28 March 2008

Can scientists dance?

'No one quite knew what to expect as the lights came up on a pair of astrophysicists dressed as binary galaxies. To the tune of an old tango, Ruth Gruetzbauch stalked and twirled around Jesús Varela before surrendering to his supermassive gravity. The rowdy audience of scientists exploded with applause. The world's first Dance Your Ph.D. Contest, with Christoph Campregher at the controls of the sound system, was off to a good start'

Be sure to watch the videos! My favourite so far is Simone Recchi's interpretation of 'Dynamical and chemical evolution of blue compact dwarf galaxies'.

- John Bohannon, 'Can Scientists Dance?', Science, 15 February 2008

[Courtesy of Lauren]

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