Thursday, March 3, 2011

NYU Alumnus and Congressman Rush Holt (GSAS, '74, '81) vs. the Machine


Congratulations to GSAS alumnus Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th Dist.) who triumphed over "Watson" in one round of an exhibition match of Jeopardy! sponsored by IBM; he finished the round with 8,600 points to the computer's 6,200. Rep. Holt, a physicist who was a five-time Jeopardy! champion long before he entered the House, parlayed his victory into a call to support math and science education and invest in new technology. His office said the congressman crushed the computer in categories such as phobias, presidential rhymes and laundry detergent, where he knew a three-letter nickname for the Beatles was "Fab", a nickname which could also be used to now describe Rep. Holt.

According to his website:

"Rush is currently the only physicist serving in the United States Congress. He serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he has been named the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. This Subcommittee aims to find long-term solutions to the climate crisis by reducing the United States' dependence on fossil fuels."

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