Dancing Researchers of Another Sort

Graduate student winner of the AAAS Science Dance Contest: Sue Lynn Lau, “The role of vitamin D in beta cell function”

Looks like I’m not the only dancing researcher out there. The 2009 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Science Dance Contest called for science researchers to submit videos of interpretive dances on their work, and yesterday, winners were announced in the graduate student, postdoctoral, faculty, and popular choice categories.

Postdoc winner: Miriam Sach, “Cerebral activation patterns induced by inflection of regular and irregular verbs with positron emission tomography. A comparison between single subject and group analysis”

Professor winner: Vince LiCata, “Resolving Pathways of Functional Coupling in Human Hemoglobin Using Quantitative Low Temperature Isoelectric Focusing of Asymmetric Mutant Hybrids”

Popular Choice winner: Markita Landry, “Single Molecule Measurements of Protelomerase TelK-DNA Complexes”

These researchers’ evident choreographic talent will be nurtured as they work with four Chicago-based choreographers, who will create short dances based on the scientists’ papers. The final products will be performed together under the title This is Science at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago in February. Pretty cool!

Check out the contest announcement for many more videos and Science Magazine’s write-up of this contest for more information.


  1. Erin

    Very cool Deb- thanks! I’ll have to check it out!

    Nov 23, 2008 @ 20:25

  2. deborah
    deborah friedes

    Enjoy - I had a good time watching them!

    Nov 24, 2008 @ 12:58



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