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Media Contact: Herb Booth, Office:817-272-7075, Cell:214-546-1082, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Bill Nye, The Science Guy, is the final speaker in the 2010-11 Maverick Speakers Series.

Bill Nye

Bill Nye, The Science Guy

The science ambassador and Emmy Award-winning television personality will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive.

The events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required but are sold out. If you would like to attend this lecture but did not reserve a ticket, non-ticketed patrons will be seated as space permits.

This is the third season of the Maverick Speakers Series. The speakers have been provocative and entertaining in each of those seasons. New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman, Astronaut Sally Ride and NBA legend Magic Johnson have been a few of the past speakers, Visit the Maverick Speakers Series website for more information.

The television show host has worked to foster an understanding about science among viewers. His show, “Bill Nye, The Science Guy,” has won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing and producing. Nye also hosts “The 100 Greatest Discoveries” on the Science Channel and “The Eyes of Nye” on PBS stations.

Nye and his shows have helped people understand and appreciate the science that makes the world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something he's been doing most of his life.

Nye’s fascination of how things work led him to Cornell University and a degree in mechanical engineering. After graduation, he worked as an engineer at Boeing. It was in Seattle that Nye began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, when he won the Steve Martin look-alike contest and developed dual careers as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night.

Nye's latest project is hosting a show on Planet Green called “Stuff Happens” about environmentally responsible choices that consumers can make as they go about their day and their shopping.

Nye is currently the executive director of The Planetary Society, the world's large space interest organization.

The Maverick Speakers Series is but one example of the quality programs offered at The University of Texas at Arlington. Visit www.uta.edu for more information.

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