Water Policy Explained Through Dance: The Winner of “Dance Your PhD 2015”

Nov. 25, 2015

With all the serious news in the world of water, I thought I’d take a moment to celebrate a bit of creativity and levity I found on the interwebs today.

Florence Metz, Ph.D. candidate from University of Bern in Switzerland sent a last minute entry into Science Magazine’s annual “Dance your Ph.D.” contest.  For her creative efforts, she wins the grand prize of $1,000.00 USD and a trip to Stanford University next spring to give a talk and discuss her film. This is the first time in the contest’s eight-year history that a social sciences student has won the grand prize.

With all the serious news in the world of water, I thought I'd take a moment to celebrate a bit of creativity and levity I found on the interwebs today. Florence Metz, Ph.D. candidate from University of Bern in Switzerland sent a last minute entry into Science Magazine's annual "Dance your Ph.D." contest.  For her creative efforts, she wins the grand prize of $1,000.00 USD and a trip to Stanford University next spring to give a talk and discuss her film. This is the first time in the contest's eight-year history that a social sciences student has won the grand prize. [text_ad] With different music, costume, and movements representing different interest groups and constituencies that shape the evolution of policies around water resources, Metz's film impressed the judges for her work's scientific and artistic merit. Click the play button on the video below to take a look. [embed width="600" height="390"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRUDC1PiPAo[/embed] Congratulations to Ms. Metz; we hope you enjoy your visit to California. Metz says that her "main aim with this video was to make people laugh," but by presenting her work in a non-traditional way, more people are understanding her work. "This bridge between academia and the nonacademic world is crucial." We could sure use creative minds like yours to work on our water policy, as we have some serious issues that need to be addressed. What do you think? Do you have any creative ideas on how to help people understand the complex issues related to water policy in the United States? 

With different music, costume, and movements representing different interest groups and constituencies that shape the evolution of policies around water resources, Metz’s film impressed the judges for her work’s scientific and artistic merit.

Click the play button on the video below to take a look.

Congratulations to Ms. Metz; we hope you enjoy your visit to California.

Metz says that her “main aim with this video was to make people laugh,” but by presenting her work in a non-traditional way, more people are understanding her work. “This bridge between academia and the nonacademic world is crucial.”

We could sure use creative minds like yours to work on our water policy, as we have some serious issues that need to be addressed.

What do you think? Do you have any creative ideas on how to help people understand the complex issues related to water policy in the United States? 
About the Author

David Rachford

David Rachford is the web editor for Forester Media.

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