current

Using a comedic co-host coupled with weekly guests drawn from pop-culture, this science-based talk show targets an audience who never thought to listen to science on the radio.

NOVA scienceNOW

On-Camera Host and Executive Editor

PBS, WGBH, Boston & NYC

February 2006 - May 2011

Hip, fast-paced, magazine style science program for all ages.

The Pluto Files

On-Camera Host and Executive Editor

PBS, NOVA — WGBH, Boston

March 2010

Based on the book of the same name, chronicling the scientific arguments and the cultural reactions to Pluto losing its planet status.

Origins

On-Camera Host and Executive Editor

PBS NOVA — WGBH, Boston

September 2004

Based on the book of the same name, a four-part series detailing the latest scientific understandings for the origin of Earth, stars, the universe, and life.

Selected Television Interviews

The Colbert Report [Comedy Central]: 12 appearances (the show's record)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart [Comedy Central]: 9 appearances

Real Time with Bill Maher [HBO]: 4 appearances

Tonight Show with Jay Leno [NBC]

Late Show with Conan O'Brien [NBC]

Late Show with Jimmy Fallon [NBC] - 2 appearances

Charlie Rose [PBS] - 5 appearances

News Hour [PBS] - 4 appearances

Tavis Smiley [PBS] - 3 appearances

Mo'Nique [BET]

Numerous Interviews (documentaries & News): PBS, History Channel, Discovery, Science Channel, A&E, Good Morning America [ABC], TODAY Show [NBC], Early Show [CBS], World News Tonight [ABC], Nightly News [NBC], Evening News [CBS], CNN, FOX, FOXNews, MSNBC

Television Cameo Appearances

The Big Bang Theory [CBS]: Season 04, Episode 07: "The Apology Insufficiency" 2010

Stargate Atlantis [SyFy]: Season 5, Episode 16 "Brain Storm" 2008

Television/Internet Script Mentions

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee [Internet]: Season 4: "Robert Klein - Opera Pimp" 2014

Orange is the New Black [Netflix]: Season 1, Episode 12: "Fool Me Once" 2013

Stargate Atlantis [SyFy]: Season 4, Episode 16: "Trio" 2008

Television Science Advisor

Family Guy [FOX]: Season 9, Episode 16: "The Big Bang Theory" 2011

Selected Documentaries as Narrator

Space Shuttle Disaster [PBS-NOVA]: 1-hour, 2010

400 Years of the Telescope [PBS]: 1-hour, 2009

Selected Radio Appearances

NPR: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, All Things Considered, Living On Earth,Science Friday,"Morning Edition"

Selected Internet Appearances

Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions:
August 2013, February 2012, December 2011, November 2011,

Nerdist Podcast #139 November 2011

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Selected Honors (Incl. eighteen Honorary Doctorates)

Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Documentary
Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey; Award Ceremony: August 16, 2014
Critics Choice Award: Best Host of Reality Series
Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey; June 19, 2014
Most Influential Nerds of 2014
GQ Magazine, Condé Nast, New York: July 24, 2014
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts. Commencement: May 20, 2012
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts. Commencement: May 19, 2012
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Commencement: May 22, 2011
Time Top Tweeters 2012: 140 Best Twitter Feeds
Voted by the Editors of Time Magazine (March 2012) picks the 140 Twitter feeds that are the best in the world
Time Top Tweeters 2011: 140 best Twitter Feeds
Voted by the Editors of Time Magazine (March 2011) picks the 140 Twitter feeds that are the best in the world
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
University of Alabama, Huntsville, New York. Commencement: December 3, 2010
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Commencement: May 29, 2010
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut. Commencement: May 23, 2010
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Commencement: May 19, 2008
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Howard University, Washington, DC. Commencement: May 10, 2008
Harvard 100: Most Influential Harvard Alumni
02138 Magazine, Cambridge. Massachusetts: December 2, 2007
NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal
For service on NASA's Advisory council. November 2007
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Commencement: June 3, 2007
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Worcester Polytechnic Insitute, Worcester, Massachusetts. Commencement: May 19, 2007
The Time 100
Voted by the Editors of Time Magazine (May 4, 2007) as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Top Ten Space Imaginations at Work
Space.com, 2006
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Pace University, New York City. Convocation: April 23, 2006
Writer-In-Residence
Department of English, Yeshiva University, New York. Fall 2005
NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal
The highest honor awarded by NASA to a non-government civilian. September 22, 2004
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
City University of New York, College of Staten Island, Commencement: June 3, 2004
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, Commencement: June 14, 2003
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Bloomfield College, Bloomfield New Jersey, Commencement: May 23, 2002
The Tech 100
Voted by editors of Crain's Magazine (May 21, 2001) to be among the 100 most influential technology leaders in New York.
Medal of Excellence
Columbia University, New York City, Commencement: May 16, 2001
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
University of Richmond, Richmond Virginia, Commencement: May 13, 2001
Asteroid: 13123 Tyson
Renamed from Asteroid 1994KA on November 19, 2000 by the International Astronomical Union. Discovered by Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy. A main-belt asteroid peaking at Vmag = 16.9
Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive
In People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue November 13, 2000
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Ramapo College, Mahway, New Jersey, Commencement: May 22, 2000
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
Dominican College, Orangeburg, New York, Commencement: May 21, 2000
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
York College, City University of New York, Commencement: June 2, 1997
Crain's Magazine 40 under 40
Voted by Craines' editors in 1996 to be among the forty most influential New Yorkers under the age of forty.

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Grants Awarded

$354,000 PI The Sloan Foundation (2014: 312 months): In support of the StarTalk Radio. enabling the show to expand in a commercially viable way to internet video and television.
$1,500,000 PI National Science Foundation (2010: 36 months) Informal Science Education: StarTalk Radio Show. Using a comedic co-host and with weekly guests drawn from pop-culture, this broadcast (and Internet) radio talk show on science targets an audience that never thought to listen to science on the radio.
$200,000 PI National Science Foundation (2009: 12 months) Informal Science Education - Small Grants for Exploratory Research: StarTalk Radio Show - Pilots. 13 radio talk show pilot programs broadcast live in DC and LA, experimenting with various guests and co-hosts for how best to bring the universe to listeners who would not otherwise think to listen to science on the radio.
$100,000 Co-I NASA (2003: 24 months) Hubble Treasury Program: COSMOS 2-degree field, Large scale structure of the universe at high redshift.
$2,800,000 Co-I NASA (2001: 18 months) The Search for Life: Are We Alone?, The second space show to run in the newly rebuilt Hayden Planetarium.
$1,500,000 Co-PI NASA (October 2000 - September 2003) New York City Space Science Research Alliance, creating a new space science degree in the City University of New York.
$840,000 Co-PI National Science Foundation (October 1999 - September 2002) Visualization of High Dimensional Data in Comparative Morphology
$450,000 PI National Science Foundation (May 1999 - September 2003) Partner in the Grand Challenge Cosmology Consortium Administered by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Urbana Ill.
$2,000,000 Co-I & Project Director NASA (September 1997 - March 1999) Digital Galaxy Project—Part of the $8 million launch of the National Center for Science Literacy Education and Technology at the American Museum of Natural History
$23,000 PI Science Foundation (July 1993 - December 1994) to study the Galactic Bulge: Structure and Dynamics and Dwarf Galaxies: Star Formation, Supernovae, and Detection
$5,000 ARCS Foundation, New York City (January 1989 - December 1990) Intergalactic Supernovae

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Referee / Reviewer

Journals

  • Nature
  • Astronomical Journal
  • Astrophysical Journal

Observing Proposals

  • Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

Major Grants

  • National Science Foundation
  • NASA

Book Publishers

  • Anchor Books
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Columbia University Press
  • DK Publishers
  • Free Press
  • Houghton-Mifflin
  • National Academy Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Princeton University Press
  • Visible Ink Press
  • Walker Press
  • WW Norton

