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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 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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