Fresh from receiving the E.B. Wilson medal, Nobel laureates Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien received an even bigger honor: places on the judging panel for CellSlam 2008, the ASCBs competition for scientists willing to make fools of themselves mix education with entertainment.
Compered by the brilliant Randy Hampton (UCSD), the competition featured 5 biologists presenting their work through the media of comedy, song, or dance. Alun Hughes (U. of Aberdeen, UK) gave a dark and gothic monologue on his work on bone morphogenesis while Jennifer Shieh (Stanford), with a little audience participation, presented the "Three Dances of Neuronal Migration".
Yu Li (Cell Signalling Technology) got third place for his really funny talk on how to prevent prostate cancer (Hint), while Geoff Hunt (Princeton) rapped about his life as a PhD student.
First place, however, deservedly went to Stanley Cohn (DePaul U.) for his hilarious, charming, yet strangely informative 'G-Protein Samba'.All in all, CellSlam was a great way to end a long day of serious science talks. Congratulations to everyone who got involved...