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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 84, Number 4 (May 1983)

The news,   pp. 4-6

Page 4

The News
Comparison Figures On
Grad School Ranking
In our March/April issue we reported on
Wisconsin's ratings in a recent study of
graduate programs by the Conference
Board of Associated Research Councils.
We promised that in this issue, through
Vice Chancellor Bryant Kearl, we'd show
the size of the fields from which our ranking
came. Here's the update; the number of
schools compared in each case is in paren-
   They are: soc 1st (92); German 2nd
(48); chem eng 2nd (79); geography 2nd
(49); statistics 4th (64); biochemistry 5th
(139); molecular biology 5th (89); plant
pathol 5th (83); Spanish/Port 6th (69); zool-
ogy 7th (70); econ 8th (93); chemistry 8th
(145); poli sci 8th (83); math 9th (115); his-
tory 10th (102); computer sci 11th (58);
bacteriology   12th   (134); geology/
geophysics 13th (91); mech eng 13th (82);
psych 13th (150); botany 14th (83); civil &
envir eng 14th (74); French/Italian 14th
(58); English 18th (106); physics 18th (123);
philosophy 19th (77); classics 20th (35); an-
thro 22nd (70); electrical/computer eng
24th (91); linguistics 25th (35); art history
31st (41); music 33rd (53); physiology 42nd
Cancer Center Starts
Second Decade Optimistically
The Clinical Cancer Center marked its
tenth anniversary this spring with the an-
nouncement that it has received a $5.5-
million grant from the National Cancer In-
stitute. The money will be used over the
next five years to strengthen its programs in
radiation therapy, hyperthermia research,
behavioral science related to cancer pre-
vention, and laboratory research.
    It was one of six such comprehensive
 centers when it was chartered in 1973; now
 there are twenty. About 2000 new cancer
 patients are treated here annually by a staff
 of 230 specialists. One of its major areas of
 study is in bladder cancer (WA, May/June
 '82), a disease of high incidence in the mid-
 west. And even before its chartering, a rep-
 utation was being built here for the special-
 ists' pioneering work in bone-marrow
    A $2-million grant has been forthcom-
 ing recently from Shell Oil and the Cetus
 Corporation for further studies on the anti-
cancer drug interferon. The center will
evaluate experiments conducted at other
places in the nation, an assignment given
the UW because it has "an excellent repu-
tation in the field," said an industry spokes-
man. Any patents resulting will be held by
the Wisconsin Alumni Research Founda-
   Three types of interferon are produced
by the body, two of them from white blood
cells, the third from fibroblast connective
tissues. The latter will be researched most
extensively here. The American Cancer
Society has great hopes for the drug which
at one time cost $30,000 to produce a single
treatment but now, through a form of clon-
ing of bacteria, costs only $200. It has been
shown effective in a range of treatments
from controlling hepatitis to malignant mel-
Six To Receive Honorary Degrees
Six professionals with backgrounds and ac-
complishments in literature, theater, sci-
ence and government will receive honorary
degrees at spring commencement May 22.
The recipients are: Gay Wilson Allen
PhD'34 (Doctor of Literature), Oradell,
N.J., eminent author/editor of nineteen
books and more than fifty essays on Ameri-
can literature;
   Phillip Levine (Doctor of Science), New
York City, member of our Medical School
faculty from 1932 to 1935 and one of the
world's leading hematologists; noted for
discovering the Rh factor in human blood;
   Joseph Losey (Doctor of Humane Let-
ters), London, born in La Crosse, success-
ful film and theater director whose films in-
clude "The Servant," "Accident," "The
Go-Between," "Don Giovanni," and
"Boris Gudonov";
   James E. Doyle '37 (Doctor of Law),
 Madison, distinguished lawyer and cur-
 rently the U.S. District judge for western
   Emmett G. Solomon (Doctor of Hu-
mane Letters), Hillsborough, Calif., who
has had a prominent career in banking and
public service and is chairman of Crocker
National Bank;
   and M.S. Swaminathan PhD'75 (Doctor
of Science), Los Banos, Philippines, geneti-
cist and major force in shaping Indiah gov-
ernment policies in agriculture and envi-
ronmental affairs for more than a quarter of
a century.
Computer Sciences Department
Discovers Burden of Success
It's not easy being popular, according to the
computer sciences department. In fact, it's
downright difficult. With computer experi-
ence now looked on as the closest thing to a
job guarantee, students clamor to enroll in
such courses. This semester, 1182 had to be
put on waiting lists; that's one out of every
five applicants.
   The department's research activities are
expanding-they drew more than $2-
million in outside funding last year-but in
the process they have outgrown the space
available. By its own allocation formulas, it
needs another 24,000 square feet. That
much would become available in a pro-
posed 58,500-square-foot addition to the
Computer Sciences Building on West Day-
ton Street. If the $10.5-million enlargement
clears legislative hurdles and is approved by
the governor this year, construction would
begin in 1984, to be completed two years
   In addition to meeting space needs, the
 department chairman, Robert Meyer
 MS'66, PhD'68, says he must concentrate
 on maintaining a high-quality faculty.
 Higher salaries at other teaching institu-
 tions and/or the amenities of industry are
 luring away an average of two of his staff
 each year. "In spring, I spend more time on
 recruiting than on anything else," he said.
    Some teaching gaps can be filled by doc-
 toral graduates, but the competition is in-
 tense. Of some 250 new PhDs each year,
 about thirty percent are of the quality
 Meyer is seeking, but he can offer a starting
 salary of only about $28,000-a princely
 sum to the generation which parented this
 one, but about $12,000 less than they are
 being offered by industry. A national re-
 port in 1980 estimated the supply of new
 doctoral graduates at about twenty percent
 of the demand.
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