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'Science Guy' Bill Nye cancels IPFW Omnibus Lecture to do 'Dancing with the Stars'

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 5:12 pm

"Science Guy" Bill Nye would rather experiment with ballroom dancing on "Dancing with the Stars" than deliver his previously scheduled Omnibus Lecture on Sept. 12 at IPFW.

IPFW announced Thursday that Nye has canceled his appearance here, citing the lack of time between the lecture and the premiere of "Dancing" Sept. 16 on the ABC television network.

On Wednesday, ABC announced the names of the celebrities participating in this season of "Dancing." Nye is paired with professional partner Tyne Stecklein, who is making her debut on the show.

“Everyone in the community was so excited about his lecture; so much so that all the tickets for it were reserved in just a matter of days," said Irene Walters, executive director of IPFW's University Relations and Communications.

"We are disappointed that he had to cancel, but are very much hoping IPFW and Nye can find a date in the spring when he can come and present his lecture,” Walters said.

Nye, who became famous as the host of the PBS show "Bill Nye the Science Guy," had been scheduled to speak on “Hey Earthlings, Let's Change the World."

Tickets for Omnibus series lectures are free, so people can discard tickets they have picked up already. The $1 per ticket service fee on tickets ordered online will not be refunded, however, said Reuben Albaugh, IPFW Box Office supervisor.

The next Omnibus lecture is scheduled for Oct. 23, when best-selling author Jeannette Walls is scheduled to speak about “The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons.”