Manchester University Professor Competes on ‘Jeopardy’

NORTH MANCHESTER – Manchester University associate professor of chemistry Kathy Davis competed on “Jeopardy” on Tuesday.
Although she didn’t win, Davis noted that taking part was “a joyous experience from start to finish,” according to a Manchester University press release.
She took an early lead, correctly answered the first question of the game, and finished the first round in second place with $3,800. After Final Jeopardy, in the “Literature” category, Davis finished the game with $2,000.
Davis has been a fan of the game show since childhood.
“In kindergarten, I renegotiated my bedtime with my parents so I could stay up until the very late hour of 8 p.m. to watch,” she said. “Family and friends encouraged me to try for years, but I always came up with some kind of excuse. But the longer I’ve worked with students and as I raise my own children, I’ve started to notice how often I tell them not to close away from experiences because they are afraid of failure, and how rarely I follow my own advice.”
Davis joined Manchester’s faculty in 2010, teaching introductory chemistry, general chemistry and physical chemistry. She is also the MU Science Olympiad Invitational coordinator and flutist in the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, which she talked about with host Ken Jennings during a short break.
“It means a lot to be a part of the show’s history and to have the opportunity to work with Ken Jennings and the production team, who are all gracious people who clearly love what they do,” Davis said. “It was great to meet the other contestants and for all of us to fulfill this dream together.”

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