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Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy” fame will be presenting the game show’s contestants with questions — or answers, rather — about the research and people of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps tomorrow night.

In San Diego, the show airs at 7:30 p.m. on NBC affiliate and voiceofsandiego.org media partner KNSD 7/39.

The Scripps category will focus on earth and ocean science and is scheduled to appear in the first round of the show. A Scripps-led research project is also set to be the subject of a “Spotlight” segment typically shown just after commercial breaks.

Scripps staffers who filmed answers and promos at several locations on campus and at the aquarium in March are contractually sworn to secrecy about the specific nature of the topics, Scripps representatives said.

Scripps isn’t the first institution to receive its own category. “Jeopardy” — a quiz game show first created in the early 1960s — recently featured categories devoted to NASA, the United Nations, “Star Wars,” and Dr. Seuss on the 50th anniversary of the children’s classic book, “The Cat in the Hat.”


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