Dance your PhD Contest

Dance your PhD contest is an idea of the Gonzo Scientist, the alter ego of John Bohannon. John Bohannon is a biologist, science journalist and dancer, based at Harvard University. He is the owner of the Gonzolabs and the protagonist of a regular column in Science magazine. He writes also for Discover Magazine and Wired Magazine.

The GonzoLabs are a virtual research institution where scientists play with art and artists play with science. The dance experiment began back in October 2008 with a challenge to scientists to interpret their Ph.D. theses in dance form, capture the dances on video, and upload them onto YouTube. Six weeks later, a panel of expert judges chose four winners, coming from Australia, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Each scientist was paired with a choreographer who studied in depth a peer-reviewed research article of the scientist. A few months later a four-part dance called THIS IS SCIENCE was performed in front of an audience in Chicago, Illinois, during the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) annual meeting.

Here are the results :

Scientist Choreographer Dance Video
Sue Lynn Lau Jenn Liang Chaboud science_dance1
Miriam Britt Sach Christopher M. McCray science_dance2
Vince J. LiCata Helena Reynolds science_dance3
Markita Landry Chloe Jensen science_dance4

The dance contest was repeated in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

John Bohannon is also one of the creators of the Science Hall of Fame (see former post).