October Madness: Announcement of Champions

by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 29, 2015

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After crowd sourcing nominations and four rounds of voting, we have the inaugural October Madness Champions! Thanks to everyone who participated by voting in Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction brackets for the 2015 prizes in physiology or medicine, chemistry, and physics.



Physiology or Medicine

Your prediction for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is Craig Venter, Francis Collins, and Eric Lander for the human genome sequence.

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Francis Collins  Eric Lander 
 Craig Venter  Francis Collins  Eric Lander

 

How you voted in the final round:

Craig Venter, Francis Collins and Eric Lander for the human genome sequence

 57.1%

David J. Julius for investigations on the molecular basis for pain and thermosensation

 42.9%


Champions PhysiologyMed









Chemistry

Your prediction for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry is Harry Gray, Stephen Lippard, and Richard Holm for work in bioinorganic chemistry. 

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 Lippard120x120  Holm120x120
 Harry Gray  Stephen Lippard  Richard Holm


How you voted in the final round:

Harry Gray, Stephen Lippard, Richard Holm for work in bioinorganic chemistry 

 53.8%

 Michael Grätzel for solar cells

 46.2%


Champions in Chemistry

 

Physics

Your prediction for the Nobel Prize in Physics is Vera Rubin and Kent Ford for dark matter.

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 Kent Ford
 Vera Rubin  Kent Ford


How you voted in the final round:

Vera Rubin and Kent Ford for dark matter

 66.7% 

 Geoffrey Marcy, Michel Mayor, and Didier Queloz for discovery of extrasolar planets 

 33.3%



Champions in Physics

Who Will Officially Win? 

Watch for the official Nobel Prize announcements from NobelPrize.org. According to their website, the announcements will be made at these dates and times (times are listed as local time in Sweden):

Physiology or Medicine: Monday, October 5, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
Physics: Tuesday, October 6, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest 
Chemistry: Wednesday, October 7, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest 

 

October Madness Isn't Over

Anyone who nominated a researcher who goes on to win a Nobel Prize this year will be entered into our raffle for prizes. Stay tuned! We plan to announce winners on October 13. Plus, we will be back next year with the 2016 round of October Madness!

Looking Back on Voting

Sweet 16 Voting Results

Elite 8 Voting Results

Final 4 Voting Results

Other Predictions

We aren't the only one making predictions. See other's ideas in this article from Nature. 

Heather Thorstensen is the manager of communications for Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.


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