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Ho, Ho, Ho, Happy Holidays from the Digital Science Community!

To celebrate the end of 2019, the International Year of the Periodic Table, we’re pleased to share with you an updated version of Tom Lehrer’s famous Elements Song, now including all 118 known elements. Each element is represented by a member of our wonderful community..

How many familiar faces can you spot? Can you keep up with the speed of the song? Get in touch on social media using #DSElementsSong and let us know!


With thanks to Tom Lehrer for his kind permission to use his song and for his blessing to add a new verse to his classic, and to the featured elements of our community who are, in order of appearance:

Antimony (Sb) – Doreen Onyinye Anene, PhD student and Founder of The STEM Belle

Arsenic (As) – Andrew Smyth, Research Engineer, Rolls-Royce and cake-based communicator

Aluminium (Al) – The Altmetric Team

Selenium (Se) – Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, Manchester Metropolitan University

Hydrogen (H) – Prof Peter Atkins, Professor of Chemistry, Lincoln College, University of Oxford

Oxygen (O) – The Overleaf Team

Nitrogen (N) – Prof Nicola Clayton and Einstein Elster, Professor of Comparative Cognition, University of Cambridge and Scientist in Residence at the Rambert dance company

Rhenium (Re) – The ReadCube Team

Nickel (Ni) – Dr Nira Chamberlain, Mathematician and President Elect of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

Neodymium (Nd) – Andy Brunning, Chemistry educator and Founder of Compound Interest

Neptunium (Np) – Dr Joby Hollis, NASA postdoctoral fellow and visiting researcher at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Germanium (Ge) – Dr Tyler Whitehouse, Founder of Gigantum

Iron (Fe) – Prof Jean Fan, Biomedical Engineer at Harvard University, winner of the Nature Inspiring Science Award 2019 and founder of CuSTEMized

Americium (Am) – The BMJ

Ruthenium (Ru) – Prof Rhiannon Turner, Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast

Uranium (U) – Alexander Kujath, Senior Product Manager, Über Research

Europium (Eu) – Euan Adie, CEO at Overton.io and founder of Altmetric

Zirconium (Zr) – Dr Maryam Zaringhalam, Leadership Member at 500 Women Scientists and Senior Producer at The Story Collider

Lutetium (Lu) – Prof Lucy Carpenter, Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of York

Vanadium (V) – Lakris Lunn, Chief Bunny at Uber Research

Lanthanum  (La) – Dr Zoe Laughlin, Co-founder and Director of the Institute of Making

Osmium (Os) – Joe Karaganis, Founder of Catalyst Grant winners The Open Syllabus Project and Vice President of The American Assembly at Columbia University

Astatine (At) – Kathy Christian and Dudley, CPO at Digital Science and CEO at Altmetric, and Director of Happiness at Digital Science

Radium (Ra) – The Ripeta Team

Gold (Au) – Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost of UCL Library Services), Chief Executive of UCL Press and Chair of LIBER’s Citizen Science Working Group

Protactinium (Pa) – The Papers Team

Indium (In) – The Alexanders, In-House Rocket Scientists at Digital Science

Gallium (Ga) – Amanda Mehalko and Gandalf, Automation Specialist and Head of Security at Digital Science Central Marketing

Iodine (I) – The IFI Claims Team

Thorium (Th) – Prof James Kakalios, Professor of Physics at the University of Minnesota and author of popular superhero science books

Thulium (Tm) – Tom Whipple, Science Editor at The Times

Thallium (Tl) – Theodore Gray, Co-founder of Wolfram Research, science author, and co-founder of Touch Press

Yttrium (Y) – Dr Matthew Partridge, Miss Jessica Partridge and Mr Nathan Partridge, Errant Science

Ytterbium (Yb) – Dr Yolanda Ohene, Researcher at UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging and co-founder of Minorities in STEM

Actinium (Ac) – Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement at National Information Standards Organization

Rubidium (Rb) – Robin Ince, Comedian, actor, writer, presenter of The Infinite Monkey Cage and co-founder of The Cosmic Shambles Network

Boron (B) – Prof James Batteas, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University

