Are you a fan of science and art? ‘Dance Your PhD’ finalists announced! Watch the videos!

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The annual ‘Dance Your PhD‘ contest has announced the 12 finalist videos. Definitely check them out. The winners and audience favorite will be announced on November 3rd! From John Bohannon (the founder of the contest!) in Science.

It was a tight race among this year’s 21 Ph.D. dance submissions. The previous winners of the contest scored each of them on their scientific and artistic merits, and these 12 finalists made the cut. Now it’s a dance-off between the sciences, including a tango based on robot collision avoidance, an acrobatic spectacle based on soil ecology, and, in one of the most meta Ph.D. dances ever, a hip-hop dance about the anthropology of hip-hop.

Dance your PhD and you could win $1000 in the 7th annual AAAS and Science Magazine Contest #science

The 7th annual AAAS and Science sponsored ‘Dance Your PhD Contest’ is underway!

The dreaded question. “So, what’s your Ph.D. research about?” You take a deep breath and launch     into the explanation. People’s eyes begin to glaze over …

At times like these, don’t you wish you could just turn to the nearest computer and show people a video of your Ph.D. thesis interpreted in dance form?

Now you can! And while you’re at it, you can win $1000 and a free trip to California, achieve immortal geek fame on the Internet, and be recognized by Science for your effort.

Time to start choreographing, recruiting dancers, and finding someone to videotape! Entries are due September 29, 2014. Instructions for entering are here.

Here is and example from Cedric Tan (University of Oxford, thesis about sperm competition):

 

 

NIH contest to improve peer review: win $10,000

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The NIH center for scientific review is hosting a contest to get ideas for improving the peer review system to identify potential bias. For each of the 2 challenges, the first prize is $10,000 and second prize is $5,000!

Challenge #1
New Methods to Detect Bias in Peer Review
Submit your idea on how to detect bias among reviewers due to gender, race/ethnicity, institutional affiliation, area of science,  and/or amount of research experience of applicants. First and Second prizes will be offered in two categories, best empirically based idea and most creative idea. Additional details can be found at FRN Doc.2014-10196

Challenge #2
Strategies to Strengthen Fairness and Impartiality in Peer Review 
Submit your idea on how to strengthen reviewer training methods to enhance fairness and impartiality in peer review. First and Second prizes will be offered for the best overall ideas. Additional details can be found at FRN Doc.2014-10203.