May 09, 2011

ThinkFast Competition Crowns its First Winner

After 15 weeks, the inaugural ThinkFast competition has its winner, an engaged alumnus who keeps up to date with his alma mater—and likes to compete with the Case Western Reserve University community.

Joe Discenza (CIT ’88) beat out 530 individuals to become the first ThinkFast winner, earning 760 points by getting the most correct answers (seven out of 14) in the fastest time. Second place went to undergraduate student Jonathon Brand (561 points), and undergraduate Emily Kwong nabbed third place (476.3 points).

Three people buzzed in for all 15 questions: Alexander Veilleux, Imre Treufeld and Kristy Miskimen.

For the contest, faculty members submitted questions, with topics ranging from HIV research to Madhvacarya’s theory of visesa, and from the university’s energy consumption to the Negro baseball league. “It was a great way to see a broad view of research going on at CWRU,” Discenza said.

The questions were difficult, to be sure. Out of the nearly 1,500 answers logged over the course of the contest, only 387 were correct. The average time to submit a correct answer was 16.7 seconds. Take a look at the questions and answers here.

Be on the lookout for future installments of ThinkFast or other interactive contests in The Daily. In the meantime, heed the words of advice from the champion: “It’s just like any other standardized test—except, of course, that you can't go back and change your answer,” Discenza said. “Answer every question quickly. If you don't know the answer within a few seconds, rule out anything you can, and guess.”

Posted by: Emily Mayock, May 9, 2011 09:04 AM | News Topics:

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