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Curator of the SECU Daily Planet
Brian Malow comes to the museum world with a nontraditional background: two decades as a stand up comedian.
Carving out a niche for himself as "Earth's Premier Science Comedian," Brian has entertained general audiences across the country as well as performing for NASA, the American Chemical Society, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and others. He is a frequent participant in science festivals, a favorite at universities, and has spoken on numerous occasions at outlets of the National Academies.
In addition to his stand up, Brian produces and appears in science videos for Time Magazine's website and is a contributor to Neil deGrasse Tyson's radio show.
He also gives workshops and presentations to help train scientists to become better public speakers, for clients such as the National Research Council of Canada, the National Science Foundation, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Brian has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) and on TechTV, Discovery, A&E, NPR's Science Friday with Ira Flatow, and The State of Things. He's also been featured in Nature, Chemical & Engineering News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the News and Observer.
Brian is a photography enthusiast with a particular interest in macro photography of insects. His photographs have appeared in Natural History Magazine, The Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification, and BugGuide.net.
He serves on the advisory board of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, and is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.
As Curator of the SECU Daily Planet, Brian's role is to communicate science to the general public in an engaging way. He emcees live presentations at the museum, often conducting interviews of scientists on stage. He also helps shape multimedia programs for the museum's website and trains scientists (both visiting and museum staff) to become better communicators.