born 1989

Emily Graslie seems an unlikely candidate to be a public face of science. A violinist who majored in art history, her interest in the natural world wasn't piqued until she volunteered at a zoological museum to meet a grad requirement ~ and discovered a passion for dead animals. Amidst cleaning and dissecting specimens, Emily started a vlog The Brain Scoop wherein she's tackled everything from how to use flesh-eating beetles to clean bear bones to how sexism deters women from science careers.

Today, The Brain Scoop has more than 250,000 subscribers. And, it's now produced by the Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, which hired Emily to use her hands-on approach to make science more compelling + fun for everyone.

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her quotes

all quotes by Emily Graslie (21)

"You should probably be warned: if there's ever a grossometer—be wary."

Ask Emily #2 | february 2013

"The worst part of my job? Cataloging shrews. Definitely."

Ask Emily #2 | february 2013

"When I was in high school I felt as though science was a bit over my head. I don’t know if that’s because I was a girl, or just because I didn’t believe in myself, but whatever the case I really wish I had followed my gut and gone into the field early."

Stem YouTube and Museums: An Interview with Emily Graslie | april 2013

"Never let anyone make you feel as though you need to fulfill an alternate agenda if what you really want is an education."

STEM YouTube + Museums: An Interview with Emily Graslie | april 2013

"I feel like people get way too constricted in what their degree is and they feel like they have to do what their degree says that they are. To be honest, I feel way more like a scientist or a biologist than I ever felt like an artist."

Emily Graslie and The Brain Scoop | june 2013

"[My mission is] to get as many people as possible excited about the incredible unlikelihood of our collective existence."

Ask Emily #5 | september 2013

"The cocoon and the chrysalis serve the same function—puberty! To make the transition into adulthood, the body inside of the encasing has to liquify and literally rebuild itself before it's ready to emerge as the beautiful adult that it is. In comparison, acne doesn't seem that bad."

Moths vs Butterflies | october 2013

"We need to make sure we're making it possible for people of all genders to feel acknowledged for their contributions and not feel held back by something as arbitrary as their genetics or appearance."

Where My Ladies At? | november 2013

"There's a pressure to be the whole package. Not only do you have to be intelligent and articulate, but you have to be 'attractive.'"

Where My Ladies At? | november 2013

"Young women who have always had an interest in science and are starting to wonder if they should take it more seriously. If I was that age . . . I would want that reassurance—that what I was interested in was cool, that people would still like me and think I'm funny even if I'm into weird gross stuff that nobody else was talking about."

How Emily Graslie Went from You-Tube Science Star to Full-time at the Field Museum | january 2014

"I just thought, 'I'm going to clean three bighorn sheep heads today—I think that's kind of remarkable. Maybe I'll start a blog.'"

How Emily Graslie went from YouTube science star to full-time at the Field Museum | january 2014

"I was afraid people were gonna think I was disgusting, or . . . a sociopath. I didn't think any scientists would like it. I was afraid [they] would see the show and say, 'She doesn't know what she's talking about, she's making this sh!t up.'"

How Emily Graslie went from YouTube science star to full-time at the Field Museum | january 2014

"I've only ever sold two works of art which I personally received the payment for: one to an aunt, the other to my dad. I needed help paying rent."

Interview with Emily Graslie | february 2014

"Museums need more money, period. We've all got big ideas on how we can improve things but the budget is always the underlying factor in being unable to execute plans and making dreams unactionable."

The Emily Graslie Interview | february 2014

"Art is very physical, it's very emotional, it's a lot of personal self-expression and I didn't see any of that in science. I thought you had to be a certain kind of analytical, left-brained type of person to be a scientist."

Get That Life: How Emily Graslie Became a Museum's Chief Curiosity Correspondent | july 2014

"I always encourage girls to pursue what interests them. I didn't get to be where I am because of how I look. It's not like somebody said I should be doing this position. I'm not an actress playing a role. I'm playing myself, the person who was studying art and who didn't realize I could be good at science."

Get That Life: How I became a Museum's Chief Curiosity Correspondent | july 2014

"You've spent too much time at work when Netflix suggests 'Mixology' and you think it says 'Mycology', a romantic movie about fungus lovers."

twitter | august 2014

"The challenge is that children grow up being told by the media and their peers that being sexy and popular are far more appealing and important traits than being inquisitive, smart, independent, creative thinkers."

Ask Emily #10 | january 2015

"Roses are red, Violets are blue, Spiders are adorable: they'll mate with and then eat you!"

Tweet | february 2015

"Boy, are you a prairie chicken? 'Cuz you're making my heart go boom-boom."

Tweet | february 2015

"It's a bug-eat-bug world inside the cranium of a mummy."

Mummy Brains | february 2015
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