MHC professor on "Jeopardy!"

Kerstin Nordstrom with "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek.

By Keely Savoie

Kerstin Nordstrom, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics, flexed her trivia muscles on national television on April 4 as she faced down her opponents on Jeopardy!

“I like trivia. I have always appreciated knowing random stuff,” said Nordstrom, who also enjoys friendly competition. “My interests are really broad so I don’t just know stuff about school subjects. I know lots of pop culture, music. I have this recurring fantasy of hosting trivia somewhere.”

Contestants have to undergo a series of tests and interviews, but Nordstrom was surprised by the news that she would appear on the show. She got the call on January 29, when she was in the midst of teaching and preparing for classes, setting up her lab, and giving invited talks at other institutions.

“When the call came, I thought ‘Well, when it rains, it pours,’ ” she said. “I had to cut back on sleep and didn’t get as much time to prepare as I would have liked. But I love my job and students and wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

After holding a solid lead for much of the show, Nordstrom went into Final Jeopardy with a score of 10,600 and gained an additional 10,001 for correctly answering the question. Her score earned her second place for the show.