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The Michigan Daily--Friday, May 12,1 989-Page 2
Students and A2 community
cultivate growth in Managua
BY VERA SON G W E The idea of the laboratory began with Nicaraguan and
Development in many Central American countries is American Scientists who were collaborating on other
being hindered by political differences, rendering it agricultural projects and realized the need for a facility
difficult for long term productive projects to be carried where Nicaraguan technicians could be trained in soil
out. water and water analysis.
However, one group comprised of students and "There are similar development ideas all over the US
community members were able to bridge some differ- but A2MISTAD is unique to Ann Arbor," said graduate
ences and aid the people of Nicaragua earlier this month. student Mike Fitzgibbon, an A2MISTAD member.
After four years of organizing, fund-raising and con- A2'MISTAD is made up of students who want to
struction with the assistance of Italian, Dutch and
Norwegian materials and support, the Ann Arbor Man- be actively involved in social issues, students who want
agua Initiative for Soil Testing and Development finally to make a change," said Fitzgibbon.
unveiled a laboratory to the people of Managua. In 1985, Prof. John Vandermeer and others formed a
"With the economic embargo we had a lot of trouble project called Humanitarian Assistance Project for In-
getting the supplies from the US to build the laboratory dependent Agricultural Development in Nicaragua out of
but we had a lot of community support," said Prof. Jen which was born the A2MISTAD, which spells
Stewart. friendship in Spanish.



News briefs
Students still sitting-in
An estimated 150 students continued their protest at Michigan State
University yesterday, in the wake of similar sit-ins at two other state
universities, Ferris State and Wayne State.
"These are not isolated protests," said United Coalition Against
Racism member and medical student Kimberly Smith. "This is happening
because there is racism on campus. People are fed up with it and want to
take a stand."
According to Smith, during the March National Student of Color
Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan State protest leader "Darius Peyton
expected something was going to happen before the year was out. The
(MSU) administration had made several surface type statements, but had
not gotten to the core of the problem."
Monday, a group of 100 students at Ferris State University ended their
five-day occupation of Starr Educational Center when the administration
agreed to address the protesters' demands, including an increase of students
and faculty of color on campus.
Fusion not duplicated
University experiments from two research groups have been unable to
reproduce the room-temperature nuclear fusion reaction announced by the
University of Utah last month.
One group, led by nuclear engineering Prof. Glenn Knoll, ran an ex-
periment for nine days and measured X-rays for evidence of a fusion
reaction. Under the experiment concluded Saturday, no evidence of fusion
was recorded.
Another University group of researchers at the Randall Laboratory is
also assessing the cold fusion reaction. They are trying to verify the
Brigham Young University experiment which produced low levels of
neutrons. According to scientists, low levels of neutrons may indicate
University officials said it is too early to confirm the room tempera-
ture fusion theory.
'U' sites low Grad radon
Results from a three-month Radon testing of the Graduate Library,
released Tuesday, showed existing levels of Radon are lower than the En-
vironmental Protection Agency's guidelines.
The extended testing period was ordered by University officials fol-
lowing a spot test conducted by the Daily in January. The Daily's results
indicated Radon levels as high as 37.7 picocuries. A second test conducted
immediately by University officials found a level of 9.0 picocuries.
Picocuries per liter of air is a measurement of the radioactivity present
in standing air. The EPA's guideline level of 4.0 picocuries, considered
by the government to be an acceptable level of radon to which the body
can be exposed over lifetime without risk of contracting lung cancer.
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