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Chapter Letters
Author(s): Thomas Newell, Sue Milliken, Kathleen R. Culter, G. Thomas Balsbaugh, Charles
Harper, John D. Lawson, Judy De Ryke, Marcia Abdalla, Mary F. Rampolla, Allen Menkin,
George McGowan, Mark M. Keller, Catherine Schwalb, Mary Del Monte, Raymond B. Grundy,
Mary Lea Heydon, Terri Leggio, Linda Agnew, Barbara Persion, Helen Moore, Paula Whitney,
Donna Arndt, James A. Catto, Jr., Leonard Borzynski, Beverly J. Anderson, Eugene McLar ...
Source: Bios, Vol. 34, No. 2 (May, 1963), pp. 80-88
Published by: Beta Beta Beta Biological Society
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Chapter Letters
Letters from the Northeastern and Caribbean Regions
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Westminster

College

We have had interesting and informative meetings this year. Student speakers
have presented papers of their work of
the past summer at biological stations at
Woods Hole, Massachusetts; the University of Pittsburgh at Pymatuning Reservoir; and from Roswell Park Cancer Research Institute in Buffalo, New York.
We have found student participation has
resulted in most interesting programs.
In December, an impressive initiation
ceremony was held for twelve new members. This was followed by a reception
held in our newly decorated c; hapter room.
During this month we also had our annual brunch for all freshman biology majors.
Our annual field trip was taken in April. This year we went to the mountains
in McKean County where we were the
guests at the summer home of one of our
faculty members.
In May, in addition to holding our
blood typing project, we will be hosts for
the biology department on Parents' Day.
We will arrange exhibits in the various
biology laboratories.
Thomas Newell, Historian
University

of Delaware

During the current academic year, service programs have been accomplished by
the University of Delaware's Alpha Psi
Chapter. These have included free blood
typing for the students and faculty, tutorial service for students of freshman biology, and the maintenance of four display
cases in Wolf Hall, the home of our biology department.
Chapter meetings have featured speakers from this university and other institutions. Topics have ranged from current
research to vocational opportunities and
the scope of graduate studies in the field
of the biological sciences. Included in

our program was a field trip to the Armed Forces Medical Museum in Washington, D.C.
An informal coffee hour for members
and prospective members was held again
this year. Plans are now completed for
our annual spring banquet and the initiation of new members; this will take
place early this month.
Sue Milliken, Historian
Saint Lawrence University
The Alpha Iota Chapter of Beta Beta
Beta at St. Lawrence University has been
active this year. We have been planning
for the District Beta Beta Beta Convention which met here on April 27.
On October twentv-fourth our vice-president delivered a paper on the biochemical research he is currently doing. On
November fourteenth an open house was
held for the freshmen during which they
were introdtuced to the biology department and shown a film on enzyme chemistry. Refreshments were subsequently
served.
For our November twenty-eighth meeting we had the pleasure of having Dr.
Edward Prescott address our group on
osteopathic medicine. Doctor Prescott began bv showing us a film on the history
of osteopathy after which he entertained
questions on his profession.
In January Professor Robert Crowell of
the biology department talked to us on
work he has been doing on water mites.
Doctor Crowell received a NSF research
grant last year for work on water mites,
and his discussion consisted of a general
introduction to water mites and some
problems of their systematics and biology.
A panel discussion was held on the
thirteenth of February on the topic The
Origin of Life, with speakers Dr. Clark
Gage and Dr. Gilbert Moos, from the
chemistry department, and Dr. Adolph
Spandorf and Dr. Robert Wolk, from the

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biology department. The discussion covered current theories on the origin of life
as well as a description of what is presently known about the chemical make up
of living things.
As I mentioned above, however, our big
project was the District 1 Convention. At
this convention student research papers
were delivered in the afternoon, followed by a banquet in the evening with Dr.
H. H. J. Nesbitt of Carleton View, Ottawa, our guest speaker.
Kathleen R. Cutler, Historian

During the year, we have tried to emphasize variety in our programming and,
as a result, have had talks on such
topics as the population explosion, philosophy in science, and the electron microscope. These programs and the plans for
the year were prepared by the officers
during a September excursion to the Putin-Bay cottage of our counselor, Dr. E. E.
Dickerman.
This Lake Eire island is to be the scene
of our annual May field trip. Last September, the chapter took its first field
trip. We went to Oak Openings, a state
park near Toledo.

