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Who doesn’t love a science lesson communicated through song? (That’s rhetorical; there’s no need to leave a comment below.)

Mr. W., aka Glenn Wolkenfeld, has been educating and enthralling high school students and ended up with a teaching excellence prize. Here he is rapping his thank you speech at the Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony in 2014.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that he is just one in a small breed of educators who likes to sing/rap their lessons. I’m also a fan of the Stem Cell Rapper.

Below is why Mr. W. wants a clone of himself. Interestingly, his song mentions Sir John Gurdon and Sir Ian Wilmut as pioneers in cell biology, but it doesn’t acknowledge Shinya Yamanaka. Mr. W. promises that he’s working on a regenerative medicine (RM) lesson and if you keep watching to the end, you’ll hear him rap, briefly, about creating new livers in his nod to RM, but still no mention of Dr. Yamanaka. The second video is about the three transformative researchers.

Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you to submit your own blog to info(at) 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.