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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 66, Number 1 (Oct. 1964)

Beran, Don
Hi-fi computer,   pp. 19-20


Page 20


fect of Leverage on Price of Stock;
and (Law) Business Practices and
Contract Law.
  "The new disc-packs, combined
with magnetic tape storage of data,
should open up new, exciting areas
of computer use.
  "Because of this, we're starting a
training program this fall to spread
computer knowledge more widely
around the campus," Dr. Muller ex-
plained.
  The noncredit courses, open to
both faculty and students, are usu-
ally planned to run for four weeks
each, with two hours of instruction
a week. In addition to the training
program and the new equipment,
the Center offers consultation serv-
ices, an improved system for check-
ing jobs in and out of the Center,
and the assistance and advice of
trained personnel. About all a re-
searcher has to do is to bring in his
punched cards. And a few hours to
a few days later, he can come in and
pick up the results.
  "I expect that with our new equip-
ment and- organization we can soon
become one of the half-dozen lead-
ers in university computing in the
nation," Dr. Muller predicted.
  Some of the other leaders in the
field are the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, and the Universities
of Illinois, Michigan, and Michigan
State, and UCLA.
CIC Universities Cooperate on "Traveling Scholar" Program
T  HE UNIQUE "traveling scholar"
   plan of the Committee on In-
stitutional Cooperation (CIC),
has just completed its first year of
operation and enabled graduate
students in more than twenty dif-
ferent disciplines to cross institu-
tional lines for short term work at
member universities-these include
all the Big Ten schools and the Uni-
versity of Chicago.
  Wisconsin students taking part in
the program during the past aca-
demic year included: Lee P.
Sapetta, Eau Claire, who is major-
ing in mechanical engineering and
attended the University of Illinois
where he studied theoretical and ap-
plied  mechanics and William     J.
Loyens, Fairbanks, Alaska, who at-
tended classes in his major field,
linguistics, at Indiana University.
  Theodore Smith, who is working
for a graduate degree in chemistry
at the State University of Iowa, was
on the Madison campus of the UW
last spring under the same program.
  The pioneering program was de-
veloped to allow students of the
20
eleven schools holding membership
in the Committee on Institutional
Cooperation to take advantage of
the special resources offered by other
member institutions. These include
specialized course offerings, research
opportunities, unique laboratories,
and library collections. "One of the
major objectives of the exchange
program," said Dr. Stanley Salwak,
director of the CIC, "and of all
CIC efforts, is to avoid costly dupli-
cation of facilities and expendi-
tures wherever possible. Such plan-
ning is especially effective in areas
where the cost of the best is high or
the resources of men or materials are
so limited that cooperation offers the
best hope for quality among the
CIC universities."
  Under the traveling scholar plan,
work undertaken at the host univer-
sity is tailored to fit individual needs,
a fact underscored by the diversity
of fields in which the program has
been employed. Students in political
science, anthropology, veterinary
medicine, physics and mechanical
engineering were among those who
traveled to other schools to supple-
ment their studies. In addition, the
plan has been used to cross disci-
plinary as well as institutional
boundaries. For example, a student
majoring in comparative literature
used the program to get special
training in romance languages and
three medical students had the op-
portunity to take science courses
available at the graduate school of
a nearby university but not offered
by their home medical school.
  The traveling scholar plan makes
the procedure for crossing institu-
tional lines as simple as possible. A
student requests permission from his
graduate adviser to study for a se-
mester or two quarters on another
campus. Necessary arrangements are
then made by the graduate adviser
and an appropriate professor at the
host university, with the approval
of the deans of their respective
schools. The student registers, pays
his fees and receives credit at his
home university, yet is enabled to
use many resources which would not
otherwise be available to him.
               Wisconsin Alumnus
Sandy Lee demonstrates the disc-pack unit of the new 1460 computer.


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