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The Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series

Bill Nye the Science Guy 

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7 p.m.,
Drake University Knapp Center

Bill Nye is a renowned scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor who has worked for decades to help foster a scientifically literate society.

He is best known for his role as the energetic, bow tie-wearing host of the Emmy-winning Bill Nye the Science Guy, an educational comedy program that aired on PBS Kids from 1992 to 1998. Other television projects include 100 Greatest Discoveries, Battlebots, The Eyes of Nye, and Stuff Happens.

Beyond the small screen, Nye serves as CEO of the Planetary Society, the world’s largest space-interest group. As an inventor, he has several patents for inventions such as an improved toe shoe for ballerinas and a magnifier made of water. His first book for a general audience, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, was featured on The New York Times bestseller list. He has also written five children’s books about science, including Big Blast of Science and Bill Nye’s Consider the Following.

Nye’s latest book, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, challenges today’s generation to make a cleaner, more efficient, and happier world. A book signing will immediately follow the lecture.

For more information, contact Erica Hartschen, coordinator for the president's office, at 515-271-4990 or

Learn more about the Lectureship

The Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by a gift from the late Melva and Martin Bucksbaum, longtime member of Drake's governing board. Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lectureship Committee: Neil Hamilton (chair), Julian Archer, James Autry, Pamela Bass-Bookey, Michael Gartner, G. David Hurd, Janis Ruan, Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan, and Eleanor Zeff.

Previous Lecturers

  • Peter Newfeld
  • Nina Totenberg
  • Tim Gunn
  • Walter Isaacson
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • James Balog
  • Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
  • Vicente Fox
  • Garrison Keillor
  • Twyla Tharp
  • Dr. Azar Nafisi
  • Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Bill Bryson
  • Thomas R. Pickering
  • Erik Peterson
  • Nicholas Kristof
  • Bob Costas
  • Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
  • David Chipperfield
  • Dr. Jane Goodall
  • Tim Russert
  • Sarah Jones
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Michael Beschloss
  • Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
  • Ken Burns
  • Bill Moyers
  • Martin Marty & Archbishop Rembert Weakland
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Senator Paul Simon
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • David McCullough
  • Ben Bradlee
  • Thomas Friedman
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