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May 20, 1959 - Image 2

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Meier Notes
Puerto Rican
Hybrid Vigor
Richard L. Meier of the Mental
Health Research Institute read his
paper, "Hybrid Vigor in Accultura-
tion-The Puerto Rican Transforms
mation," to historians and social
scientists assembled in Ann Arbor
Saturday for a three-day institute
on social change.
He reported that the object of
his study 'of hybrid'vigor in Puerto
Rico was to find a new model for
use in predicting and controlling
the trend for socio-economic de-
velopment in Puerto Rico and a
new framework to explain develop-
ment phenomena not accounted
for by governmental or other re-
The term 'hybrid vigor,' Meier
explained, is a biological one which
he adapted to describe'the produc-
tive mingling of two distinct cul-
tural strains.
North, South Meet
The vigorous relationship of the
Hispanic and North American cul-
tural strains results in modifica-
tion of social institutions incor-
porating the most effective contri-
butions of the respective strains to
the Functioning of the institution,
Meier. said.i
The analogy between hybrid
vigor in plants and in the social
situation of Puerto Rico -proved
so enlightening that its many
parallels could not be discarded,
Meier asserted, but the case of;
Puerto Rico is so special that thet
analogy couldn't be extended tot
explain similar development phe-
nomena in Japan, Egypt, or India,
for example.
Ambivalent Resul t
Because of the ambivalent na-
ture of these results, he concluded,
further investigation utilizing the
model of "hybritd vigor" need nots
be made.t

WONDER BUS-Contrasting the dubious state of local buses, automotive engineering students
warmly welcomed a mobile automotive laboratory donated by the International Nickel Company,
Inc. Meeting classroom and research needs, the bus can be used independent of weather conditions.
The bus's special furnishings range from blue leather seats to electronic instruments.
'U' Obtains Mobile Auto Laboratory

The automotive engineering
students of the University re-
ceived a gift from the Interna-
tional Nickel Company, Inc., yes-
Remarking that "Students are
the life blood of the University--
we must depend on them for fu-
ture. technical advancement,"
Frank L. LaQue, vice-president
and manager of the Development
and Research Iivision of Inco,
donated a mobile automotive lab-
oratory for their use.
In accepting the fully-instru-
mented bus, Vice-President and
Dean of Faculties Marvin L. Nie-
huss said the "timing of the gift
is of great interest to us."
Splendid Contribution
"We are not receiving large
amounts of support, either public
or private," he commented, re-
ferring to the present financial
situation of the University.
Niehuss called the donation a

"splendid contribution to the
equipm nt of the University and
the engineering college."
After the ceremonies, demon-
stration rides in the laboratory
were offered to the audience.
Leaning back in one of the blue
leather seats within the 18-pas-
senger vehicle, Prof. Jay A. Bo'lt
of the mechanical engineering de-
partment said the essential rea-
son for utilizing a moving labor-
atory is to "find out the condi-
tions under which automotive
parts operate in actual use."
The new bus is much more ef-
fective in instruction and re-
search, he explained, because its
size makes it independent of
harsh weather conditions. It will
accommodate a class of 12 stu-
dents, rather than the two or
three which previously had been
able to participate at one time in
tests in automobiles.

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