“Dance Your Ph.D.” has a 2014 winner. Gone are the bloated texts and statistics of dissertations. These doctoral candidates are letting some fancy footwork and more do the talking for their dissertations.
Uma Nagendra got her hands dirty in the forest gathering data for her Ph.D. in plant biology at the University of Georgia, Athens. But, it was skills on a flying trapeze that won the biology category and the overall 2014 title.
Nagendra and five fellow dancers represented seedlings as they twist and turn on the ropes to show “how several different species of tree seedlings in the southern Appalachian Mountains interact with soil organisms – and how tornadoes might mix things up,” according to the video description.
I love it. Great dancing, and explains topics in a quick, fun way.
Nagendra received a $1,000 and a free trip to Stanford University next May, where her video will be screened.
Here’s the other winners in Chemistry, Physics, Social Science and Online Audience Vote. Tell me which one was your favorite in the comments.
Chemistry Winner – Saioa Alvarez. University of Basque Country, Spain. (Explains the chemistry of mayonnaise and other emulsions.)
Physics Winner – Hans Rinderknecht. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (explains how he used light to trigger nuclear fusion.)
Social Science Winner – David Manzano Cosano. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. (highlights the history of technology and colonialism in the Pacific.)
Online Audience Vote – Venanzio Cichella. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.