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Creator of 'Brain Scoop' YouTube channel to speak at April 10 Cafe Scientifique

March 27, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – An artist who created the YouTube channel “The Brain Scoop” to communicate science will speak Thursday, April 10, at a Café Scientifique in Bozeman.

“From Art to Science – a New Perspective on Communication” will be the focus of this free public event to be held at 6 p.m. in the Baxter Ballroom, 105 W. Main, in downtown Bozeman.

Speaker Emily Graslie graduated from the University of Montana in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in studio art. After developing a late-blooming love for science, she launched The Brain Scoop in January 2013 out of UM’s Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum. The Brain Scoop aims to encourage and inspire a love and appreciation for science, biology and the natural world in all viewers. In July 2013, Graslie moved The Brain Scoop to Chicago, where it is now filmed out of The Field Museum and continues to grow an impassioned international audience.

Graslie says that frank discussions about environmental health can be difficult to inspire, whether it’s because of the tone of presentation or the medium used. As a result, science communicators, teachers and enthusiastic members of the public have had to use a variety of social and digital media to start the conversation. In her presentation, Graslie will discuss the trials and tribulations of various types of measures taken by professionals, institutions and amateurs. Knowing the audience is more than half the battle, according to Graslie.

For background, event organizers suggest reading a Chicago Tribune article about Graslie’s move to the Field Museum and her role as “Chief Curiosity Correspondent” at http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-21/entertainment/ct-ent-0822-museum-field-blogger-20130821_1_field-museum-youtube-star-lemurs or listening to Graslie on The Brain Scoop at http://www.youtube.com/thebrainscoop

Café Scientifique, co-sponsored by Montana's INBRE and COBRE programs, provides a relaxed setting for people to learn about current scientific topics. The concept started in England in 1998 and has spread to a handful of locations in the United States. Following a short presentation by a scientific expert, the majority of time is reserved for questions, answers and lively discussion.

Montana INBRE and COBRE are each an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant numbers P20GM103474 (INBRE) and GM103500 (COBRE). 

For more information about Graslie’s presentation, contact Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or lhowell@montana.edu. For more information about the Café Scientifique concept, check the Web at http://www.inbre.montana.edu/cafe.php

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu