10th Annual Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle on Friday, July 13
July 3, 2012
Distinguished professor Bruce Hammock as a water warrior. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
DAVIS--How cool is that?
The 10th annual Bruce Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle, aka Bruce's Big Balloon Battle at Briggs, will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, July 13 on the north lawn of Briggs Hall on Kleiber Drive.
“We have about 2000 water balloons that need to be filled and tossed,” said coordinator Christophe Morisseau, associate research scientist in the lab.
The balloon filling begins at 1:30 p.m. in 82 Briggs.
To participate, all you need to do is help fill the balloons and show up and be prepared to get wet, Morisseau said. Faculty, staff, students, children and spouses are welcome to participate or watch.
Hammock, a distinguished professor of entomology who has a joint appointment with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, launched the water balloon fest in 2003 as a way to build camaraderie and gain relief from the heat. The water warriors usually toss all the balloons within 15 minutes, a feat known as "15 Minutes of Aim!"
The Hammock lab is known for working hard and playing hard. Hammock directs the campuswide Superfund Research Program, the National Institutes of Health Biotechnology Training Program and the NIEHS Combined Analytical Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, and the recipient of the UC Davis Faculty Research Lecture Award in 2001 and the Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching in 2008.
More information is available on the water balloon battle is available from Morisseau at (530) 752-6571 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the 2011 battle in photos
Bruce Hammock: Bench-to-Bedside Research
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology