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TJC astronomy lecture series starts with a bang

TYLER, September 4, 2013--The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College kicks off its Fall 2013 Public Astronomy Lecture Series with a discussion of the Big Bang.

The lecture will begin 7 p.m., Saturday, at the TJC science center, located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus. Admission is $5 per person.

Tom Hooten, Ed.D., TJC physics professor and director of the TJC science center, will discuss “The Story of the Big Bang.” The Big Bang is the best scientific explanation for the origin of the universe, and yet most people do not understand it. This lecture will be presented for the general audience and describe the historical development of the big bang cosmological model, some of the scientific problems it has overcome, and what the future may hold for the expanding universe.

Dr. Hooten holds advanced degrees from Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University-Commerce in physics, astronomy and higher education. His fields of expertise include chromospherically active stars and the relationship between science and pseudoscience. He has published more than a dozen papers in peer review journals and for popular press.

Future lectures:

Oct. 5: “The Universe in a Meter,” Justin Parish, M.S., assistant director of the TJC science center

Nov. 2: “Comet ISON,” Professor Douglas Parsons, M.S.

Nov. 23: “America’s Creation-Evolution Controversy,” Karl Giberson, Ph.D.

Nov. 24: Science & Faith Panel Discussion

The TJC astronomy lecture series began in 2004 under the direction of Hooten and continues today as part of the science and education outreach of The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC.

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