Posts tagged with ‘ucsc’
The banana slug is the mascot of the University of California, Santa Cruz, but ‘sluggish’ is hardly what you’d call the undergrads participating in the campus’ SLUG internship. Astrophysicist Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz explains that SLUG stands for Supercomputer Lab for Undergraduates.
A UC Santa Cruz study found that dancers can improve the ability to do complex moves by walking through them slowly and encoding the movement with a cue through ‘marking’.
Researcher Edward Warburton, a former professional ballet dancer, and colleagues (including a UC Irvine collaborator) were interested in exploring the “thinking behind the doing of dance.”
Their findings suggest that marking may alleviate the conflict between the cognitive and physical aspects of dance practice and allow dancers to memorize and repeat steps more fluidly. As Warburton describes:
Marking could be strategically used by teachers and choreographers to enhance memory and integration of multiple aspects of a piece precisely at those times when dancers are working to master the most demanding material.
It’s possible that this area of research can extend to other kinds of activities, like language acquisition. Stay tuned!
At UC Santa Cruz, the OpenLab Network brings artists and scientists together in an effort to better illustrate complex research and engage the public.
The source of about half of the heaviest elements in the Universe, including gold, has been a mystery to scientists for years. In this radio segment, UC Santa Cruz astronomer Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz describes the two theories as to its origins, including an alternative model he’s working on.