Dance your Ph.D.

I just received the following announcement from my alma mater – how cool is this!

“Dance Your PhD” Contest

The journal Science is about to launch the 2010 “Dance Your PhD” contest, and scientists at UW-Madison will take a crack at it. The man behind the contest, Science correspondent John Bohannon, will be there to capture science in dance form in all its glory on film. John is currently a “Science Writer in Resident” on campus this week.

In a nutshell: You have to turn your PhD thesis into a short dance. An international panel of judges will score the dance on both its scientific and artistic merits. Besides the glory of appearing in Science, there are thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Plus, your dance will be screened at the award ceremony (like the Oscars, but with more science) in October 2010 in New York City at the Imagine Science Film Festival.

Where: Biotech Auditorium (rm 1111) on Henry Mall
When: Friday, April 30, 3:30-5:30 pm

Rules:
1. You have to either already have a PhD in a scientific field (loosely defined), or working on one as a PhD student.
2. You have to be part of the dance. It can be a solo or a team effort.
3. You have to have fun.

Info about the contest: http://www.gonzolabs.org/dance

For more info: John Bohannon (john.bohannon@gmail.com) Bohannon, a correspondent for the journal Science and a visiting scholar at Harvard University, makes the case that scientists, now more than ever, must dance. As evidence, he shows last year’s “Dance Your PhD” contest results, a viral YouTube phenomenon in which scientists around the world interpret their PhD theses in dance form.

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One Response to Dance your Ph.D.

  1. Eric says:

    Too bad you won’t be back in time to participate!?! It sounds like fun, I checked some out on the youtube, they ranged from goofy to amazing, overall two thumbs up.
    See ya, E

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