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She Danced Science to Fight Crime


She Danced Science to Fight Crime

Natália Oliveira combined research, arts and politics to be the only Latin American to win the “Dance your PhD” contest.

Dr. Natália Oliveira, 28, and Vogue 4 Recife got together to explain a new and cheaper way to detect body fluids from crime scenes, even after they were washed away. This “CSI gadget” was the topic of an LGBT inspired video clip that won the chemistry and people’s choice awards of “Dance your PhD” contest – an annual event promoted by the prestigious Science Magazine.

The idea to turn the “Development of biosensors for forensic sciences applications” research into a video clip came from a lab colleague that was aware of her talents as a scientist and artist. This multifaceted Dr in Applied Biology by the UFPE University gave an interview to Brasil Central Radio (Bay FM 99.9 edition) right after the awards ceremony last November. Apart from the scientific exposure to her world-class research, she also spoke about the political aspects of the video.

The LGBT community has always supported me…I found them very brave to survive and thrive in all of those problems we have in Brazil..with all of those prejudices. So applying this to a video talking about crime, murders and things like that was a great opportunity to show to the world that the LGBT community has great representation…this is why I wanted to bring it to the video, not only science, but of course, there was a political speech about this community in this video.
Click here to listen to the 7 minutes interview with Natalia Oliveira.

Brazil struggles to protect the LGBT communities. It has one of the highest trans-related murder rates in the world.


Vogue 4 Recife

Natália and the Vogue 4 Recife crew



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Brasil Central's editor in chief. Former SBS (Australia) and TV Educativa (Brasil), he is a contributor to FairFax Media on Brazilian affairs. Alex holds bachelor degrees in Journalism, Social Sciences and a post-grad in Public Policies and Gender.



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