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Observing Time Allocations

Hubble Space Telescope 650 Orbits
COSMOS Collaboration
2003, 2004
Palomar Observatory California 1994, 1995
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) Chile 1988-1993
Millimeter Radio Astronomy Institute (IRAM) Spain 1993
Apache Point Observatory (APO) New Mexico 1992
Very Large Array (VLA) New Mexico 1990
Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) Arizona 1988, 1989

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Supervised Research

2001 Senior Thesis: Adam Gittes (Princeton) Variable Star Light Curves From Massive Data sets: Classifications and Interpretations
1995 Junior Thesis: Ronald Kim (Princeton) The Binary Star frequency at High Galactic Latitude
1994 Senior Thesis: Konata Stinson (Princeton) The Radial Dependence of Supernova Rates in Galaxies
1993 Junior Thesis: Peter Bloser (Princeton) An Estimate of the Supernova Rate in Abell Clusters
1992 Summer Project: Roy Gal (Columbia) An Exposure Guide for Taking Twilight Flatfields with Large Format CCDs (See the published paper.)

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Courses Taught





Semester Title Enrollment Student profile
Yeshiva University, New York - as Writer-In-Residence for the Department of English
Fall 2005 Writing Science and Nature Seminar 12 (limited) For English majors and others
Princeton University - As a Visiting Lecturer with rank of Associate Professor
Spring 2003 The Universe 250 (limited) For non-science majors
Spring 2002 The Universe 250 (limited) For non-science majors
Spring 2001 The Universe 200 (limited) For non-science majors
Spring 2000 The Universe 125 (limited) For non-science majors
Spring 1999 The Universe 125 (limited) For non-science majors
Spring 1997 Modern Astrophysics 45 For science majors
Princeton University - As a Lecturer
Spring 1996 Cosmic Discovery: How we have come to learn what we know about the universe 14 (limited) Freshman Seminar
Spring 1995 The Universe 80 For non-science majors
Hayden Planetarium as Director
Spring 2003 Introduction to Space Science: Frontiers of Matter, Motion and Energy 100 (limited) Satisfying part of a NASA-funded Space Science curriculum for the City University of New York
Fall 2002 Introduction to Space Science: Matter, Motion, and Energy 100 (limited) Satisfying part of a NASA-funded Space Science curriculum for the City University of New York
Spring 2002 Introduction to Space Science: Universe 80 (limited) Satisfying part of a NASA-funded Space Science curriculum for the City University of New York
Winter 2001 Introduction to Space Science: Galaxies 80 (limited) Satisfying part of a NASA-funded Space Science curriculum for the City University of New York
Fall 2001 Introduction to Space Science: Stars 80 (limited) Satisfying part of a NASA-funded Space Science curriculum for the City University of New York
Spring 2001 Astrophysics Round Table 40 Rotating topics on the frontier
Fall 2000 The Making of the Rose Center for Earth and Space 40
Columbia University - As a graduate student
1988 - 1991 Assorted guest lectures 50 to 150
University of Maryland - As a Lecturer
Spring 1987 Introductory Astronomy 180
Fall 1987 Introductory Astronomy 300
University of Texas - As a graduate student
1980 - 1985 Assorted guest lectures 30 to 300

