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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 1 (Oct. 1949)

Public service,   pp. 12-14


Page 12


1500, an Aztalan village of perhaps
1000 cannibalistic Indians. Digging
in this buried city has been going
on for about 30 years, but only re-
cently the Wisconsin Archeological
survey has begun working it. Two
Wisconsin students, Warren Wittry,
Madison, and Robert Hall, Green
Bay, are with this group which rep-
resents the University, Beloit and
Lawrence colleges, and the. Milwau-
kee museum.
   The work is done with more care
 than ordinary ditch digging. When
 a  shovel strikes something that
 might be important, it is laid aside
 and trowels are put to. use. If bones
 or pottery  are -uncovered, light
 scrapers and brushes carefully clean
 away the dirt and photographs are
 made.
   The Aztalan explorers have the
 biggest job. They carefully map out
 the location of every decayed post in
 the village so the state conservation
 department can later reconstruct
 the 17-acre area to look just as it
 did 500. years ago.
   Last year the group excavated
 along the Mississippi at Diamond
 Bluff 40 miles south of Minneapolis.
 On Canine Hysteria
 FURTHER RESEARCH on can-
 ine hysteria, or "running fits," in
 dogs by Profs. Gordon W. Newell,
 Stanley Gershoff and C. A. Elve-
 hjem lays the blame on a particular
 bleach sometimes used on flour.
 All results to date indicate that
 fits can be produced in dogs fed a
 flour bleached with more than one
 gram of agene per hundred pounds.
 As the level is increased the fits
 develop more rapidly and the symp-
 toms are more severe.
    PUBLIC SERVICE
Everywhere Institutes
  GOOD OR BAD, one of the most
unique things college folk discover
about summer sessions at Wisconsin
is the conglomeration of faces and
figures that look out of context.
School marms who gravitate to the
University in summer are often the
only ones accused of changing the
campus picture, but also guilty are
other "students" attending dozens
of conferences, symposiums, special
courses, panels sponsored by Uni-
versity departments.
  Over the past summer 27 of these
public service institutes were held,
and in terms of attendance they con-
sistently broke records. In almost all
cases the enrollees were charged no
fee.
  There were programs dealing with
diesel engineering and others on
"The Conservation of Wisconsin's
Natural Resources." School secre-
taries, meeting for the first time on
campus this summer, learned how to
play a more vital part in school
administration; 75   doctors a n d
12
nurses studied the diagnosis and
treatment of crippling, killing polio-
myelitis.
  MOST UNIQUE of the lot is
perhaps the 25-year-old School for
Workers, founded    by   economics
Prof. John R. Commons, a man who
realized the role of organized labor
in a democratic nation. His idea was
to offer courses which would im-
prove the leadership of union mem-
bers; the purpose is the same today.
  More than 4,000 students from 48
states and many foreign countries
have attended the school. This sum-
mer, for the fourth consecutive year,
the US department of labor has
chosen it one of the in-service train-
ing grounds for foreign students.
  Labor likes it. The Milwaukee
Trades and Labor council thinks so
much of the school that it once
donated $400 toward a series of
classes. Sometimes there have been
as many as 52 unions represented at
a session.
  William Gomberg, director in the
International Ladies   G a r m e n t
Workers union (AFL), last summer
recognized the Wisconsin school as
"'Home,' a place where we are a
part of the proceedings and not
guests, as is the case at some other
labor-management institutes. This
school accepts the labor movement
as a part of our national life and
does not question our right to exist."
  COUNTERPART of Wisconsin's
labor school is the Industrial Man-
agement institutes which this year
began in mid-September and will
run through May, 1950. Sixty-six
programs for management people,
from plant foreman to corporation
president, are on the schedule. Close
to 1,500 executives and supervisors,
from companies both big and little,
are expected to register.
  And this year, for the first time,
these management services extend
out into the state with a series of
special conferences in six communi-
ties. Another phase of the off-cam-
pus program is a series of institutes
planned for Milwaukee.
  Engineers, too, are underway with
a schedule of September-May meet-
ings to keep themselves abreast of
the latest technical developments.
This series of symposiums, a pro-
duct of the campus' new Industrial
Relations center, is being held the
first time this year.
  A   final important   University-
sponsored program was the centen-
nial symposium on general education
detonated by Harvard's President
James B. Conant. Many other top
educators came from all parts of the
nation to inform and be informed.
  The year-old department of inte-
grated liberal studies directed the
sessions.
The Handicapped Speak
  DEFECTIVE SPEECH, it's one
of the most disorganizing of all chil-
dren's handicaps. Worse, imperfec-
tions 1 i k e stuttering, disfiguring
harelip or cleft palate, and paraly-
sis are mistaken by some people for
feeblemindedness.
  University speech experts are do-
ing something about it.
  In addition to actual clinical work
on those suffering from such faults,
the speech department is training 15
to 20 experts a year to. carry on cor-
rection work elsewhere in the nation.
Diagnosing the physical handicaps
for what they are, departmental
educators say there is hope of cor-
INSTITUTE BUILDING (T-19) for the Industrial Management groups and their
year-round educational program guided by commerce Prof. Russell L. Moberly.
When the Wisconsin Center Building on Langdon St. is done, the University
can take such institutes out of shacks and put them in -buildings.
                                             WISCONSIN ALUMNUS


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