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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday February 15 2020, @02:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the open-to-interpretation dept.

Watch the winner of this year's 'Dance Your Ph.D.' contest:

[...] Dance Your Ph.D., hosted by Science and AAAS.[...] The contest challenges scientists around the world to explain their research through the most jargon-free medium available: interpretive dance. "Antonia Groneberg's choreography, inspired by zebrafish larvae, merged dance and science for an aesthetically stunning and intellectually profound masterwork of art," says Alexa Meade, one of the contest judges and an artist who uses mathematics and illusion in her work.

[...] Largely shot over one hot weekend at Champalimaud Research, the video incorporates colleagues, some of her dance students, children of the adult participants, and others on the Lisbon campus. (Groneberg says she went around asking, "Do you have toddlers I can borrow?")

[...] The judges—a panel of world-renowned artists and scientists—chose Groneberg's dance from 30 submissions based on both artistic and scientific merits. She takes home $1000 and a distinction shared by 11 past overall winners. "This year's Dance Your Ph.D. featured some of the best combinations of science and interpretive dance I have seen! The competition made complicated subject-matters accessible while maintaining the integrity of the material," Meade says.

This year's contest covered four broad categories: biology, chemistry, physics, and social science.

The winners were:

Which one did you like best?


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  • (Score: 2) by Mojibake Tengu on Saturday February 15 2020, @03:02PM (1 child)

    by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Saturday February 15 2020, @03:02PM (#958517) Journal

    It's even more distracting than cats pictures in Category Theory.

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    • (Score: 1) by Grumpy al Amriki on Saturday February 15 2020, @04:53PM

      by Grumpy al Amriki (9490) on Saturday February 15 2020, @04:53PM (#958540)

      This is in tune with the zeitgeist, i.e. blurring the line between science and fashionable ideology.

  • (Score: 1, Troll) by barbara hudson on Saturday February 15 2020, @04:26PM (6 children)

    by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Saturday February 15 2020, @04:26PM (#958532) Journal

    Antonia Groneberg's choreography, inspired by zebrafish larvae,

    Zebrafish are not insects. So much for science.

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    • (Score: 4, Informative) by Mojibake Tengu on Saturday February 15 2020, @05:09PM (5 children)

      by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Saturday February 15 2020, @05:09PM (#958546) Journal
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      • (Score: 1, Redundant) by barbara hudson on Saturday February 15 2020, @05:33PM (4 children)

        by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Saturday February 15 2020, @05:33PM (#958552) Journal
        The immature offspring of fish are called "fry", not "larvae." Anyone who actually raised tropical fish as a hobby would know that. Not my fault if someone was stupid enough to write an article without any actual firsthand knowledge of the subject. Same as some people still claim that spinach is high in iron so it's good for you when in fact it's very much deficient because of compounds that remove iron from the body. You're far better off sticking a nail in an apple overnight, or using a cast iron frying pan.

        Kids instinctively dislike spinach, and it turns out that they were right.

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        • (Score: 2) by Mojibake Tengu on Saturday February 15 2020, @05:51PM

          by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Saturday February 15 2020, @05:51PM (#958558) Journal

          In our family, we always cook spinach with a fat milk or creme. It is much better smooth and tasty too than regular spinach. My grandfather was a food chemist, an expert in analytical chemistry. He provided to us hundreds of such simple treatments for common food.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:28PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:28PM (#958592)
          • (Score: 2, Redundant) by barbara hudson on Saturday February 15 2020, @11:25PM

            by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Saturday February 15 2020, @11:25PM (#958624) Journal
            Just because at some stage in development it looks like an insect larva doesn't mean that you should call it a larva. Even human embryos start off looking like bug-eyed monstrosities.

            Animals with 6 legs are insects. I knew a chihuahua that gave birth to a stillborn 6-legged pup. Not an insect.

            Birds are warm blooded, have wings and can fly. Bats are warm blooded, have wings, and can fly. They're mammals, not birds.

            It has what looks like a duck bill, lays eggs, and is warm blooded. Mammals give birth to live young, but the duckbill platypus is a mammal, not a bird.

