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Quick media roundup

I was pleased to be profiled by my local Fox News affiliate recently, and also by German radio station WDR. But Tom McFadden topped me by getting onto the national ABC News! “We know that the students like technology, they … Continue reading

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Another short, teacher-friendly paper

With the encouragement and assistance of colleagues in the UW School of Nursing, I contributed a short piece to their American Biology Teacher series on the neurobiology of learning. The article is called “Making material more memorable … with music.” … Continue reading

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“Science Worth Singing About” in NSTA Reports

The October 2013 issue of NSTA Reports (a publication of the National Science Teachers Association) includes a nice look at science music in the classroom on pages 8 and 9. It includes quotes from me, elementary school teacher Jeromie Heath … Continue reading

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Summer catch-up, part 3

This might not be a real trend, but it sure feels like one. Facilitating student science songwriting and performing is hard, and past efforts along these lines have seemed pretty intermittent and isolated. But a number of additional related projects … Continue reading

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Not your average handout

I love the fact that I’m teaching a course where a single page of a handout might cover both engineering of muscle tissue in vitro … and the lyrical and rhythmic structure of the 1950s hit “Hound Dog.”

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Musical fragments, earworms, and hooks

Last Wednesday was a big day for science-based music at the University of Washington. As the keynote speaker for NWABR’s 2013 Student Bio Expo, I led hundreds of high school students in a sing-along about Okazaki fragments. I then spent … Continue reading

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Science songster interview #16: Jeremy Long

As someone who sees lots and lots of STEM music videos, I’m rarely surprised by new creations in this realm. But surprise is exactly what I felt upon discovering Prof. Jeremy Long’s 2nd annual Chemical Ecology Filmfest, in which teams … Continue reading

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Earthtones: the musical

Since 2008, Professor Wendy Silk of UC-Davis has taught “Earth, Water, Science, & Song,” an interdisciplinary elective course in which students create songs about environmental science. A 2010 article in the California Aggie provides further context, but the course may … Continue reading

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Science songster interview #15: Dave Nachmanoff

I first met Dave Nachmanoff through Wendy Silk, the leader of the NSF pilot project that helped support development of this website between 2010 and 2012. While Dave is a musician rather than an academic, his cat-herding skills were obvious … Continue reading

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Science songster interview #14: Annette Parrott

Thanks to the Internet, I’ve been aware of Georgia science educator Dr. Annette Parrott for many years. Until now, though, I had never met her or talked with her in any depth about her own experiences and rationales for incorporating … Continue reading

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