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A Story of the Naturally Obsessed

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A Story of the Naturally Obsessed

Some time back, Suzanne wrote a really funny article full of ideas for reality TV shows for scientists, and one idea a reality show showing everday life in the lab. About a few days back one a friend of mine twittered me a link to a documentary film shot by Richard & Carole Rifkind.

Richard Rifkind is chairman Emeritus at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and Carole Rifkind an author and educator, together their documentary entitled Naturally Obsessed: The making of a Scientist is a peek into the lifestyle of people who toil away because of their interest to know things and just for the sheer joy of understanding. Maybe I should just quote the filmmakers words here

As filmmakers we wanted reveal the doing of science as one of the most fascinating human endeavors. Beyond telling an entertaining story, we hope to reach people who would be happy to know more about how science is done and students who are thinking about a career in science, and to help them understand the human side of laboratory research – the frustration and the struggle, the passion and the pleasure.

I am sure that most of our readers would be able to identify themselves with each and every instance of the documentary like I did and enjoy the show! Its about an hour long so find some time free time after lab hours when you can really relax and enjoy this excellent film.

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  1. Pranay Dogra on June 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Wonderful Video!! Gets me really excited to start my graduate studies this fall.. Success and Failure are all a part of the fun scientists have.. The best part is when you graduate you have the whole world welcoming you..

    Great effort for the video.. Must watch..

  2. Edgardo Rivera Delgado on May 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Nice documentary. Motivates me even more to keep on doing science. It was really entertaining to know that the same things you say in your lab other people say it in other labs. “This is the clone that will get us out of here” , Priceless. Thanks, for posting!

  3. Suzanne Kennedy on May 16, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Hi Bala,
    Thanks for writing about this. The video was excellent. Dr. Shapiro seems like a great boss. Everyone who watches this who is in or has been through grad school will enjoy it and relate to it.

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