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STEM songs: not just child’s play

When I got the opportunity to fill a UW-Bothell display case with materials relating to educational music, I knew I would need some artistic help … so I enlisted my 8-year-old son. We were both pleased with the end product, … Continue reading

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Singing about science: father-son edition

On Tuesday evening my son Phil and I headed to the University branch of the Seattle Public Library for “Sing a Song of Science” with veteran children’s musician Nancy Stewart. Most of the kids there were very young — at … Continue reading

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My littlest fan

“Dad, when are you going to come to my school to do science music?” asked my 7-year-old. “I don’t know, Phil. I would need to get permission to come, and I haven’t been able to get permission yet. Plus I … Continue reading

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Dance of the Biomek FX

My lab works in part on high-throughput screening (HTS) of small-molecule libraries. Here is my low-budget tribute to the high-tech machines that facilitate this work.

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Summer catch-up, part 4: crowdfunding update

It’s time to update our previous compilation of crowdfunding campaigns related to science-based music. 1. Monty Harper: Songs From The Science Frontier (July 8 to August 22, 2010). 2. Baba Brinkman: The Rap Guide to Evolution – Educational DVD (December … Continue reading

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A brief history of crowdfunded science music

As competition for traditional funding streams continues to be fierce, more people are becoming curious about crowdfunding as a possible source of support. Below is a starter list of crowdfunding campaigns that specifically fall into the realm of science music. … Continue reading

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UW Mini-Medical School presentation now available online

The presentation I gave in February has just been posted to uwtv.org: Not the Traditional Path to Learning and Practicing Medicine, Part 1. The songs start at 15:00 (“Myofibrils”), 21:05 (“Money 4 Drugz”), 30:17 (“Good Bacteria”), 36:10 (“Malaria”), 39:00 (“Modes … Continue reading

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Readers: can you help identify this lost song about Pluto?

UPenn librarian Mike Williams writes: A few weeks back I overheard a song in a thrift shop about Pluto (written back when it was a planet). The music sounded very 60s or perhaps even 70s, slightly vocal-jazzy, with a group … Continue reading

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Name that (parodied) tune — math edition

Though song parodies come with certain complications concerning intellectual property, they can be a very fun way to hang new content onto musical scaffolds that many people already know. Can you identify the song that was parodied in each case … Continue reading

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My next “concert”

While I don’t give concerts per se, I will be making an appearance at the University of Washington’s annual Mini-Medical School, a free educational outreach program designed for the general public. My contribution will be to talk about and sing … Continue reading

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