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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 3 (Nov. 1952)

The faculty,   pp. 14-15


Page 14


Teachers make a school-
President Praises Strong Faculty
                     HE UNIVERSITY now has one of the strongest facul-
                         ties in its history, and has considerably improved
its
                         teaching and student advising, Pres. E. B. Fred
told
                     faculty members in his annual address to the UW faculty
 at its first meeting of the year in October.
     Among the methods of teaching improvement he cited were:
  1. Encouragement of the good teach-
ers we have;
  2. Training and orientation of as-
sistants;
  3. Increasing senior faculty attention
to undergraduate teaching;
  4. C I o s e r student-teacher relation-
ships; and
   5. Improvement in advising through
two current pilot studies.
   He warned, however, that these were
but improvements in     mechanics  of
teaching, and that "regardless of these
arrangements, a real teacher will always
find time to heltm his students.  . . This
is  one  of  the keystones of sound
education ......
   He reported considerable, attention
during the past year to the content of
teaching, and referring to the history
requirement voted last year, said:
   "No one, I believe, thinks that this
requirement is a mold into which we
can push students and automatically
form responsible citizens. But these
days, when shadows are cast on the
very rights and freedoms upon which
our nation is based, few would deny
the value of showing our students what
thought, w h a t struggle   yes, what
blood, has been devoted to securing
these freedoms and rights."
   Describing the University's expand-
 ing program of adult education, he
 noted these principles of University
 service:
   "We will provide only those serv-
 ices requested, only those services which
 we are uniquely qualified to perform,
 and only those services which do not
 duplicate services provided by other
 agencies-private or public."
   Reviewing the UW building pro-
 gram, he called it "encouraging, impor-
 tant, and a sign of progress."
Dropping of Small
Classes Criticized
  FACULTY MEMBERS in October
were sharply critical of an action by the
UW administrative committee aimed at
reducing the number of courses with
small enrolments. At its first fall meet-
ing, the faculty voted unanimously to
ask the University committee on courses
to study the "edict."
  The administrative c o m m it t e e-
which includes the University's deans
and directors-had asked departmental
chairmen to abandon Ă½mall courses "un-
less the department can show that se-
rious educational damage will result
from the elimination." Small enrol-
ment classes were defined as courses
for undergraduates only with an enrol-
merit of less than 10 students, under-
graduate-graduate courses with less than
eight, and graduate-only courses with
enrolment of less than five students.
This fall 115 such courses have been
dropped.
  The action was criticized as a viola-
tion of "both traditions and the rules"
of the University, and the four faculty
members who spoke at the meeting in-
dicated they opposed the procedure in
which the action was taken.
   In other October actions, the faculty
received reports from its committee on
He's Too Busy to Retire
DR. BENJAMIN M. DUGGAR, the
     man who discovered aureomycin
four years after his "retirement" at 71,
was 80 years old on September 1.
  As far from actual retirement as ever,
the former University of Wisconsin
professor of botany and plant physiol-
ogy is taking a leading role in the
search at Lederle Laboratories in Pearl
River, N. Y., for new antibiotics, or
"wonder drugs."
  His job is "consultant in mycolog-
ical research and production." An im-
portant phase of- his work is with the
staff of scientists who are testing thou-
sands upon thousands of soil samples,
gathered from all parts of the world,
from which new antibiotic molds may
be developed.
  It was in such a soil sample, col-
lected in Missouri, that Dr. Duggar
discovered aureomycin.
  A world authority in plant molds
and fungi before his compulsory re-
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tirement because of age from the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin, Dr. Duggar came
to Lederle in 1944. In particular he
was acknowledged as a leader in mush-
room cultivation.
I His fame as a mushroom specialist
was in fact largely responsible for his
decision to come to Lederle and con-
tinue working at an age when most
men are glad to retire. In view of the
important work being done in his field
-plant molds-he felt that it was a
small honor to be remembered as a
mushroom expert.
  Several of his former students now
at Lederle say he hasn't changed much
in the last 20 years. His normal work-
ing day is 8 to 5. Often he works long
after hours and through his weekends.
When time permits, he bowls, plays
golf, and goes fishing. Other interests
are his garden, said to be the best
around Pearl River, cooking (southern
style) for gatherings of his colleagues,
DR. DUGGAR
and preserving vegetables-usually 150
to 200 cans a season.
  Dr. Duggar has no plans for retire-
ment. There are too many things going
on in his field these days, he says, to
think of retirement now.
            WISCONSIN ALUMNUS


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