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"Dance Your Ph.D." Winner Announced

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the twinkle-toes dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 31

sciencehabit writes "Science Magazine has crowned the winner of its annual 'Dance Your Ph.D.' contest. Scientists from around the globe are invited to submit videos of themselves interpreting their graduate theses in dance form. The results are often hilarious--and highly entertaining--and this year is no exception. This year's winner is Peter Liddicoat, a materials scientist at the University of Sydney in Australia, whose 'Evolution of nanostructural architecture in 7000 series aluminum alloys during strengthening by age-hardening and severe plastic deformation' is interpreted as a performance that employs juggling, clowning, and a big dance number—representing the crystal lattices that he studies with atomic microscopy."

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Interpretive dance (0, Flamebait)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#41663523)

Interpretive dance is never cool. Not even if you science it up.

Re:Interpretive dance (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41664269)

You are correct. It's not even funny in an ironic way, either. It's just a hackneyed bunch of shit.

No PhD here. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41663579)

"thesises" ??

Re:No PhD here. (3, Informative)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year and a half ago | (#41663637)

In English, you don't have to pull out the fancy Latin grammar if you don't want to. How often do people talk about penises, not penes? Or their Facebook statuses, instead of their Facebook status (preferably with a long mark over the u)?

Re:No PhD here. (5, Insightful)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year and a half ago | (#41663683)

The difference, as with all things in language, is that "theses" is commonly accepted, and "thesises" isn't. We are ostracising the submitter for getting a convention wrong, not violating a rule.

The only reason this was even submitted... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41666551)

...Was because the winner was Australian. And it's the reason why it was accepted. Right, samzenpus?

Re:No PhD here. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41664301)

Although it sure is fun sometimes! I especially like using the 4th dec. nom. plural. in English.

It is interesting that a Latin geek like myself still would say penises. However, on Greek -is words, I do those correctly. Normally, I am far more pedantic about Latin than Greek. Weird. (However, regardless of usage, the plural of stadium is still stadia)

Re:No PhD here. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41665223)

It is interesting that a Latin geek like myself still would say penises. However, on Greek -is words, I do those correctly. Normally, I am far more pedantic about Latin than Greek. Weird.

I don't think it's that weird, dude. Usually when you are describing the concept of "Penis" in the plural, you use words like "Cocks" or "Dicks." I only use the word penis when I'm talking to my physician to ask him "why does my penis hurts when I pee?" and I only have one. How many times would you say "Damn, look at that bitch suck three Penes at once!!" No. The plural of penis is "Cocks."

Re:No PhD here. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41665013)

Let's see... googleing "thesises"... first two results:

Did you mean: theses
Search Results

        Common English Errors in Master's Thesises
        people.dsv.su.se/~jpalme/english-mistakes.html
        Here are some common mistakes in the use of the English language by Student's writing Master's thesises.

        Urban Dictionary: thesises
        www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=thesises
        the act of a person being a homo that sings the robin byrd song and trying to piss a guy off.

The first one is kind of ironic, and appears to have been corrected on the page. But otherwise, yes, I think indeed he meant theses...

White animals can't dance. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41663689)

Dance your PH.D huh? Better than the "dog and pony" show I had to give.

Monsters vs. Aliens (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | about a year and a half ago | (#41663765)

Am I the only person who immediately thought of the scene in Monsters vs. Aliens where Dr. Cockroach revealed that his Ph.D. WA in Dance? (Yes I have a child, that was her favorite movie for a while.)

Re:Monsters vs. Aliens (2)

swanzilla (1458281) | about a year and a half ago | (#41663933)

Am I the only person who immediately thought of the scene in Monsters vs. Aliens where Dr. Cockroach revealed that his Ph.D. WA in Dance?

Yes.

Re:Monsters vs. Aliens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41667703)

I'm glad I'm not alone in the thought.

"thesises" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41663889)

FYI, the plural form for thesis is theses.

horrible (-1, Troll)

epyT-R (613989) | about a year and a half ago | (#41663911)

Some things are so painful that words cannot describe it. I believe the 7th grade euphemism for stuff like this is "That's fuckin' gay"

Re:horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41664693)

It's ambiguously gay. Like Ace and Gary. Not flamboyant at all.

Plurals of Greek "*is" words (2, Informative)

eric31415927 (861917) | about a year and a half ago | (#41664115)

The proper plural of thesis is theses, with a long e sound in the second syllable.
Until reading the blurb for this Slashdot article, I have never seen anyone get this wrong.

Some people mispronounce the plural of basis. It is bases, with a long e sound in the second syllable.

What really bugs me are people who mispronounce "processes." Its singular form does not end in "is." It is not a Greek word at all. The proper pronunciation of the plural is with a short e sound in the last syllable. Too many people try to sound educated by making the long e sound in this word. Currently, it backfires and they sound less educated. As English evolves, maybe this incorrect pronunciation will win out; but it would still bug me.

Let's recurse... (5, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#41664139)

Someone majoring in psychology should make a PhD thesis on PhD candidates performing their theses in dance form, and then, perform his thesis in dance form.

Re:Let's recurse... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41664387)

Thou art über-meta.

Jesus fucking christ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41666089)

Am I glad I got my PhD before this shit went down. And I thought myself lucky to escape the old-school requirement to be technically proficient in reading German technical articles.

Schrodinger Dance (1)

nsh (744890) | about a year and a half ago | (#41678457)

Schrodinger Dance [haun.org] is famous in Japan.
That goes such as:
Psi and Phi, Psi and phi

Re:Schrodinger Dance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41680235)

The animation will be started by clicking following 3 buttons. From left side, "Beginner", "Intermediate" and "Expert". The last one is for closing the animation window.

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