The Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 46, Number 3 (Dec. 15, 1944)
University news, pp. 4-6
UNIVERSITY NEWS, New Degrees Four new degrees, to be conferred - upon fulfillment of certain, requirements have been recently established by the faculty. The subject of the degrees; must next be approved by the Board" of" Regents before' * they are put intoq effect. The new degrees are as follows: Master of scienc~e degree in engineering field or without designated field so long as all requirements. in prescribed studies on- campus or off-campus are met satisfactorily; Professional engineering degree, to be granted graduates of, Wisconsin or other comparable schools upon completion of 24, credits of graduate study over a period of at least two years; Master of &isiness administration degree, to be granted on the basis of existing re- quirements for the present degree of master of arts of philosophy in commerce, to be effective for students starting their work during the current school' vear; and A new bachelor of'science degree in light building-industry based on work and stpdy in a- new, curriculum presented by the faculty of the school of commerce. Gifts and, Grants Most of - the :money given to, the univer- i.ty .this month had to do with projects related to the College of Agriculture. The Oscar Mayer company of Madison gave $23,700, which will be combined with. a previous grant to be used-for study , of the losses of swine due: to nutritional deficiencies. S - -That, company also gave the university $400 to be used for' scholarships to,- the short course. $2,800 was accepted from the Aeration- Processes, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, for work on"the absorption of substances on fat' - globales -in dairy -'products. Several scholarships were- also established from grants and bequests left the: univer-- sity. The. American Foundation for Phar- maceutical Education contributed' $400 for the renewal of its scholarship. The. late Prof- Benjamin W. Snow -left. about- $20,000., to .establish aý scholarship fund known as the "Agnes Butler Snow Fund" for scholarships to worthy students. Other gifts accepted include $100 from Mrs. A. F. Karcher, Burlington, Wis., for cancer research; $3,300 from Eli Lilly. and Co., Indianapolis, for a scholarship, in or- ganic chemistry; $250 from the A. 0. Smith Corp., Milwaukee, for the Journal of Land and Public Utility Economics; and $1,278 from the Wisconsin Alumni association toward the Julius Olson Scholarship-Loan Fund. Four books containing examples of Rus- sian art were presented to the university by Joseph E. Davies, former United States ambassador to Russia. Sharer Memorial- A spontaneous and widespread demand for a suitable memorial to Allen Schafer, varsity quarterback who died after receiv- ing an injury on the football field a month ago, has resulted in the establishment 6f the Allen Shafer Memorial Fund. 4' . Now pernianentlv organized, the fund will be used for scholarships to be awarded members of the Wisconsin freshman foot- ball' squad:* Members' of the fund-raising group in- dude President Clarence A. Dykstra, chair-" man; William, Rodiger, president of the- student board; secretary; John Berge, -'sec- retary of the Wis. Alumni assoc., treas- urer and' County- Judge Fred M.. Evans, Dr. William. F. Lorenz, of the athletic board;.Dr. Alfred W. Swan, pastor of the F i r s t Congregational church, Madison; Coach Harry Stuhldreher; Willis Jones, West High school,- coach; and Frank O.. Holt. director, of the department of public service. President-Dykstra explained that it is hoped the-fund will be sufficient to permit the awarding of several sophomore scholar- ship~s yearly. The. university committee on loans and scholarships will make all deter- minations regarding the giving of the scholarships. 'The memorial fund idea originated in an editorial in Madison's Capital Times, and spread, throughout Madison and the state. Contributions to the fund are being made out to the Allen Shafer Memorial Fund and mailed. to John Berge in care of the Wisconsin Alumni association, 770 Lang- don St., Madison 6. A collection was taken on behalf of the fund between halves of the Minnesota game, and over $2,000 was added to the fund. Wins No6el Prize Dr. Herbert Spencer Gasser, '11, was re- cently awarded one of the Nobel prizes in medicine, it was announced by the -Nobel "Foundation in Stockholm. The 1944 award went jointly to Dr. Gasser and to Joseph Erlanger,- for: the work they had done in studies of the indi- vidual nerve threads. The recipient -of this world wide honor: was also. the recipient of an honorary doctor of science degree by the university in 1941. 1 ,Born and raised in Platteville, Wiscon- sin, Dr. Gasser came to Wisconsin only after his father, a well known Platteville physician, insisted that he study biological science. Gasser was originally a student of mathematics, but when his father refused to finance university work unless it was in biology, young Gasser decided to change fields. A serious student, Gasser took his B.S. degree in 1910 and his M.A. in 1911. While attending medical school he became inter- ested in physiology and served as an in- structor in that department for two years. He also taught pharmacology on the 'campus here. ' .. He finished his M.D. at Johns Hopkins university 'in 1915. - Dr. Gasser has been a director of the 'Rockefeller institute for the last ten years, :having been apDoointed to that position when he'd already made quite a name for himself for his research on the electric cur- rent set up in the body's nervous system. Dr. Walter J. Meek, acting dean of the medical-- school, has.called Gasser "easily .the most distinguished graduate" of that school., He is internationally known in his field and has published papers on biological oxidation and on the application ,of the cathode -. ray tube to investigations of the nervous: system.' Centennial Plans Plans for. the. University of Wisconsin centennial, which will be celebratedin the 1948-49 school year were discussed re- '..cently at a joint,.meeting of the Board of Regents and the university centennial committee. Projects which were tentatively coinsid- ered included the joint celebration of the admission of 'Wisconsin, to statehood in i848 and the beginning of university in- struction in 1849, publication of a history of the university, publication of a history of the state, publication of a directory of all university alumni, and various music, dramatic, and athletic events. In order to commemorate the.year of its founding the University will endeavor to make 1948-49 a year of distinguished eductional work. Meibers of the centennial committee in- clude Regent Walter Hodgkins; Pres. C. A., Dykstra; Chairman W. H. Kiekhofer; E., P. Alexander; director, State Historica' society; John Berge, secretary, Wis. Alumni association; F. 0. Holt, director of the department of public service; and Profes- sors H. C. Bradley, R.. A. Brink, J. G. Fowlkes, Paul Knaplund, A. T. Weaver, and M. 0. Withey. The.. WISCONSIN ALUMNUS is pub- lished' monthly, October through July, by the Wisconsin Alumni association and is entered as second class matter at tie post office at Madison, Wis., under the act of March 3, 1879. Subscription to the ALUM- NUS (included in the membership dues of the Wisconsin Alumni association) is $2. a year; suftcription to non-members is $4. -per year.
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