Right Turn: ‘Bad Project’ is good time waster that amuses millions

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/12/17

It’s been quite a while since Signals has featured a parody video (here’s another one). But with students busy preparing year-end assignments, cramming for exams or finishing their theses, the time just feels right. (And even those of us in the workforce appreciate the occasional distraction.)

The Zheng Lab at Baylor College of Medicine focuses on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in mouse models. Their work “complements the study of mouse genetics with molecular, neuroanatomical, electrophysiological and behavioral approaches.” But there is nothing timid about the Lady Gaga parody video they produced, which apparently they completed in only a few days of filming and editing. Perhaps Hui Zheng was away and the cats decided to play…?

If the lyrics “I want good data/a paper in Cell/But I got a project straight from hell” resonate with you, then go ahead and take a five-minute break. Or if “I want a job and I wanna be free/I want a job but I ain’t got no degree” is where you’re heading, what have you got to lose? Taking time off will make you more productive and laughter is good for you.

Better yet, create your own science parody video. You could end up featured in Asian Scientist, HuffPost, or win the “Grammy” in BioTechniques’ not-the-Grammys competition. Or send it to me for a guaranteed blog post!


Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you to submit your own blog to info(at)ccrm.ca. We encourage you to be creative and use the right (!) side of your brain. We dare you to make us laugh! Right Turn features cartoons, photos, videos and other content to amuse, educate and encourage discussion.

As always, we welcome your feedback in the comment section.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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