Gadolinium (Gd) – Dr Brian Kirkegaard Lunn, Senior Metadata Manager at GRID

Niobium (Nb) – Nicola Osborne, Programme Manager of Creative Informatics at the University of Edinburgh

Iridium (Ir) – Imran Khan, Head of Public Engagement at the Wellcome Trust

Strontium (Sr) – Dr Bob Schijvenaars and Pip, Vice President Technology at Head Beagle at Digital Science

Silicon (Si) – Prof Sara Rankin, Laya and Zec, Professor of Leukocyte and Stem Cell Biology at Imperial College London

Silver (Ag) – The Digital Science Central Marketing Team

Samarium (Sm) – The Symplectic Team

Bismuth (Bi) – Prof Sue Black, EmJay Nicholas, Hannah Bellamy, Professor of Computer Science at Durham University

Bromine (Br) – Bellatrix and Faraday McByrndu, Heads of Pawtfolios at Digital Science

Lithium (Li) – The Faraday Institution

Beryllium (Be) – Prof Ben Garrod, Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia

Barium (Ba) – Heidi Becker, Senior Product Specialist and Engagement Manager at Dimensions

Holmium (Ho) -Chris Blumzon and Chewbacca, Product Director and Co-Pilot at Figshare

Helium (He) – Dr James Grime, Mathematician, lecturer, public speaker and brains behind Numberphile and SingingBanana

Hafnium (Hf) – Prof Roger Highfield, Science Director at the Science Museum Group

Erbium (Er) – Dr Erinma Ochu, Lecturer in Science Communication and Future Media

Phosphorus (P) – Dr Praveen Paul, Co-founder and Director of Pint of Science

Francium (Fr) – Dr Daniel Hook, CEO at Digital Science, co-founder of Symplectic and Theoretical Physicist at Imperial College London and Washington University in St Louis

Fluorine (F) – The Figshare Team

Terbium (Tb) – Prof Tim O’Brien, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester

Manganese (Mn) – Amarjit, Kareena and Milan Myers and Mia, Head of Strategic Events at Digital Science

Mercury (Hg) – Hugh Aldersley-Williams, Author and Journalist

Molybdenum (Mo) – Dr Dr Matt Taylor, Astrophysicist, ESA Rosetta and Comet Interceptor Project Scientist, Double Doctor

Magnesium (Mg) – Stephen McGann, Actor, author and science communicator

Dysprosium (Dy) – Mike Taylor, Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science

Scandium (Sc) – Dr David Shiffman, Interdisciplinary Marine Conservation Biologist

Cerium (Ce) – Lauren Martin and Marley, Marketing Director and Head of Fluffy Hugs at Symplectic

Caesium (Cs) – The Digital Science Consultancy Team

Lead (Pb) – Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at Times Higher Education

Praseodymium (Pr) – Dr Alfredo Carpineti, Scientist, journalist at IFL Science, and founder and chair of Pride in STEM

Platinum (Pt) – Pallab Ghosh, BBC News Science Correspondent

Plutonium (Pu) – Steve Scott, Natalie Palkovich and Fiddle, Director of Portfolio Development at Digital Science

Palladium (Pd) – The Paper Digest Team, Digital Science Catalyst Grant winners

Promethium (Pm) – Philippa Demonte, PhD student in Psychoacoustics and Audio Engineering at the University of Salford

Potassium (K) – Dr Suze Kundu and Karl Byrne, Head of Public Engagement at Digital Science, and Public Engagement Manager at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Polonium (Po) – Maggie Proudley, Pawduct Manager at Altmetric

Tantalum (Ta) – Simon Detheridge and Gandalf, Software Developer and Chief Box Checker at Overleaf

Technetium (Tc) – Dr Chris Tyler, Director of Research and Policy in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at UCL

Titanium (Ti) – Pedro Konkiel, Director of Grresearch Grrelations at Altmetric

Tellurium (Te) – The DS Central Team

Cadmium (Cd) – Thomas Buchan, Senior Consultant in Furresearch Meiownagement at Digital Science

Calcium (Ca) – Dr Pete Etchells, Reader in Psychology and Science Communication at Bath Spa University and Science Writer

