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McCormick, Bart E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 28, Number 2 (Dec. 1926)

A great temple of the future,   pp. 54-55

Page 55

facture of adhesives to ore flotation,
from the churning of butter to the pro-
duction of special plastic materials. The
list of colloid problems is well-nigh inex-
haustible, and new ones are appearing
every day.
  Not all of the problems presenting
themselves are being, solved, however,
because not all of the underlying princi-
ples in this new field are known. A great
amount of fundamental research is still
necessary to'bring this field to a state of
development such as has. already been
reached along many other lines.
  The smallest living cell is a colloid
system and one presenting innumerable
probhlms which requre solution_. 1rom
the standpoint of colloid chemistry the
living cell is an unexplored continent.
Inasmuch as all living things are com-
posed of these cells it is obvious that
colloid chemistry is a subject of para-
mount interest to all investigators in
the medical and biological fields. In the
human body the proper functioning of
all of the delicately balanced colloid sys-
tems there present means health; im-
proper functioning means disease and
even death. Without some knowledge
of colloid chemistry the medical-research
man is like a blind man trying to find
his way in the dark. Were the colloid
institute to yield results applicable to
the medical field alone it would be an in-
vestment of incalculable value.
  Here is an opportunity for applied phi-
lanthropy such as, is rarely conceived.
What greater service can man perform
than that service which leads to the
elimination of human suffering and the
prolongation of useful lives? The wast-
age" of human life and the suffering
which surrounds us in spite of the un-
selfish devotion of those ,engaged in
medical research is appalling. And the
leaders in medical research now recog-
nize that the future of research in that
field is dependent on a more thorough
knowledge of the principles of colloid
chemistry and their intelligent applica-
tion, The field of colloid chemistry is
still so new that the principles are but
imperfectly known. It is,' therefore, ob-
vious that intensive research in colloid
chemistry itself must precede the appli-
cations to medical science. The devel-
opment of the two fields will doubtless
go hand in hand.
  Excellent facilities for research in the
medical field will soon be available at the
University. The Colloid Institute would
be of inestimable value in furthering med-
ical research at Wisconsin, particularly
if it were located on the same campus
thus making daily cooperation possible.
  Of all of the research projects yet
started at Wisconsin this is certainly the
most ambitious and it is gratifying that
the plans for such aninstitute have been
endorsed by the National Academy of
  Sciences, the National Research Coun-
  cil, the Council of the American Chem-
  ical Society and the Council of the Amer-
  ican Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  They also have the'endorsement of hun-
  dreds of scientists, including medical re-
  search workers, biologists, physicists,
  physiologists, geologists, and agricultur-
  ists, as well as chemists and chemical
    Probably no research project ever sug-
  gested has met with such a hearty re-
  sponse from the scientific press of the
  country and a number of metropolitan
  newspapers have carried columns de-
  scribing the plan and pointing out its
  Wisconsin may have this "Temple of
the Future." Colloid chemistry has re-
ceived more attention at Wisconsin than
at any other American university and
Wisconsin is looked upon as the leader
in this field. In 1923 the University
brought Professor The Svedberg, an in-
ternational authority in the field of col-
loid cheniistry, to Madison to help or-
ganize research and to give lectures in
this subject. In June of, that year, under
the leadership of Professor J, H. Math-
ews, chairman of the Chemistry Depart-
ment, a National Symposium on Colloid
Chemistry was held at Madison with
such success that this Symposium has
become an annual eĆ½vent looked forward
to by hundreds of interested scientists.
Its success has also lead to the organiza-
tion of a new division in the American
Chemical Society, known as the Colloid
Chemistry Division. The work started
by Professor Svedberg is being carried
on and Wisconsin is now looked upon as
the leading training school for workers
in this field. The demand for men
trained in colloid chemistry far exceeds
the supply.
   Jnasmuch as this institute project
 originated and was developed at Wis-
 consin; inasmuch as Wisconsin has taken
 the lead in the development of this field
 of study; inasmuch as this project has
 received such hearty endorsemrents as
 those mentioned above; and, inasmuch
 as Wisconsin seems to be the unanimous
 choice for the location of such a National
 Institute, the Alumni of the University
 and the citizens of the state should get
 behind this project and see that this
 "Temple of the Future" is made a
   To bring about this reality-a reality
 which will bring inestimable prestige to
-our-University-na milliondollars-are
needed. Of this sum about three hun-
dred and fifty thousand dollars would be
expended in building and equipping a
suitable research building and the re-
mainder would become a permanent
endowment, the income- from   which
would be used to pay the scientific staff
and to purchase supplies needed. The
immediate problem  is to secure the
$35,ooo0 necessary for construction of
the building and purchase of equipment.
   The question now is-Are we Alumni
 going to get back of Professor Mathews
 and bring this great institute to Wiscon-
 sin or are we, through apathy, going to
 see some other university slip in and
 carry off the fruits. of all of the planning
 and effort that has been expended in the
 development of this splendid idea?
 T7HE cover design thiS: month is the,
    work of Evelyn Christians, Johnson
%.reeK, a senior in me ', ourse in rippiiec
Arts. The pen and ink drawing of Dr.
Babcock was a problem    assigned the
students in- Professor Varnum's class in
Commercial Art.
An Experiment in Education
         (Continued from page 53)
effectiveness, as provoker and guide in
the learning process, correspondingly
diminished. And he is likely to end as a
counterfeit educator who looks upon the
educational process as the science of
putting something into the student-
mind rather than as the are of starting
something in the student-mind.
       (Concluded in January issue)
  A, blanket, bearing the name
"Edna Schelt" in Wisconsin sec-
tion, at the Wisconsin-Michigan
game Nov. 6. Anyone knowing
Miss Schelt, ask her to communi-
cate with Alumni Headquarters, 821
State St., and we will put her in
touch with the finder.
December, 1926

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