Chris Mooney dropped me a line about the Rock Stars of Science campaign. He says:
Rock Stars of Science™ is another Geoffrey Beene initiative, designed to raise the visibility of our leading researchers by pairing them with musicians–and showing that scientists rock and are themselves celebrities and superstars.
I think this is excellent – when I go into the public schools to do outreach, students are amazed that I am a scientist, because they seriously do envision those stereotypes from The Big Bang Theory. And I am a nerdy white lady. I can only imagine how much their minds would be blown if I were Latin@ like the majority of the students, or actually cool.
So yes! Rock stars + science! But when I flipped through the scientists nominated, I didn’t see any ocean scientists. Ocean scientists are natural rock stars – piloting submarines, mapping underwater volcanoes, saving fisheries, and even seeking cures for cancer. (*ahem*)
The campaign is also looking for scientists who are also musicians, like our own Kevin Zelnio. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include: your name, e-mail address, short bio including research specialty & additional weblinks.