Chromium (Cr) – Ian and Doug Calvert, Head of Data Science at Digital Science

Curium (Cm) – Dr Marshall Brennan, Publishing Manager at ChemRxiv

Sulfur (S) –  Ryan Looney and LandShark, Customer Services Director and Treat Manager at Overleaf

Californium (Cf) – Dr Brenna Hassett, Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology at UCL and co-founder of TrowelBlazers

Fermium (Fm) – Alex Jackson and Finley, Head of Press and Chief Toy Finder at Digital Science

Berkelium (Bk) – Prof Becky Parker, Physicist and Physics Teacher

Mendelevium (Md) – Mariette DiChristina and Selina Gerosa, Dean and Professor of the Practice in Journalism at the College of Communication at Boston University, and Web Designer

Einsteinium (Es) – Rick Edwards, Science Writer, Science Enthusiast, and Host of the Science(ish) podcast

Nobelium (No) – Simon Porter, Director of Innovation at Digital Science

Argon (Ar) – Anne-Marie Imafidon & Yasmin Lodhi, The Stemettes

Krypton (Kr) – Dr Kieron Flanagan, Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Policy at the University of Manchester

Neon (Ne) – Siena Castellon, Founder of Quantum Leap Mentoring and Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Radon (Rn) – Roberta Cucuzza and Pollo, Senior Product Manager and Strategic Cuddle Monster at Overleaf

Xenon (Xe) – Tim Alby, Software Engineer at Overleaf and Digital Nomad

Zinc (Zn) – Dr Annalisa Alexander, Sebbie Alexander, Dougal the guinea pig, and Onyx the bunny, Head of Outreach and Widening Participation at Imperial College London

Rhodium (Rh) – Prof James Wilsdon, Director of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI) and Digital Science Professor of Research Policy at the University of Sheffield

Chlorine (Cl) – Prof Clifford V. Johnson, Professor or Physics at the University of Southern California, Science Consultant for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Graphic Artist and Science Writer

Carbon (C) – The Dimensions Team

Cobalt (Co) – Tom Letcher, VP of Business Development at Symplectic

Copper (Cu) – Cathy Holland and Family, Director of Global Publisher Business Development at Digital Science

Tungsten (W) – Alan Hyndman, Fergus and Garfunkel, Director of Marketing and Chief Cheerleaders at Figshare

Tin (Sn) – Maisie Giddings, Head of Tummy Rubs at Digital Science Central Marketing

Sodium (Na) – The Nature Careers Team

Bohrium (Bh) – Dr Philip Ball, Science Writer

Lawrencium (Lr) – Lewis Hou (featuring attendees of the World Extreme Medicine Conference), Founder and Director of Science Ceilidh

Seaborgium (Sg) – Alex Hodgson and Snuggles, Director of Marketing and Director of Treats at ReadCube

Meitnerium (Mt) – Prof Matt Hartings, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the American University

Tennessine (Ts) – Dr Emmy Tsang, Innovation Community Manager at eLife

Darmstadtium (Ds) – The Digital Science London Team

Roentgenium (Rg) – The Research Organizations Registry (ROR) Outreach Team, California Digital Library, Digital Science, CrossRef and DataCite

Hassium (Hs) – Julian Oei, CEO at Holtzbrinck Digital

Oganesson (Og) – Georgia Taylor, Head of Meiowtrics at Digital Science

Nihonium (Nh) – Leo Miyairi, Chief Paper Digester at Paper Digest

Flerovium (Fl) – Flora Graham, Senior Editor at Nature Briefing

Moscovium (Mc) – John Lloyd and Bridget Christie, Founder of BBC’s QI and host of BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity, and Comedian and Curator for The Museum of Curiosity

Rutherfordium (Rf) – Dr Lewis Dean, Head of Research Funding at Research England, UKRI

Copernicium (Cn) – Dr Stuart, Dr Vikki and Thea Cantrill, Chief Editor of Nature Chemistry, and Research Coordinator at the University of Cambridge

Livermorium (Lv) – Suw Charman-Anderson and Copurrnicus, Founder and Chief Furball Officer of Ada Lovelace Day

Dubnium (Db) – Dr Dean Burnett, Science Writer and Neuroscientist at Cardiff University and Birmingham City University

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