Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mike Todd an Ames High School Science teacher received the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.
Mike Todd's efforts to engage his environmental science students in community projects has earned him the 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The national award honors teachers who use “innovative approaches to environmental education” and teach students using the environment, according to a release. Since 2008, Todd has received $20,000 in grant funds to buy equipment that students use to monitor a pond and a manage a prairie, according to a report by the Associated Press. As part of the award Todd and the school will receive $2,000 each to further environmental education. Ames Newsletter/Ames Patch Facebook page/Twitter: @AmesPatch
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Students write grants to earn money for science projects
Sunday, February 24
By Kathy Hanson Ames Community School District's Community and Media Relations Director Ames High School Honors and earth science students are leveraging their curiosity to further their research and grant writing experience. Students in DeAnna Tibben’s classes seized an opportunity offered by the Frank Starr Memorial Iowa Junior Academy of Science Grant Fund and the Iowa Academy of Science to learn about the grant writing process and gain a chance to earn money to support their science fair projects. In November 2012, students sent the Academy 60 research proposals, 29 of which applied for grants. The Academy selected 11 of these 29 proposals as 2012 STARR Grant Winners, with grant awards totaling nearly $664. Grant awards vary from $20 …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Exercising after taking a flu shot could boost immunity, studies show.
Could exercising before or after a flu shot give you an added shot in the arm? That's what Iowa State University researchers are trying to determine Marian Kohut, an ISU professor of kinesiology, told Radio Iowa. In recent studies, researches found that college students who had received a flu shot and exercised had an increased number of antibodies compared to those who did not. Researchers said they are still studying to see if its better to exercise before or after the shot and if the same results would be found in non-college student populations. Results are inconclusive, but exercising around of the time you take a flu shot can't hurt. If you haven't received your flu shot yet here are a few places in Ames that offer them according to …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Ames Area Amateur Astronomers Club Hosts Public Viewing of Venus Transit Tuesday
If Tuesday's weather is good, the transit of Venus will look like a small black dot moving slowly across the sun. It's the last time Venus will come between the earth and the sun in our lifetime. “If you want to see a planet transit the sun, now is the only time in your life to see it,” said Evan Zerby, Ames Area Amateur Astronomers community outreach director. Venus last came between the earth and the sun in 2004 and will again about 5 p.m. Tuesday. But the next crossing takes place in 2117. Ames Area Amateur Astronomers club has planned a viewing event in McFarland Park for thousands for the once in a lifetime event. Organizers said to bring a lawn chair. Solar glasses must be worn to watch the transit, but if you don't have them now, it…
Friday, May 18, 2012
A UNI professor offers tips for viewing Sunday's eclipse.
Iowans are in for a spectacular light show this weekend, according to a University of Northern Iowa professor. A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Siobahn Morgan, head of the Department of Earth Science. "The eclipse will not completely block out the sun, since the moon is slightly farther from the Earth than it normally is," said Morgan in a press release. "This is just the opposite of the 'Super Moon' a few weeks ago. This time, the new moon will appear to be slightly smaller than normal, so it will not completely cover the sun, and a ring of the sun will be visible around the dark moon from some places on Earth." For Iowa viewers, the moon will have the maximum coverage of the sun …