The Field Museum is a natural history museum in Chicago, Illinois. Named after Mr. Marshall Field, the museum was originally one of the main white buildings in the World's Columbian Exposition, and became a museum shortly afterwards. The museum is famous for housing SUE the T. rex, which is the largest, most complete T. rex fossil ever discovered.
Natural History refers to the scientific study of the natural world, including living plants and animals, as well as cultures. A natural history museum is a museum which displays and actively researches specimens and other topics relating to natural history.
Curiosity Correspondent (00:01:28)
Emily’s job title has been gaining a lot of popularity! Emily specifically mentions the Arizona Science Center’s Vice President of Curiosity, Sari Custer (https://twitter.com/saricuster). A curiosity correspondent is in charge of community outreach and public engagement, and promotion for the institution, specifically by doing research to answer common, or less common but very interesting, questions. Emily, for example, accomplishes this in part with Brain Scoop. They also think about new approaches to museum outreach, generally.
Ornithology is the scientific field of zoology that is focused on birds. Ornithology has a lot of branches, and is closely associated with citizen science and birdwatching.
Permian Synapsids (00:04:52)
From the video: “[a Synapsid is a] diverse group of animals … which includes all modern day mammals, in addition to the ancient relatives from which all mammalian life diverged.”
A Permian Synapsid is a Synapsid that is from the Permian geologic period, which began almost 300 million years ago. It is the geologic period between the Carboniferous period and the Triassic period and saw massive diversification in lifeforms, giving rise to some of our earliest ancestors.
University of Montana (00:05:59)
“More than 13,000 students attend UM and Missoula College, where they receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the trades, liberal arts, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.” - from UMT website
The Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum is a natural history and zoological museum located at the University of Montana. It hosts the largest collection of specimens in Montana and is regarded as one of the forefront zoological collections in America. It’s main focus is on research and teaching, and specializes on vertebrate species from Montana and adjacent states.
Not just an xmen character! It’s an actual animal. These critters resemble bears and are related to weasels, and are prolific carnivores. They eat small animals in the summer when creatures like mice and birds are out, but in winter, they’re known to use their legendary strength and ferocity to take down caribou, and aren't above scavenging, eating much larger, dead creatures like bears.
Hank Green (00:09:25)
The creator and host of many YouTube series, as well as conventions, podcasts, production companies, and much more. Much of his content is educational in nature.
An ever growing series of free educational YouTube courses. Most courses consist of between 20 and 45 videos, all around 10 minutes long. These courses remind me of entire college courses without the homework or tuition, and are always entertaining.
A YouTube channel that explores all things mysterious and exciting from the world of science. SciShow does a little bit of everything in that space, from covering science news to answering questions from their Patreon. They’ve spun off into SciShow Space and SciShow Kids, both narrowing their focus to a more specific topic.
Hamilton, Not Throwin’ Away My Shot (00:10:55)
Reference to the awesome refrain from the hit Broadway show Hamilton
Emily’s early Geeky Fascinations
Emily used the internet to engage in digital community, seeking out people who had similar interests and finding common ground.
Dragonball Z (00:14:20)
The massively popular anime from Akira Toriyama and Toei Animation tells the story of Goku, a humanoid alien living on Earth, and his friends who must use their martial arts talents to defend the Earth from much stronger alien invaders. The series is well known for yellow haired anime characters, beams shot out of hands, and yelling. Lots of yelling.
The 1991 anime series which follows high school student Usagi, after she is recruited by a magical black cat to transform into Sailor Moon, to defend the earth from the forces of evil, with her team of colleagues, as other transforming Sailor Soldiers. Well known for transforming sequences and big eyes.
