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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).

More flood updates.

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.

News release.

Helmers collects water at his test site.

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.

News release.

Hira provides money-saving tips to make the most of your grocery dollars

Tahira Hira, an ISU professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and one of the nation's leading financial literacy experts, provides 10 money-saving tips for your next shopping trip to the grocery store.
News release.

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.
News release.

Iowa State’s 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.

News release.

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.
News release.

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.

Iowa State Athletics news release.

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