NAU Communications sat down with Marti Canipe, an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning and recent competitor on “Jeopardy!,” to get to know her on a more personal level. Read our questions and her answers below.
Why did you want to be on “Jeopardy!”?
I have enjoyed trivia games and contests for a long time. I started wanting to be on “Jeopardy!” when I was on the Quiz Bowl team in high school and I watched it to “study.” I am someone who loves learning, and I think that “Jeopardy!” is a show that celebrates knowledge and learning.
What was it like?
It really was a dream come true. The “Jeopardy!” crew is amazing, and from start to finish they made us all feel welcome and special. I got chills the first time I stood on the stage behind the podium, and “Jeopardy!” is a really fun game to play. I am so glad that I got to be part of the Professors Tournament because in addition to getting to be on “Jeopardy!” I got to meet and hang out with 16 of the most interesting and fun professors from around the country.
A few thoughts about my @Jeopardy experience now that my time in the #ProfessorsTournament is done. I had wanted to be on Jeopardy for a long time and I am so grateful that this was how it happened. I got to meet and hang out with 16 (14 contestants plus 2 alternates) of the
— Marti Canipe (@marticanipe) December 15, 2021
What advice would you give other “Jeopardy!” hopefuls?
I would say take the online test and see what happens. In terms of preparing, my advice is to play trivia games, read a lot across different subjects and watch plenty of “Jeopardy!”
Tell me about a significant childhood memory and how it has impacted your life today.
Many of my fondest childhood memories involve exploring nature. I grew up in North Carolina, and we had woods and a creek that were behind our house, and I spent a lot of time exploring them. I was always collecting things I found in the woods and trying to catch crayfish in the creek. These experiences led to a love of science and a tendency to wonder about the natural world. This led to a career in science education, where I have tried to share that love of science and wonder with students. Now as a science teacher educator, not only do I want my students to develop that love of science, but I also try to help them learn how to support their future students’ sense of wonder.
What have you been most proud of recently?
I was recently awarded grant funding from the National Science Foundation to develop science content courses for the elementary education majors at NAU. This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time as part of my efforts to make sure that elementary educators feel prepared and confident in their abilities to teach science.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
My perfect day would start off with breakfast and coffee at one of the great breakfast spots in Flagstaff. Then I would head to the Grand Canyon, which is my “happy place,” and walk out along the rim trail until I found a quiet spot where I could sit and just be for a while. I might take a good book along with me to read once I find a quiet spot off the trail.
What are three things on your bucket list and why?
- Visit all seven continents—I love to travel and see other parts of the world. In my view, travel is one of the most educational things you can do. I particularly like visiting national parks and natural areas when I travel.
- Write a children’s science book—I think that books and reading are such an important part of learning. I would like to write one that supports children’s sense of wonder, which is one of the most important things about learning science.
- Live abroad for a little while—I love living in Flagstaff, but I would like to live in another country to experience somewhere else as a resident rather than a tourist.
What is your philosophy in life?
My favorite word is “wonder,” and I think that describes how I like to approach life. I try to approach each day and situation with a sense of wonder. This makes me ask questions about what I observe and try to learn new things whenever I can.
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