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Source: The Jewish Advocate: April 14, 1952
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College Founds Research Lab


BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (Special) – The National Agricultural College, only independent agricultural college of senior status operated under Jewish sponsorship, has announced plans to establish a laboratory for pure and applied research projects.

A large building on farm No. 1 here has been set aside for the undertaking and is now undergoing alterations to house the laboratory.

Dr. Albert Schatz, one of the county's most outstanding young scientists, will be in charge of the laboratory and will devote his full time to research. He will be assisted by a staff of scientists qualified in the field of microbiology and antibiotics and by members of the faculty of the college.

The policies in respect to the operation of this department will be established by a committee of the Board of Trustees, consisting of Dr. Max Trumper, noted biochemist and toxicologist who is co-author of "Medical Biochemistry"; Dr. A. Spencer Kaufman, famous nose and throat surgeon of Philadelphia; Ira J. Mills, Director of Bureau of Homes and Hospitals, Department of Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Samuel Cook, expert in food technology, and president of Penn Fruit; Fred H. Weigle, general manager of Gwynllan Farm, Gwynedd Valley; and James Work, president of National Agricultural College.

Dr. Schatz was formerly associated with Dr. Selman Waksman at Rutgers in the research department of microbiology and was co-discoverer with him of the miracle drug streptomycin. He has been associated with the Sloan-Kettering Institute of Cancer Research and was a visiting investigator at Hopkins Marine Station, Stamford University.

He is at present associated with Brooklyn College, teaching general biology-general Microbiology and microbial physiology. He is also a research associate of Haskins Laboratories, New York City. He hold memberships in the following professional and honorary societies:

Phi Beta Kappa, Society of Sigma Xi, Alpha Zeta, Society of American Bacteriologists, Society of American Protozoologists, New York Academy of Sciences and the Torrey Botanical Club.

It is expected that under Dr. Schatz' leadership the research laboratory at the National Agricultural College will attract world-wide attention.

The New England committee for the National Agricultural College is headed by Abraham M. Sonnabend, prominent real estate and hotel operator, and includes: Reuben B. Gryzmish, J. Robert Morse, Arthur Rosenstein, Paul Schaye, Samuel M. Seegal, Paul Simons, Alfred Lerner, Robert Herzherg, Alexander Brin and Norman Lewis.