Time to Enlist: As a Tox ShowDown Contestant!


By Archive User posted 08-13-2014 11:32


Enough pussyfooting around, folks, it’s time to enlist.

Come March in San Diego, the fourth annual installment of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) endearingly wacky, Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) supported Tox ShowDown will be back with a vengeance.

In case you need reminding (and don’t we all), Tox ShowDown is a quiz game in which three teams of three toxicologists each—the Endocrine Disruptors, the Free Radicals, and the Toxic Metabolites—vie with each other to answer deadly serious and seriously silly questions, directly and remotely related to toxicology, its history, science, and manifestation in popular culture.

Do you know, for example, whether salvarsan, mechloroethamine, vincristine, or tamoxifen was the first successful chemotherapy drug? Or whether Iceland’s signature distilled beverage is brennivin, akvavits, lapponia, or naerfot? Or what plant was used by his wife to poison the Roman Emperor Claudius? If you do, bravo!

If not, join the club and take a wild guess to possibly earn your team winning points. You’ve got a good 6 months to bone up on your toxicological trivia. As always, there are generous prizes galore for all players, with something special for the winning team members, and a phenomenal door prize. Expect a cash bar, a sometimes sober moderator, a hanging judge, and a (whiskey) barrel of laughs.

We still have openings for the teams. So, show us what you’re made of, and do the patriotic thing. Send expressions of interest today to Meghan Cromie, GSLC Secretary, and don’t let us march off to this battle without you.