MWV #81 - Sheldon Campbell - The Singing Microbiologist

Sheldon Campbell sings about microbiology. Dr. Campbell teaches microbiology at Yale School of Medicine and he uses music to enhance his lectures. He has one song for every block of lectures he gives on a major topic. Songs he's written include a song about fungi, tick borne disease, tuberculosis and one that reviews all of microbiology in eight minutes. Dr. Campbell hasn't done any testing to see his songs are more effective at getting his message across but he does get the occasional student who says they remembered something on a test because of his music. And the students seem to enjoy it, if not at first, by the end of the course they're singing along. Dr. Campbell uses his love of music because he believes that if you bring something of yourself into your teaching you'll be a much more engaging and effective teacher. Music performed: "When the Ticks Go Marching In" Adapted from: "When the Saints Go Marching In" Originally performed by: unknown Public domain "Home in the Gut" "Home in the Lab" Adapted from: "Home of the Range" Originally performed by: Dr. Brewster M. Higley and Daniel Kelley, 1873 Public domain "For Lyme, It's Ceftriaxone" Adapted from: "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Originally performed by: Wallace Willis Public domain "What Shall We Do With the Infected Patient" Adapted from: "What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor" Originally performed by: unknown Public domain

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