Bill Nye and co-author Gregory Mone are Auditorium Speakers at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 02/28/2017


Amy McGuigan
Conference Manager
Conference Services

Science educator, mechanical engineer, television host and New York Times bestselling author Bill Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is joined in an Auditorium Speaker session by co-author Gregory Mone, a novelist, science journalist, speaker, and children’s book author. The first book in their new middle-grade series from ABRAMS, “Jack and the Geniuses,” is publishing this spring and the second will be out in fall 2017. This Auditorium Speakers session will take place on Monday, June 26 at 2:00pm, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

As creator of the Emmy award-winning syndicated television show Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nye first became a household name while introducing the millennial generation to science and engineering.

Now he is best known as a champion of scientific literacy, and has challenged climate deniers, creationists, and other opponents of evidence-based education and policySince 2010, he has served as CEO of The Planetary Society. Co-founded by Carl Sagan, The Planetary Society sponsors projects that seed innovative space technologies, nurture creative young minds, and advocate for our future in space. Nye will make his much-anticipated return to the screen on April 21, 2017, in the new Netflix series “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

Mone has covered artificial intelligence, robots, physics, and biology as a magazine writer. “I’m always busy writing about strange people building strange contraptions,” he says. His award-winning children’s books include Fish, Dangerous Waters, and The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve, which at its heart is about the power of science and technology and which was picked by USA Today as one of its “top five holiday books for geeks.”

In a new chapter book series, “Jack and the Geniuses,” Nye and Mone take middle-grade readers on a scientific adventure that features real-world science and scientific facts along with action and a mystery that will leave kids guessing until the end, making the books ideal for STEM education. The co-authors’ appearance at the conference is sponsored by ABRAMS.

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