Nine Questions from 'Nobel @ Noon'

Test your mettle – or at least your reading comprehension skills – for CU Denver swag!

February 2, 2018

CU Denver’s Nobel @ Noon lunch-and-learn offers community members the opportunity to encounter global genius through the lens of Lynx insight. As we wrap up another year of edification, exploration and enthrallment, let’s look back at some of the great presentations through which CU Denver faculty have highlighted Nobel Prize-winning contributions to the world.

To play, email your responses to The first six respondents with all nine correct answers will receive CU Denver swag bags and have their names published in CU Denver Today!

Can you ace our test of “Nobel @ Noon” knowledge?

Chris Phiel performs experiments in his lab.
Chris Phiel performs experiments in his lab.

1) Which video game character did Professor of Integrative Biology Chris Phiel use to illustrate autophagy, the process by which cells get rid of faulty or inoperative materials, during his 2016 Nobel @ Noon?

a) Q*bert
b) Pac-Man
c) Donkey Kong
d) Kirby

2) What did a student implicitly call Bob Dylan at the 2016 Nobel @ Noon led by Sam Maguire, Associate Professor in the College of Arts & Media?

a) a fool
b) a cheat
c) a god
d) a bro

3) Which Nobel @ Noon presentation for the 2017-2018 season had the highest number of Facebook RSVPs?

a) Economics with Laura Argys
b) Physiology/Medicine with Chris Phiel
c) Physics with Clyde Zaidins
d) Chemistry with Scott Reed
e) Literature with Cynthia Wong
f) Peace with Manuel Espinoza

4) Which of the following wasn’t a career that Nobel @ Noon presenters suggested they probably pursued in an alternate reality?

a) baseball and basketball coach
b) teacher at a school for the deaf
c) bespoke knitter
d) aeronautical engineer

Laura Argys in her office.
Professor of Economics Laura Argys in her office.

5) Professor of Economics Laura Argys recommended a book by Nobel Prize-winner Richard H. Thaler with important policy implications. What was its title?

a) Budge
b) Nudge
c) Gentle Suggestions
d) Please Move Just Move Why Am I Stuck Here Oh Gods Why Are They Doing Construction on 17th at Rush Hour Again?

6) Professor of English Cynthia Wong offered which quote as her favorite?

a) “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect.” (Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider)

b) “History is what hurts.” (Frederic Jameson, The Political Unconscious)

c) “There is no document of civilization that is not at the same time a document of barbarism.” (Walter Benjamin, “These on the Philosophy of History”)

d) “The famous dictum which states that all men are equal will find its illustration in the colonies only when the colonized subject states he is equal to the colonist.” (Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth)

7) What ripped-from-the-headlines event caused Professor Emeritus Clyde Zaidins to completely rewrite his lecture on Physics Nobel Prize winners Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne?

a) a power outage throughout the Rocky Mountain region
b) an executive order from President Trump
c) the merging of a binary neutron star
d) the Broncos’ win in a shutout game against the Patriots

8) Professor of Integrative Biology Chris Phiel studies the role of what enzyme?

a) protease
b) spacecase
c) kinase
d) oaklandase

Professor of English Cynthia Wong reads in her office.
Professor of English Cynthia Wong reads in her office.

9) Which three Nobel @ Noon presenters presented in both the 2016-2017 and the 2017-2018 seasons?

a) Clyde Zaidins
b) Manuel Espinoza
c) Cynthia Wong
d) Laura Argys
e) Chris Phiel
f) Bob Damrauer

Check back Thursday for the answers!