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Mark your calendars for the NEA Big Read Kickoff!

February 8, 2021 at 8:47 AM by

Our 2021 NEA Big Read starts in just THREE WEEKS! 
We can’t wait to talk about all things Lab Girl with you - especially once we begin book distribution next week!

In the meantime, mark your calendars for our keynote speaker, Emily Graslie!
She will be joining us on Monday, March 1st at 6:00PM on Zoom to talk about The Power of Curiosity. You can register and get your access code by clicking this link!

Emily Graslie was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. After moving to Missoula, Montana to pursue an undergraduate degree in fine art painting, she fell in love with the campus vertebrate research collection as a place of artistic inspiration. What started off as a passionate volunteering position within a small museum eventually transformed into a career as an advocate for these under-appreciated repositories. As Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago, she served as creator, host and writer of The Brain Scoop, an educational YouTube channel with 200+ episodes about natural history that have been viewed more than 32 million times. In 2020 she made her broadcast television debut on PBS as Executive Producer, Host and Writer of Prehistoric Road Trip, a new series by WTTW Chicago about paleontology and geology in the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. 

Emily has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the American Alliance of Museum's Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence. She’s a six-time Webby Award nominee and honoree in the ‘Online Science/Education Channel’ and ‘Web Personality/Host’ categories; a member of the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in Education; and was named as one of the Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts in 2017 by the Chicago Tribune. Recently, in recognition of her outreach efforts, scientists at the Universities of Florida and Paraná in Brazil named a new species of butterfly in her honor: Wahydra graslieae.

Interested in learning more about Emily, before she visits?
Check out her website to learn more. 

Or read about Emily and her work in:

The Wall Street Journal (‘Prehistoric Road Trip’ Review: Traveling Through Deep Time)

The Chicago Magazine (Emily Graslie: Say hi to the Field Museum’s winning in-house taxidermist.)

CBS News (Meet the YouTuber who became a chief curiosity correspondent at Chicago's Field Museum)

Mongabay (Mysterious new butterfly named after YouTuber Emily Graslie)

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