Pretty much every kid on the planet, ever, has answered "astronomer" to the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" ... for at least a week after their first visit to a planetarium. Looking at the stars, and knowing what you're seeing, is cool.
But how many of us stick to it long enough to even find out what being an astronomer is about, much less become one?
Cheng was in an automobile accident in November, which might have killed him had three off-duty EMTs not happened to drive by with all their gear. I haven't been able to find any information about why Cheng's insurance carrier decided to drop him when he needed them the most, but if you have a moment, try shooting off an email to Obama or your local or state brass asking them to do something about healthcare in our country.
Aside from playing bass for the Deftones, the Buddhist Cheng is a poet and community activist for homeless youth and battered women. He also has a wife and child. Please consider donating; his condition continues to improve.
Though she's not the most powerful Asian American woman in politics, her appointment last week to Obama's new White House Council for Women and Girls may make her the most effective women's advocate in the country.
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