- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
The 11th annual Bruce Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle will take place starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 12 on the Briggs Hall lawn, the north side of the building.
Organizer Christophe Morisseau of the Hammock lab invites all to "join us for our traditional fun."
But, "no filling, no throwing," he said.
Participants will fill 2000 water balloons starting at 1:15 p.m. in Room 82 of Briggs Hall.
Folks are also invited to participate and/or "come and watch."
When all the balloons have been tossed, it's traditional to fill up bins of water and heave them at unsuspecting water warriors.
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 Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching in 2008 and the UC Davis Faculty Research Lecture Award in 2001.
More information on the water balloon battle is available from Morisseau at (530) 752-6571 or at email@example.com.