There are always new ways being dreamed up to get more people involved in science, but none come close to matching the sheer drawing power of interpretive dance. Ok, maybe that’s not quite true, but interpretive dance and science isn’t exactly a match you’d expect… until now.
Gonzolabs offer $1000 for the best PhD thesis which is explained through interpretive dance. Coming top of one of four categories (physics, chemistry, biology, social science) wins you $500 and if you’re picked as the best overall, you get another $500. Hey, if you’ve gone through the hassle of putting a PhD thesis, you might as well explain it through interpretive dance,as io9.com’s favourite Cedric Kai Wen Tan did with his thesis “Sperm competition between brothers & female choice”
<iframe src=”//player.vimeo.com/video/77304026″ width=”890″ height=”501″ frameborder=”0″ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/77304026″>Sperm competition between brothers and female choice</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/cedrictan”>Cedric Kai Wei Tan</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
You can check out all of the videos on the Gonzolabs site and you can vote over at Science magazine’s website. Winners will be announced on 21 November but to me, they are all winners because they have not only opened my eyes to science but also interpretive dance. It almost makes me want to work on a PhD.