American Chemical Society
Sunday, March 27, 2011
• Nancy Jackson, Sandia National Lab, ACS President
• Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad, TV show
• Kath Lingenfelter, House, M.D.,TV show
• Jaime Paglia, Eureka TV show
• Kevin Grazier, JPL, The Zula Patrol, Battlestar Galactica and Eureka TV programs
• Donna Nelson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma
• Sidney Perkowitz, Department of Physics, Emory University
• Mark A. Griep, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska
Men Of Science is a bizarre new music video featuring grotesque distortions of the Three Stooges against footage from a chemistry lab, concocted by Lyndon Lorenz in Avid VideoShop. There's also some other public domain material in there, scaffed off the intertubes, like the gnarly rotating x-ray image of a dog heart, and way-cool cuts from NASA footage!
The sense of menace pervading this travesty of scientific inquiry is enhanced by the introduction of Rodney, making his debut as Your Courteous New Friend.
The background music for Men Of Science was created on a Fostex X-30, with the tape chatter made by repeatedly fast-forwarding through a royalty-free archive of sound effects; reverb through a Boss RRV10 was added directly during these dubs. The next two tracks were of dialogue recorded straight from an archive of public-domain QuickTime movie files which were also used as visuals in the subsequent assembly of the video itself.
In 2007, director Jon Jost was in Lincoln, Nebraska, to make several movies including one called Swimming in Nebraska. With this electronic essay, he wanted to celebrate the middle of the United States. I'm a chemistry professor and to create this segment, he asked me to give a lecture on a topic that would never end up in a feature film. I chose the States of Matter because I enjoy teaching that subject and I know it's too boring for Hollywood. By this time, Jost knew I like to move my hands and laugh when I talk so he told me to stand in front of the green screen, talk straight ahead, don't smile, don't move, and don't stop until you're done. He spent did a wonderful job of editing the sequence to enhance and illuminate my lecture. If you teach chemistry, you can use this in your classroom.