October 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
Science and AAAS sponsored “Dance Your Ph.D.” for the 5th year, to encourage researchers to explain their research to non-scientists through a different creative medium: interpretative dance. Techniques included ballet, break dancing, and flaming hula hoops, and finalists were chosen by a panel of former contest winners. Scientists, educators, and members of Pilobolus chose the winner. He was Peter Liddicoat of University of Sydney, whose dance routine portrayed the evolution of nanostructural architecture in 7000 series aluminum alloys. The dance may viewed at http://scim.ag/DancePhD2012.
Wow! Who thought architectural evolution could be so visually arresting and informative? The same is true for the other finalist entries in the link: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/10/dance-your-phd-finalists-announc.html
As we try to encourage STEM, and broader scientific education for our schools and our students, the off-beat creativity of these researchers should help stimulate both students and educators to view mathematical and physical relationships more concretely, and, one would hope, more interestingly. A visceral connection to stimulate the noggin and elements of desire.