#Scifund Rap Lyrics…You Got to Show the Cheddar

Yesterday, I spoke of Alex’s #Scifund Project (link to her project Chemical Warfare in the Intertidal).

@Alex_Warneke combines two of my loves in life, old school rap and sweet, sweet marine science all for her #SciFund challenge. Alex want to know how heavy metal contamination mucks up normal interactions between predators and prey. This in itself is a fundamental question that gets at the heart of how marine systems work and how humans are interfering with that. Alex needs a measly $2500 to support this work. Of course its small change until you are poor graduate student. How does the rap fit in. Alex’s clever video is a homage to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The video itself is worth a donation. I was going to post the video here but you should head over to her #Scifund page to view it.

So Alex was gracious enough to send me the lyrics to the song. Want to see them? Donate $50 to her project (which I will match the first to do so) and I will post them to DSN.

Here’s a taste

In west San Diego I was born and raised

In the lab is where I spend most of my days

Writin’ out grants cause money’s real cool

And reading some pubs between going to school

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

3 comments on “#Scifund Rap Lyrics…You Got to Show the Cheddar
  1. sorry for the divergence…..I can’t resist but you mentioned “cheddar” and music which indirectly points us to Richard Cheese. If you haven’t hear his lounge version of rock and rap tunes it is a guilty pleasure waiting for your laughter. Politically correct? No – but isn’t “freedom of speech” something we constantly say we are fighting to protect?

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