Dancing doctorate

FoSheng Hsu, a graduate student in the field of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, has won $500 for the best dance in the chemistry category in Science’s fourth annual “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest, a competition that recognizes the best dance interpretations of scientific doctoral work.

Hsu, the only winning American, guides viewers through the entire sequence of steps required for x-ray crystallography. The solo dance begins with Hsu as a bacterium spitting out raw protein and ends with him breakdancing as the 3-D structure of a protein.

The contest rules required that each dance be based on a scientist’s Ph.D. research, and that the scientist be part of the dance. From a record 55 dances submitted, winners also were chosen for the fields of physics, biology and social sciences.

– Susan Lang



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