Who Is Emily Calandrelli? The 'Bill Nye Saves The World' Correspondent Wants To Inspire Women In Science

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When Bill Nye Saves the World premieres on Netflix April 21, it may look a little different than the beloved children's science show '90s kids grew up with. It will still have the same spirited, learning-driven core, but this time around, it's staying true to its new name. The spinoff aims to dispel anti-scientific claims, tackling timely, pressing topics like climate change, alternative medicine, and artificial intelligence. Also adding to its revamped image are a live studio audience and a slew of buzzy guest stars, and as you sift through its star-studded list of celebrity correspondents, you may be wondering: Who Is Emily Calandrelli?

Though a newcomer to the Bill Nye franchise, Calandrelli is a veteran science host in her own right. Since 2014, she's been a host and producer for Fox's Xploration Outer Space, in which she visits various NASA facilities to answer questions about our universe. According to her website, she's also a guest science writer and host for Discovery News, covers the space industry as a writer for TechCrunch, and gives talks about space exploration, scientific literacy, and equality as a professional public speaker. Her first children's book, Ada Lace: On the Case, is due for release on August 29.

And Calandrelli has an impressive resume to boot: She has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University, plus a masters from MIT in both Aeronautics and Astronautics and Technology and Policy. She was even a visiting scholar at the Harvard NASA Tournament Lab, where she helped organizations solve technical challenges through the use of crowdsourcing.

When asked when she first realized she'd be a good fit for science television, Calandrelli told the Boston Globe she'd had a lightbulb moment while interning at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. She said:

"All of the interns had to do a presentation on what they learned that summer. The director of my program pulled me aside and asked if I had training in public speaking. He said I must be a senior in college. I was a rising sophomore. That was when I realized I might be good at explaining this stuff and bringing the information, for lack of a better phrase, down to earth."

She also told Nextshark that it's important to her to have female representation in the field. As she explained:

"I think when you’re younger watching TV, there’s just something about watching someone that looks a little bit like you talking about science, math and space exploration that makes it a little more relatable. It makes it more like, 'Oh, maybe that’s something that I could do.' It makes that thought come a little easier. Fifty-five percent of our viewers are female. That’s huge because my show is all about a male-dominated field, so we have 55 percent females watching a show about a male-dominated field. I think that speaks volumes to how we’re attracting more and more women to become interested in space."

That sounds like a cause viewers can get behind. Catch Calandrelli in action when Bill Nye Saves the World hits Netflix on Friday.