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The Bad Astronomer
2005-Apr-19, 08:47 PM
Michael Shermer sent out an email to some folks asking to help advertise this event:



Sunday, April 24, 2:00 p.m. Beckman Auditorium

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Caltech Public Events office (events@caltech.edu
or 626/395-4652) or at the door: $8 Skeptics Society and Planetary Society members and
Caltech/JPL staff; $12 general public; $5 students, kids, and anyone under 18.

Bill Nye and his new book: Bill Nye the Science Guy's Great Big Book of Tiny Germs (And other
cool science stuff)

Germs, germs, everywhere! We live with them all day, every day. *Did you know that: Some germs
are good for you, or even delicious? There are more germs inside you than there are people on
Earth? Your body is constantly fighting germs, even when you aren't sick? Come hear Bill speak,
and you'll learn about these things and more. Find out about germs and how to stay healthy in
this delightful presentation based on his new book, as well as a few new things from Nye Labs.
Bring the kids, and the kids' friends, for an afternoon of science and a blast of fun.

Bill Nye is best known for his hit PBS television series Bill Nye the Science Guy, which ran
from 1992-1998 and won Emmy Awards for Best Performer, Best Writing, Best Producing, and Best
Show. He is the host of the Science Channel~Rs 100 Greatest Discoveries in Science, and the
forthcoming series The Eyes of Nye. He is the author of Bill Nye~Rs Big Blast of Science, Bill
Nye's Consider the Following, Bill Nye the Science Guy's Big Blue Ocean, and Bill Nye the
Science Guy's Great Big Dinosaur Dig. He is also an inventor, with patents pending for a
baseball retrieval device, a ball throwing technique training gizmo, and an improved ballet toe
shoe. As part of the Mars Athena Exploration Team, he played a key role in the design of the
MarsDials, the sundials on Mars. Bill serves on the boards of The Planetary Society as Vice
President, the New Horizons Mission to Pluto, and the National Health Museum in Washington, DC.

sarongsong
2005-Apr-19, 09:14 PM
Cool! Been reading up on this (http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,65252,00.html) previously:
"...More than 500 different species of bacteria exist in our bodies, making up more than 100 trillion cells. Because our bodies are made of only some several trillion human cells, we are somewhat outnumbered by the aliens..."
and airborne nanobacteria (http://www.wired.com/news/planet/0,2782,67176,00.html). Pasadena, here I come!

01101001
2005-Apr-19, 11:10 PM
If you go, ask him why his name curiously reads the same upside-down as right side up.

Bill Nye (http://www.01101001.com/images/billnye.gif)
http://www.01101001.com/images/billnye_t.gif (http://www.01101001.com/images/billnye.gif)

George
2005-Apr-19, 11:39 PM
Looks like he just missed Sir Martin Rees per this.... thread. (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=20986&)

Tuckerfan
2005-Apr-20, 12:14 AM
Beckman AuditoriumSo is he going to bend it? ;) Hope somebody who goes takes pictures and posts 'em.

Normandy6644
2005-Apr-20, 03:40 AM
Looks like he just missed Sir Martin Rees per this.... thread. (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=20986&)

Yeah, he was here just the other week. I wanted to go to his lecture but it sold out quickly.

sarongsong
2005-Apr-20, 04:09 AM
If you go, ask him why his name curiously reads the same upside-down as right side up... Ha, ha, very good! =D> I printed out your enlargement and will bring it along to pass on.

The Bad Astronomer
2005-Apr-20, 05:00 AM
sarongsong, if you do go, please let Dr. Shermer know you came from the BABB. I emailed him and told him I'd announce the talk, and it would be nice for him to know how you found out. Thanks!

sarongsong
2005-Apr-20, 06:49 AM
Okay, will do---wow!---"...Parking is Free (http://events.caltech.edu/find.html)..."

Tuckerfan
2005-Apr-20, 02:18 PM
sarongsong, if you do go, please let Dr. Shermer know you came from the BABB. I emailed him and told him I'd announce the talk, and it would be nice for him to know how you found out. Thanks!I posted links to this page on the SDMB and a couple other boards I go to where there's interested parties.

beskeptical
2005-Apr-20, 07:25 PM
I've been watching "The Eyes of Nye" series on PBS. It's been very good. While Nye has geared his past programs to kids this one definitely appeals to all ages.

Yesterday was a program on global warming and it was amazingly neutral on the risks and benefits.

website (http://www.eyesofnye.org/) Program 12 is the one on global warming.

program guide from the PBS site (http://www.kcts.org/seriesdetail.asp?N1=TEON)
Saturday, April 23, 2005, 2:00 AM, Channel: 9

#112 Global Climate Change ...
There's no question that the world is getting warmer. Are humans responsible? Is the rise in temperature a product of the Industrial Revolution, the burning of fuels and the modern propensity for driving down to the mini-mart in a car the size of a woolly mammoth? Or is this just part of a natural global cycle?
Segments include a visit to the National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver to see how scientists identify and evaluate climate and atmospheric gases from 400,000 years ago, a demonstration showing how increased levels of carbon dioxide will affect temperatures on Earth, and a discussion of the role fossil fuels play in global climate change.
Featured experts:
Dr. Todd Hinkley, Ph.D., Technical Director, USGS/NSF National Ice Core Laboratory, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Joan Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., Founding Director, USGS/NSF National Ice Core Laboratory, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Jae Edmonds, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

A review of the program in a Seattle paper. (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/218731_nye05.html)

Punditguy (http://www.punditguy.com/2005/04/bill_nye_the_ac.html)
I had no idea there was so much controversy over Bill Nye's shows. Or do they just hate PBS? Or, worse yet, an attack on science? Wow!

sarongsong
2005-Apr-24, 08:04 PM
If you go, ask him why...Sorry, 01101001, had to pass---after a week of sunny spring, the weather turned drizzly gray today and was so looking forward to joy-riding the (no-top!)) YellowE (http://img78.exs.cx/img78/5795/20040409-003.jpg) the 100 mile trip. E-mailed your fine effort and question to Bill (http://www.billnye.com/flash.html), tho :D

01101001
2005-Apr-24, 08:51 PM
If you go, ask him why...Sorry, 01101001, had to pass---after a week of sunny spring, the weather turned drizzly gray today and was so looking forward to joy-riding the (no-top!)) YellowE (http://img78.exs.cx/img78/5795/20040409-003.jpg) the 100 mile trip. E-mailed your fine effort and question to Bill (http://www.billnye.com/flash.html), tho :D
OK. Too bad you missed his talk. Anyone see it -- or as I write, I guess, minutes away fom seeing it?