Readers Ask: Questions About Gutsy Girl, Dr. Jennifer Wiseman

You asked. I’m answering! Last week I asked readers to send me their questions about the latest Gutsy Girl, Dr. Jennifer Wiseman. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Reader Questions

1. Is Dr. Jennifer Wiseman a real person? Yes, indeedy. All the women in the Gutsy Girls series are real women. Gladys, real. Corrie and Betsie, real. Fanny, real. Jennifer, real!

2. Does Jennifer know you wrote a book about her? I contacted Jennifer before I started writing the fourth Gutsy Girls book because I hoped Jennifer would provide me with information about her life that hasn’t been shared in interviews before. Not only did she graciously answer my questions, but she previewed copies of early drafts of the book.

3. In your book on Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, it shows Jennifer holding a black hole experiment at a science fair. What is that experiment and did she really do it? In ninth grade, Jennifer completed an experiment on black holes. However, it wasn’t the same experiment illustrated in the book. I wanted readers to see an experiment they could complete at home. The experiment in the book is from an episode on NASA’S Afterschool Universe.

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5. I looked up Dr. Jennifer Wiseman online, and I saw she works for NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope. Why didn’t you tell readers about her job at NASA in your book? I’m so glad you looked Jennifer up online! You are absolutely correct. She does work at NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope, but to include NASA, statements about NASA, or NASA logos in books, writers need to get approval from NASA. This takes a very long time. I thought Jennifer’s love of science and God and her contributions to the field of astronomy could stand alone without mentioning her current position.

6. What is the Hubble Space Telescope? The Hubble Space Telescope has been in space since 1990. It’s a telescope as big as a school bus, and it takes amazing photos from deep space. Here’s one of my favorite kid-friendly videos to explain it.

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7. In your book, you said Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an astrophysicist. I have never heard of an astrophysicist before. What do astrophysicists do and do you know of any other astrophysicists? An astrophysicist is a person who studies space, and there are all kinds of other astrophysicists in the world. Majken B. E. Christensen is one of them. Majken is the woman behind Astronomica.com. Majken is an outreach consultant for researchers and teachers. Newsletter subscribers, watch for an upcoming interview with Majken.

8. Who is the next Gutsy Girl? Oh, good question, but I need to hold-off on the answer. I will give you a hint though. The next Gutsy Girl is a person of color AND she is still alive AND unlike the other gutsy women, she showed her gutsiness when she was only six-years-old.

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Your turn: Do you have any questions about the latest Gutsy Girl, Dr. Jennifer Wiseman?

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  • Kimberly Henson

    Very interesting read! Though I’m a woman of faith, I really enjoy science and find it very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    • Amy L. Sullivan

      Kimberly,
      You would like Jennifer…like you, she loves science and Jesus. Thanks for reading!

  • Lisa Van Engen

    Kids ask such great questions! Love all the gutsy girls!

    • Amy L. Sullivan

      Agreed! They are smart, smart!