            Just because something at one point in development reminds you of another type of animal doesn't mean you should use terms that are specific to the other type of animal - in this case larvae. Guppies drop live young - nobody would call them larvae. Same as people misuse the term baby when referring to a fetus. Or referring to someone who is on a respirator and is brain dead as a person. The person is long gone. Pulling the plug isn't murder.

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        • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16 2020, @03:03AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16 2020, @03:03AM (#958669)

          Mad tranny is LOUD again. Get the bug spray.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @04:44PM (11 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @04:44PM (#958537)

    At your nearest In-Spot East.

    • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Saturday February 15 2020, @05:35PM (10 children)

      by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Saturday February 15 2020, @05:35PM (#958554) Journal
      Considering the low economic worth of some PhDs, pole dancing is a better option. Or leaving if off your resumé entirely.
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      • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @05:54PM (9 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @05:54PM (#958560)

        You are aware that Doctors have the lowest unemployment rates and highest income level of any members of any society? Enough of your mercenary mercantile American anti-intellectualism!

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @06:04PM (4 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @06:04PM (#958563)

          Don't mind Barbara. She's elevated talking out of her ass to a high art.

          It's actually pretty awe-inspiring. We should all be very proud of her.

          You go, girl!

          • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Saturday February 15 2020, @07:58PM (2 children)

            by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Saturday February 15 2020, @07:58PM (#958589) Journal

            You have two applicants for a job. The job doesn't require a PhD (like the vast majority of jobs outside academia). One applicant has no job experience, but two post-doc degrees (they pursued a second when the first didn't get them a job). The second applicant has a lesser degree and 6 years job experience.

            Which would you hire?

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            • (Score: 2) by NateMich on Saturday February 15 2020, @10:46PM (1 child)

              by NateMich (6662) on Saturday February 15 2020, @10:46PM (#958615)

              One applicant has no job experience, but two post-doc degrees (they pursued a second when the first didn't get them a job). The second applicant has a lesser degree and 6 years job experience.

              The second applicant for two reasons.

              1. They have sufficient education and proven experience.

              2. They likely wouldn't demand as high of an income as the one with multiple degrees.

              • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Saturday February 15 2020, @11:43PM

                by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Saturday February 15 2020, @11:43PM (#958630) Journal
                Actually, postdocs are cheap. They have spent their entire adult life scrounging trying to make ends meet and know that they are grossly uncompetitive in the real world. Hiring them is a bit of a crapshoot. Can they work in a non-academic environment? Do they have the right mindset? Are they going to fritter away time trying to get the best most optimal solution for a minor part of the problem and screw over everyone's timelines?

                If you're not running a research lab , even free is too expensive. Look at RMS. You won't want him working on a commercial project, even where you plan to release the source. His personality mitigates against success.

                He'd spend so much time talking about a closed source printer driver that any decent programmer could work around given the motivation, then try to get everyone to switch to emacs and lisp. Then someone will get the cattle prods and shovels, someone else will bring a roll of carpet, and a third will have a few bags of quicklime in their trunk, and keZERK!

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16 2020, @08:12AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16 2020, @08:12AM (#958733)

            Who knows, he she no gender specified? It is the internet after all ...

            I tried one time to exchange ideas, and now I just filter that ID out ...

        • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Saturday February 15 2020, @07:11PM

          by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Saturday February 15 2020, @07:11PM (#958582) Journal
          A PhD is not the same as a medical doctor. A PhD in comparative religion is pretty useless outside of academics - in other words making money off others who hope to get a job teaching others the same useless degree subjects. And then we have all the PhD in theology granted by non-accredited institutions - some by email courses with no real study, coursework, etc.
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        • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:01PM (2 children)

          by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:01PM (#958590) Journal
          A PhD is not necessarily a medical doctor. A PhD in theology from an unaccredited mail order diploma mill even less so.
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          • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:34PM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:34PM (#958594)

            Did you get your PhD from Trump University?

  • (Score: 2) by Bot on Monday February 17 2020, @04:09PM

    by Bot (3902) on Monday February 17 2020, @04:09PM (#959191) Journal

    All MD in choreography do that.

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