Saturday, May 5, 2012

I Met Bill Nye the Science Guy

i met bill nye the science guy bill nye thesis autograph bill and chancellor wrighton bill signed our theses! bill bill bill mini moon rock cupcakes
Photography: me 

INERTIA IS A PROPERTY OF MATTER. You know your life is complete when Bill Nye the Science Guy approves your research thesis. Swank! Today Bill Nye came to speak at the renaming of our Geology building after some rich family who donated. It was in the midst of finals but tons of people still came, and there was standing room only for the screen broadcasting his speech from the auditorium. He is super adorable and such an entertainer. Sporting his iconic red tie but not his powder blue lab coat (he's grown out of that), Bill looked a bit older and more refined. "Change the WORLD!" I remember watching him as a kid and starting my roots in science. I owe a lot of what I've accomplished so far to him! He used to work at Boeing and studied as an engineer but what brought him to fame was his passion and quirky TV personality. That was a moment of affirmation for me - over the next few years in med school I need something fun to hold onto, so I'm packing this blog to bring with me :)

They had this thing catered to the teeth. Candy painted to look like space rocks, star and moon-shaped croissant sandwiches, chocolate martinis, a pink chocolate fondue fountain, what what our graduation better be half this good! Whoever organized this did such a creative job, the waiters were all very friendly, and the "adults" didn't chew us out for stalking him all over the building. There were food and drinks on every floor and at the top a live jazz band swooned the crowd. The earth and planetary sciences are so underrated at WashU. As a kid I also really liked learning about rocks and minerals and grew a bunch of crystals at home and for science fairs. Scoping out the building led me to pastel fluorite, fossils, and even glow in the dark stones that looked like they were splattered with neon graffiti. Awesome.

I felt bad that we all stalked him everywhere as he was trying to tour the place. Basically he just got his soda and we started tightening the circle like little zombies. But no shame! YOLO and Bill Nye has been our generation of science geeks' idol forever.

cutting the ribbon bill nye the science guy bill nye approved pink chocolate fondue mmm frumage are you ready kids? rock beans ultraviolet rocks the alk sax fruit and cheese kebabs rock candy in rocks marbles day glo rock candy change the WORLD! star and moon croissant quartz dip into the yummy fountain space cookies inertia is a property of matter had to watch him on screen bills piece of ribbon pizza holding up platters mars has candy bars
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Karen (CFbeauty) May 5, 2012 at 1:59 AM   said...

That's pretty amazing! I wasn't so much a science kind of kid but I still watched his show.. it was always interesting. One person that left a deep impression on me was Iris Chang, the author of The Rape of Nanking. She came to speak at my high school and I will always remember her passion and commitment to exposing historical truth and her hopes for humanity.

Lily Fang May 5, 2012 at 3:11 PM   said...

Ahhh, that's fantastic--I love Bill! Congrats on your graduation and good luck in med school. I love your photography and was particularyly excited when I saw the glow in the dark rocks--they reminded me of some I saw at the Smithsonian a couple years ago. Congrats again Angie!

ahoymichelle May 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM   said...

Oh my gosh, you just brought back my childhood memories. Bill Nye the Science guy was probably the most watched program during my elementary/middle school days. I swear he was the only one that got me into thinking that I was ready to take on the world, haha! I love love LOVE whoever set up the entire event because I am absolutely blown away by the rock candy, the molecular kebobs, and rock topped cupcakes! Amazing!

Collections May 5, 2012 at 7:26 PM   said...

This is so cool! You got some great pictures as well.


Oreleona May 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM   said...

wow that is like crazy cool!! i wanna eat food like that!! looks like u had amazing fun :) kool! ive never met any famos person really but i would like to meet the girl that plays Amy (MaYIM Bialik)from Big Bang theory she has a PhD in neuro!! ps: i love ur friend's tshirt lol

lisacng May 14, 2012 at 10:07 PM   said...

Bill Nye was my fav science show growing up! No wonder so many ppl showed up!!! And the food -- we've NEVER had anything that AMAZING or creative in grad school. Well, we never had a celebrity visit either! I've never met a celebrity and don't think I've ever been inspired by one either. Congrats on meeting him and getting him to sign your thesis! Stalk away!

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