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Congratulations to ANU’s Steven Lade

By johnboy - 20 October 2010 5

[First filed: Sep 20, 2010 @ 12:55]

Directed transport without net bias in physics and biology from Steven Lade on Vimeo.

The ANU brings word that their former PhD phyics student has won a competition for expressing his research through dance:

On Friday, Science magazine declared Steven Lade, of the Research School of Physics and Engineering, winner of the physics category. His dance features students from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics’ and was recorded at the Dance Your PhD workshop at Mount Stromlo last year.

The four category winners will be screened at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York City next month. An overall winner will be announced on 19 October.

And with a bit of googling we can even show you the video, which was posted with this note:

Molecular motors are naturally occurring machines that walk, literally walk, around inside cells, moving things to where they need to go. There are many, many of them working away inside you right now!

One part of my PhD focused on the molecular motor called myosin-V. It is as much a ‘motor’ as the internal combustion engine, but the different physics at its scale of motion (myosin-V steps by no more than 36 nm at a time, 36 millionths of a millimetre) requires a different mechanism to acheive transport.

A myosin-V molecule (me) consists of two ‘neck domains’ (my legs) which bind to the track (the floor), and is connected to the cargo it is transporting (the ball) by a tether (my torso and arm). The motor is continually being buffeted around by surrounding water molecules (the four supporting dancers). Its world, comprised by the interactions with these molecules, is inherently random (represented by the background sounds). This randomness leads to apparently useless flailing around of the motor legs, with backward steps as well as forward ones. The motor, however, is capable of transforming this randomness into a forward motion along its track, on average, and eventually reaches its destination.

UPDATE: Science reports that Steven has been beaten out by Chemistry.

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Congratulations to ANU’s Steven Lade
creative_canberran 5:15 pm 20 Oct 10

You hear these PHD students complain about how their work is not recognised outside of a small circle of academics. This is just an attempt to break out of that circle, a desperate cry for attention.

MWest said :

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Steve give a few presentations about his PhD project and he is one of the most interesting, talented and engaging young science communicators that you will meet. I am not at all surprised that he won this competition. I’ve sat through hundreds of physics and engineering seminars and communicating technical concepts can be very tough, particularly with the general public. Steve has the knack of relating the complex and abstract to the every day very well.

So basically anything a bit difficult, you prefer it dumbed down. Well, I envy such a level of intellectual endeavour that falls somewhere in between Sesame St and Playschool.

MWest 10:22 pm 20 Sep 10

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Steve give a few presentations about his PhD project and he is one of the most interesting, talented and engaging young science communicators that you will meet. I am not at all surprised that he won this competition. I’ve sat through hundreds of physics and engineering seminars and communicating technical concepts can be very tough, particularly with the general public. Steve has the knack of relating the complex and abstract to the every day very well.

And yes, I believe he will soon receive his PhD. He is now a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. A nice gig if you can get it.

davecdp 2:46 pm 20 Sep 10

they need to stay off the drugs

shadow boxer 2:29 pm 20 Sep 10

But based on the description wouldn’t the man be buffeted all round the room before eventually reaching his destination rather than sending everything else flying out of his way.

Great video though, best laugh i’ve had all day

vg 1:54 pm 20 Sep 10

I cry for the intellectual future of this planet.

Former PhD student, did he get his PhD? Not with shit like that

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