Seeking Contestants‒Tox Showdown at SOT 2019 Baltimore


Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:30 PM–9:00 PM

It’s that time again. SOT is gearing up for the 8th (can you believe it?) annual Tox ShowDown, the toxicological quiz game par excellence where members test wits against members. Grab your moment of fame!—Volunteer as a Contestant! Three teams of three players each, the Endocrine Disruptors, the Free Radicals, and the Toxic Metabolites, battle each other to answer questions wholly, partly, or remotely related to toxicology. Topics cover the gamut, including the eye-opening roles of toxicology in history, current events, arts, culture, and society, not to mention science. This distinguished judge this year will be Bruce A. Fowler.

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2018 Tox ShowDown

Even if you had to re-take molecular genetics three times in graduate school, don’t know the difference between metabolomics and macro-economics, or can’t prevent your zebrafish from escaping from their tanks, you can be a star in the ShowDown. Studies have shown that research grant committees, prospective employers, and scientific award panels put greater stock in ShowDown contestant participation than education, work experience, publications, or other honors combined. And if you believe that one, we’ve got a bridge to sell you.

There will be prizes aplenty for the winning and losing (hey, at least they tried) teams and a cash bar to keep you on track. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain, and you’re guaranteed to have a blast, so give it a shot. We are an equal opportunity shop and everyone is welcome to apply, although we prefer contestants who haven’t participated in a ShowDown before. And think of it, you won’t have to endure any scrutiny to qualify. We’re looking for nine contestants and two or three alternates. 

There’s no time to lose, so send expressions of interest right away to Phil Wexler, Tox ShowDown Chairperson.

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