Emily Graslie is the host of the Youtube channel The Brain Scoop and works at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois as their Chief Curiosity Correspondent.

Background

Emily's speech "From Landscapes to Taxidermy" is her own telling of her beginnings in art and how she became involved in science.

Emily grew up in South Dakota. Her family had moved there around 1913 to homestead some land near Faith, SD. Her mother was a prominent doctor where she lived, notably being the first woman doctor in the town to deliver a baby as the acting physician. The strenuous nature of her mother's work turned Emily away from the sciences, despite her fervent love of animals, and she attended the University of Montana intending to double major in Violin Performance and Studio Art. She would eventually drop the Violin Performance major due to time constraints, but kept up her violin playing as part of the UM Symphony for the entirety of her undergraduate degree.

During her senior year at UM, she was introduced to the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum on campus by friends. She immediately wanted to make use of the zoological museum in her art degree, and began using the museum's specimens as models to draw. Emily arranged for an independent study in scientific illustration, overseen by the museum's lone curator.

Throughout the independent study, Emily familiarized herself with the processes of the museum. She became involved with much of the museums operations, including cleaning and preparing specimens and managing the catalog. Drawing the specimens also led to her greatly increasing her knowledge of zoology in general. Emily graduated from the University of Montana in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

After graduating, she stayed on with the zoological museum as a volunteer and continued to become more involved with the processes there. She began coordinating community outreach to both bring awareness to the museum's existence, and bring its usefulness to a larger audience, including giving tours of the museum and organizing shows. She then became a TA for the university's class on Vertebrate Osteology.

Eventually Emily decided to focus her life more on zoology. This involved quitting a job she held as a baker and applying to Johns Hopkins University's Museum Studies masters programs.

During the summer of 2012, the zoological museum was visited by Hank Green to film part of the Crash Course episode on the skeletal system. Emily had been a long-time nerdfighter at this point, and while there, Hank floated the idea of her eventually appearing in videos for SciShow or Vlogbrothers. The Crash Course episode was posted on August 20, 2012.

The Brain Scoop

On December 7, 2012, Hank Green posted a video of a tour Emily had given him to the Vlogbrothers channel. He then offered to help Emily create her own Youtube series, titled The Brain Scoop, co-produced by Hank Green and Michael Aranda. The Brain Scoop posted several teaser videos throughout December before officially launching on January 14, 2013. Emily's videos provided virtual tours of the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum, and often discussed specific museum specimens and showed the museum's process of taking in a specimen. Around this time she also began hosting episodes of SciShow.

In April of that year, Emily attended Chicago's Field Museum to film an event. While there, she was given a three day behind-the-scenes tour which culminated in her being offered a job as their Chief Curiosity Correspondent. She left the University of Montana and moved to Chicago, and as of August 21, 2013's video, The Brain Scoop began operating out of Chicago and filming the Field Museum of Natural History.

Women in STEM

Emily posted on January 27, 2013, about comments she had received critiquing her appearance. Later, on November 27, 2013, Emily posted a video to The Brain Scoop addressing the gender divide of Youtube STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) channels. She talked of the sexism and misogyny she receives in the comments to her videos, how males hosting similar channels do not experience this, and the need to make STEM education (on Youtube and elsewhere) a less derisive place for women. Her video gained massive attention and was featured NPR, Yahoo News, and a variety of other news outlets and blogs.

Nerdfighteria & Present

Emily was part of the nerdfighter community back in the days of Brotherhood 2.0, and first met Hank Green when he visited the zoological museum to film an episode of Crash Course. She later appeared in several videos by Hank for hankschannel, hankgames and vlogbrothers. She attended VidCon in 2013, and was a co-host of the 2012 and 2013 Projects for Awesome. On November 17, 2013, she launched her vlog channel ehmteevee. She continues to host The Brain Scoop from Chicago's Field Museum while working on her masters degree from Johns Hopkins University.

External Links
The Brain Scoop on Youtube
EhmTeeVee on Youtube
Emily Graslie on Wikipedia
Emily Graslie on Twitter
The Brain Scoop on Tumblr
Emily Graslie on Tumblr
 

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2015-12-07 Project For Awesome 2015 Livestream - Part 5 7:27:35 83,141
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2015-10-21 Ask Emily #11 06:31 54,344
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2015-05-07 How to Cut a Trail in Amazonia 10:10 63,461
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2015-04-23 Dead or Alive? A visit from Emily Graslie 12:16 32,906
2015-04-22 An Electric Eel and a Caiman 06:21 49,896
2015-04-08 How To Taxidermy A Squirrel: Part II 07:53 52,911
2015-04-06 Project Hyena Diorama: Indiegogo Campaign! 09:46 53,404
2015-04-05 SciShow Quiz Show: With the Brain Scoop's Emily Graslie! 14:05 192,991
2015-03-25 How to Taxidermy a Squirrel 13:11 171,635
2015-03-04 Jungle Atop A Desert 07:02 59,243
2015-02-18 Mummy Brains 07:35 189,648
2015-02-04 Bird Calls of Amazonia 07:00 41,818
2015-01-21 Ask Emily #10 07:10 77,005
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2014-12-17 The Fer-de-Lance 03:43 70,811
2014-12-14 Emily Graslie Hair Braid Tutorial 09:16 54,172
2014-12-13 Project For Awesome Part 7 6:01:24 73,529
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2014-10-07 How to Adult Bloopers #2! 02:36 11,660
2014-10-02 The Sun & The Earth: Crash Course Big History #3 14:33 738,070
2014-09-30 Updates with Emily 00:57 46,505
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2014-09-24 Exploring the Universe: Crash Course Big History #2 14:37 951,861
2014-09-10 Year of the Passenger Pigeon 06:54 74,094
2014-09-08 How to Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies (ft. Emily Graslie)! 05:38 20,807
2014-09-07 Voices in Science 02:21 23,698
2014-09-01 How to Get Your Dream Job (ft. Emily Graslie)! 04:36 49,139
2014-08-27 Fossil Meteorites 10:36 59,142
2014-08-15 Sharks Sharks Sharks & More Sharks 06:17 72,495
2014-08-14 Shark Fin CSI 02:44 60,844
2014-08-13 Shark Weapons 03:28 86,846
2014-08-12 Fossil Sharks 03:35 70,950
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2014-06-04 Where'd you get all those dead animals? 05:47 73,466
2014-05-21 Dimetrodon is Not A Dinosaur 06:04 126,117
2014-05-14 Ask Emily: The Favorites Episode 05:24 64,157
2014-05-07 The Breast Episode Ever 06:03 148,470
2014-04-30 The Heat Theater 09:37 70,210
2014-04-23 The Audubon Field Guide 05:24 43,530
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2014-04-09 The Replicator 09:37 129,570
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2014-02-13 Romantic Ants 07:11 108,788
2014-02-05 Bloopers, Deleted Scenes, and Other Oddities, Part Seven 04:53 84,283
2014-02-03 Emily Bakes: Chocolate Sriracha Cookies 13:36 19,424
2014-01-29 The Economic Botanical Collection 09:21 75,370
2014-01-22 1893 World's Columbian Exposition 06:57 62,602
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2014-01-15 Q&A with Anna Goldman 22:38 79,782
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2014-01-08 Ask Emily #7 08:22 73,708
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2013-12-20 Best Moments of the Project for Awesome 04:00 221,924
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2013-03-27 Ask Emily #3 05:19 100,571
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