The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, June 17, 1970, Image 1

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Program head
set to present
graduate talk
Dr. R. Philip Hammond, direc
tor of Oak Ridge National Labo
ratories’ nuclear desalination pro
gram, will meet here next week
with key personnel in the “Nu-
plex” study and present a gradu
ate lecture.
The lecture, entitled “Energy,
Ecology, and Edacity,” will be
presented at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June
23, in the Architecture Building
Theme of the talk will be that
man cannot hope to survive unless
he does a better job of harnessing
Energy is, in fact, the ultimate
raw material which can be sub
stituted ' for non-renewable re
sources, Dr. Hammond points out,
but it must be applied with skill
and vision.
Earlier in the day, the ORNL
official will brief Texas A&M’s
“Nuplex” officials on a similar
program being conducted at the
Oak Ridge facility. He will then
hear a report on the Texas A&M
“Nuplex” is a coined word de
scribing a large complex consist
ing of a nuclear-powered reactor,
electricity production, water de
salination, chemical processing
and production, agriculture and
associated activities. The long-
range study is designed to help
provide low-cost abundant water
and electricity.
The Texas A&M briefing will
be directed by Dr. Richard E.
Wainerdi, associate engineering
dean, who heads the interdiscipli
nary “Nuplex” program.
Dr. Hammond’s two-day visit
also will include tours of experi
mental facilities on campus and
participation in discussions con
cerning desalting technology and
by-products utilization studies at
both Texas A&M and ORNL.
Other topics involve food crop
production research and socio
economic and systems analysis
Through his ORNL post, Dr.
Hammond has represented the
United States at numerous inter
national conferences and missions
concerning peaceful use of nu
clear energy.
Prior to joining the Oak Ridge
installation, he was associate
leader of the reactor development
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division at the Los Alamos Sci
entific Laboratory.
Dr. Wainerdi noted Dr. Ham
mond has contributed to the de
sign of advanced reactors and
evaporators, to the metallurgy of
plutonium, refractory metals and
rare earths and to remote control
mechanisms in radiation chemis
try and fast neutron reactors.
Dr. Hammond is a chemical en
gineering graduate of the Univer
sity of Southern California and
earned a Ph.D. in physical chem
istry at the University of Chicago.
Thursday — Partly cloudy,
wind Southerly, 10 to 15 m.p.h.
High 92, low 74.
Friday — Partly cloudy,
wind Southerly, 10 to 15 m.p.h.
Chance of thunderstorms late
afternoon. High 89, low 76.
Telephone 845-2226
Space shuttle
tunnel tests
Wind tunnel tests are being
conducted here with a “space
shuttle” model designed and built
by Texas A&M engineers for the
National Aeronautics and Space
Harry Whitmore, director of
the Space Technology Division,
said the space-shuttle project is
part of NASA’s feasibility study
for an earth-orbital laboratory.
The engineers plan to put the
model through a two-month test
program calling for wind gusts
up to 200 mph.
The model, measuring 69 inches
long with a wing span of 48
inches, is attached to a maneuver-
able base allowing the craft to
be struck by gusts from varying
angles during a single test.
Whitmore said the main effort
in the project is devoted to sub
sonic airplane problems.
He explained a space shuttle
must be a combination of an air
plane and spacecraft. It must
have the capability to go to the
manned space platform, return to
earth and land at an airbase,
rather than splash down in water.
Three killed
ROTC units
donate clothes
to help needy
Texas A&M-designed space shuttle—Engineers Joseph Brusse, left, and Joseph Bicknell
prepare space shuttle model for wind tunnel tests as Harry Whitmore, director of the
Space Technology Division, looks on.
Purchasing department
in collision due terminal computer
of auto-train
Three people were killed and
two seriously injured yesterday
afternoon when a car and a South
ern Pacific freight train collided
at a railroad crossing one-half
mile south of College Station on
P.M. 2154.
Milinda J. Ercanbrack, 3, and
George A. Parson, five months,
were dead at the scene, and Mi
linda K. Gillenwarter, 17, died at
4:45 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital.
Janie M. Black, driver of the
car, and Peggy D. Parson, 15-
year-old mother of George Par
son, are in serious condition with
face lacerations and internal in
Texas Department of Public
Safety Patrolman George T. Gar
rett, who investigated the acci
dent, said the car and train were
both traveling north when the
car turned east to cross the tracks
and the collision occurred.
University National Bank
“On the side of Texas A&M.”
A remote terminal computer is
due to be installed in the Pur
chasing Department’s storehouse
July 15 to handle its buyers’ bill
ing and the Exchange Store is
in the process of having its book
ordering computerized.
