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Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Pumpkin Competitors

wdt_ID Entries Votes as of Nov 21
1 Darth Pumpkin

1st place - 6 votes
2nd place - 6 votes
3rd place - 6 vote
2 Sweet and Sour

1st place - 1 vote
2nd place - 9 votes
3rd place - 8 votes
3 Pumpkins Aglow

1st place - 11 votes
2nd place - 3 votes
3rd place - 4 votes


We are having our first-ever virtual pumpkin carving contest as part of the 2022 Partners in Giving campaign. Click on the red button to learn more.

2022 Partners in Giving Campaign

Entry submission deadline: November 30, 2022

Voting Open:  November 1-30, 2022

About Us

The Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics (BMI) is the home of data science for the  University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health (UW SMPH), an academic medical center. BMI is a leading research hub and training center for biomedical data sciences, including biostatistics and biomedical informatics. BMI investigators are engaged in basic discovery science, clinical trials, image analysis, genomics, computational biology, and population studies, and they advance research throughout the SMPH. This research is often multi-faceted and collaborative, and faculty have joint or affiliate appointments with many other campus units: Statistics, Computer Sciences, Population Health Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Morgridge Institute for Research, and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

BMI faculty and research staff provide consultation and collaboration in the planning, design, conduct, and analysis of basic, translational, and clinical research.

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In Memoriam: Zhumin Zhang

BMI Biostatistician Zhumin Zhang passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 10. She will be greatly missed as a collaborator, colleague, kind, and hard-working member of the biostatistics team.

A grief processing session with Dr. Joshua Shiffman from the Employee Assistance Office is scheduled for Friday, November 18 from 10-11:30 am in room 132 WARF. We have the room for the whole day, so it is open for any groups that want to get together outside the session with the Employee Assistance Office.

More about Zhumin.

If you wish to share a memory for posting on the BMI In Memoriam page for Zhumin, please send an email to Sue Carlson at

Service Details

The visitation and funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 29, at Cress Funeral Home at 3325 E. Washington Ave.

The visitation begins at 1 pm and the funeral service begins at 3 pm.

If you wish to post anything on the Cress Funeral Home tribute wall for Zhumin, you may do so here:


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