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Dance Your Ph.D. Finalists Announced; Pick Your Favorite
9 October 2012 3:07 pm
How would you explain your Ph.D. research to someone with no scientific background? Let’s say for example, your thesis is: "Odd-Z Transactinide Compound Nucleus Reactions Including the Discovery of 260Bh." Where would you even begin?
How about doing a hula hoop dance while being pelted with glowing balls? That was the solution discovered by Sarah Wilk, the author of the above chemistry Ph.D. thesis at the University of California, Berkeley. Her entry is one of the 12 finalists in the 2012 Dance Your Ph.D. contest. The other dances include techniques such as break dancing and burlesque.
This is the 5th year of the contest, sponsored by Science and AAAS (Science’s publisher). The aim is to challenge scientists to explain their research through dance, the most jargon-free medium available.
The scientists who submitted the 36 dances in this year’s contest hail from across the globe, from North America to Australia. The contest’s previous winners scored the dances' scientific and artistic creativity, determining the three best Ph.D. dances in each of the four broad categories: physics, chemistry, biology, and social sciences. Those 12 finalists will be scored this week by an independent panel of judges, including senior scientists, educators, and professional dancers.
The winners and the reader favorite—picked by you—will be announced on Monday, 15 October. But in the meantime, we would like to know what you think! Watch the videos below and vote for your favorite. Vote as often as you like, but only your latest pick will be counted.
Computational approaches in high-throughput proteomics data analysis
Evolution of nanostructural architecture in 7000 series aluminium alloys during strengthening by age-hardening and severe plastic deformation
Multiactivity wear testing of total knee replacements
Governance of natural resources and development of local economies in rural areas: the Social Network Analysis and other instruments for good governance indicators
Seed dispersal and regeneration in a Tanzanian rain forest
Odd-Z transactinide compound nucleus reactions including the discovery of bohrium-260
Deuterium retention in tungsten
Using convolution kernels for machine learning
Spastic cocontraction in spastic paresis: biomechanical and physiological characterization
Side reactions in lithium-ion batteries
Cutting sequences on veech surfaces
The influence of emotions onto dynamic managerial capabilities