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Rated PG for “Pretty Gross”

My boss and his wife hosted a wonderful party last night for people in his lab, collaborators, and administrative personnel. The conversation turned to science songs, and one guest, knowing my fondness for song parodies, suggested that I write some … Continue reading

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Dreaming of science songs

In my recent meeting with the good folks at NWABR, Resident Scientist Reitha Weeks asked, “How do people write songs, anyway?” There’s no simple answer. Songwriters can’t agree on whether it’s better to start with the music or the lyrics, … Continue reading

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Musicals we’d pay to see

I’m not particularly active as a Twitter user, but even I get interested in certain hashtags from time to time. The latest to grab my attention was #sciencemusicals, for which people were re-imagining popular Broadway shows as science-based productions. Some … Continue reading

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SAS&M on the NCAA

The spectacle of “March Madness” is such that no blogger can resist the opportunity to comment, predicting NCAA basketball tournament success based on such factors as rankings of schools’ physics Ph.D. programs or perceived toughness of their mascots. But since … Continue reading

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Poetry & Prose Rounds at UW

On Tuesday I attended a session of a new UW Medicine program called Poetry & Prose Rounds. Its website offers the following description: Writing about and through illness can change lives and enrich health care. This is the murky realm … Continue reading

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Scientists are like punk rockers (?)

Alison McCook notes certain parallels between the guitar-smashers and the gene-cloners. “Punk ethos is typified by a passionate adherence to individualism, creativity and freedom of expression with no regard to established opinions,” Bill Cuevas, biochemist at the biotech company Genencor … Continue reading

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I’m glad I have a boss who sings too

I got a rare call on my office phone this past Friday at about 4:30 PM. It was my boss, calling in from California. We chatted for a couple of minutes and then I said, “Look, I’m sorry but I … Continue reading

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Zheng Lab enters the YouTube Top 10

Last June we made a list of the YouTube science/math song videos that had been seen by the most viewers. That list has been rendered obsolete by the release of Bad Project, the grad student nightmare set to music by … Continue reading

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Another variation on the art/science fusion theme

Most examples of science-inspired art that we’ve highlighted on this blog consist of individual scientists doing something artistic or individual artists making art about science. A neat article from the University of Washington highlights something a bit different: an exhibit … Continue reading

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Science + Art: more than the sum of the parts?

From physicist Chad Orzel’s links dump comes a New York Times article of interest to fans of art/science fusion: “An infusion of science where the arts reign.” The “Citizen Science” program basically immerses non-science majors in hands-on science work, but … Continue reading

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