It’s that time again: SOT is gearing up for the 9th (can you believe it?) annual Tox ShowDown, the toxicological quiz game par excellence taking place on Tuesday, March 17, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Test your wits against other SOT members and grab your moment of fame by volunteering as a contestant! As part of one of three teams of three players each—the Endocrine Disruptors, the Free Radicals, and the Toxic Metabolites—you will 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. The distinguished judge for 2020 will be Judy Zelikoff.
Even if you had to retake molecular genetics three times in graduate school, don’t know the difference between metabolomics and macroeconomics, or can’t prevent your zebrafish from escaping from their tanks, you can be a star in the Tox ShowDown. Studies have shown that research grant committees, prospective employers, and scientific award panels put greater stock in Tox ShowDown participation than education, work experience, publications, or other honors combined—if you believe that one, I’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; plus, you’re guaranteed to have a blast, so give it a shot. Everyone is welcome to volunteer to participate, although preference will be given to contestants who haven’t participated previously in a Tox ShowDown.
There’s no time to lose, so send expressions of interest right away to Phil Wexler, Tox ShowDown Chair.