Monday, November 9, 2015

Eight-year-old's question evokes loving answer

Last April, the University of Wisconsin at Madison welcomed over 1,500 people to a conference celebrating Earth Day.  Topics like sustainability, environment, water conservation and climate change got lots of attention. Those attending enjoyed a lunch of organic veggies over local pasta. Late in the afternoon, a line of conferees stretched around the conference hall to hear the keynote speaker, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, address Hard Science, Tough Choices. After his talk he invited questions and the Q&A most folks remember had nothing to do with climate change, unless you mean mental climate. An 8-year-old girl named Lois mustered enough courage to walk to the aisle, take the microphone, and ask Tyson a question from her heart.

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Half-hiding a fear that she might never achieve her dream of being a scientist, she asked Tyson, "In your field, do you have anyone who is dyslexic?"

Tyson's answer was so touching that people came to Lois afterward and thanked her for asking her question. To see and hear his reply, visit

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