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Reflections on an amazing evening.

As mentioned, I was able to attend The Story’s Collider’s event Poisons & Passions last night, an event that featured four speakers telling stories about their experiences with science, among them the amazing Emily Graslie of The Brain Scoop. It was organized in association with a small science communication conference at MIT, so the dark concert venue was packed to the walls with spectators and some of the words greatest minds in science communication.

I could truly have not asked for a more amazing evening. The speakers told personal stories ranging from accidental childhood poisonings, to the amazing journeys of their parents to find their careers. I have been watching The Brain Scoop since its beginning, and meeting Emily was more amazing than I could have imagined. She is passionate, kind and so humble about the groundbreaking work she has done in the field of science communication.

That event reminded me why I do what I do. Why I spend hours of my time photographing and researching plants, browsing through botany tumblrs and sitting in front of a camera. It is because what I want to do most with my life is share my passion and enthusiasm about science and the natural world with others. Sitting in a room of science communicators, drinking beer and shouting over the music, reminded me of the amazing community of people working to inspire others. Science is more than just lab work and numbers (though those things are also awesome). It is the amazing, passionate people who spend their days figuring out how to instill enthusiasm and a sense of stewardship in the public.

Thank you to Emily for inspiring me, and, most of all, thank you to all of my amazing followers for listening to me rant about plants and bringing your own stories and enthusiasm to my little corner of the internet.”

Brilliant Botany is an educational blog focused on botany, with the goal of showing just how cool and interesting plants can be. It is run by Claire, a recent college grad with degrees in Plant Biology and English, a passion for plant collection and a love of short fiction.

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brilliantbotany, you are such an inspiration to women in STEM everywhere!

I saw they posted a link to your channel over on Autostraddle! I hope you find a larger audience for your awesome work!

Old superstition stated that anyone who pulled out a mandrake root would die. Because of that, people would dig around the mandrake, tie a rope around it, and have a dog pull it out instead. 
This drawing is a from a copy of Dioscorides' Materia Medica, an herbal written in the first century that was in use through the 1500’s.