Sens. Mazie Hirono and Roger Wicker and Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Lamar Smith have proposed the position of Science Laureate of the United States.
It's obviously a great idea.
So, I'm moving on to propose the best candidate for position.
I nominate astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as U.S. Science Laureate for the following reasons.
1. He tirelessly seeks to bring science to the people, including through speaking engagements, books, TV shows, podcasts, and a great radio show, Star Talk. The latest episode is called "Cosmic Queries: Asteroids, Comets and Meteor Storms" and features music by the Foo Fighters.
2. He brashly touts human travel to Mars.
3. He's a cartoon hero:
The rumors are true. This past week in Action Comics 14, I helped Superman find his home planet Krypton. twitter.com/neiltyson/stat…— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 10, 2012
4. He's fiercely pro-truth:
5. He makes science joyful:
Sen. Hirono says:
“Getting students and Americans of all ages excited about science, technology, engineering, and math won’t just help kids learn – it’s imperative to our ability to compete in the global economy."
Dr. Tyson is the person to do just that.