Monday, March 11, 2013, on JEOPARDY
18 March 2013
Category: MacArthur Prize Winners
Statement: Nancy Rabalais won her fellowship for her work on the "Dead Zone" due to lack of this.
Correct Question: "What is Oxygen?"
I'm not sure of the level of difficulty in the category, but the contestant was correct. I also don't know who won money off of this, but I am tracking it down. Many of my friends, neighbors and I am surprised. So many colleagues watch Jeopardy. A second grader at home with her grandmother also knew the answer. This is testament to the literacy of the public concerning one important environmental problem facing our coasts and oceans. We have to keep at this and other issues important to society.
PS, NOAA budget cuts will likely minimize, or eliminate, this research and the education and outreach efforts.