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Marshall science students make video to raise awareness

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012

Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012 01:11

Dancing monkeys and singing scientists have taken over a lab in the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center. A group of Marshall students created a music video to help raise awareness of the importance of federal funding of the sciences.

Sumaiya Chaudhry, junior biochemical major organized fellow students to make the video.

“I had thought about making a science parody music video before and this was a way to get it all together and make sure that people were on board and interested in working towards a goal,” Chaudhry said.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is sponsoring a competition for the most effective demonstration of how research funded by federal agencies improves the health, quality of life or economy in local communities.

Chaudhry said she decided to make a music video parody of Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song” for the contest and recruited students from all majors to be involved.

“The great thing about this is it was 100 percent student made. We had people from the journalism, art, music and theatre departments,” Chaudhry said. “Everybody on campus came together to work on this which is really great.”

More than 20 Marshall students participated in the production of the video from the music to the filming and post production work. Tyler Rice, junior advertising major, performed in the video as one of the dancing monkeys and will also be helping to promote viewership of “The Lab Song.”

“Not only am I a monkey, I am also helping to promote the video through posters, a twitter account and things like that,” Rice said. “I think it’s always good to promote the school, and I think it’s going to be fun to promote the video and watch the viewership grow. As an advertising major that’s what it’s all about, is how many people you can reach and how you can sell the product.”

The nationwide contest runs until Dec. 3 and the public voting begins the same day and is open until the end of the month. The video is posted on YouTube and can be seen by searching for “The Lab Song.”

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