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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 70, Number 2 (Nov. 1968)

People and projects,   pp. 17-23


Page 18


Michigan State in 1965. Other spon-
soring universities are Boston, Co-
lumbia, Howard, Indiana, North-
western, Ohio, Syracuse, Western
Michigan and Yale.
   The purpose of the summer insti-
tute is to "assist graduate students
to make full use of the summer in
completing elementary study of an
African language." The program also
enables undergraduates who have al-
ready completed one year's study of
Swahili, Hausa and Amharic to com-
plete the equivalent of two years'
work in those languages by taking the
intermediate summer courses offered.
   According to Dr. Crawford Young,
who is associate dean of the Gradu-
ate School and former director of
the African Studies Program, Wis-
consin is one of the leading centers
for African studies in the United
States. The program was formally
established in September, 1961. In
1964, the department of African lan-
guages and literature, which now
offers Hausa, Swahili and Xhosa, was
established. By 1967, about 120
graduates and 140 undergraduates
were taking courses in areas covered
by the program.
   At the University 24 faculty mem-
bers have their primary teaching and
research interests in Africa. These
include Profs. William Hachten of
journalism, Michael Briggs of library
science, who is also in charge of the
African section of the University Li-
brary, and Philip Noss of African
languages and literature.
   The present focus of the University
African Area Studies Program is on
history which claims the majority of
the graduate students enrolled in the
program. Others are anthropology,
art history, political science, African
languages and literature.
  A recent report by the center for
African studies shows that in the year
1967-68, degrees awarded in con-
junction with the African program
covered French area studies, anthro-
pology, art, music, economics, geog-
raphy, government and political sci-
ence, history, law, mathematics and
journalism.
  The African Program does not it-
self award degrees. All the students
now specializing in African studies
have also to meet the requirements
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of one of the departments in which
the program is represented by regular
staff.
  The scope of the activities of the
Program is not all academic. It has,
for instance, begun to take steps to-
ward sharing "the responsibility of
improving its contribution to the
black community." Recently, a group
of faculty members, most of whom
are associated with African studies,
formed a special committee on South
Africa. It is led by Prof. Fred Hay-
ward of political science. One of its
duties is to provide information and
assistance to student groups con-
cerned about the racial crisis in the
Republic of South Africa.
Study Program Permits
Medicine-Science Pairing
T   HE UNIVERSITY of Wisconsin
    is the first state-supported univer-
sity in the U. S. to be recognized by
the National Institutes of Health for
satisfying the unique educational
needs of the physician-scientist.
  Wisconsin's medical scientist pro-
gram began last summer under a six-
year National Institutes of Health
grant.
  The half million dollar grant pro-
vides tuition and stipends for four
students a year. The cumulative grant
will finance 24 students a year in its
sixth year.
  "The program has opened the rest
of the University to medical stu-
dents," says Henry C. Pitot, M.D.,
professor of oncology and biochem-
ical pathology at the University med-
ical center "It's a great advantage to
students who want to do research
later on."
   Dr. Pitot, program director of the
 NIH grant, is chairman of the 10
 member Medical Scientist Commit-
 tee that reviews applications and
 approves 'students' programs.
 'Y[E HAVE MODEL PRO-
 VVGRAMS," says Dr. Pitot,
 "but the program for any one stu-
 dent may be flexible and we're open
 to any new ideas." The medical-
 scientist program, which leads to the
 M.D. degree and a Ph.D. in a basic
 natural or physical science, usually
 lasts six years.
   Each student has a clinical advisor
and a major professor in the field of
his Ph.D. work who counsel him.
For his Ph.D. program, the student
may choose from physiological chem-
istry and biochemistry, pharmacol-
ogy, physiology, oncology, anatomy,
computer sciences, mechanical and
electrical engineering, bacteriology,
biophysics, molecular biology and a
variety of other fields.
   Courses in the two fields, medicine
and a natural or physical science, are
taken alternately and at time simul-
taneously, except for the junior year
in medical school. Clinical training
fills that year.
S TUDENTS MUST BE accepted by
   both the medical school and the
graduate division of their choice in
order to be admitted to the medical-
scientist program.
   "A major factor in the success of
the program will be to get people
interested as early. in their training
as possible," Dr. Pitot says. "Other-
wise they might not take the required
courses during their undergraduate
years."
University Involved In
Symposium On Crises
A WISCONSIN-BASED EFFORT
    to help overcome the nation's
and the world's most distressing
problems-war, poverty, civil vio-
lence, racism and the urban crisis-
was announced in late October by its
organizers, the University of Wiscon-
sin, the Johnson Foundation and The
Milwaukee Journal.
  The program will be called the
Wisconsin Symposium on Rational
Approaches to the Crises of Modern
Society. Panels of distinguished Uni-
                Wisconsin Alumnus


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