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The Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 46, Number 3 (Dec. 15, 1944)

University news,   pp. 4-6


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Vitamin Patent Invalid
  Patents held by the Wisconsin Alun
Research Foundation for the production
Vitamin D have been declared to be
valid by the United States circuit court
appeals in San Francisco.
  In a decision made in June of 1943 t
court also declared the patents invalid, 1
the court withdrew its decision in Aug
.of .1944, just a year after the Reseai
Foundation had filed a petition for i
rehearing of the case.
  Now the court reaffirmed its origil
decision, stating in addition that the V
consin process had been foreshadowed
work done by European scientists. I1
court repeated the statement made befi
that the process corresponded to a proc
of nature and, therefore, was not patentat
  George Haight, president of the foi
dation, indicated that the foundation mil
file a petition for a rehearing or an app
to the United. States Supreme court, pei
ing receipt ofn a copy of the court's decisii
Throws his support to the university
Gov. Goodlancd
   In his first press conference since bei
 elected governor of Wisconsin for-t
 1945-47 term, Acting Governor Walter.
 Goodland expressed ,his realization ti
 one of the major considerationis before t
 legislature this winter will be the o
 propriation due the .university.
   "The state and the legislature have S
 to face the -situation at the university ai
 have got to provide a substantial approp
 ation to equip it to do its business o
 there," he declared.' "Thelegislature a
 the state have got to make up their miin
 that, we've got a. good- university and i
-.must keep it that way and equip. it to
a good job."
   Goodland's budget conferences beg,
 early this se~son, and he, intends to prese
 his recommendations to the legislature di
 ing the first week of their 1945 session.
  Goodland has stated that the two chi
matters facing the legislature are the a
propriations due the university and thc
due the state's penal, and .ucharitab
institutions.
     Facultys Salaries Too        Low      f
ini    Unless salaries are increased among fac-
of   ulty members and- the physical plant is
in-  improved, the University of Wisconsin will
of   have difficulty in meeting competition with
     other state universities for faculty mem-
his  bers, a faculty committee asserted in a
)ut  report submitted last month at a faculty
ust  meeting.
rch    Wisconsin is at "a substantial salary dis-
the  advantage" in its upper faculty ranks as
     compared with other leading state uni-
nIal versities of the nation, and. "plans should
     now be made looking forward to an ad-
by   justment of university salaries in the light
'he  of present and: reasonably to be anticipated
ore  future economic and competitive condi-
ess  tions," the committee concluded.
)le.   Explaining that the amount involved in
     this salary revision should be -substantial,
in-  the committee did not suggest a specific
*ht plan, bt asserted its-conridence.that "the
ead  administration, in view  of the situation
n    which we have pictured and the data we
on.  bu r h vi=  thprct. will w~i@v- Apri  hnw tcA
make these needs known to the people of
Wisconsin."
                 Waivers
  The report, revealed the history of salary
changes at the university during the last
15 years, and reviewed the effect of the
depression salary waivers applied in 1932-
33 and the recovery which has been made
since 1937. It praised the action of the
regents in accepting President Dykstra's
recommendation to restore all salary
waivers.
  However, the committee disclosed that
"only among instructors has the average
salary regained and risen above the 1929-
32 average. The average salary of instruc-
tors for 1944-45 is about $200 higher than
the 1929-32 figure. For assistant professors
the average salary this year is about $70
below the 1929-,32. level, and that for as-
sociate professors. is about $200 below.
Full professors salaries for 1944-45 are
about $300 below the pre-waiver figure."
              Costs Are Up
  During the last five, years the cost of
living has increased. The report states that
     "on the average -throughout tne united
     States the cost of living in 1943 has ad-
     vanced nearly 25 per cent over what it
     was five years earlier."