Lebanon Valley College

On May 22 we will close the 1962-1963
year with the senior tea sponsored by the
newly elected officers. WYeare looking
forward to next year with new and challenging ideas in mind. These plans should
produce a more active and functional Beta
Beta Beta.
Charles Harper, Historian

Lebanon Valley College's Alpha Zeta
Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, marking its
tenth anniversary since its chartering, has
experienced a rewarding and informative
year. Under the leadership of president,
Robert Andreozzi, Alpha Zeta has done
much to further biological research and
knowledge at Lebanon Valley.
A program by which chapter members
can suggest departmental improvements
was set up through Dr. Francis H. Wilson, departmental chairman and counselor
to Alpha Zeta Chapter. Lectures, discussions, and film on the subjects of the
brain, the heart and circulation, communication in lower animals, and marine biology were presented during the year.
Meetings with the topics of vertebrate
embryology and natural childbirth were
also held. In addition the chapter visited
the Museum of Natural History in New
York City.
During the academic year 1962-1963 Alpha Zeta Chapter elected twelve provisional and fifteen active members. The
concluding event of the year will be Alpha Zeta's annual banquet, on May 16,
at which time the officers for the year
1963-1964 will be announced.
G. Thomas Balsbaugh, Historian

Bowling Green State Univers!ty
The tenth year for the Alpha Beta
Chapter, located at Bowling Green State
University, has shown another big step
forward in our growth. Our role contains the names of over sixty members.

Wagner College
The Eta Upsilon Chapter began the
year's activities by meeting at the home
of our counselor, Doctor Deal.
Slides
were shown by an alumnius of Wagner
College, Doctor O'Connor, on research he
has done with slime molds.
Other activities during the fall semester
included the maintenance of a bird feeding station, three bulletin boards, and a
fresh water aquarium. The members of
the chapter also contributed to the Biology
Department by serving as assistants in the
biology laboratories. TIhey have supervised make-up laboratory periods on every
Satturday morning for students in lower
biology classes.
Presently, we are actively engaged in
the making of metal name tags for the
Staten Island Arboretum, Inc. Soon we
will assist them in tagging every tree and
woody shrub on our 83 acre campus. Our
annual spring bauquet and induction of
new members took place on April 2, 1963.
We attended the District 1 convention
at St. Lawrence University on April 27.
At this time five members of our society
presented research papers.
John D. Lawson, Historian

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Hope College

College of Notre Dame of Maryland

The Alpha Eta Chapter of Beta Beta
Beta has nearly completed another successful year filled with interesting events.
We began our program in October with
an invitation banquet at which fourteen
new full and provisional members were
inducted at a candlelight service.
Since then, we have had a varied program of professional men to speak on
career opportunities for biology majors
and on interesting research projects. Films
have also played an important part in
our monthly meetings.
The highlight of this year's activities
was a field trip to Chicago where we visited the Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum of Natural History, and
the Shedd Aquarium. Presently, we are
busy going over qualifications in considering new candidates for future membership in Beta Beta Beta.
Judy De Ryke, Historian

Sister Mary Alma, counselor of Alpha
Xi Chapter, returned from England after
a three-month program of research in
which she collaborated in a cardiac
metabolic study at the University of Birmingham. In an address to the faculty and
students of the biology department, Sister Mary Alma delineated the advantages
of British education toward scholarly attainment. She has recently received a
grant of $8,000 for a continuation of her
research in cardiac metabolism.

Emmanuel College
Since Eta Rho Chapter will be host
next year for the Tri Beta District 1
Meeting, induction of provisional members and initiation into full membership
took place in the first semester. At the
banquet Dr. Donald Patt of Boston 'University gave an illustrated talk on his research in the field of transplants at the
University of Strasbourg. Other activities during this semester were sponsored
in conjunction with the Biology Club.
During second semester our activities
consisted of tours through various laboratories. We visited the New England
Deaconess Hospital Cancer Research Institute and Beth Israel Hospital's research
facilities. Boston University demonstrated
the Electron Microscope and the Jimmy
Fund explained the method of cancer research.
We carried our prize, the Gavel, to St.
Lawrence University where one of our
members presented a research report entitled "The Effect of Ribonuclease on
Tumor Cells of Golden Hamsters."
Selection of officers closed Eta Rho
Chapter for the year.
Marcia Abdalla, Historian

