Week 8: Eating One’s Way Through Summer Research

This past week brought one of the most exciting events of Summer Research: The Annual Summer Research Dessert Competition!

Among many entries, there were dessert that resembled fruit flies, mice, and a lizard.

My entry was a cake that depicted both field and lab work.

On one side, there was a picture of Commencement Bay with Vashon Island and Tacoma on it. Scattered throughout the cake were different marine organisms found in and around Ruston Way. They included crabs, diatoms, sea stars, a jelly, and more. Have a look!

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The other side represents my lab work. So far, I’ve found that there are alpha, gamma, and deltaproteobacteria in Commencement Bay. Also, the petri dish is a pretty good representation of what the actual dish looks like. There are many yellow colonies scattered throughout the dish when the cells are spread out on it.

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After, everyone definitely had a food coma if not a sugar high. To see more pictures, go to the Puget Sound Biology website: http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/departments-and-programs/undergraduate/biology/ and scroll down.

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