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Science communications – #scicomm for you Twitter fans – is an important aspect of what we do here at Signals Blog and even rates its own category. Science communications aims to educate the public (and sometimes scientists) about a science-related topic. A variety of forms are used to do this, including story telling.

Dance is a wonderful art form to communicate a story. Whether you are a fan of ballet or modern dance, or a dozen other styles that exist, dance transcends language and culture with its ability to convey meaning through movement and music, and ultimately evoke an emotional response in the audience.

While I have stated that dance has the undisputed ability to tell a story, it wouldn’t be my first choice for describing the complicated elements of science and, specifically, stem cell science. However, the folks at Cal Poly Pomona/CSULA were awarded a CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Training Grant to choreograph a modern dance and create “a performance art piece that will be interesting and thought-provoking for both scientists and non-scientists.”

Watch their video and let me know if you think it works. It’s definitely original. (Just how many tanks tops are the dancers wearing?!)


Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)


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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.