Doylestown Daily Intelligencer: July 14, 1953
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Fully Equipped NAC Laboratory Offers Students New Research Opportunities
National Agricultural College's research laboratory is now folly
equipped for a thorough research course for students seeking
independent, original and creative thinking rather than training
only to become laboratory technicians.
Under the direction of Dr. Albert Schatz, professor of microbiology
and co-discoverer of streptomycin, the new laboratory is located in
the old Colonial building on the west side of the campus which was
formerly used as a home for one of the faculty members at the
This is the first time that Bucks county's only college, has had a
fully-equipped laboratory. The building has eight rooms and an
office. The very latest of equipment available on the market, has
Dr. Schatz stated yesterday that one of the functions of the
lahoratury is to provide an opportunity for the faculty members to
pursue problems of original research. Another is to provide students
who are interested in professional careers in agricultural research,
or those who desire to do graduate work with a chance to acquire
first hand experience in research while attending college.
A third functicn is to pursue problems in agcriculture and allied
fields which axe of special iniportance in this Bucks county locality.
Other members of the staff of the resea rch laboratory include Dr.
Jesse Elson, professor of chemistry, who is presently working on
the developmeat of a new type of soil fertilizer winch will allow
plans to make better growth by providing them with copper, cobalt,
manganese, calcium, iron and zinc - which, if lacking. would curtail
the growth of the plant.
Dr. Paul R. Blowen, professor of biology, is studying disease of
trees and other plants in an effort to find out why certain plants
do not get the diseases that afflict others.
David Segal, associate professor of agricultural education, is
testing new types of chemical compounds to see which call be used
to control fungus infection of man, domestic animal and crops.
The laboratory is also studying the possibilities of a new antibiotic
and is collaborating with other research groups on the study of
horniones. The study of nutrition and cancer research is also under
way at the laboratory.