Planet to be named for Tucson high school student

One savvy Tucson student wants to help folks who hear voices, see worms in the couch or steal, maim and kill to feed their drug habit.

Angela Schlegal’s research efforts, which may lead to new medications that treat delusions, addictions and other mental illnesses, nabbed her second place in a recent contest and $1,500. But never mind that, she will also received the honor of having a minor planet or asteroid named after her. Brilliant.

StRATosphere/Ryn Gargulinski

StRATosphere/Ryn Gargulinski

If the rest of us mere civilians want planetary bodies named after us, we are forced to purchase stars from some online service that probably names a single star after 502,000 different people.

While I joke about the worms in the couch, delusions, hallucinations, addiction and other mental illnesses are no laughing matter.

It’s a field that still has much shame associated with it, as if its victims have chosen their lot. Research like Schlegal’s is an important and much-needed step towards helping those who suffer.

Never mind some asteroid, give the girl Pluto.

She graduated Tucson High Magnet School in the spring and conducted her research at the University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute. Her second place came at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the Plant Sciences Grand Award category. Read full story: High School Student Conducting Research at UA Earns Intel Honors

What would you call a planet that was named after you?
Do you think Shelgal needs a bigger honor, like Pluto? Yes, we know Pluto has been surrounded by planet vs. non-planet controversy, but that means her name will keep getting in the news.


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2 Responses to Planet to be named for Tucson high school student

  1. RADC MAXIMUS says:

    Mornin’ Rynski. Refreshing to hear about a bright student these days, with the US lagging so far behind other industrialized nations in math and science. Congradulations to Miss Schlegal! PS- I have an aunt and uncle who call me ‘planet Bob’ whenever the visit, I wonder why that is? 🙂

  2. Rynski says:

    Mornin’ Rad Max!

    So cool you have a planet named after you, at least in the eyes of your aunt and uncle (haha). I’m sure they just mean to honor you, no?

    Bright students who care are always refreshing. I am especially enamored by her choice of research.

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