The event was conceived on the fly at last year’s Cosyne meeting by Andrea Giovannucci, a data scientist in the Simons Foundation’s Center for Computational Biology, and Jeff Gauthier, a postdoctoral researcher in David Tank’s lab at Princeton University.
Within 24 hours, the Simons Foundation team had put together the event, hosting 13 experimentalist-theorist pairs. (Because of time constraints, only the first 15 from each group were invited to participate.) Each indicated the type of relationship they were seeking, from the scientific equivalent of a brief affair — “just give me your data” — to those ready to commit to a “long-term, back-and-forth theory/experiment relationship.” Participants certainly had a lot to talk about — at the end of each round, most were reluctant to move on to the next candidate.
Best friends Dog (Chico Benymon) and Beaver (Leonard Robinson) have difficulty ever meeting women.
No matter what they do, nothing ever goes right for them.
After the "dating" sessions conclude, participants take notes and score or rank each of the people they were paired up with.
When two people express a shared interest in each other, they then have the opportunity to exchange contact information and further pursue the relationship on their own terms.