One More Lab Olympic Nod


The benefits of an MLML Olympic win are obvious (photo: E Loury)

Erin Loury

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab

So long, Vancouver.  It’s been a good two weeks, steeped in Olympic excitement (especially when we could get the student lounge TV to work). And this year I got that much closer to actually understanding curling.  But before we go back about our daily business, free of snow and ice sporting distractions, here are a few more parting shots to honor MLML’s proud Olympians and  glorious events:

The quadrat toss: simulating real sampling equipment (photo: E. Loury)

Did you know that hula hoops have their own proud place in science?  We actually use them in the field as quadrats (sampling areas) because their round shape has the smallest perimeter to area ratio, and minimizes the possibility of  pesky “edge effects.”  But they are also great to test your skill at the ring toss!

Do you have any idea which beers those are? Olympic challengers ponder their options (photo E. Loury)

This game of skill is after any grad student’s heart: long-distance beer identification.  That white dot in the distance is a cooler, next to a table of bottles.  While seated on the couch, contestants had to identify each beer by its label, and the city of origin.  Though most could only offer best guesses, a few players swept this field…

And they're off! Charging forward to the next lab Olympics! (photo: E. Loury)'

Lest we be categorized as wimpy scientists, we do throw in the odd event of  stamina (not counting the Wii “virtual athlete” competition).  A few hardy contestants make off on the 2-mile foot race, setting the pace for the next year of Olympic games.

One Response to “One More Lab Olympic Nod”

  1. Eyes on the Pies « The Drop-In to Moss Landing Marine Labs Says:

    […] time-honored Lab Olympics.  These contestants from last year have survived a pie-eating contest, one of may challenges facing the would-be Lab Olympic champion.  This year’s event is approaching next week – what daring feats of skill will come to […]

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