Editor: Fabian Ortega
Editor vol. 2: Krys Shahin

Edited: Spring 2018

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson


Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist from New York City, who was born on October 5, 1958. He graduated from The Bronx High School of Science, continued to Harvard University where he earned his BA: Physics in June of 1980, then graduated from Columbia University with a MPhil: Astrophysics, May 1989, then a PhD in Astrophysics in May of 1991 and then finally graduated from the University of Texas with an MA: Astronomy in May of 1983.
Tyson is one of three children from Cyril deGrasse Tyson (Father) and Sunchita Maria Feliciano Tyson (Mother). Tyson also has a brother and a sister.
He is a well known scientist who has quite a few accomplishments. Tyson is currently the "Astrophysicist and Fredrick P. Rose director" of the Hayden Planetarium. He is also currently working as a research associate for the Department of Astrophysics American Museum of Natural History since 2003.
He has hosted T.V. shows like NOVA Science Now and Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey as well as the radio program StarTalk and has a large following over the internet. These experiences have also helped shape him into an effective science communicator. In 2000 Tyson was one of a group of scientists who helped remove Pluto from the family of planets in the solar system, although he does not take full credit for doing so. He is quoted saying, "I drove the getaway car, but I did not commit the crime." Meanwhile, Michael E. Brown, a planetary astronomy professor, takes the credit for the removal of Pluto as a planet.

Tyson's experiences have lead him to be seen as the image of great modern scientist.

Online Personality

Neil deGrasse Tyson Has Been Telling the Same Science Dad Joke on Twitter for Years

Overview: This is an article that was written by The Wrap
Author: Phil Hornshaw
Last Updated: May 14, 2018
Date Reviewed: May 7, 2018
Reviewed By: Krys Shahin
Accuracy: This is just a silly article about the Astrophysicist but it does link straight to his Twitter and show screen shots of the tweets they are directly referencing in the article.
Reliability and Clarity: Easy to read, silly and fun. Everything they say is easily explained in the short article.
Ease of Navigation: Really easy to click through the website and read what you like about pop culture type things.

Tweet Thread

The March For Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson Laments Climate Science Denial But Billionaire Deniers Fund His Museum
Overview: This article is describing how after President Trump was elected it came out that many people with well known names do not believe in climate change and the affect that it is having on our Earth. Tyson explains why it is important to understand what is happening and directly quotes "This is probably the most important thing I have ever said."
Author: Graham Readfearn
Last Updated: May 15, 2017
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Reviewed By: Krys Shahin
Accuracy: From what I can tell, the article looks well researched and has video links, links to other sources and stories, as well as more information than the average brief article on such a topic would have. It also has direct quotes that were updated into the article from Tyson himself.
Reliability and Clarity: The reader would need a higher reading comprehension to fully understand this article, it would not be easy to understand if the reader does not know or care about global warming/climate change.
Ease of Navigation: The website is fairly easy to use, there are a lot of links and sub-links in the article as well as a video and a few photos on the story that may break the text in an awkward way but otherwise it is not too difficult to navigate through.

Science In America - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Interviews and Fun

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Universe While Eating Spicy Wings | Hot Ones
Overview: This is a really popular interviewer that brings people from every genre of work to ask them questions about their lives, work, current projects and more. It happens to be a little silly due to the fact they are eating chicken wings with varying levels of spicy hot sauce on them.
Author: Sean Evans from First We Feast
Last Updated: May 11, 2017
Date Reviewed: May 12, 2018
Reviewed By: Krys Shahin
Accuracy: The questions are answered by Tyson himself so all answers are his own truth.
Reliability and Clarity: This is a YouTube video that anyone who understands banter and joking could easily watch for the near thirty minutes that they talk. Tyson does go into some rants about his passions but otherwise it is very easy to know what is being said.
Ease of Navigation: At this point I would say it is fair that a majority of people know how to use YouTube, even if they have not it is extremely easy to access and enjoy the content on the site.

The First American to Receive the Stephen Hawking Medal

Neil deGrasse Tyson Becomes 1st American to Receive Stephen Hawking Medal
Overview: This is an article explaining the reaction to and reason why Tyson received this medal. It is given out every year "Medals are given to science communicators in three categories: writers, musicians and artists, and people in the film and entertainment industry. Hawking, a famous theoretical physicist and author of several best-selling books about the universe, handpicks the recipients himself."

Author: Hanneke Weitering

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Date Reviewed: May 12, 2018
Reviewed By: Krys Shahin
Accuracy: I would say the article was as accurate as it could be given it was written by a journalist who went to the event and interviewed those there.
Reliability and Clarity: The journalist explained what the award was, why it was important, explained clearly what the event was about as well as what happened at the award ceremony very clearly. They also got quotes directly from Tyson himself.
Ease of Navigation: There are a few videos in the middle of the article, some that do not pertain to the story you are reading, so it is a little difficult to figure out how to close those so you can continue reading, but otherwise it is easy to get through.


