U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar’s office announced that Fort Wayne resident Gus Steigmeyer would display his award-winning project on agricultural toxins in the Richard G. Lugar Northeast Indiana Community Service Center in Fort Wayne. The project will be on display June 18 through July 2 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lugar Community Service Center is located in Covington Plaza at 6384-A West Jefferson Boulevard in Fort Wayne.
“I congratulate Gus on his award-winning project and appreciate the opportunity to share his research with visitors to our office” said Lugar. “In addition to his academic success, Gus displays a remarkable enthusiasm for volunteering and his community.”
Steigmeyer, a past Northeast Indiana Community Center volunteer, won 4th place at the 2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Steigmeyer’s project, The Toxicity of Agricultural Ditch Sediment to Hyallela Azteca, examined the effects of the herbicide Atrazine, and other farm chemicals, on sediment-dwelling organisms. Steigmeyer exposed amphipods to sediment from Northeastern Indiana agricultural drainage ditches and then tested them for adverse effects on the organism populations. He concluded that something toxic was affecting the aquatic life forms and more research needs to take place to isolate the cause of this environmental problem.
The 2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair was held at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 1,500 finalists from more than 50 countries competed for over $4 million in awards during an all-expense-paid trip from May 11 through May 17.