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Bill Nye the Science Guy Focuses on Fun, Literacy for SNC Talk

October 4, 2001

[ Bill Nye Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Bill Nye, popular host of the Bill Nye the Science Guy television series, will present a lecture titled "Science Rules!" as part of OWU's Sagan National Colloquium Series. He will take the audience on a tour of various scientific themes, stressing the importance of science literacy for all. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.

Bill Nye graduated from Cornell University with a degree in mechanical engineering, where he studied under Carl Sagan. He joined Boeing Commercial Airline Company in Seattle, where he worked on aircraft flight control systems until his love of entertainment led him to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. Nye never lost his interest in science. He found success in combining comedy and science, which led to the creation of the persona of the Science Guy.

Scientist, inventor, comedian, and author, Bill Nye is a man on a mission -- to foster a scientifically literate society. He has spent most of his life making science and technology entertaining and accessible to the public. He has participated in the production of award-winning educational videos and programs, including Fabulous Wetlands, for the Washington State Department of Ecology. Nye is also the author of several science textbooks, including Bill Nye the Science Guy's Big Blast of Science, as well as Bill Nye the Science Guy Considers the Big Blue Ocean, which was published in 1999.

Bill Nye the Science Guy has been an instantaneous hit since its creation in the winter of 1987. It was the first television show to run concurrently on PBS and commercial stations. For his extraordinary role as science communicator, Nye has won more than a dozen daytime Emmy awards and has been named Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series. Presenting science education in entertaining way, Bill Nye attracts legions of fans, not just children, but also grownups who make up more than half his viewership.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 16th year at OWU. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335 or visit snc.owu.edu.