Monday, August 16 2010
Drinking water is safe
Ames officials reported Sunday afternoon that Ames city and university water is safe to drink. Officials made the announcement after tests of numerous city and university water samples came back free of harmful bacteria. It was the second piece of good news in as many days. On Saturday, officials lifted restrictions on water volume usage.
Before drinking water in residences, individuals should flush their home water systems. See tips on flushing faucets, showers, dishwashers and ice machines (PDF).
State Fair veterinarian oversees all creatures great and small
The deep-fried Twinkies and corn dogs will have to wait. As the veterinarian for the Iowa State Fair, Dr. Bruce Leuschen won't have much down time as he oversees the health care for approximately 15,000 animals during the 11 days of the fair plus several pre-fair days. Leuschen, Iowa State University Veterinarian and Clinician at ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine, left Tuesday morning for the State Fairgrounds. This is the third year that Leuschen has been the State Fair veterinarian. He's seen about everything, but surprises still happen.
Helmers collects water at his test site.
Switchgrass lessens soil nitrate loss into waterways, ISU researcher says
Iowa State University researchers Matt Helmers and Antonio Mallarino find that by planting switchgrass and using certain agronomic practices, farmers can significantly reduce the amount of nitrogen and nitrates that leach into the soil.
Hira provides money-saving tips to make the most of your grocery dollars
Gift will make new academic auditorium a reality at Iowa State
One of Iowa State University's most critical needs will
soon be met as the Board of Regents today approved plans for a
$10 million, 400-seat auditorium to be built on campus.
Construction is scheduled to be completed when fall semester
classes start in 2012. The Change Happens Foundation of
Holualoa, Hawaii, headed by ISU alumnus Douglas Troxel, has
made a $5 million commitment toward the construction of the
state-of-the-art auditorium building.
Iowa States chemistry department expects big boost from $78 million Hach Hall
Iowa State University's Hach Hall opens when the fall semester begins on Aug. 23. The first rooms in heavy use will be undergraduate teaching labs. Research programs and faculty members will move into labs and offices throughout the semester. The building will be formally dedicated on Oct. 8.
ISU design, computer science collaboration receives Motorola Foundation grant for game development competition
The College of Design and Department of Computer Science will
use a $50,000 grant from the Motorola Foundation to host a
yearlong game development competition for ISU students majoring
in design, technology, communication and business disciplines.
Anson Call, associate professor of integrated studio arts, and
Chris Johnson, lecturer in computer science, will serve as
advisers. The competition will be announced to students at the
beginning of fall semester via publications such as the Iowa
State Daily and Toons, as well as learning communities and
other campus networks.
Koll named Big 12 Athlete of the Year
Lisa Koll is the first female Cyclone to win Big 12 Athlete of the Year. She also won the Honda Award and is a finalist for The Bowerman -- the nation's top award for collegiate track and field athletes.