Here on the downtown Boston campus of Tufts, we have several separate schools full of grad students working towards degrees in the health sciences (nutrition, dentistry, public health, medicine, biomedical science, and more). While we all pass by each other in the library and around campus, it’s not often that we have events involving more than one school. This all changed on a recent Thursday night, when students from the Friedman, Dental, Medical, PHPD, and Sackler programs came together to test their trivia knowledge! With questions submitted by professors from various disciplines, as well as some pop culture and Boston-specific trivia, everyone had their chance to shine – and to be occasionally stumped. Teams combining brainpower from various schools did appear to have an advantage in the competition, with both the winning and runner-up teams bringing together different programs.
Matthew Hast, Director of Admissions at the Friedman School, was a fantastic host for the night as he took the 100 or so students in the room through eight rounds of questions. Afterwards, everyone was able to mingle (and debate some of the answers) at Sweetwater Tavern nearby.
Some fun facts we learned throughout the night:
o The Boston Marathon began in 1897!
o It takes 5000 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef.
o Only 2 – 3% of Massachusetts residents are currently uninsured for health insurance, compared to 15% in the general U.S. population.
o There are more than twice as many players on the New England Patriots roster than OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) inspectors in Massachusetts. (67 Patriots, 33 OSHA inspectors)
Slow Food would like to thank the PHPD program, Medical School, and Dental School for their help in organizing Trivia Night, and particularly the PHPD program for providing everyone with pizza! We hope everyone had a great time, and look forward to more cross-campus events.