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Submit your educational statistics songs … STAT!

The United States Conference on Teaching Statistics, USCOTS, is held on odd years (in alternation with the Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics, eCOTS, which occurs on even years). USCOTS is once again holding an “A-Mu-Sing” competition (mu being the Greek … Continue reading

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Greg’s latest science song: “Zombies Versus Trypanosomatids”

When I wrote this, I envisioned it as a loud, nasal punk rock song. My backing band for the first performance consisted solely of a banjo player, though, so we had to give it a folksier treatment. Regardless, I was … Continue reading

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Seattle Science Festival 2013

My final event of the spring science outreach season took place last Saturday. I ran a booth on science music videos and also (at the invitation of NWABR’s Jeanne Chowning, who took the last photo below) led a sing-along about … Continue reading

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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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NWBIO 2013, part 2

We science music enthusiasts often talk of using music as a “hook” to pique students’ interest when introducing a new topic. At the 2013 meeting of the Northwest Biology Instructors’ Organization (NWBIO), I accidentally experienced this phenomenon from the student … Continue reading

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Spirited discussion at NWBIO 2013

This past weekend I attended the annual meeting of the Northwest Biology Instructors’ Organization (NWBIO), hosted with aplomb by Rik Smith and his colleagues at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. I hadn’t been to this meeting since 2004, so it … Continue reading

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Links for April 22, 2013

• The Amygdaloids’ second annual Heavy Mental Variety Show (May 18). “The Amygdaloids will play several suites of our original songs on mind/brain topics: the mind-body problem, memory, emotion, unconscious processes, and mental disorders. Each suite will be preceded by … Continue reading

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Further misadventures in testing website usability

I’m now more than halfway through the spring outreach events mentioned in a previous post. There are several reasons why I enjoy these events. First, they enable in-person interactions with live people (as opposed to Internet-based interactions enabled by this … Continue reading

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Science outreach season

For whatever reason, spring seems to be the season for science outreach events, at least for me. Tomorrow I’ll have a booth at the University of Washington’s Brain Awareness Week open house. Then I’ll be at the Yakima Science & … Continue reading

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More from the NIMBioS Songwriter-in-Residence program

Catherine Crawley of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) reports several items of interest: • A paper by herself and Pamela Bishop about the NIMBioS Songwriter-in-Residence program was published earlier this year in a volume of conference … Continue reading

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