From Gonzolabs . . .

by wjw on December 5, 2008

The winners have been announced in the recent competition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science— the “Dance Your Ph.D.” Competition, in which doctoral dissertations are illuminated by dance routines.

There’s stiff competition here, but I have to say that my favorite was one of the runners-up, “Individual Differences in Exploratory Behavior of Prairie Voles, Microtus ochrogaster.”

Though “The role of vitamin D in beta cell function” came in close second.

For some reason the Gonzolabs page doesn’t provide audio, so for the complete experience click on the link “for an explanation of this dance,” which will not only give you the artist’s intent, but will direct you to the YouTube page where you’ll be able to hear the audio.

(from Eileen)

Oz December 6, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Judging by its “time suck” quality, this competition is a hit. I have to agree with you about the prairie voles, that was one of the best. The popular choice pretty much left me cold, the hemoglobin one was pretty good.

But here’s the scary part. There’s one on precip in warm clouds down at the bottom from UC Santa Clara, I think it was. It doesn’t have the placards explaining the research and it’s filmed in a racketball court.

Jason actually understood the dance. And could explain it to me in great detail. I watched and didn’t see half of what he was seeing in it. But then, that’s why he has the PhD and I don’t.


graphicmark December 12, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Jules Pfieffer has been made proud by “Cerebral activation patterns induced by inflection of regular and irregular verbs with positron emission tomography. A comparison between single subject and group analysis”. Danced by Miriam in black tights.

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