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Invited Colloquia




May 2008 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Cambridge, MA
March 2005 National Science Foundation Arlington, VA
January 2005 MIT Lincoln Labs Lexington, MA
January 2005 University of Washington Seattle, WA
December 2004 Duke University Durham, NC
November 2004 NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA
May 2004 Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Stanford, CA
July 2003 Brookhaven Laboratories Long Island, NY
December 2002 Princeton University. Joint Sponsors: Woodrow Wilson School, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Astrophysics Princeton, NJ
October 2002 Pappalardo Lecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics Cambridge, MA
March 2002 Penn State, Department of Astrophysics State College, PA
November 2000 Caltech, Department of Astronomy Pasadena, CA
September 2000 Space Telescope Science Institute Baltimore, MD
April 2000 University of Toronto & CITA Toronto, Canada
April 2000 Rutgers University, Department of Astronomy New Brunswick, NJ
January 1998 American Museum of Natural History, Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences New York City
December 1997 Swarthmore College, Department of Physics & Astronomy Swarthmore, PA
April 1996 Augsburg College, Department of Physics Minneapolis, MN
May 1995 New York Academy of Sciences New York
February 1994 Lehigh University, Department of Physics Bethlehem, PA
December 1993 University of California, Department of Astronomy Santa Cruz, CA
October 1993 Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratories Princeton, NJ
October 1993 Ohio Sate University, Department of Astronomy Columbus, OH
June 1993 University of Washington, Department of Astronomy Seattle, WA
April 1993 University of Maryland, Department of Astronomy College Park, MD
March 1993 Rutgers University, Department of Astronomy New Brunswick, NJ
October 1992 University of Virginia, Department of Astronomy Charlottesville, VA
October 1992 National Radio Astronomy Observatory Charlottesville, VA
September 1992 University of Massachusetts, Department of Geology Amherst, MA
March 1992 York College, Department of Natural Sciences Queens, New York
May 1991 Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory La Serena, Chile
September 1990 Osservatorio Astronomico di Capadimonte. Funded by: Academia Nazionale di Science Lettere e Arti. Naples, Italy
September 1988 Yale University, Dept. of Astronomy New Haven, CT
October 1987 University of Missouri, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy St. Louis, MO
December 1986 University of Maryland, Astronomy Program College Park, MD

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Board Service

  • Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

    November 2008 - September 2010

    Member of the Survey Committee and of the Subcommittee on State of the Profession.

  • Board of Directors, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), NYC

    February 2006 - current

    Elected to the Board HEAF, an organization that helps inner city children from disadvantaged backgrounds develop the attitudes, skills and values that will enable them to lead satisfying and productive lives in mainstream American life.

  • National Academy of Sciences Committee on Evolution, Washington, DC

    December 2005 - December 2006

    Committee to update the NSF's official statement denouncing the teaching of Creationism and Intelligent Design as science in the school systems.

  • NASA Advisory Council, Washington, DC

    December 2005 - November 2008

    Appointed by the NASA Administrator to serve on its Advisory Council, to help to guide NASA's scientific, technological, and budgetary steps forward in space.

  • White House Commission

    February 2004 - June 2004

    Appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on a nine-member Commission on the Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. To establish an executable plan that enables the White House's vision for America's future in space.

  • Committee for the Presidential Medal of Science

    January 2003 - December 2005

    Appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on its 12-member Selection Committee.

  • Board of Directors, Space Foundation

    January 2007 - Current; Honorary

    January 2003 - December 2006; Director

    The Space Foundation, in Colorado Springs, is a not-for-profit organization that vigorously supports civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors along with educational excellence.

  • White House Commission

    September 2001 - November 2002

    Appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the 12-member Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. To study the health of the United States aerospace industry and how it affects national security, the aviation economy, and our future in space.

  • Board of Directors, Phipps Houses, Inc. NYC

    November 2000 - October 2003

    A not-for-profit organization that promotes and provides housing to the indigent of the inner city.

  • Math & Physical Sciences Directorate Advisory Committee, National Science Foundation

    November 2000 - October 2003

  • Decadal Survey in Astronomy & Astrophysics Subcommittee on Education and Public Policy, National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

    January 1999 - December 2000

    Appointed to the Subcommittee on Education and Public Policy.

  • Board of Directors, American Astronomical Society (AAS)

    June 1998 - June 2001

    Elected by the membership to the Board of Directors (the Council) of the AAS (Washington, DC).

