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With his daily music posts, Genomic Repairman has clearly demonstrated that scientists can possess a great love of music. What many younguns in science and most folks outside science many not realize is that under that crusty, grumpy, "why are you rafting instead of doing experiments" facade, many scientists dabble in making music. I've encountered at least a half dozen full professors who play an instrument and/or sing-sometimes even in public. So I guess it should come as no huge surprise that current NIH Director Francis Collins has a musical side too.

He also has a sense of humor, as evidenced by the musical commencement speech he's given a few times.


I wonder if he's written a new version "Their Way" for his position at the NIH...

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Prabodh Kandala
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
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I always sing in the lab. Not just singing, I dance too. Believe it or not. Luckily my PI enjoys when i do that too.
For me those things fill lot of energy in the lab.

AmoebaMike
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As a Francis Collins fan, I loved this. As a Frank Sinatra fan, my wife loved this too!

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Pradobh, that's awesome :) I love having music going in the lab, but usually that usually requires iPod listening-which I feel often creates a barrier to lab socialization/community (it's OK when I seriously don't want to be bothered). My current lab is an open format, and my section is far too reserved. Grad lab we didn't have generally have music on because it had previously been used as a weapon of personality warfare. We did crank up some tunes when the lab was sparsely populated... and when we had lab cleanup days, which made things more fun-specially when a male grad student starts serenading your male PI with "you make me feel like a natural woman".

AmoebaMike, glad you and your wife enjoyed it. I personally think we need more stuff like this. It provides much needed evidence that scientists have real personalities too :)

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"Play that funky music white boy, play that music right. Play that funky music white boy, lay down the boogie and play that funky music till you die."

I have a sound bar in the lab for those time to jam the fuck out when alone and otherwise my iPod headphones are ubiquitously plugged into my ears cranking sick beats. For a while I played the violin until damage from a broken hand prevented me from playing anymore. But I still love music and can read the occasional piece of sheet music.

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GR, violin is a new one (in the sciences, at least). I really enjoyed choir and piano, but transporting a several hundred pound upright around the country and trying to squeeze up stairs and into a small apartment wasn't really feasible. I had friends in grad school who played flute and french horn.

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Biochem belle you have to get with times, its all about the keytar baby! Milli Vanilli were true visionaries rocking out ahead of their time with that instrument.

Prabodh Kandala
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Here is something I wrote about dancing in the lab.
http://scilive.blogspot.com/2010/09/dancing-in-lab.html
May not be great. But its my expresison.
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