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Source: 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 college.

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 been installed.

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.