Briefs 2/28/12

Feb 272012

CSU celebrates 40 years of giving blood

CSU has collected more than 15,000 units of blood during blood drives the past 40 years, an accomplishment that will be marked by the Bonfils Blood Center’s “40 Years of Saving Lives” award.

There will be award presentations by Jennifer Davis, Bonfils Blood Center’s Business Development Manager, at 11 a.m. in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Colorado State University is very proud of this partnership,” said Mike Elis, the executive director of the Lory Student Center. “It’s very exciting to see the many ways students, staff and faculty give back to the community, and Bonfils has provided outstanding coordination and resources for this effort throughout the years.”

CSU hosts 15 blood drives each year and an average of 75 people donate at each drive.

CSU, FoCo team up to study affect of traffic on health

A five year study by CSU and the City of Fort Collins might just definitively prove that sitting in traffic on College Avenue is bad for your health.

The study will focus on commuter’s exposure to air pollution, specifically, the differences in pollution exposure between cyclists and drivers, and the specific locations in the city where pollution is the worst.

About 150 study participants will wear GPS senors, pulse monitors and micro accelerometers. These accelerometers measure changes in movement, so researchers can record their whereabouts and activity levels.

Researchers will incorporate this data into a digital map of Fort Collins to assess pollution exposure.

“The results will have important regulatory implications as well as implications for communities similar to Fort Collins that have relatively good air quality,” said Jennifer Peel, co-leader of the project and also a professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences. “This study will gather information that can help communities plan for development with public health and sustainability in mind.”’

Enjoy a ‘Night in Harlem’

Student looking for a quick getaway from Fort Collins during mid-term season are in luck!

Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Black Student Alliance and the Black/African American Cultural Center are hosting a ‘Night in Harlem,’ which will feature games, music and refreshments.

The event will take place in the Cherokee Ballroom of the Lory Student Center, and is free and open to the public.

According to the event’s entry on the calendar, “Put away your heavy load and come down to the ballroom to enjoy and breathe in a night in Harlem by playing games and networking with a diverse group of faculty and students!”

How much do you waste?

As a part of CSU’s campus-wide RecycleMania competition, which helps promote recycling through campus activities, the university is set to host its annual trash audit on Wednesday.

The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on University Avenue near the Computer Science building, will include 70 student volunteers and 10 faculty and staff advisers who will sort through a day’s worth of campus trash and see how much of the waste could have been recycled or composted instead.

“It is a dirty and difficult job, but the students who take part each year have a wonderful time and tell us they never throw anything away afterward without thinking about whether the item could be reused, repurposed, recycled or composted instead,” said Tonie Miyamoto, director of communications and sustainability for Housing and Dining Services, in a Today@ColoradoState report.

“It is a reality check to see all the waste that we produce on campus in just one day.”

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