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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: 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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