Getting Down to Their Dissertations

By watching videos posted by the competition, she said that she herself learned information that she wouldn't otherwise encounter.

"They're not articles I would have read, but I will certainly remember the dances," she continued.

Other winning submissions include a modern dance piece on the "molecular dance in the blood," a lively twist on the role of vitamin D in beta-cell function and a physics tango that won the popular choice category with more than 14,000 visits.

All the entries are posted online at the contest's Web site.

Bohannon hopes to secure enough funding to support a world tour that will allow the scientists to share their work with an international audience.

"I'm half joking when I say my point was that scientists can dance. The real mission here actually is to reach out to the public, to find new ways to explain vital scientific issues that are sometimes so abstruse that they get lost in the media," Bohannon told

"And so I thought, what better way to cut through the problem of jargon than to completely cut out language. Just use your body and music to explain your science."

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