*UCLA students set organic chemistry to music, from Beatles to Lady Gaga*
By now, the word is out at UCLA that undergraduates in Neil Garg’s organic chemistry course produce clever, creative music videos as an extra-credit assignment. The bigger secret may be just how much chemistry they learn by doing so, as none of them are chemistry majors and most admit they didn’t like chemistry when the class started.
It’s a little too soon to say which music video will be this year’s sensation. A strong candidate is “We’re Yours” by the Gargonauts — Rachel Stafford-Lewis, Myan Pham, Ali Lanewala and Jordan Halfman — which achieves the desired trifecta of excellent chemistry in a video that sounds and looks great. But unlike last year, when one video, “Chemistry Jock” — which has become the gold standard of the genre, with 38,000 YouTube views and many fans — ran away from the competition, this year’s field is much deeper. (more…)