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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Visits St. Louis

I was reading a local weekly paper – The St. Louis American – and there on the front page was *drum rolls* Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson! He was in St. Louis last week to talk with students from the St. Louis Science Center "YES” (Youth Exploring Science) Program. It is a great outreach program that works with local teens and gives them hands on learning and career opportunities in science.

* long pause and confusing frown on face*

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson was in St. Louis and nobody told me? The awesome and grand NdGT was in my town and it was not heralded from every trumpet and posted on the news and internet. Wha..What?!!

If you’re like the average person you’re probably thinking - Who? But if you’re one of those nerd-groupies (like me) you’re already jumping in the air with fists and voices raised in outrage.
You see, Dr. Tyson is the MAN. He is an astrophysicist and director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium. You may recognize his voice as the NOVA's "Origins" miniseries. He is a big deal. Moreover he is perhaps the most recognizable and popular Black Scientist of modern times. And as an aspiring Black Scientist and Educator, he is my role model for Science Outreach. I am still miffed; but be sure to read the article about Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s visit to St. Louis.

Also check out his official webpage and listen to his podcasts, including "Communicating Science to the Public" Point of Inquiry Podcast - November 16, 2007.



Jen said...

I was lucky enough to see Tyson speak in Columbus, OH, and it was FANTASTIC. He is a great, inspiring speaker. Hopefully you'll get another opportunity to see him in the future :)

Miriam Goldstein said...

I can't wait for his book on Pluto - I heard him on NPR reading some of his hate mail from 3rd graders and he was SO FUNNY. So sad you missed him. :(

Samia said...

I am secretly in love with Dr. Tyson. End. :)

lisaschaos said...

Hey, we will be staying tomorrow night in your area if you wanted to meet somewhere for breakfast on Saturday?

DNLee said...

Lisa: hecky yeah for Breakfast Saturday. If you're staying in the city there are soem great Breakfast nooks to choose from.

Samia: me, too. me, too.

Miriam: I missed that, too. I'll look it up.

Jen: lucky you. I'll be more alert next time.

Ratty said...

I've seen him on TV before. He impressed me as one of the most intelligent people I've ever seen.

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