Dance your PhD

Lisa: Communicating your PhD through the medium of thesis is hard enough. I don’t think I’d be any good at turning it into interpretive dance! But that is exactly what loads of scientists have done for the ‘Dance your PhD’ competition. The rules are simple, you tell the story of your PhD using only the medium of dance. You can have other people help you out in your performance, but the author of the thesis has to be the main dancer.

The results are just awesome! I found a couple of nanotech related ones which I’ve included here. First, there was Anna Bershteyn from MIT who works on lipid-coated nanoparticles for vaccine development. Where else have you seen a dance which represents ‘the formation of a lipid-coated polymer particle by emulsion of an oily solution of lipid and polymer in a bath of water’.

My favourite is Bo Zhao, who has what some might think a challenging thesis title to work with of ‘Properties of Hard, Nanolayered TiB2:CHx Low Friction Coatings’. The description reads: This dance begins with the nanolayer film (the 4 guys) undergoing a “rub a dub dub” friction event. A dislocation (the girl) tries to pass through the film. The layers prove difficult to traverse. Will she succeed? Will the film deform “under pressure?”

Watch them. Browse through the rest. Learn some science, watch scientists have fun and not be afraid to have a go. They’re brilliant!

Originally published on Blog@NanoVic for Nanotechnology Victoria.

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