Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dancing science

Here's a topic that I meant to put out here a while ago (probably a year, actually, wow). Last year there was a fun look at the "Dance vs Power Point" at TEDxBrussells. And the reason I know it's been a year is that it's time again for the Dance Your PhD project. Last year's winners: Science announces the 2011 Dance your PhD winners and just recently announced, the winners for 2012. I know some PhD students but haven't convinced any of them to work with me on making a video of their thesis. Of course, there's already a lot of work involved in doing a PhD, so this just seems like more to do on top of climbing a Sysiphis-ian mountain. But I love that people are doing it. That dance can speak to these guys who have probably spent zero time ever dancing in a formal sense, and that it actually summarizes what they're researching for us "other folks" better than a written abstract makes me smile. Yay dance!

1 comment:

  1. And I just had to add a comment about the final paragraph in the article announcing the winners. They say of the viewers' choice winner, "surprisingly it wasn’t one of the winners chosen by the judges." I think that's because more dancers watched the video online and chose it for the quality of dance/choreography versus the scientists who were choosing on the basis of clarity of scientific explanation. So it just depends on how you look at it (or what you're looking for.)

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