Alpha Xi Chapter places its president,
Anna-Lisa Dopirak, among its student
celebrities. She was selected to participate in a student research trainee program at Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear
Studies last summer. She has recently
received two fellowships for graduate
study in molecular biology. The chapter
is proud of her outstanding scholarship.
Biology concentrators at the college have
reason for excitement. The college has
received a substantial matching-grant of
$750,000 from the Maryland State legislature for the construction of a new science building. A drive for the matchingfund and the architectural plans for the
new building are in progress. The biology department will enjoy an expansion
of physical facilities for study and research.
Senior Tri Betans are in a state of
maximal activity in the last lap of their
research pursuit. New Castle virus, lysozyme activity, soluble enzyme synthesis,
and nitrogen metabolism are some of the
studies under investigation. To facilitate
a more comprehensive approach to the
projects in a limited time period, the students are working cooperatively on research teams.
Two events highlighting
the annual
program of meetings were a lecture on
"Survival-Fact
or Fiction" by the noted
nuclear physicist, Dr. William Thaler,
Georgetown University, and the celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of Alpha
Xi Chapter. The students entertained
alumnae members at an Open House with
demonstrations of new apparatus and new
scientific techniques.
Mary F. Rampolla, Historian

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Drew University
In Upsilon Delta Chapter, Drew University, biological excellence is the norm
to be exceeded. Here Beta Beta Beta is
also informative and artistic in scope.
Upsilon Delta maintains a self contained, biologically balanced aquarium in the
student center. The aquarium is at once
restful and educational. It has provided
the students of the humanities at Drew
with a biological contact that is enjoyable
and comprehensible.
We have recently completed our second
annual biological art exhibition. The
seven-day exhibit drew over fifty contributors and covered a range from virus
photomicrographs to impressionistic life
cycles and echinoderm mobiles. An award
was given by the zoology department to
the outstanding student contributor.
Allen Menkin, Historian

University

of Dayton

In existence only since May 26, 1962,
Theta Kappa Chapter had a remarkable
year. A series of nine lectures, participation in a space research project, a treelabeling project, a picnic, and initiation
of new members into the society have
been the highlights.
The lecture series, open to all interested
students, started with Dr. Dorothy M.
Nunn, "The Influence of Oxygen Uptake
on Bacteriogenese". She was followed by
Dr. Robert J. Schuellein, "Principles of
Fundamental Radiation Biology"; Dr.
Daniel J. Higgins, "Variegated Fields
Open to Biologists"; Dr. George Nolan,
"Critter Biology"; Dr. Morrison J. Mandel, M.D., "Vibration and Stress"; Dr.
Peter R. B. Caldwell, M.D., "Design of
Gaseous Environments for Space Vehicles", and Dr. Paul La Chance, "Endocrinological Factors in Stress".
The series will end during the month
of May with two speakers: Captain Victor Thaler,
"Hypnosis and
U.S.A.F.,
Thermoregulatory Mechanisms" and Dr.
Clifford B. Reifler, "Psychophysiology of
Homeostasis and Stress". Doctor Caldwell's, Captain Thaler's and Doctor Reifler's talks are a sub-series of special interest. Twenty-two members of Tri Beta

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were subjects at the Aerospace Research
Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force
Base, when the work on which the talks
deal was being done.
The tree-labeling project was undertaken as a service to those curious about
the many varieties to be found on campus.
Our fall picnic and initiation banquet
were two social affairs that were verv
successful. A spring edition of the picnic is planned for the coming month. The
initiation was a warning of the approaching end of the academic year. The character and the ability of those participating were assurance of continued success
for the society.
George McGowan, Historian
Adelphi College
The first major event of the Eta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Beta Beta at Adelphi College this year was the induction
banquet for new members in November.
Held in the faculty dining hall at Adelphi, the initiation of twenty-two new
members was followed by dinner and a
most interesting talk on "Reality in Physics and Biology" by Dr. Harold A. Robinson, chairman of Adelphi's Physics Department.
In November the society held an open
meeting, inviting all interested students
to hear Dr. Edwin Grace, director of the
Grace Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., speak on
"The Importance of Genetics in Medicine". He also described some of his
work on aerosol antibiotics.

