Say What? Bill Nye (The Science Guy) will Keynote NEXT 2016

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Dylan Rodgers

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Say What? Bill Nye (The Science Guy) will Keynote NEXT 2016

Posted in News | April 25, 2016

I'll give you a moment to let the shock and awe subside. The truth is, I'm geeking out too! I grew up watching Bill Nye on his show and then following his appearances in debates and on shows such as Star Talk. So you could say I consider him a mentor, even though he doesn't know it. 

Bill Nye is the catalyst for many people's love for science, knowledge, and truth, and now he's on the NEXT 2016 ticket (high fives all around!). So if you're a Bill Nye superfan, or just someone who loves to be around really smart, funny people, then look into getting your NEXT 2016 tickets soon.

But just in case you're wondering, Who is this Bill Nye character?, let me fill you in.

A Brief Bio of Bill Nye

Bill Nye is a scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor. He has dedicated his life to fostering a scientifically literate society to help people everywhere understand and appreciate that which makes our world work.

Having received his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, Bill began working for Boeing in Seattle. “I’ve always loved airplanes and flight," he says. "There’s a hydraulic resonance suppressor “Quinke” tube on the 747 horizontal stabilizer drive system that I like to think of as my tube.”

Over time, and after winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, Bill developed dual careers—an engineer by day and a comedian by night. He eventually quit his day job and began writing and performing for a Seattle-based comedy show "Almost Live," giving him the perfect avenue to develop his most widely known hit show Bill Nye the Science Guy.

In a span of six years, Bill won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. His show won 18 Emmys. He also, somehow, found the time in between shows to write five science-related kids' books and eventually started writing for general audiences and reaching the infamous New York Times' Bestsellers List.

Bill's new focus is on the health of this planet, believing that education is the key to turning things around. He helped write and produce a DVD series called "Solving for X" where he teaches algebra with the "P, B, & J—Passion, Beauty, and Joy—of Math." This, he hopes, will be a catalyst that inspires more kids, especially girls, to pursue science and engineering, thereby giving us the best opportunity for a healthy future on this world.

As an inventor, Bill even has a few patents, unusual as they may be. He invented an improved toe shoe for ballerinas, a device to help people learn to throw a baseball better, a magnifier made of water, and an abacus that does arithmetic like a computer (with only binary numbers).

Having received six Honorary Doctorate degrees—from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Quinnipiac University, Willamette University, and Lehigh University—to go along with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Bill has also extended his work to higher education. He served as a visiting professor at Cornell University and regularly speaks at colleges and commencement ceremonies. 

Bill was elected the American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year in 2010. He was honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with the Ralph Coates Roe Medal in 2012. And he's now the CEO of the Planetary Society, the world's largest space-interest group, helping to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration.

Meet Bill Nye and Other Thought Leaders at NEXT 2016

When you register for NEXT this year, you're registering for more than a chance to learn from Bill Nye—you'll get the opportunity to meet and collaborate with some of the Schoology Community's best and brightest. You'll walk away with insights and experiences you can get nowhere else. And now with Bill Nye in the mix, we've reached critical mass of brilliance that is too awesome to pass up, so secure your spot today.

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