Last call for contestants! SOT is gearing up for the ninth annual Tox ShowDown, the toxicological quiz game par excellence where members test wits against members. Grab your moment of fame—volunteer as a contestant now! The ShowDown will take place on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
We only need a few additional contestants and alternates to assist with the ShowDown, so it’s your last chance to be a part of the fun! If you want your CV to rise to the top of the slush pile for that next grant or award application or job interview, volunteering for the ShowDown is sure to do the trick. You can’t afford to pass up this opportunity. Please send expressions of interest posthaste (i.e., right away) by email, phone, or telepathy, to Phil Wexler, Tox ShowDown Chair.
During the Tox ShowDown, 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 run the gamut, including the eye-opening roles of toxicology in history, current events, arts, culture, and society, not to mention science. The distinguished judge this year 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 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’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 two more contestants and two or three alternates.
There’s no time to lose, so send expressions of interest right away.