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CoMotion Makerspace opens doors to innovation for students

The UW Makerspace opened its doors Tuesday afternoon in Fluke Hall. Upon entering, visitors had a lot of technology to learn about. To the left, there was a laser printing demonstration and an Arudino software prototype that would either blink or play music depending on the whim of the programmer. To the right, there was a station of state-of-the-art sewing machines and a 3-D printer creating a prosthetic hand. 

Brain Awareness Week informs the masses

Visiting students, parents, and teachers from K-12 institutions gathered in the HUB ballroom to celebrate Brain Awareness Week, a nationwide campaign organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience every March since 1996. 

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Sports

Pan ties school record with individual title in Cabo San Lucas

Entering the final round of the Querencia Cabo Collegiate on Tuesday morning, senior Cheng-Tsung Pan found himself in a three-way tie for first place with Viraat Badhwar of Stanford and South Florida’s Rigel Fernandes.

Huskies get win in Southern California despite high scores

After an opening day in which high scores were the theme across the board, the No. 1 Washington women’s golf team struggled Tuesday. But the Huskies had built up such a large lead on the first day that it didn’t matter.

Pac-12 men’s basketball week eight power rankings

That huge Pac-12 game this weekend really didn’t end up being the cracker everyone wanted to see.


Opinion

Will’s word of the week: goofball

Warning: This column contains mentions of drugs. I’ll explain in a moment.

But first, I suspect we all know goofballs, or think we do. These are the sorts of silly people, who, when faced with the complexities and challenges of life, turn to humor (or create it). Think Kramer from “Seinfeld,” or Schmidt, for you young, bright things out there, from “New Girl.”

There is beauty in recovery but not in the breakdown

Nothing is glamorous about a mental health disorder

Those left behind

How public schools are failing our most vulnerable students


Arts & Leisure

Interview with an artist: Jemaine Clement

For more than twenty years, Jemaine Clement, a comedian from New Zealand, has been closing the bridges between visual and aural comedy. He is most famous in America as part of the comedic folk duo Flight of the Conchords. But he’s done much more to put New Zealand on the map than Flight of the Conchords and its equally acclaimed TV series. He’s also starred in several movies, the most recent of which, “What We Do in the Shadows,” is his co-directorial debut with frequent collaborator Taika Waititi.

Album review: ‘Aureate Gloom,’ of Montreal

A butyraceous brolly of effulgent pigsney


Features

Circus school offers competition-free alternative athleticism

You don’t have to wait for the Ringling Bros. or Cirque du Soleil to come to town to catch a glimpse of the circus. Even better, you don’t have to be a trapeze or juggling master to participate in circus life either.

The School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA), located in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, claims to be the largest circus school in the nation. Founded in 2004 with only five students, SANCA has now grown to serve more than 1,000 students in weekly classes and has served almost 50,000 people in all.

It's not about your age, it's about your attitude

UW Sigma Kappa house director stays active at 85

Coming full circle

UW alumna survives cancer and helps provide scholarships to other patients


Science

Campus Pulse

Urbanization causing ‘rapid evolutionary changes,’ says UW paper

 

A recent paper published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution explores “rapid evolutionary changes” in the ecosystem caused by urbanization. 

The paper explains that these evolutionary changes are happening more quickly than originally thought and may “have significant implications for ecological and human well-being.”

Meet the poo-sniffin’ pooches of Conservation Canines Saving endangered species one scat at a time

Conservation Canines knows poop. In fact, its fridge is full of “poops” from all over the world. 

At a training facility tucked into a cool corner of UW’s Pack Forest near the foot of Mt. Rainier, the Conservation Canines team trains dogs to sniff out the scat of a variety of animals. Since 1997, they’ve been collecting a myriad of scat to study, ranging from that of local killer whales to tigers in Cambodia to the sesame-seed-sized pooh of Pacific pocket mice. 

Rolandi Research Group develops new water purification system

With the use of a biomaterial found in crustacean shells, the Rolandi Research Group at the UW is working to develop a water purification system for people in developing countries.

This biomaterial, chitin, can be extracted from most crustacean shells, though the research group is specifically working with crab and shrimp shells. Chitin acts as a filter: It absorbs dyes, metals, contaminants, pathogens, and microorganisms from water.


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