America first became widely aware of this anime about monster collecting through reports that certain episodes caused epilepsy. Since then it’s become a long running phenomenon, passing it’s 20th anniversary last year. Pokémon is a series of cartoons, video games, and much much more, that focuses on Pokémon, powerful fighting animals, and their trainers, people who travel the world to capture and raise these creatures, making them more powerful fighters. The catch phrase “Gotta Catch ‘em All!” refers to the goal of catching each and every Pokémon, an initially daunting task at 150 Pokémon, which has only grown over these 20 years, to 802 Pokémon.
One of the early Anime series of the mid ‘90’s anime boom, this show follows Tenchi, a country boy learning the Shinto religion from his Grandfather, whose world is turned upside down by a cast of female space aliens and pirates. This show is a combination of action, comedy, and sci fi, and is an example of a “Harem anime,” which is specified by one character of one gender, surrounded by many characters of the opposite gender, all vying for the attention of the lone man or woman.
The Sagittal Crest is a feature on the midline of some animals skulls, which Emily mentions in the episode is a good indicator that this animal was a carnivore. This is where lots of muscles attach to the head to add strength to the biting and tearing abilities of these creatures. Emily gives the example of petting your dog and feeling the bump on the back of their neck. This is the Sagittal Crest, and it can be easily seen by eye when looking at prepared skulls.
A citizen scientist is a person who participates in scientific research as a hobby. These amateur scientists often make contributions to their fields, often times by collecting data that professional scientists are perhaps too busy to collect. Examples include amateur astronomers who track stellar bodies, or bird watchers who track bird migration.
A North American wildcat species. These animals are about twice the size of house cats, and can adapt to many types of environment, including human inhabited urban spaces.
Misunderstanding that everything has been discovered in science (00:33:18)
Science is always advancing, and yet, in an age where large amounts of information is freely available and content is expertly presented, it’s easy to assume we have discovered and studied everything out there. This is not the case! One issue is that schools often teach established facts in order to get students up to speed on the current scientific understandings of the time, but do not often discuss cutting edge discoveries and advancements, nor instill a sense that students ever could be a part of any advancements. Part of Emily’s work with The Brain Scoop and at The Field Museum is to combat this myth.
Battlestar Galactica (00:35:52)
The 2004 Science Fiction series is a 4 season show that originally aired on the Sci-Fi network and was based on the 1978 series of the same name. The show follows the last survivors of a nuclear destruction on Caprica by the human-created race of Androids known as Cylons. These last humans alive now have to jump across the galaxy in the starship Battlestar Galactica in search of the mythical planet Earth, avoiding Cylon attacks. The series focuses on political strife, the nature human identity, and existential crises due to being the only humans alive. To top it all off… Some survivors may be Cylons in disguise!
The DC superhero is the creation of Polygraph inventor William Moulton Marston. Wonder Woman was created as a direct counter to problematic tropes and underrepresentation of women in comics of the 40’s, as well as a representation of the type of woman Marston believed should rule the world. The 2017 film is the first theatrical comic-based film to be female directed, and is widely regarded as the best DC film in their DC Extended Universe. The plot takes Diana from her idyllic island home to fight in the great war after a pilot crash lands and tells of the war consuming the outside world.
Fan fiction is a world of writing where fans of an existing intellectual property take characters and canon and write their own stories based on them. Fan fiction has a reputation for sexually explicit romance stories, especially character pairings that may not exist in established canon, but that is not necessary for all fan fiction, and is probably a misrepresentation, or at the very least, an over-generalization of why people write fan fiction.
Dermestid Beetle (00:43:16)
These North American beetles are flesh eating scavengers which are used as a tool in taxidermy, due to the fact that they can clean a skeleton quickly and with higher quality than any other tool we have. Other methods are simply not nearly as precise, or damage the skeleton in the process. These beetle colonies can completely remove all flesh from a carcass within a day or two.
Project Hyena Diorama (00:44:18)
In 2016, The Field Museum opened their first full scale habitat diorama in 60 years, and it was funded by an Indiegogo campaign set up and ran by Emily. Over 1,500 people contributed to the project, and features hyenas collected by the Field Museum's first taxidermist Carl Akeley in 1896.