Science, artwork and humor on show in Fred Hutch’s Halloween pumpkin carving contest

(Pictures courtesy of Fred Hutch)

On the lookout for a little bit levity in a world the place science is tackling its justifiable share of robust issues, docs and workers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Most cancers Analysis Heart held a pumpkin carving contest for Halloween.

The annual occasion held by the establishment’s Fundamental Sciences and Human Biology divisions attracted 22 entries and greater than 300 votes have been solid in a wide range of classes, together with most creative pumpkin, most horrific, most scientific and most humorous.

The successful entry for “most artistic” (above) was a peacock design carved up by Dr. Andrew Hsieh’s team. The design is in honor of Dr. Yiting Lim, a postdoc who lately left the lab for an additional place outdoors Fred Hutch.

“Her five years of work here resulted in a new technology that will greatly aid large scale functional genomic studies,” Hsieh mentioned. “The completion of this work, and seeing our valued colleague move forward in her career was a shining point for all of us in this crazy year.”

The winner of the “most scientific” class (above) was submitted by Dr. Kevin Cheung’s group and was described as a pumpkin centrifuge.

“We use it when we are extracting DNA from pumpkins — very dangerous,” Cheung’s lab mentioned.

One other successful entry hits near dwelling for loads of folks working from dwelling throughout the pandemic, with an outline of a Zoom video name going down in a little bit pumpkin home. This winner within the “most humorous” class (above) was submitted by Dr. Jihong Bai’s team and described as “Tangerine in Quarantine, circa 2020.”

Fred Hutch staffers like stepping into the vacation spirit with inventive contests. In December, researchers within the Immunology Program held a “Winterfest” contest during which entrants constructed vacation centerpieces utilizing simply lab provides.

Take a look at a couple of extra pumpkin pics:

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