Dancing With the Nerds

Scientists hit the dance floor for a shot at fame and glory

At this year's AAAS meetings, scientists will be given the opportunity to express their research through interpretive dance. The idea is to "shatter a few stereotypes about stuffy, lab-bound researchers." If past years' scientist/media parties have taught me anything, it's that these scientists are as uninhibited as they are uncoordinated on the dance floor. If ever there was a reason for us to take a video camera to AAAS, this would be it.

After the jump, check out the entry videos of the four research groups who'll receive professional choreography help to present their dances at the meetings. My favorite is "Resolving pathways of functional coupling in human hemoglobin using quantitative low temperature isoelectric focusing of asymmetric mutant hybrids", but "The role of vitamin D in beta cell function" gets high points for entertainment.

"Single Molecule Measurements of Protelomerase TelK-DNA Complexes"

"The role of vitamin D in beta cell function"

"Resolving Pathways of Functional Coupling in Human Hemoglobin Using Quantitative Low Temperature Isoelectric Focusing of Asymmetric Mutant Hybrids"