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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 5 (Nov. 1957)

Compendium,   p. 10

Page 10

  Contracts have been awarded and work started on the
$1,200,000 addition to Sterling Hall which will house the
Army Mathematics center; department of physics facili-
ties, including a nuclear reactor; the Numerical Analysis
Laboratory, and the astronomy department. Two domes
for astronomical telescopes and a planetarium will be
constructed on the roof. The Wisconsin Alumni Research
Foundation has provided funds for the addition.
  An agreement between the Indonesian Ministry of Edu-
cation and the University of Wisconsin, financed by the Ford
Foundation, is enabling Wisconsin to provide faculty mem-
bers to assist in teaching and research in various phases of
economics, particularly at Gadjah Nada State university,
Jogjakarta. Prof. L. Reed Tripp is coordinator of the project,
which was arranged for a trip he and Economics Department
Chairman Prof. Edwin Young made to Indonesia in June.
   Midwestern Universities Research As-
 sociation officials were highly pleased
 with the successful test of a working
 model of an atom smasher described in
 the February, 19597, issue of the Alum-
 nus--one which collides protons head-
 on at speeds of 120,000 miles a second.
   Work on the project in Madison is
continuing on an experimental level
until a decision by the Atomic Energy
Commission on construction of a full-
scale atom-smasher is reached. This may
be within a year. The proposed machine
would cost from 60 to 80 million
   In the meantime, MURA has acquired
property south of Madison, near Lake
Kegonsa, which has qualities desirable
in the atom-smasher project. However,
it is clear that final site selection must
await AEC     approval of the entire
Atom Smasher Test
Highly Successful
                   Liberal Education
                Is Best, Declares Fred
  The 2,600 new Wisconsin freshmen
who helped swell total Madison campus
enrollment to 16,200 were advised by
President E. B. Fred to take advantage
of the opportunity offered for a broad,
liberal education.
  "We are experiencing a return to the
old theory that a well-rounded educa-
tion is the best education for leader-
ship," he said as he welcomed them into
the University family at the President's
Convocation. "Thus, if you seek to rise
above routine vocational tasks in your
lifetime, you had best use your college
years for a broad sampling of academic
  He also urged the freshmen to par-
ticipate in "the public lectures, the con-
certs and other cultural events you can
attend, the organizations and activities,
the informal learning that comes with
living in this community of scholars."
  The first in a series of grants that will total $165,000
was received from the National Institutes of Health to
support a five-year research program on leukemia by Prof.
Harry A. Waisman of the Medical School.
  Allan W. Ostar, director of Extension Editorial and
Communications Services, accepted a national award by
the Direct Mailing Advertising Association for a series
of bulletins produced for the Industrial Management
Institute-which recently dropped the word "Industrial"
from its title. Donald Grover, Mrs. Joseph Goodman and
Mrs. Marjorie Walsh produced the series.
  A $3,240 grant from -the Educational Television and
Radio Center will support research aimed at learning how
well television instruction can help a student develop
habits of faster reading with greater comprehension.
  UW Engineering Experiment Station research increased
more than 14 per cent, reaching a new high of 235 proj-
ects, Engineering Dean Kurt Wendt and Associate Dean
W. R. Marshall Jr. have reported. Yet funds budgeted
for the research decreased 10 per cent because of smaller
expenditures for costly equipment and for graduate stu-
dent research support.
  Wisconsin is one of the benefiting institutions in a
new Union Carbide Corporation program which has estab-
lished 268 four-year engineering scholarships at 48 col-
leges, technological institutes and universities. Provided
are tuition, fees and allowances as well as grants to col-
leges. (The company also supports another 392 scholar-
ships in a different four-year program.)
  A course in the history of religions which will cover
Judaism, Christianity, the Islamic faith, Hinduism, Budd-
hism and other religious past and present is being
inaugurated this fall by the history department. Ten
men, including Prof. Eugene P. Boardman, who planned
the course, are supporting the program through guest
  Prof. Irving Shain and Richard D. DeMars, chemistry,
have developed a rapid, convenient method of measuring
metal in solutions one thousand times more dilute than those
previously analyzed.
  Regent President Wilbur Renk predicted before the
State Building Commission that there may be as many as
5,400 engineering students on the campus eight years hence.
                  Wisconsin Alumnus, November, 1957

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