Eminent Plot Line

Exposition: Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist that works at the “American Museum of Natural History”

Inciting Incident: An exhibit about planets that Dr. Tyson helps to create doesn’t include Pluto as a planet

Rising Action #1: Some people get angry at the museum for excluding Pluto

Rising Action #2: A debate forms over whether Pluto is a planet or not

Rising Action #3: Astronomers call for a vote over Pluto’s status as a planet

Climax: Pluto is officially declassified as a planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU)

Falling Action #1: The public is confused as to why Pluto is not a planet anymore and they blame Dr. Tyson

Falling Action #2: Dr. Tyson does interviews with various outlets to explain to the public why Pluto isn’t a planet.

Resolution: The new eight planet system becomes accepted by most people. Some Pluto fans still want Pluto to be a planet.

Introductory Blog Post: Neil deGrasse Tyson

For my eminent person, I chose Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson is an astrophysicist and a director at the Hayden Planetarium.  He has written several books, and hosts the show “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”. The show teaches kids around the world about many scientific theories and concepts. In 2001, Tyson was appointed by George W. Bush to serve on the “Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry”. He has also won many awards such as the “NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal”, the “Science Writing Award”, and just this year he won the “Stephen Hawking Medal for Science and Communication” award. Even though he is an outstanding astronomer and has generated a lot of interest towards the astronomy community, the thing that gained him popularity amongst the general public was his support for eliminating Pluto as the ninth planet in our solar system. He wasn’t the one person to make the decision, but he backed scientist that did. Tyson has said that he gets lots of hate mail from children and fans of Pluto. Even though many people don’t like his stance on Pluto, Neil deGrasse Tyson is still an influential person in science and astronomy.

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When I was deciding on my eminent person I thought about what my interests were and found astronomy. I consider astronomy as a possible future career and Neil deGrasse Tyson was one of the people that got me into science and astronomy in the first place. I watched “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” a lot and have seen lots of his interviews. I also agree with him on his stances concerning climate change and government funding for NASA. I was excited when I found out that he wasn’t on the list of previous eminent people. Even though I can relate to him on our passion for astronomy, I do realize there are differences between us that can make it harder for me to connect with him. He is of Puerto Rican and African-American decent, whereas my parents are both Indian. I grew up in Coquitlam, British Columbia and Tyson grew up in Bronx, New York. Due to this, his childhood experiences will be very different than mine, but I will be focusing on the astronomy side of our childhoods. Astronomy is something we both share an interest in, even though we grew up very differently. I would like to learn about what steps Tyson took to become what he is today. What were his struggles and his most defining moments as a scientist? I might also learn more about myself in this process. Where do I want to work? What other scientists will I be inspired by? Answering all these questions may help me accomplish my goal of becoming an astronomer, or just my IEP goal of doing well on this project.

This is going to be a very long and hard project, but I’m excited to see what new experiences I’ll have and how far this will take me.

Blog Response #1: Dad is Dying

I don’t think that Sam’s lie was worth it. At the end of the story the family is doing well. The dog is alive, Morley is less stressed and the family is closer to the community. I think that these events are temporary though. Dave will stop getting comments on how he looks. Morley is going to get stressed again and the dog will probably die soon because of how old he is. Even though the community felt good when they heard that Dave was getting better, there still was a point in the story where everyone was feeling bad for Dave and his family. People ended up feeling sad because of Sam’s lie. I think that the lie will eventually come up again in the future, and everybody will be mad at Sam for keeping the lie going for so long. This may cause a bad relationship between Sam’s family and the neighbours. This lie may have made people feel good for a moment or two, but in the end, everything will go back to normal and this lie will still hang over Sam’s head. In my opinion, the issue of the lie outweighs the benefits of the lie.