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October 22, 1936 - Image 8

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Science Races
To Save Fauna
Data InValley,
Rise Of Dammed Waters
Of Tennessee R i v e r
Threatens Wild-Life

Unbeaten Irish

The University's Museum of Zo-
ology is racing with time.
Within the next three years it must
find and preserve many clews to the
topographical history of the Tennes-
see Valley area.
By approximately 1940 the $350,-
000,000 project of the Tennessee Val-
ley Authority will have transformed
the Tennessee River into one con-
tinuous chain of artificial lakes, con-
trolled by twelve huge dams.
While this will be decidedly bene-
ficial in that it will liberate untold
power and will help prevent flood
disasters, the created lakes will alter
the local natural environment so rad-
ically that most of the present fauna,
which has been unchanged for mil-I
lions of years, will be unable to adapt
itself and will consequently perish.
Report On Tennessee
Dr. Henry van der Schalie, assis-
tant curator of the mollusk division
of the Museum of Zoology, who re-
turned last Wednesday from a ten-
day study of the Tennessee region,
reported yesterday that under pres-
ent conditions it would be impossible
to .obtain speciments of all the fauna
in such a short time, and that a
considerable number of clews to the
natural history and topography of
the southeastern United States will
be lost forever.
What makes this particularly dis-
tressing is the fact that to date little
is known about the region except
that in parts its topograph was once
radically different from what it is
at present.
However, the T.V.A. authorities
have provided a special staff, under
the direction of Dr. A. R. Cahn, for-
merly of the University of Illinois,
whose efforts will be directed toward
salvaging as much of the natural his-
tory material as possible.-
Research To Continue 1
Already enough biological ma-
terial has been collected to show
that in prehistoric days there was a
connection of the waters of theeTen-
nessee River with those of the upper
Alabama River system. More de-
tailed information is expected when
members of the University find out
how certain species, which existboth
in Tennessee and Alabama, crossed
over the present divide, and in wlich
direction they migrated.
Research will continue on this area
throughout the entire three-year pe-
riod. As mollusks and fish are the
two great sources of study, most of
the work will be done by Dr. van
der Schalie and Prof. Carl L. Hubbs,
curator of the fish division of the
Museum of Zoology.
Research Club
Names Worrell
As New Head
Prof. William H. Worrell of the de-
partment of Oriental languages was
elected president of the Research
Club in their first meeting of the
year last night. He will replace Prof.,
H. D. Curtis, chairman of the de-
partment of astronomy.
The vice-presidency will be filled
for the 1936-37 year by Prof. H. H.
Bartlett, chairman of the history de-
partment, replacing Prof. R. W. Sel-
lars of the philosophy department.
Prof. William L. Ayres of the math-
ematics department and Prof. Charles
F. Meyer of the physics department
were reelected secretary and treasur-
er respectively.
Professors Ralph A. Sawyer of the
physics department, Malcolm H.
Soule, director of the Hygenic Lab-
oratory, and John B. White, of the
law department will be the new mem-
bers of the Executive Council.
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Nininger Will 4
Lecture Here
On Meteorites
H. H. Ninniger, curator of me-
teorites in the Colorado Museum of
Natural History, Denver, will lecture
on the subject "Meteorites" at 4:15
p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in Natural Sci-
ence Auditorium.
Mr. Nininger is a well known au-
thority in his field, having published
several papers on the subject of me-
teorites, and a book titled "Our Stone
Pelted Planet." At the present he
is secrtary of the Society for Research
on Meteorites, and was at one time
president of that organization. Mak-
ing a trip through the United States
he was secured to lecture here through
the interest of Stuart Perry, a Michi-
gan graduate who is editor of the
Adrian Telegram, and who is interest-
ed in the study of meteorites.
Mr. Nininger's lecture is being giv-
en under the joint sponsorship of the
geology, astronomy, and mineralogy
departments, and will be illustrated
with slides and speciments.

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cuougn. otner figures out to show
ltggs Attacks t tin that this last estimate may be in-
Projects Of Westlcreased by another 25 or 50 million
1e setdollars.
"The three dams described are rep-
(Continued trom ?agel1) _ resentative of the large construction
was estimated at 201 million dollars. projects financed by PWA. In the
fall of 1933 the Administration tried
Recent official estimates, using the to find as much work as possible to
minimum figure, indicate that final do at once and since these three hap-
cost will be $551,500,000 and there are pened to have been projects on which
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-associated Press Pflo L.
An undfeated N-re Dame
eleven will meet thQ Pittsburgh
Panthers Saturday in one of the
major gridiron meetings of the
day. The "Fighting Irish" will be
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Press Opposes
"A general estimate is that 85 per
cent of the newspapers in the coun-
try are opposed to the Administra-
tion," stated Prof. John L. Brumm.
Two recent alignments have been
made: one by the New York Times,
which has declared for Roosevelt, and
one by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
which has come out for Landon.
These attitudes presumably reflect
the opinion of business. Many a can-
didate has been elected in opposition
to the stand of the press, however,
according to Professor Brumm, who
cites the election of the New York
mayor, La Guardia. Violent opposi-
tion often stirs up sympathy,nsays
Professor Brumm; also the news-
paper is no longer the only :(urce
of enlightenment for the voter. There
is now the radio and other means of
communicating opinions.
Commenting on The Daily's pres-
idential poll, Professor Brumm says,
"It is not a surprising poll. It is
indicative that the white collar class
should be fairly evenly divided. The
Roosevelt vote will be heaviest among
the labor and agricultural workers."
Gymnastic Squads
Will Be Continued
Dr. George A. May, director of Wa-
terman Gymnasium, announced yes-
terday that the freshman gymnastic
team of last year will be continued
this year. All men interested, both
Uipperclassmen and fishmen, are
asked to see Elmer R. Townsley, in-
structor in physical education.
The workouts of the gymnastic
team will be preliminary to a first
semester all-campus meet which will
be followed by a like meet the sec-
ond semester. Awards will be given
in both of these meets.
The activities of the team, besides
work on heavy apparatus, high bar,
parallel bars, horse, rings, tumbling,
includes Indian clubs and wand drills.
Coaching of the team will be done
by Mr. Townsley. The team will meet
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