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“Which STEM musicals are real?” contest results

We recently held a little contest: identify the real musical(s) among five listed (“Bring Down Da Noise, Bring Up Da Signal”; “Fermat’s Last Tango”; “Hedwig And The Angry Centimeter”; “Les Phys”; and “Stats”). The winner of the contest is Mary … Continue reading

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VOICES promotional contest

How about a little contest to stir up interest in the inaugural VOICES online conference on Sept. 27-28? Just tell me (crowther@uw.edu) which of the five STEM-themed musicals pictured below was/were real. If you answer correctly between now and June … Continue reading

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An international conference devoted to STEM songs?!

STEM music insiders may be aware of the research team of Larry Lesser (UTEP), Dennis Pearl (Penn State), and John Weber III (Perimeter College of Georgia State U.). Last year they published a study in which online students were exposed … Continue reading

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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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