       "Members of the, faculty as a whole are
     in the uncomfortable position of having
ng   less money to, spend, of getting less for
he   what money they: do have, and of being
E.   asked to meet heavier demands upon their
kat  resources than ever before."
he     "The committee'believes therefore, that
1p- the time has come when some reasonable
     adjustment of university salaries from the
;ot  lowest to the highest should be made upon
rid. the basis of increased living costs."  -
ri-    "That part of the report dealing with
ut   the competitive condition of the-university
id   shows that Wisconsin compares unfavor-
ds  ably with the other,four institutions with
ve  which comparison was made in. the. rank
do   of full professors, and that this is true
    even when the restoration of waivers is
an   taken into account. This obviously puts
nt  Wisconsin at a disadvantage in respect to
tr- either retaining or securing the services
    of mature scholars."
:ef                 Act Soon
ise . "The Committee. believes that, a-general
I e salary revision, should be undertaken as
    soon as possible because if salary, adjust-
  ments are delayed or are made only in
  response to. acute post-War competition,
  there is danger that they will benefit
  chiefly those fields in which the demand
  for personnel currently is the most brisk
  and in ige classes most favorable to change
  of location."
    Six faculty members make up the uni,       -
  versity committee which submitted this re-
  port. They are chosen on a university-wide
  basis, and they deal with problems of the
  faculty and the university as a     whole.
    Prof. W. A. Brink is chairman: of the
  committee, J1 G. Woodburn is secretary,
  and W. R. Agard, W. H. Kiekhofer, 0. S.
  Rundell, and     E. L. Sevringhaus are
  members.
  Presidential Committee
    The board of regents recently named a
  five man committee to work at finding a
successor tPresident (C. A. Dykstra who
  will leave about February Ist.
    Committee members are A. Matt Wer-
  ner, Sheboygan, chairman; Frank J. Sen-
  senbrenner, Neenah; Leonard J. Kleczka,
  -Milwaukee; Walter Hodgkins, Ashland;
  and John Callahan, Madison.
    The board also approved a motion in-
 viting members of' the faculty to. appoint
 a faculty committee with which the regent
 committee can consult and advise.
 WARF Manager
    The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foun-
 dation recently announced the appointment
 of Ward Ross, '25, as general manager
 and counsel of their organization.
    Ross attended Harvard Law school after
 receiving his bachelor's degree from Wis-
 consin and since then has been affiliated
 with the, law firm. of Haight, Goldstein
 and Hobbs in Chicago. He has served the
 Foundation as general counsel for a number
 of years.
   Ross is . the son of Emeritus Professor
 E. A. Ross, well known sociologist.
 Commerce Dinner
   More than 450 people attended a dinner
 held recently in Milwaukee to commemo-
 rate the establishment of the new School
 of Commerce and to honor the appoint-
 ment of Fayette H. Elwell as dean of the
 new school.
   Sponsored by a number of friends and
 supporters of the new school, :the 'dinner
 was given. by the Milwaukee chapter of
 the Wisconsin Society of Certified Public
 Accountants, the Milwaukee Association-of
 Commerce, and the Milwaukee Alumni
 association.
   Chairman of the. meeting was Carl E.
 Dietze, '13, representing the Wis.-Society
 of CPAs. Members of the Board of Regents
 and :the Wisconsin    State Chamber of
 Commerce also, attended.
   Frank 0. Holt, chairman of the'depart-
 ment of public service, was toastmaster for
 the dinner and introduced speakers rep-
 resenting a number of interested groups.
 *They were Dr. Stewart Scrimshaw, assom.
 ciate dean of the School of Business. of
 Marquette university; William J. Peter-
 sen,. executive secretary of the- Wisconsin
 State Chamber. of Commerce;
   Dan McNally, representing the Milwau-
 kee Association of Commerce; Willard G.
 Ashchenbrenner, commercqe graduate of '21,
 president of the Wisconsii Banker's gsso-
 ciation; Prof. Philip G. Fox, representing
 the faculty of the School of Commerce;
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