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"Dance Your PhD" Finalists Announced

samzenpus posted about 5 months ago | from the groove-a-mile-wide dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 16

sciencehabit writes "Science Magazine has posted the 12 finalist videos from its annual Dance Your PhD contest. The contest asks scientists from around the world to send in videos of themselves interpreting their research in dance form. As usual, this year's finalists have gone all out with some wacky, fun, and just plain bizarre videos. You can vote for your favorite, with the winner and reader's choice announced on November 21."

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Monsters vs Aliens (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45364043)

Where it turned out Dr. Cockroacht's Ph.D. was in interpretive dance and allowed him to get past the safegaurds on the alien's computer by dancing on a giant touch pad.

Was it life imitates art or the other way 'round? I'm never sure.

Do you need to obfuscate even more? (0)

vlueboy (1799360) | about 5 months ago | (#45364553)

"The relevance of tick bites to the production of IgE antibodies to
the mammalian oligosaccharide galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose".

Mr. finalist, we give you have 10 seconds to explain the title of your thesis, never mind its contents. Then, empirically prove your dance matches it. AAAAnnnd. GO!!!

Re:Do you need to obfuscate even more? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45369381)

What do you mean? That isn't obfuscation, it's very specific and clear.

Where It So Easy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45364663)

The person behind this charade needs CASH and PUBLICITY and will do ANYTHING to get them irrespective of his "degree".

QED

Not sure which is more understandable... (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 5 months ago | (#45365523)

Not entirely sure, but the dances aren't helping me understand the thesis anymore than the report does...

You can probably get away doing the Macarena and I'd probably believe it's related to your work...

Re:Not sure which is more understandable... (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 5 months ago | (#45369601)

It's clearly meant to be fun and engage people in scientific research, not replace reading actual journal articles. The main benefit might be getting researchers to think about how to present their ideas in different ways. It's an issue with many scientists.

If I asked a friend how his research was going, he would start rattling off gene name acronyms and abbreviations for experiments and I would get totally lost a minute into it.
Interkin3tic: "Hey man, how's the research going?"
Friend:"Well we did a co-ip of MAD when conjugated at the kinetochore of a meiosis haploid culture with GFP tail swap nup52 and then quantified pixel intensity based on subresolution microscopy on the spinning disc and found the number was 410 instead of 320."
Interkin3tic: "Uh... oh. You still work on plants, right?"

That sounds like something like he would say and I would get out of it about as much as you got out of it. And I was familiar with his research: I proofread his papers and discussed it with him regularly. We're not the best communicators, we get way too technical way too quick. Making us communicate without technical terms is a good way to encourage better communication. And without communication, there's little point to science.

That said, I would never want to see him dance anything, let alone plant molecular biology.

Is linking so hard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45367043)

I don't understand why the editors here always have a bunch of links (in this case just one) in their articles, but none of those link to the actual event the submission is talking about.

It's always just another news site or shitty blog. Why the fuck do you make it so hard to get to the actual content? Are you retarded?

Awesome! (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 5 months ago | (#45367671)

This can only be made better by having a special category for people who have been nominated for an igNobel prize.

Can you imagine the hilarity of interpretive dance about a bra [improbable.com] which "in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander."

I mean, come on, that would be pure comedy gold. I can see entire improv events around just that one thing alone, and the entirety of the igNobels would provide endless hours of entertainment and wackiness.

You could make the home edition and everything. Like charades, but with dance, and the oddest damned things you've ever heard of.

Me, I'm looking forward to dancing the one "for demonstrating that kitchen refuse can be reduced more than 90% in mass by using bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas."

Chick post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45374907)

Too bad hardly any women read Slashdot

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