Rapid City native becomes YouTube star

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A Rapid City native, has become an international internet sensation.
And she's done it in her own unique way. She's not a comedian, a rock star, or a politician.

But she's reaching millions, with a refreshing look at science, in her own unique style.
We found her visiting her hometown 'A Long the Way' here in Rapid City.

The story begins with the open for "The Brain Scoop" rolling.

This is Emily Graslie.

Emily Graslie says, "I'm the Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago."

Graduated in 2007 from Central High School. She went to college at the University of Montana and majored in Art.

And she was doggone good. Just look at her Senior Thesis, titled '20 Miles East of Faith'.

But a funny thing happened on her way to becoming a full time artist.

Emily Graslie says, "Yeah so I was about a semester away from graduating with my Art degree when I stumbled upon our Natural History Museum at the University of Montana".

And right there in Missoula, she was hooked.

Emily Graslie says, "But as an Art Major walking into this room and seeeing this huge assortment of skulls and taxixdermy specimens-that was a great visual resource for me as an artist."

Well one thing led to another and Emily's flair for the artistic and love for the scientific landed her a spot at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago hosting her own 'You Tube' channel: The Brain Scoop, named after what's used to scoop a brain out in studying the body of an animal.

Emily Graslie says, "I think what's really helped to make my program successful is that I'm unapologetically enthusiastic about talking about Science."

One of her key goals is reaching females with the message: that the face of science, belongs not only to men.

Emily Graslie says, "You don't always see women featured prominently in Science and as I'm not a scientist myself I actually studied art, but I work to share about what some of the field scientists and the museum are doing and they happen to be women,

Launched in 2013 The Brain Scoop videos have captured an audience.

Emily Graslie says,"We have about 26 million artifacts and not all those can fit on the public exhibit floor".

The Brain Scoop shows things at the museum we'd never normally get to see. She travels all over the world with scientists studying cool stuff.

Some of it graphic: but a realistic look at what scientists do. And people love it.

Emily Graslie says, "The number of people who watch our videos, it reaches a point where it's unfathomable, you know. But once our videos started exceeding 60 thousand subscribers I was like, 'Wow, that is everybody of Rapid City, South Dakota', and we just surpassed 315-thousand subsribers on our videos and have been viewed more than 13 million times and those are just numbers that after a while : it just doesn't make any sense anymore"

At the beginning of many episodes you'll see a Grossometer Warning, rating the grossness factor.

Even her episode titles reel you in: like this one 'Squirrel McNasty Face'.

Emily Graslie says, " I would say I've naturally been a really enthusiastic person. I think some of my elementary teachers would have described me at times as being disruptive."

Sometimes it's her expressions.
Sometimes it's her antics.
Sometimes It's just her curiosity:

Emily Graslie asks, "Why are they called Bullet Ants?"
Scientist answers, "They're called Bullet Ants because their sting is so painful it feels like you were shot by a gun."

She's been featured in magazines, newspapers, and check this out, even on Yahoo.
She's changing the face of science education.
But she's South Dakota humble. No ego. No fancy nickname.

Emily Graslie says, "No I'm just known as Emily from The Brain Scoop."

One cover reads 'The Accidental Scientist'.
But her success is no accident, and that face on the cover, is changing the face of science, one episode at a time.

If you know someone interesting, please call or e-mail to let us know.

Emily has been in town to speak to groups at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
In fact Tuesday she spoke to hundreds of young women from grade school through high school about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.