You may remember last year’s stirring rendition of “I’m Dreaming of a White Poster.” It was fantastically popular and, we heard, strongly considered for a “moonman” award. (Taylor Swift, look out!)

We know that the number of submissions to Duke Research Computing Symposium poster session spiked as a result of Mark DeLong’s mellow and emotional crooning.

So this year, we draw inspiration from another lyrical masterpiece from the same immortal 1954 motion picture classic, specifically: “The Haynes Sisters’ ” exhilarating “Sisters, Sisters.” This is the 2017 Symposium Poster Sing-Along (words below).

The tune, we figured, will rouse poster-makers from their couches and get them going on their True Calling, Really Science-y Endeavors.

Remember, submit your intent to submit email by 11:59:59 pm on January 15, 2017! Submissions close at midnight! Detailed information is here. And there are TWO opportunities — consider the Scholars@Duke Data Visualization Challenge, too!


Also available on Youtube –!

Posters, Posters (apologies to Irving Berlin)

Posters, posters,
There were never such tremendous posters.
Never, ever had to squint or strain to see

research and its poss-i-bil-i-ty!

Data, data
just as food for minds upon a platter.
When new data arrives at our doors

I do curation, and I provide cores.

All kinds of weather, we stick together
The same in the rain and sun.
Two different faces, but in tight places

We think and we act as one.

Those with … posters
Know that the deadline soon approaches:

Ending Jan-u-ary fifteenth, and no hour more.

Oh! Help our science win some new comp-u-ting appliance
And Lord help our poster get done just before it is due!

The inspiration for the video came from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and specifically this scene:

The whole movie, by the way, is on Netflix.

This is our small way of Making Posters Great Again.