Warren Wilson professor advances to final round of 'Jeopardy!'

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
Warren Wilson chair of the biology department Alisa Hove won again on "Jeopardy!" on Dec. 14 to advance to the final round.

Warren Wilson professor of botany and chair of the biology department Alisa Hove won again on "Jeopardy!" to advance to the final round of the professors tournament, scheduled to be held over two days on Dec. 16 and 17. 

"I went into the whole endeavor thinking I just wanted to try something new and have a good time while doing it, so I was thrilled to make it to the finals," Hove said in a press release. 

Going up against Marti Canipe, a professor of elementary science education at Northern Arizona University, and Hester Blum, a professor of English at Penn State University, Hove finished the round with $10,200. Hove said the competition was tough and held challenging clues.

“My favorite part of this experience has been getting to know other professors from all over the country, and from all kinds of institutions from large public universities to community colleges and including small liberal arts colleges like ours,” Hove said in the press release. “Although we teach in different environments, we had so much in common when it came to talking about our craft of teaching, research and scholarship.”

Hove will compete against Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School, and the winner of the Dec. 15 matchup in the final. 

The tournament is hosted by Mayim Bialik, an American actress known for her roles as Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory,” Blossom Russo on “Blossom” and Kat on “Call Me Kat.”