Global health trivia night

UW's Steve Gloyd emcees global health trivia night

  • What parasitic disease is caused by the bite of a female sandfly?
  • Where do 15-year-old boys have a better chance of reaching age 60, Peru or the US?
  • What percentage of the world’s poorest 1.3 billion people are women?
  • What percentage of the world’s medical research budget is spent on the diseases of the western world (and not on the developing world)?
  • Does Steve Gloyd (associate chair of global health at the UW) own any ties?
  • Did Judy Wasserheit (vice chair of global health) really get a human cadaver for her 13th birthday?

“What the …?” said King Holmes, head of the UW’s Global Health Department, who apparently doesn’t know Judy as well as he thinks he does.

It’s global health week at the UW and, last night, one of the most enjoyable and often hilarious events was global health trivia night. About 50 students, faculty and others came together over beers and chips to test their global health IQ. Gloyd served as emcee of the event.

Answers to the above questions:

  • Leischmaniasis
  • Peru
  • 70 percent
  • 90 percent
  • Yes Gloyd has some ties (but he seldom wears them)
  • And yes, Wasserheit did get a cadaver from her physician parents so she could hone her adolescent dissection skills in preparation for her career to come in medicine.

When Gloyd asked people to name what the Gates Foundation has identified as one the more neglected scourges on the planet, one person shouted out “Mac computers.”

One of the questions was who among the UW had recently been attacked by Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly.

“Amy!” showed the crowd, referring to UW global health professor Amy Hagopian who recently sparked outrage in some media when she and a colleague published a paper (in a fairly prestigious public health journal) comparing the tactics used by military recruiters in high school to predatory grooming.

At one point, Gloyd asked the crowd “What is the Husky-Cougar disease?” This confused me but I at first figured it must have something to do with the Apple cup football contest. No, he was referring to the UW-WSU research partnership looking into E. coli as one of many “zoonotic” (animal-to-human) diseases.

The teams at trivia night went by a number of creative names such as “Global Stealth” and GET OUT (which stood for global equity team outreaching to underserved tribes). A $200 gift basket was grand prize, which went to faculty oldsters of GET OUT — who then donated it to the last place team.

In the name of equity and serving the needy, you see.


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Tom Paulson

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