At the December meeting two films
were shown on electron microscopy and
on cancer. The next three meetings consisted largely of business and planning
for spring, with an initiation tea for sixteen new probationary members held in
March.
In April another open meeting was
held, and students heard Dr. Emile
Somekh speak on "Heredity and Environment of Allergy." Between official meetings, of course, the officers and members
were kept active with school events, departmental and N.S.F. research projects,
informal gatherings-and,
naturally, academic studies.
Mark M. Keller, Historian

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Nazareth College

The members of Eta Omicron Chapter
have had another busy year under the
guidance of Sister Francis Solano. During
the first semester our activities included
a picnic for the freshmen of the department and a joint field trip with the
chemistry club to Letchworth State Park
and to Jaycox Run to hunt fossils.
As a result of the AEC grant, received
jointly by the chemistry and biology departments, Tri Betans were initiated into
the use of radioisotopes. During December, Dr. George Berg, assistant professor
of Radiation Biology at the University of
Rochester, lectured on "Evolution", and
the first issue of "Omi-Cronicle", our
chapter newspaper, was published.
At the beginning of the second semester we attended our annual Career Night.
In March, we enjoyed a field trip to the
Experimental Station at Geneva, New
York. On March 21 and 22 Dr. Louis
Casarett, of the University at Rochester's
Department of Radiation Biology, lectured on "Deposition, Retention, and Fate of
Inhaled Particulate Material." April 2
was the occasion of our initiation ceremony.
This month the second issue of "OmiCronicle" will be published and we shall
elect new officers. These events will
close the semester and the chapter members will begin planning for what they
hope will be an even more successful
year.
Catherine Schwalb, I-listorian
College of New Rochelle
Theta Epsilon Chapter at the College
of New Rochelle began its activities as a
chapter of Beta Beta Beta last year by
attending the District I Convention at
Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.
This year a field trip to Circleville,
New York, had a double purpose-to collect specimens for an aquarium and a terrarium and to enjoy a picnic. This trip
was followed in October by a visit to
Ciba Laboratories in New Jersey.
In February, the chapter had its second
annual initiation ceremony. New members were inducted and the occasion was
celebrated at a banquet that night.

Among the activities we are planning
for the remainder of the year are interdepartmental seminars of the biology and
psychology departments. A meeting with
the freshmen will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of senior theses.
Another field-trip picnic is also planned
as soon as the weather permits.
Mary Del Monte, Historian
Michigan State University
This year has witnessed an active and
a growing Zeta Chapter. During the
summer of 1962, our past vice-president,
Robert Tuck, accompanied a group of
paleontologists on an expedition to the
Texas Red Beds in search of Permian
fossils. Movies of the expedition formed
the nucleus of discussion for one of our
bi-weekly meetings. We are indebted to
all the professors and students, who have
made our lecture-meeting series the success they were.
At our annual banquet, March 2, 1963,
seventy-nine students were awarded provisional membership in Beta Beta Beta,
a significant
number indicating the
growth of our Zeta Chapter. Throughout the year, a representative number of
lri Beta members have been actively engaged in research under grants awarded
by the Undergraduate National Science
Foundation.
The Zeta Chapter of Beta Beta Beta
has acquired a new face during the year
1962-1963. We have greatly expanded
our academic resource pool with the addition of three new faculty counselors.
Future plans include the installation of
still more counselors, in the hope that we
will eventually be able to draw from the
resources of every department affiliated
with the Life Sciences.
As hosts for the 1963 District 4 Convention, our most concentrated efforts, as
a group, have been in its preparation. Dr.
Leroy Augenstein, Chairman of Biophysics and guest speaker of the convention,
spoke of: "Science: Slave, Master, or
Helper of Man?" Papers of research projects, as well as library research, were
presented at the Convention by Zeta
Chapter members.
Raymond B. Grundy, Historian

