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Gonzo Labs, the AAAS, and Science have announced the winners of their 2009 Dance Contest, “Dance Your PhD.”

The rules were simple:

The contest is open to anyone who has (or is pursuing) a Ph.D. in any scientific field, such as physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, anthropology, or in science-related fields such as mathematics, engineering, linguistics, bioethics, the history of science, etc. regardless of whether you’ve remained in academia.

1. Make a video of your own Ph.D. dance.

2. Post the video on YouTube. In the video’s information box, include your Ph.D. title and any relevant information (scientific or artistic) that you’d like to share.

3. Not later than 23:00 EST 16 November 2008, email your name; current affiliation and status; the title of your Ph.D., university where it is earned, and completion date; and the Internet link to your Ph.D. dance video to: gonzo@aaas.org

The entries– 36 of them– are fascinating… and often amusing.  Consider, for example, “The role of vitamin D in beta-cell function,” the winner in the Graduate Student category:

See all of the winners, along with the rest of the entries, here.  C.P. Snow would surely be pleased and proud.

As we tiptoe toward the light fantastic, we might recall that it was on this date in 1926 that Agatha Christie, near the peak of her fame as a mystery author, disappeared from her Berkshire home.  For eleven days, she was missing; until, on December 14, she was found at Harrogate Hydro Hotel in Yorkshire.  While many (including the writer of the film Agatha) have speculated as to what became of her, the episode remains a mystery.

Agatha Christie

Written by LW

December 3, 2008 at 1:01 am

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