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Science songster interview #8: Tom McFadden

I distinctly remember when I heard about Tom McFadden for the first time: he and his song “Regulatin’ Genes” were featured in the New York Times’ TierneyLab blog in March of 2009. I was impressed (and a bit jealous). Since … Continue reading

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SAS&M at CSUSM

On Friday, SAS&M network members and other art-science interdisciplinarians descended upon CSU-San Marcos for a one-day meeting hosted by Wendy Silk of UC-Davis and Merryl Goldberg of CSUSM. The format consisted of 20-minute talks intermixed with related but free-flowing conversations. … Continue reading

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Linkin’ log (Presidents’ Day weekend edition)

• The Best Pop Science Song of All Time and Best Science Song of All Time, Verse 2 (from ScientificAmerican.com) “For reasons that are obscure to me, the article triggered a memory of the old Johnny Cash tune, Folsom Prison … Continue reading

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Database article in BAMBED!

Last summer I decided that, after seven-plus years of working intermittently on the database, I should try to publish something about it in a peer-reviewed journal. Now I am pleased to report that the January/February 2012 issue of Biochemistry and … Continue reading

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Nobel Laureate uses music to explain ribosomes

Venkatraman (“Venki”) Ramakrishnan, a 2009 Nobel Laureate in chemistry for his work elucidating the structure of ribosomes, was a featured speaker at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay’s 2012 Tech Fest. As reported by ExpressIndia.com: In a presentation of his research … Continue reading

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Teachers: send us your syllabi!

A friend who teaches biochemistry said in a recent email that she likes the idea of incorporating some songs into her courses, but hasn’t found the time to screen songs for possible inclusion. No problem, I said — just send … Continue reading

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Links: The Rhymebosome (Tom McFadden) on the Krebs cycle and student songwriting

• Lord, save me from the Krebs cycle Did you understand what they were singing? In its friendly, unscary way, it’s just as dense as the diagram at the top of this post. Instead of being frightened and mystified, this … Continue reading

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Science songster interview #6: Kevin Ahern

Today’s interview victim is Dr. Kevin Ahern, a Senior Instructor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University. Kevin maintains a Metabolic Melodies site of songs that he has written, mostly about biochemistry. SAS&M: YOU’VE WRITTEN WELL … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week #55: Green chemistry

The latest recipients of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards have been announced. Eliminating 199 million lb of hazardous chemicals and solvents, saving more than 21 billion gal of water, and avoiding 57 million lb of carbon dioxide emissions: Those … Continue reading

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From the literature #1: “Why are rhymes easy to learn?” by Bower & Bolton

With this post we begin another series on this blog: “From the literature.” It will discuss journal articles with special relevance to science songs. I’ll kick things off with the classic paper “Why are rhymes easy to learn?” (Gordon H. … Continue reading

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