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Gettysburg College
The Rho Chapter began an active 19621963 year with an open house meeting on
October 4 attended by over 100 persons.
The college physician, Dr. D. L. Radsma
spoke on "Medical Practices in Indonesia."
During October, the Tri Beta Junior
Award was presented to Marianne Smith
and the provisional award was presented
to John Dillon and Steven Dressner. On
October 25 two full members were initiated and thirty-five provisional members
were inducted.
Programs for the year included talks by
the active members, presentation of outstanding provisional papers, and at least
one outside speaker a month. The outside speakers included a hematologist
from Harrisburg, the dean of Hahneman
Medical College, staff members from the
chemistry and biology departments, and
a professor from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. The chapter
also had two joint meetings with the
Western Maryland Chapter of Tri Beta.
During March the chapter gave a tea
in honor of Dr. Robert Barnes in recognit onl of the publication of his book Invertebrate Zoology. On March 21 the
provisional members were initiated as
full members.
Rho Chapter was host to the District 2
Convention on April 6. The annual banquet in early May will conclude the year's
activities.
Mary Lea Heydon, Historian

D'Youville

College

The members of the Theta Delta Chapter of Beta Beta Beta have experienced a
full, challenging, and interesting first
year.
A tour of the clinical laboratories of
our city hospital began our year's activities. New methods in clinical diagnosis
were presented by the hospital's chief biochemist and members of his technology
staff.
Open house for high school students
was an opportunity for members to demonstrate their various biological skills and
projects. Displayed prominently were our

Tri Beta charter and official emblems.
Placed in a position of importance was
a trophy presented to Theta Delta by the
student body for being the organization
on campus which best fulfilled its purpose
with enthusiasm, participation, initiative,
and contribution.
Films and speakers, such as Doctor
Armbrus of Roswell Park Memorial Institute highlighted many of our meetings.
Plans for second semester include a
health week in which our fellow students
will be informed about current health
problems as well as reminded of the basic
ones. Dipslays, lectures, and films will
be a part of this week. Local T.B. and
Diabetic units will be made available to
the student body.
Our year will close with installation of
new members and officers, and, in early
June, a field trip to Allegany State Park.
Terri Leggio, Historian

Thiel College
The Kappa Chapter of Beta Beta Beta
concluded the spring school term last
June, with a five-day field trip to Lewes,
Delaware. While there, the members
concentrated their activities around the
marine station set up by the University
of Delaware.
The activities for this year were initiated at the October meeting of the society when Mr. George Hanson, assistant
professor of Biology, and newest faculty
member of the Thiel Biology department,
presented a lecture on the accessory
chromosomes in maize. In the absence of
Dr. Kenneth Wood, Dr. John Stahl has
served us this year as faculty counselor.
Doctor Wood is studying at Syracuse University.
Later in the year, the group was host
to Mr. Ray Sickles of the Pennsylvania
Game Commission who spoke on the migration of water fowl. Since Thiel is
stationed near the Pymatuning Goose
Management area, fifteen miles from the
college, the information presented was of
a pertinent and applicable nature. The
group later took advantage of this natural
game refuge when we visited this area
and observed the nesting and feeding facilities supplied by the management. Be-

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cause we were there in the fall of the
year, we had the opportunity to observe
and learn much of the migratory habits of
water fowl, especially Canadian geese.
This year we were pleased to induct
fourteen new members into the society,
including Mr. Hanson. The year will be
concluded with the traditional spring lecture and dinner, which is served by the
male members of the organization.
Linda Agnew, Historian
Western Maryland College
The Alpha Mu Chapter of Western
Maryland College is currently engaged
in an active and successful year. At our
fall and winter initiations we welcomed a
total of 19 new full members and 33 provisional members.
During the first semester our program
featured the lectures of three of our members on their work during the summer.
Hilda Griscom, the recipient of our Milton Hendrickson Scholarship for financial
aid for summer study, told us about her
experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Barbara Persion spoke on her work at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in
Beltsville, Maryland; and Judith Callahan told about her studies in the Cytotechnology course at the University of
Maryland Medical School.
In a meeting open to all students and
faculty we presented Doctor Chirigos, Assistant Chief of Virus Cancer Research
at the National Institute of Health. He
is an alumnus of W.M.C. and gave an
enlightening lecture on the progress of
research in conquering the cancer virus.
High on our program for the second
semester was our project to raise money
for the Milton Hendrickson Scholarship
Fund. During the week of March our
members typed blood for their fellow students. The project was well received and
very successful. In connection with this
and in cooperation with the Carroll County General Hospital, our chapter is sponsoring W.M.C.'s part in the Carroll
County Walking Blood Bank. In this program we urge the students to help their
neighbors and community by pledging
blood.
Barbara Persion, Historian