  • NASA's Space Science Advisory Committee, Washington, DC

    May 1997 - April 1998

  • Astronomy Education Board, American Astronomical Society

    June 1997 - June 2002

  • Board of Directors, The Planetary Society (Pasadena, California).

    May 1997 - Current

  • Board of Directors, Amateur Astronomers Association NYC

    March 1997 - June 2003

  • Board of Directors, Astronauts Memorial Foundation, (Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    November 1993 - October 1998

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Consulting

  • Chess in the Schools

    Fall 1998, ongoing

    Technical Advisor to a program that brings chess to inner city schools as a curriculum supplement to boost grades and attendance. New York City.

  • Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, Buffalo, New York

    Spring 1995 - ongoing

  • Science in the City, AMNH

    Spring 1991 - Spring 1993

    Science Instructor for this program that serves inner city children of homeless single parents. Conducted by the Department of Education of the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

  • The New York Times

    Spring 1989 - Fall 1999

    Science Times Questions and Answers

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Selected Profiles

  • The National Review magazine

    July 21, 2014, Cover Story

    "Smarter Than Thou: Neil deGrasse Tyson and America's Nerd Problem"

    by Charles C. W. Cooke

  • The New Yorker magazine

    February 2014, Anniversary Issue

    Profile. "Star Man" by Rebecca Meade

  • Parade magazine

    January 12, 2014, Cover Story

    Profile. "Master of the Universe" by Lynn Sherr

  • Sky magazine - Delta Airlines

    January 2013, pp. 69 & 71 (New York)

    Profile. "Let's Get Astrophysical"

  • Playboy magazine

    Jan/Feb 2012, pp. 152 (New York)

    Profile. "King of the Cosmos" Life as a public scientist and educator.

  • Columbia University magazine

    Summer 2010 pp. 12-19

    Cover Story Profile. "Musings of the Spheres" Life as a public scientist and educator.

  • The World of Fine Wine magazine

    Spring 2005, Issue 9, pp. 48-52, Quarto Group (London)

    Profile and interview on wines of the world, including playful speculations about the future of wine in space and on other planets.

  • Open the Unusual Door

    Edited by Barbara Summers, 2005, Houghton-Mifflin (Boston)

    Stargazer, (Excerpt from the memoir, The Sky Is Not the Limit), p. 196.

  • Kids Who Think Outside the Box

    Edited by Stephanie Lerner, 2005, Amacom Books (New York)

    Reach For Your Own Star, p. 65.

  • The Futurist

    November-December 2004

    Visionaries: Changing the Future One Idea At A Time, p. 68.

  • Highlights for Children

    August 2004

    Looking Up, p. 25

  • Columbia University magazine

    Spring 2004

    Columbia's New Yorkers, p. 42.

  • The New York Times

    March 9, 2003

    Stars in His Eyes Over a Pen

    A celebration of my fondness for Fountain Pens.

  • A Perfect World: Words and Paintings from over 50 of America's Most Powerful People

    Edited by Debra Trione, 2002, Andrews McMeel Publishers (Kansas City), p. 163.

  • Arrive Magazine

    July/August 2001, Amtrak, p. 14.

  • People Magazine

    November 13, 2000

    Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive, p. 92.

  • Ebony Magazine

    August 2000, p. 58.

  • Wine Spectator Magazine

    May 31, 2000, p. 19.

  • People Magazine

    February 28, 2000, p. 77.

  • Scientific American

    February 2000, p. 28.

  • New York Times

    January 1, 2000, p. B2.

  • New York Times

    An Educator Shines At the Planetarium

    February 13, 2000

  • Strong Men Keep Coming: The Book of African American Men

    By Tonya Bolden, Herb Boyd, 1999, J. Wiley & Sons (New York), p. 100.

  • Our Common Ground

    Bruce Caines, 1994, Crown Publishers (New York), p. 36

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