Dance Your PhD

(Selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using SELEX from Maureen McKeague on Vimeo.)

Let's dance!
The dreaded question. “So, what’s your Ph.D. research about?” You take a deep breath and launch into the explanation. People’s eyes begin to glaze over…

At times like these, don’t you wish you could just turn to the nearest computer and show people an online video of your Ph.D. thesis interpreted in dance form?

Now you can. And while you’re at it, you can win $1000, achieve immortal geek fame on the Internet, and be recognized by Science for your effort.

And this year, we have a new sponsor: TEDxBrussels. The creator of the best Ph.D. dance gets a free trip and hotel stay in Brussels to be crowned the winner at the TEDx conference on 22 November 2011.
The winning entry from 2010 is above. This year there are prizes for the best entries in physics, chemistry, biology, and social science. Where's informatics? (Or computer science, if you want to use the old name.) I'm dying to dance, but no contest to enter ...

I left a comment on the Gonzo Labs web site:

"I want to dance my thesis, but it isn’t in physics, chemistry, biology, or social science, it was in informatics. (When I wrote the thesis, many years ago, the subject was called computer science). Do I stand a chance?"

John Bohannon of Gonzo Labs replied:

"Don’t worry, you totally stand a chance. We’ll probably put your dance into the physics category, unless it’s bioinformatics.

"Get dancing!"

So I should enter. Any dance enthusiasts in Edinburgh who care to help? Or volunteers for the chorus? Together, we can do it! Deadline is 10 October.
Are you going to do the Dougie?
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