College of St. Elizabeth
Under the counselorship of Sister Anna
Catherine Lawlor, the Alpha Epsilon
Chapter began its activities in October
with the first of our monthly lecture series.
This year's topics have included public
health, orthopedic surgery, heart surgery,
the hormones of the anterior pituitary,
ne7lro-psychiatry, and other subjects.
In October the formal investiture of full
and provisional members was held, at
which time Dr. Anita Falla FAAP(S) became an honorary member and addressed
the chapter on the surgical treatmert of
malformations in children. In November
we spent a worthwhile day at Brookhaven National Laboratories on Long Island.
September saw the opening of Henderson Hall, St. Elizabeth's new science
building.
Expanded facilities give our
members greater opportunity for independent research, the results of which we
presented at the District 1 Convention. In
conjunction with the Public Health Service of New Jersey, the chapter also has
begun a study of cigarette smoking on the
college campus, the physical effects of
the habit receiving the accent.
In May we look forward to the final
lecture of our series. Also in May, the
installation of new officers will conclude
the year's program. We wish for them as
successful and constructive a year as the
one past.
Helen Moore, Historian

Alma College
The Gamma Beta Chapter at Alma
College began the fall semester with its
annual marshmallow roast. In October,
sixteen provisional members and one full
member were initiated. One weekend in
that month was spent on a field trip to
the sand dunes on Lake Michigan. In
April we held our annual spring banquet,
followed by initiation of new members
and an address by Dr. Thomas Brock, an
AIBS visiting biologist.
Topics of guest speakers throughout the
year included: "The Medical Uses of
Hypnotism", "Isolation of Acidic Compounds in Goldenrod", and "Electron
Microscopy and Neuroanatomy". A meet-

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ing was held at the county hospital where
a local practitioner spoke about various
aspects of medicine.
Highlight of the year was a trip to the
Gulf of Mexico in April, taken by several
members and professors to study the flora
and fauna of the southern states. The
journey to Berea College, Smoky Mountains National Park, and the gulf area
of Pensacola and New Orleans also provided an opportunity to meet fellow Tri
Betans in those areas. Funds for the trip
were earned, in a large part, by chapter
projects.
Several students culminated year-long
research projects with publication in Proceedings of the Michigan Academy or
presentation at various conventions.
Paula Whitney, Historian
Hiram College
The Alpha Kappa Chapter at Hiram
College has had an interesting year with
good participation in its varied programs
of speakers, films, papers, discussions,
and field trips. The major project of the
year has been the development of a nature trail for use by the entire student
body.
In the fall the three mile trail was
cleared and temporarily marked. Then
various committees were assigned catagories of flora and fauna to distinguish
along the trail. Permanent markers will
designate the habitats and areas of interest. Then separate markers distinguish
the specific trees, flowers, and/or animals
within these areas. Postulated for a further development of this project is a
folder which can serve to elucidate further the seasonal species present in the
areas.
Many of the members of the chapter
are involved in special research projects
of which the following are representative:
"The Effects of Social Stress on Pigeons
Infected with Plasmodium relictumn,"
"Tapeworms Found in Opossums from
the Hiram Area," "Haemosporidians in
the Red Wing Blackbirds," and "A Study
of New Hosts for Plasmodium relictum."
Donna Arndt, Historian
Albion College
The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Beta
Beta at Albion College initiated eight new

members into the chapter last fall, bringing our active membership to twenty-four.
At our first meeting we welcomed our
new instructor of biology, William M.
Malcolm, to the campus. Mr. Malcolm
related to our group his experiences from
a previous summer in which he traveled
to the Arctic Slope in northern Alaska.
Here in Alaska, north of the Brooks
Range, he studied the responses of vegetation to moisture and exposure which in
turn are dependent upon changes in relief.
Our second program was presented by
speakers from the University of Michigan
department of anatomy. Their discussion
covered two areas of interest. Dr. Alexander Berry discussed myelencephalic development and associated anomalies. Dr.
Donald H. Enlow, Associate Professor of
Anatomy, and an outstanding authority
on bone and bone structure, discussed the
importance of paleontology as related to
current knowledge of bone structure.
Our third program for the fall semester
was on the subject of epilepsy. Mr.
Thomas J. Caughlin from the Michigan
Epilepsy Center and Association presented the movie "Seizures", followed by a
group question and answer period.
The spring meetings will be devoted to
presentations by our own students, who
have been involved in research work in
the biology department, the initiation of
new members, and the election of officers
for the next year.
James A. Catto, Jr., Historian

