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Paws-on Science steals the show

What do the Husky Marching Band and virtual reality painkillers have in common? Both were part of the inaugural Paws-on Science, highlighting UW research at the Pacific Science Center.

For three days, the UW turned the Science Center purple and gold as nearly 9,000 people attended the weekend event, April 9-11. Paw prints led eager children from station to station, while parents, friends, families and both Husky mascots (thanks Dubs!) were treated to interactive, hands-on—er, paws-on—exhibits featuring UW scientists and researchers.

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UW students start a bonfire near Greek Row

A power outage near campus led UW students to start a bonfire on the corner of 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE late Monday, April 12. Seattle police dispersed the crowd without major incident, and firefighters had the 15-foot-high flames out and the streets cleared by 1:30 a.m.

UW and student leadership harshly criticzed the bonfire on Tuesday, calling it “damaging and irresponsible.” According to The Daily, UW officials may punish students through the University’s disciplinary process, while Seattle Police Department officials said the bonfire will not be ignored.

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Toothpaste eruption sets the tone for Paws-on Science


Paws-on Science, a special “Huskies Weekend” at Pacific Science Center, runs Friday through Sunday, April 9-11. Join scientists and researchers from the UW for hands-on exhibits and discussions that highlight the amazing work being done at the University of Washington.

Here’s a fun KONG-6/16 TV video of UW scientists igniting a purple and gold Elephant’s Toothpaste volcano in preparation for Paws-on Science. Alumni enjoy up to 20% off admission, and there are discounts for faculty, staff, students and donors as well. The three-day event features family-friendly activities, games and demonstrations. The Husky Marching Band is also expected to make an appearance.

It’s hands-on Science for Dawgs. Don’t miss out!

For information on discounts and all the exhibits happening this weekend, visit the Paws-on Science site.

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Dubs is the 2010 NCAA Mascot Champion

Dubs, the UW’s live Husky mascot, is one of the University of Washington’s most popular figures. Need proof? The 1-year-old Alaskan Malamute won the 2010 NCAA Mascot Tournament, beating out Blitz II of the Wofford Terriers. Dubs was crowned champion after four rounds of fan voting.

Hosted by, the NCAA Mascot Tournament paired 16 of the country’s best pet mascots. For more on Dubs, see his Facebook page or follow his very own blog, which is pretty cool and has tons of photos.

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UW alum Jim Dutton pilots space shuttle Discovery


Jim Dutton is currently at the controls of the space shuttle Discovery, which launched early Monday, April 5 from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Dutton is a 1994 graduate of the UW College of Engineering, and that’s two straight shuttle missions piloted by Huskies. Last May, Gregory C. Johnson led the Atlantis mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.    

Growing up in Oregon, Dutton remembers looking up into the starry sky and thinking it was the only place for him. Now, he’s driving one of the iconic space shuttle’s final missions. “The space shuttle was really the vehicle that I grew up watching. I think, for my generation, most people feel that way,” Dutton told Spaceflight Now in a fantastic new profile.

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Catch live Husky softball on UWTV

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The No. 1-ranked Husky softball team is red hot these days. Seems everyone wants a piece of the defending national champions. Now you can see live Husky softball on UWTV.

Tune in this Friday at 6 p.m. to catch Danielle Lawrie and the Dawgs take on UCLA. For all the info and to see the Huskies in action, keep checking

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The Daily’s best April Fools joke ever

Last year’s April 1 issue of The Daily nearly gave me a heart attack. As a former sports writer there, I was crushed to learn that budget cuts had swallowed the school paper as well. A cruel April Fools joke, indeed.

Seriously, I went to Bartell’s on the Ave to get some Pop Tarts in the morning and there, next to the Seattle Times and the Wall Street Journal, was that day’s copy of The Daily. The front page was a foreboding black and gray with a large picture of the iconic George Washington campus statue. It read “The Last Daily: It finally hit us, too.” It, of course, being the world’s crumbling economy.

My heart sank as my three years of Daily experience flashed through my head. We’d been through so much together. It’s where I honed my craft and what led to my first job. How could a 118-year-old UW staple like The Daily succumb to one year of terrible budget cuts?!

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