Doctor of science last week was awarded for a dance interpretation of his scientific work. Physicist Pramod Senarat Yapa, who received the academic degree in physics from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, won the dance festival.
The festival was organized with the financial support of two organizations:
1. The American Association for the Advancement of Science;
2. The printed edition «Science», is attended by doctors of science and graduate students. They interpret their scientific analysis into the dance. The main award is one thousand dollars.
Senatar Yapa represented a 3-stroke swing dance at the festival. The name of his extraordinary dance is “Superconductivity-Musical”, which depicts the livelihoods of electrodes. It took about forty-two days the scientist to write music and stage choreography for his unique dance.
While studying at the University of Victoria in Canada, the Senatar defended the scientific work. It formed the basis of his dance.
The name of Senatar ‘s work is very bright and unusual: “Nonlocal electrodynamics of superconducting wires: meaning for noise flux and inductance”. About his own dance, the scientist says: “It was easy to imagine electrodes as dancers were just after I realized them as people who become couples and gladsome.”
Yapa has a dance and music experience. He invited his friends, who are the dancers and the musicians to incarnate “modest and diffident» and “energetic and active” electrodes.
Former scientific correspondent John Bohannon founded the festival eleven years ago. On this, he was provoked by a New Year’s party, on which scientists danced reluctantly. So for they do it with great enthusiasm, John suggested that they do it in the form of a competition in which scientists demonstrated their scientific work without words. He believed that scientists are talented performers. “If they are willing to spend their lives on research and science, then there are those who can simply dance,” says Bohannon in an interview with NPR’s journalist.
Fifty scientists competed in five fields: biology, chemistry, physics, and social studies. A jury of one hundred scholars and artists recognized Sinatar Yapu as the absolute winner of the festival in the field of physics.
The founder of the festival, John Bohannon, does not know by what criteria the jury recognized Yapu as the winner, but he can say the following – Senatar achieved the goal of the festival, his performance was cheerful and instructive. According to Bohannon, Senatar Yana did more than was originally intended – he composed and play music.