Possible Future Ideas/Scientific Suggestions

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Says Asteroid Mining is the Future of Wealth, This Country Wants to Cash In
Overview: This is a minute long video about the nation of Luxembourg deciding to begin investing in the future of space mining. Tyson has said in the past that the first trillionare will come from collecting natural space resources.

Author: Tony Spitz
Last Updated: April 20, 2018
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2018
Reviewed By: Krys Shahin
Accuracy: It may seem like a silly and short video but it is the truth about other countries looking into this not so new idea.
Reliability and Clarity: A short and sweet video that is beyond easy to understand.
Ease of Navigation: There is only the one video and a very short, sentence long caption that anyone could easily navigate through.

Photo - more on mining asteroids

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
Overview: This site is dedicated to all things Neil deGrasse Tyson.It has all kinds of information from a brief biography to links to interviews. There are also in depth information like PDF files of his
research publications. This would be the number one site to go to for information about Tyson. All the information comes straight from him.
Author: Hayden Planetarium
Last Updated: April 2014
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2014
Reviewed By: Fabian Ortega
Accuracy:The Hayden Planetarium gets their information straight from the source which is Tyson himself. There are also links to other websites for other information regrading Tyson.
Reliability and Clarity: The biography of Tyson on the website gets a reading level of 14. Things vary throughout the website. Somethings are easier than other, but when it comes to his research publication thats when it gets a difficult to understand.
Ease of Navigation: The website is pretty straight forward, some clickable images contain links other parts of the website. Overall it is a very easy to find certain information only found on that website.


Neil deGrasse Tyson Biography: Writer, Scientist, Television Personality (1958-)

Neil deGrasse Tyson Biography

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Peabody Opera House Tickets
Overview: This site is dedicate on finding information on a well know person. This page is specifically for Neil deGrasse Tyson. The page features things from his early life, career, and some personal life facts.
Author: Biography.com
Last Updated: 2013
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2014
Reviewed By: Fabian Ortega
Accuracy: Biography.com is a well known website that gives a lot of facts. A motto of the website says "We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right contact us!"
Reliability and Clarity: Reading level is 11.3. The pages looks like it was made for students looking for information on a person, or someone with a high school level of English.
Ease of Navigation: A pretty simple layout is used. Click the image of a person to see there biography.

We Got A Badass Over Here: Doctor Neil deGrasse Tyson, Science and Social Responsibility

Doctor Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Overview: This is a website that specializes on what is known as "geeky" information. The Page is a biography about Neil deGrasse Tyson. This page stands out by showing some uncommon information about Neil deGrasse Tyson. For example, his participation in athletic sports like wrestling, and rowing. According to the site he also was a gold medal winning ball room dancer and was voted "sexiest astrophysicist" in 2004 by People Magazine.
Author: "Rick"
Last Updated: May 3,2012
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2014
Reviewed By: Fabian Ortega
Accuracy: Geekquality.com has staff and volunteers that post the information on the website. They also have a managing editor and a copyright editor to proofread the information that is inserted into the website.
Reliability and Clarity: Reading Level is 12.2. An equivalent to a high school level of English is needed to read this article with clarity.
Ease of Navigation: A good amount of clicking is needed to navigate around the website.

Neil in his youth

Neil deGrasse Tyson Reaction

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Meme

Overview: This website has in-depth information on the use and creation of popular internet memes. The page is dedicated to the Neil deGrasse Tyson Reaction internet meme. The site posts the origin of the meme which is linked to a Big Think video from YouTube of Neil deGrasse Tyson Praising Isaac Newton for his accomplishments in 2011. He goes in depth with a little story about a friend of Issac Newton asking Newton why the orbit of the planets are shaped like an ellipse. He goes on to say that a few months later he comes back and tells his friend the answer but he had to invent integral and differential calculus to figure out the answer. All before turning 26 years old. Thus giving Tyson the reaction with him raising his arms in the air praising him by saying, "That's my man". Although the meme is more often used with a sarcastic intent compared to its origin of Tyson praising Newton.
Author: "Don"
Last Updated: 2013
Date Reviewed: May 13 2014
Reviewed By: Fabian Ortega
Accuracy: The site posts its sources right on the page giving credible sources to back up there information.
Reliability and Clarity: Reading level is 13.4. There is a lot of improper use of grammar used throughout the site some understanding of internet slang would be needed when reading in this website.
Ease of Navigation: It is pretty simple navigating through this website. There are pictures that can be clicked if you are looking for a certain topic. An image maybe linked to get to the destination.