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The Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 46, Number 3 (Dec. 15, 1944)

University news,   pp. 4-6


Page 4


UNIVERSITY NEWS,
     New Degrees
       Four new degrees, to be conferred - upon
     fulfillment of certain, requirements have
     been recently established by the faculty.
     The subject of the degrees; must next be
     approved by the Board" of" Regents before'
     * they are put intoq effect.
       The new degrees are as follows:
       Master of scienc~e degree in engineering
     field or without designated field so long as
     all requirements. in prescribed studies on-
     campus or off-campus are met satisfactorily;
       Professional engineering degree, to be
     granted graduates of, Wisconsin or other
     comparable schools upon completion of 24,
     credits of graduate study over a period of
     at least two years;
       Master of &isiness administration degree,
     to be granted on the basis of existing re-
     quirements for the present degree of master
     of arts of philosophy in commerce, to be
     effective for students starting their work
     during the current school' vear; and
       A new bachelor of'science degree in light
     building-industry based on work and stpdy
     in a- new, curriculum   presented by the
     faculty of the school of commerce.
     Gifts and, Grants
       Most of - the :money given to, the univer-
     i.ty .this month had to do with projects
     related to the College of Agriculture.
       The Oscar Mayer company of Madison
     gave $23,700, which will be combined with.
     a previous grant to be used-for study , of
     the losses of swine due: to nutritional
     deficiencies.
S -   -That, company also gave the university
     $400 to be used for' scholarships to,- the
     short course.
       $2,800 was accepted from the Aeration-
     Processes, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, for work
     on"the absorption of substances on fat'
     - globales -in dairy -'products.
       Several scholarships were- also established
     from grants and bequests left the: univer--
     sity. The. American Foundation for Phar-
     maceutical Education contributed' $400 for
     the renewal of its scholarship.
       The. late Prof- Benjamin W. Snow -left.
     about- $20,000., to .establish aĆ½ scholarship
     fund known as the "Agnes Butler Snow
     Fund" for scholarships to worthy students.
       Other gifts accepted include $100 from
     Mrs. A. F. Karcher, Burlington, Wis., for
     cancer research; $3,300 from Eli Lilly. and
     Co., Indianapolis, for a scholarship, in or-
     ganic chemistry; $250 from the A. 0. Smith
     Corp., Milwaukee, for the Journal of Land
     and Public Utility Economics; and $1,278
     from the Wisconsin Alumni association
     toward the Julius Olson Scholarship-Loan
     Fund.
       Four books containing examples of Rus-
     sian art were presented to the university
     by Joseph E. Davies, former United States
     ambassador to Russia.
     Sharer Memorial-
       A spontaneous and widespread demand
     for a suitable memorial to Allen Schafer,
     varsity quarterback who died after receiv-
     ing an injury on the football field a month
     ago, has resulted in the establishment 6f
     the Allen Shafer Memorial Fund.
     4'
. Now  pernianentlv organized, the fund
will be used for scholarships to be awarded
members of the Wisconsin freshman foot-
ball' squad:*
  Members' of the fund-raising group in-
dude President Clarence A. Dykstra, chair-"
man; William, Rodiger, president of the-
student board; secretary; John Berge, -'sec-
retary of the Wis. Alumni assoc., treas-
urer and' County- Judge Fred M.. Evans,
Dr. William. F. Lorenz, of the athletic
board;.Dr. Alfred W. Swan, pastor of the
F i r s t Congregational church, Madison;
Coach Harry Stuhldreher; Willis Jones,
West High school,- coach; and Frank O..
Holt. director, of the department of public
service.
  President-Dykstra explained that it is
hoped the-fund will be sufficient to permit
the awarding of several sophomore scholar-
ship~s yearly. The. university committee on
loans and scholarships will make all deter-
minations regarding the giving of the
scholarships.
'The memorial fund idea originated in an
editorial in Madison's Capital Times, and
spread, throughout Madison and the state.
  Contributions to the fund are being made
out to the Allen Shafer Memorial Fund
and mailed. to John Berge in care of the
Wisconsin Alumni association, 770 Lang-
don St., Madison 6.
  A collection was taken on behalf of the
fund between halves of the Minnesota
game, and over $2,000 was added to the
fund.
Wins No6el Prize
   Dr. Herbert Spencer Gasser, '11, was re-
 cently awarded one of the Nobel prizes in
 medicine, it was announced by the -Nobel
 "Foundation in Stockholm.
   The 1944 award went jointly to Dr.
 Gasser and to Joseph Erlanger,- for: the
 work they had done in studies of the indi-
 vidual nerve threads. The recipient -of this
 world wide honor: was also. the recipient
 of an honorary doctor of science degree by
 the university in 1941.  1
   ,Born and raised in Platteville, Wiscon-
 sin, Dr. Gasser came to Wisconsin only
 after his father, a well known Platteville
 physician, insisted that he study biological
 science. Gasser was originally a student of
 mathematics, but when his father refused
 to finance university work unless it was
 in biology, young Gasser decided to change
 fields.
   A serious student, Gasser took his B.S.
 degree in 1910 and his M.A. in 1911. While
 attending medical school he became inter-
 ested in physiology and served as an in-
 structor in that department for two years.
 He also taught pharmacology on the
 'campus here.             ' ..
   He finished his M.D. at Johns Hopkins
 university 'in 1915.    -
   Dr. Gasser has been a director of the
 'Rockefeller institute for the last ten years,
 :having been apDoointed to that position
 when he'd already made quite a name for
 himself for his research on the electric cur-
 rent set up in the body's nervous system.
   Dr. Walter J. Meek, acting dean of the
 medical-- school, has.called Gasser "easily
 .the most distinguished graduate" of that
 school.,
 He is internationally known in his field
 and has published papers on biological
 oxidation and on the application ,of the
 cathode -. ray tube to investigations of the
 nervous: system.'
 Centennial Plans
   Plans for. the. University of Wisconsin
 centennial, which will be celebratedin the
 1948-49 school year were discussed re-
'..cently at a joint,.meeting of the Board of
Regents  and    the  university  centennial
committee.
   Projects which were tentatively coinsid-
 ered included the joint celebration of the
 admission of 'Wisconsin, to statehood in
 i848 and the beginning of university in-
 struction in 1849, publication of a history
 of the university, publication of a history
 of the state, publication of a directory of
 all university alumni, and various music,
 dramatic, and athletic events.
   In order to commemorate the.year of its
 founding the University will endeavor to
 make 1948-49 a year of distinguished
 eductional work.
   Meibers of the centennial committee in-
 clude Regent Walter Hodgkins; Pres. C.
 A., Dykstra; Chairman W. H. Kiekhofer;
 E., P. Alexander; director, State Historica'
 society; John Berge, secretary, Wis. Alumni
 association; F. 0. Holt, director of the
 department of public service; and Profes-
 sors H. C. Bradley, R.. A. Brink, J. G.
 Fowlkes, Paul Knaplund, A. T. Weaver,
 and M. 0. Withey.
The.. WISCONSIN ALUMNUS is pub-
lished' monthly, October through July, by
the Wisconsin Alumni association and is
entered as second class matter at tie post
office at Madison, Wis., under the act of
March 3, 1879. Subscription to the ALUM-
NUS (included in the membership dues
of the Wisconsin Alumni association) is
$2. a year; suftcription to non-members is
            $4. -per year.


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