Community briefs for 8/31

Aug 302010
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

Movie about prof takes seven Emmys

The HBO movie about CSU animal scientist Temple Grandin received five Emmy Awards during Monday night’s award ceremony.

The film “Temple Grandin” won five of the major awards including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Claire Danes), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (David Strathairn), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Julia Ormond) and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Mick Jackson).

Grandin herself appeared onstage for the awarding of Outstanding Made for TV Movie at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Two other awards were given to the film at a previous Emmy Award ceremony Aug. 21.

Lory State Park Fees could increase

Visitors to Lory State Park could be pulling more green out of their wallets if the Colorado State Parks Board approves a proposal to increase almost all fees in Colorado’s 42 state parks.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, entry fees for all parks would go up $1, bringing the Lory State Park fee from $6 to $7.

The board will be voting on the issue in September, and, if it passes, it’s expected to generate $1.3 million per year.

CSU Art Gallery to feature Middle East, North Africa art

CSU’s Hatton Gallery will take a turn for the exotic Friday when it features diverse artwork from the Middle East and North Africa.

“Caravanserai: Carpets, Canvas, Calligraphy, Crafts from the Middle East and North Africa,” is a collaboration of several CSU departments and faculty members. Its aim is to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the diverse artwork of the two regions, according to a university press release.

The gallery is free to the public and runs from Sept. 3 through 28.

CSU professor working to improve waste disposal

A CSU professor is developing an anaerobic digester that transforms animal waste into methane using less water than current technologies.

The improvements to the digester will make it more affordable and easier to use for feedlots and dairies in the West.

Anaerobic digesters are commonly used at large animal feeding operations throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast where water resources are plentiful, said Sybil Sharvelle, assistant professor of civil engineering in a CSU press release.

These machines require high levels of liquid to allow the machines to properly pump and mix the waste in addition to stimulating the growth of microorganisms that convert the waste into methane.

Sharvelle’s system separates the process into two major steps. Water is trickled over dry waste in a vessel to capture organic materials and convert nearly 60 percent of the solid material into liquid organic acids. The liquid is put into another reactor, which is heated to incubate the bacteria living in the digester. These bacteria then convert waste into methane.

It is also tailored to help Western farming and ranching operations because rocks and sand often end up in the animal waste, which traditional digesters do not handle well. With Sharvelle’s system, remaining solids are separated and can then be composted.

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