This weekend ten students in Kenyon’s astrophysics class impressed their mothers by attending the American Physical Society April Meeting in Savannah, Georgia. According to its website, particle physicists, nuclear physicists and astrophysicists gathered to share research and insights. Among the accomplished academics in attendance was Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the new documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. If you have never heard of Neil deGrasse Tyson and would like to learn a little, tiny bit about science I recommend this video: The Most Astounding Fact.
Although the Kenyon Students attended talks for with titles as mysterious as “B14.00003: Liquid Scintillators for Neutrino Detection in Large Scale Detectors,” obviously the most important thing to do was find the rock star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and take a selfie with him. Junior physics major Ross Mauck ’15 was up for the challenge, but it proved to be no easy task.