Are You Ready for the Big Water Balloon Battle on July 15? Are You Ready to Get Wet?
July 5, 2011
Distinguished professor Bruce Hammock is unaware a balloon is heading straight for him. The ninth annual balloon battle is set for 3:45 p.m., Friday, July 15 on the north lawn of Briggs Hall on Kleiber Drive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
DAVIS--Are you ready to get wet?
The ninth annual Bruce Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle, aka Bruce's Big Balloon Battle at Briggs, will take place at 3:45 p.m., Friday, July 15 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 balloon and show up and be prepared to get wet, Morisseau said. Faculty, staff, students, children and spouses are welcome to participate or watch.
Hammock 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, a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1999, holds a joint appointment in cancer research with the UC Davis Medical Center. He directs the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Program on the UC Davis campus, as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Program in Biotechnology and the NIEHS Combined Analytical Laboratory.
More information is available on the water balloon battle is available from Morisseau at (530) 752-6571.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology