Pluto still not a planet, Neil deGrasse Tyson tells screaming U of M crowd
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, acclaimed astrophysicist and television personality, gave his first lecture at a Canadian university — the University of Manitoba — on March 13 to more than 3,000, rather raucous, people. The cheering when he came out on stage was similar to what you’d hear at a rock concert. Science is indeed cool.
Tyson was delivering this year’s Robert and Elizabeth Knight Distinguished Visiting Lecture. But this lecture was part of a larger, week-long event on campus hosted by the office of Student Life: Dream Big. And in the evening, he was the honoured guest at the Emerging Leaders Dinner, which celebrates student leadership. The Emerging Leader Award (ELA) is a way the University of Manitoba recognizes the outstanding contributions that students make to the enhancement of the institution and our community.
When he arrived on campus he also partook in a round table discussion in the Faculty of Engineering.
“I know this will sound new-agey, but I like the energy here,” he said.
thanks very much to the University for inviting Dr Tyson and allowing interested members of the public to hear his Dream Big talk…and also for posting this serious response to the very important topic of support for science education and research.