Canisius College
Throughout the year the Alpha Theta
Chapter of Beta Beta Beta at Canisius
College has attempted to maintain its record as a dynamic campus organization.
Each year we present a series of twelve
academic lectures by prominent researchers and practioners in the biological and
health science fields, such as Dr. Wilhelmina De Bruyn of the Cancer Research
Instituitions of Amsterdam and Johns Hopkins Universities.
A panel discussion on medical and
dental education with alumni now attending various universities proved most
interesting and beneficial.
In addition to our annual awards for
scholastic achievement, it was decided to

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Bios

initiate an annual award for the best
undergraduate research project of a biological nature. Mendel Club was reorganized to promote a more active participation of students not yet eligible for
Tri Beta membership.
The social side of life was not neglected. Tri Beta and the Strohaver Science
Club sponsored the annual Thanksgiving
Harvest Ball. Trips to various institutions rounded out our program.
We are all looking forward to our annual banquet and to "Moving-Up Day"
at which our society sponsors a float.
Leonard Borzynski, Historian
Elmira College
The Eta Sigma Chapter began the year
with a business meeting in the new
Myrtle Picker Kolker Science Building.
At that time we discussed our research
projects on the slime molds and on hamster embryology and considered general
campus interest in biology.
As a result of our consideration of
campus interest, the chapter undertook the
organization of a biology club. We participate in the club's activities and draw
new members from it. Speakers for the
club have included student as well as
faculty members of the chapter.
Joining us this year are Dr. Rae Whitney and Mr. Elmer Cloutier, Associate
Professors of Biology. Both professors
have applied for research grants for the
coming year, and both welcome student
participation in research.
Because of the unfortunate loss of our
crest, key, and charter during summer
storage, we delayed our initiations. The
missing articles have been replaced.
The Eta Sigma Chapter is now planning activities and projects in the anticipation of a rewarding year ahead.
Beverly J. Anderson, Historian
University

of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

In October of 1962 our counselor planned a tentative program of activities. Following this, the first general meeting was
held; at this meeting Dr. Maldonado
Capriles, chairman of the Biology Department, Mr. Gonzalez Mas, botanist,
and I were guest speakers.
Other activities included the showing
of two educational films to which all students were invited; field trips; assistance

at college functions, such as the annual
open house. Building upon and improving the herbarium and investigations in
the "Food Preferences in species of Drosophila" were other activities.
On February second the chapter had
its initiation. Dr. Lugo Lugo, regional
vice-president, was present and Dr. G.
Candelas was guest speaker.
The chapter acted as host for the annual convention held at the Institute of
Marine Biology and Mrs. D. Price of Chicago was guest speaker. The year's activities will terminate with the presentation of a prize to the biology student with
the highest grade index at graduation and
a farewell party for graduating biology
students.
Eugene McLaren Liburd, Historian
Inter American University
Puerto Rico

of

Since the beginning of the fall, when
the chapter had its initiation, it has been
very active. It has attended two other
initiations: one of the Zeta Delta Chapter
at the Catholic University and the other
of Zeta Alpha Chapter at the College of
Agriculture at Mayaguez. At the latter,
there was a very interesting lecture by
Dr. Gustavo Candelas, Chairman of the
University of Puerto Rico Department of
Biology, on "Coral Reefs".
The chapter has meetings every twvo
weeks during which there may be guest
speakers on various biological subjects.
The chapter will help in the Science Fair
which will take place on the campus. This
is the sixth Western Puerto Rico Regional
Science Fair, whose director is our counselor.
The chapter is also looking forward to
the regional convention which is coming
in the near future. At this convention
the Zeta Alpha Chapter of the College of
Agriculture will be host.
The chapter has some plans under way.
One of the plans is to make the chapter
known on the campus through a periodical. Another plan is to make trips for a
specimen collection. We are also looking
forward to the next biennial convention
of Beta Beta Beta in Cleveland, Ohio,
where we will be represented. Through
such activities, the chapter hopes to advance itself and the biological sciences.
Christine Kevin Obuyu, Historian

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