Jeté into an ionic bond


first_img Flowing together With twisting and floating movements, Harvard Gaga dance course teaches students and community members to listen to their bodies Dancing with the future Production merges science with art to explain mechanisms of cooperation Combining dance with a look at the social and cultural history of the genre Hip-hop steps up Asked to explain decay, some scientists might talk about mold and cheese. Or sugar and teeth. Or bacteria and enzymes. Soon, Frederick Moss might just dance.A chemistry Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Moss is also a professional dancer, gliding between the seemingly incongruous worlds of science and art. Neither is just a hobby. So when one tries — and fails — to appropriate the other, he cringes.“You don’t have either side taking the other seriously,” Moss said. “When the two attempt to come together, you are often left with underdeveloped inspiration or immemorable comedic bit.”“When the two attempt to come together, you are often left with underdeveloped inspiration or immemorable comedic bit.”They might not be the most obvious coupling, but art and science make a productive pair. Recent neurological research suggests that incorporating singing, drawing, or dancing into studying can help students remember slippery subjects better. Educators even have a term for the happy marriage: STEAM, where that “A” stuck inside STEM stands for Art.Moss would make a perfect poster boy. As an undergraduate at Morehouse College, he racked up enough credits to complete two majors — premed and musical performance in classical cello — by the end of junior year. Instead of graduating early, the Queens, N.Y., native continued to explore, polishing off minors in Spanish and dance.After leaving Atlanta, Moss moved up to Massachusetts to join Daniel Kahne’s lab at Harvard as a post-baccalaureate. On a whim, he enrolled in more dance classes at Modern Connections Collective in Somerville, exploring jazz, hip-hop, parkour, and ballet.Not long after, Boston’s Urbanity Dance offered him a full-time contract, and he accepted. Every weekday starting in December 2017, Moss was in the studio from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., first rehearsing with his crew and then teaching lessons to kids. From 3 p.m. to early evening, he worked on his research projects in the lab and taught chemistry to undergraduates. “It was like trying to clone myself and do the same thing in two different places,” he said.Far less experienced than the other dancers in his troupe, Moss often had to learn technique on the fly. Sometimes literally: In a contemporary piece called “HIT,” some of the dancers leapt at others, hoping they would catch and flip them in a new direction. When it didn’t work the result was a violent collision of limbs and joints. But Moss wasn’t fazed: “When those hiccups were happening,” he said, “it wasn’t this freak-out moment. Either I ran into somebody or I just got a leg in the face, and you just keep moving.”,Growing up playing music — and helping out in his grandmother’s bakery — Moss learned to see errors as “hiccups,” little, inconsequential blips. That mentality helps him in the lab, too. One day, he spilled a day’s work into a drawer. Instead of agonizing over the lost work, he mopped up his experiment and kept moving.Still, going back and forth between his two lives has been challenging. “How you engage with those communities is so different,” Moss said. In the lab, instructions are well-documented and precise. In the dance studio, plain instruction is not always enough. (“There’s no, I raised my femur by 15 degrees”). Instead, when learning a new move like the kip-up — a Slinky-like leap from supine to standing by pushing off the hands — Moss shopped around for different explanations, cobbling together one that worked for him.He uses the same eclectic approach when teaching. With his dance and chemistry students, Moss explores concepts with both visual and technical explanations. For example, in the introductory undergraduate chemistry course where he is a teaching fellow, he shoots his hand forward to demonstrate how hard nucleophiles — a type of chemical species — move like lasers. Then he imitates cascading water to show how soft nucleophiles flow like waterfalls. “It seemed a lot to me like choreography,” he said. “Sure, it’s a movement of electrons or atoms, but it’s still movement on this smaller-than-the-eye level.” “If the art is just something pretty to look at, then it’s not really of any value.” Related At the end of this year, Moss will leave Urbanity Dance to spend more time in the lab. But he won’t leave dance behind. This past fall, he was selected for a one-year fellowship at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, where he leads post-show talks and facilitates seminars with choreographers. He freelances, too. In December, he performed a duet called “The Flared Place” at the Museum of Fine Arts’ “Festival of Lights” that portrayed the balance of light and dark in Jewish history.Moss is also working with a group of five other Harvard graduate students, both dancers and musicians, to explore the concept of “responsible partnering.” “How much pressure you’re putting on another person and how much you’re receiving,” he explained. That pressure could come as sound volume or human weight or both: As one of the dancers, Moss will wear a sound suit embedded with tiny sensors that bleat louder under heavier force.Eventually, Moss wants to build his own “responsible partnership” between his two loves, replacing kitschy attempts to fuse science and art with choreography loyal to technical concepts.“If the art is just something pretty to look at,” Moss said, “then it’s not really of any value.”last_img read more

Record-breaker Rooney shuts down booze talk


first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayne Rooney gave short shrift to talk about his recent off-field indiscretions while on England duty after breaking Manchester United’s European goal-scoring record against Feyenoord on Thursday.Rooney, 31, scored his 39th European goal in a 4-0 victory to eclipse Ruud van Nistelrooy as the club’s leading scorer in UEFA competitions and move to within one goal of Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249.Rooney was criticised after being pictured drinking at a wedding between England games earlier in the month, but he said thoughts of the controversy could not have been further from his mind. “All that’s created by people like yourself asking questions, making a big deal out of nothing,” he told a television reporter from BT Sport.“I didn’t set foot in the wedding and it’s a shame to have to speak about it on nights like this.”Rooney gave United a 35th-minute lead, chipping in after a one-two with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and late goals from Juan Mata and substitute Jesse Lingard, plus a Brad Jones own goal, completed a handsome win.It left United needing only a draw from their final Group A game away to Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk in order to progress to the knockout phase and Rooney said it had been a positive night all round.“It was a good win. We are pleased to get four goals,” he said.“The second goal killed the game. At 1-0 you never know what can happen. It’s a great feeling to score goals for this club. I am pleased and there is plenty more to come.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Nigerian striker Osimhen moves to Napoli from Lille


first_img“His contract will begin at four million euros a year and will progressively increase to 4.5 million euros by the end of the contract.”The 21-year-old arrived in France for 12 million euros from Belgian club Charleroi last summer. He has helped Lille finish with the fourth place in the curtailed 2019-2020 Ligue 1 season.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Nigerian striker OsimhenKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  Italian Serie A outfit Napoli have finished the signing of Victor Osimhen from French Ligue 1 side Lille with a reported transfer fee up to 80 million euros, as both clubs confirmed on Friday.The Nigerian international, who scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for Lille in all competitions during the 2019-2020 season, penned on a five-year contract with Napoli.“The club thanks him for all the emotions offered under his colors and is satisfied to have been able to accompany his progress and participate in his development at the highest level,” Lille said in a statement.As the financial details of the transfer were not disclosed, French media reported that Napoli would pay 70 million euros with an extra bonus which could reach 10 million euros to Lille.The figure was then confirmed by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis when he was interviewed by the Gazzetta Dello Sport.“It’s 70 million euros to be paid over five years and 10 million euros of bonuses according to certain results,” the Gazzetta reported De Laurentiis as saying.last_img read more