Exchange Store Manager Chuck
Cargill said the student will bene
fit from the computerized order
ing by the lists of books which
will be printed at the beginning
of each semester.
He said the list will consist of
the course title and number, the
name of the book, and the pro
fessor’s name will be listed in
cases of several professors using
different books for the same
The computer at the Purchas
ing Department will be used to
bill the buyer, as well as provide
instantaneous inventory reports
and give more accurate service
to the customer, Stores Super
visor Walter C. Dandridge said
He said the computer will go
through a trial period until Sep
tember and then be put into
full-time use.
The computer will be connected
to the Data Processing Center,
where information on the 11,500
items of the stores is kept on a
small portion of a disk which
resembles a phonograph record.
When a customer buys an item
at the storehouse a computer
card with the item’s stock num
ber and other information will be
put into the computer, Dandridge
“A card will be fed into the
computer which will have on it
the buyer’s department and the
billing account number,” he ex
This information is relayed to
the DPC where it is run through
the computer and an itemized
bill with the per item price and
the total price will be sent back
to the buyer.
A bill will be sent at the end
of each month to the buyer, show
ing purchases made during the
month. The buyer will be able to
compare his individual bills with
this total monthly bill.
The new concept, of which
A&M is one of the first universi
ties to use, will do away with the
present system of hand-processing
each order. A ticket is written
and every two days the accumu
lated tickets go to the DPC where
they are key-punched by hand
and run through the computer.
Needy people in numerous for
eign countries have clothing —
thanks to the ROTC program.
Salvaged clothing worn by
cadets in the Army and Air Force
ROTC programs here is contrib
uted to Church World Services,
which distributes apparel accord
ing to known need.
Col. Jim H. McCoy noted con
tributions started in 1961, when
initial arrangements were made
by the late Dr. Dan Russell, 38-
year sociology professor.
“This disposition is most ap
propriate and goes to a very good
cause,” the commandant re
Floyd T. Mathis, military prop
erty custodian, said it is the most
practical course available.
“By regulation, we can either
give the salvaged clothing away
to an organization such as this,
or destroy it,” Mathis explained.
“It cannot be sold to an indi
The clothing is purchased by
Texas A&M with federal funds
allocated on a per-cadet basis.
The military property custodian
returns directly to the Army some
items issued for Army ROTC
cadets when they become unserv
Shirts, trousers, jackets and
raincoats contributed to Church
World Service are unserviceable
items turned in by cadets for re
“Most items have lots of good
wear left,” Mathis added. “Some
pieces may have unremovable
stains or be worn through in
places such as pocket edges and
on the collar. For people who
don’t have any clothes at all, I
think these clothes would be very
“It’s a good way of helping
people,” he said.
CWS trucks, which average
three annual pickups of about
6,000 pounds each, will back up
to the 12-dorm services building
clothing warehouse Monday for
113 stuffed duffel bags, an aver
age size load from Texas A&M.
Church World Service pickups
also are made at the First Pres
byterian Church in Bryan and
Our Savior Lutheran Church of
College Station. Mathis said
Houston and Austin headquarters
arrange sorting, packaging and
delivery of the clothing to points
of need throughout the world.
He works through N. A. Sund-
wall, Austin field director of
CROP which also conducts the
Community Hunger Appeal, and
Philip N. Zinn, Houston head
quarters manager.
Texas vets given
view of new field
Police Division opens course
The Police Training Division of
the Texas Engineering Extension
Service opens a four-week general
law enforcement course Monday
here for police officers from
throughout the state.
Chief Instructor Ira E. Scott
said approximately 20 officers are
expected to enroll in the course.
It is the fifteenth offered at the
Texas A&M Research Annex
training area.
Scott noted the 140-hour pro
gram gives participants the re
quired courses to complete mini
mum requirements for certifica
tion under Texas Commission on
Law Enforcement Education stan
Scott pointed out, however, the
officers must have one year of
law enforcement experience be
fore being fully certified. The
certification law becomes effec
tive in September.
During the course, the officers
receive training in criminal and
traffic laws, report writing, hu
man relations, first aid and fire
arms training, Scott added.
Classes continue through July
Texas veterinarians were given
a brief glimpse at a new field
—aquatic veterinary medicine—
during the 23rd annual veteri
narian conference.
Dr. George W. Klontz, one of
five aquatic veterinarians in the
United States and the only one
in college teaching, pointed out
a South Carolina catfish farmer
harvested 340,000 pounds of
dressed catfish per acre foot last
The associate professor said it
was an indication of what can be
done in fish farming, noting 30
cents out of every dollar in farm
ing fish is spent on preventive
“Fish farming isn’t a simple
matter of having fish in water,”
Dr. Klontz declared. “You need
the right kind of fish and the
right kind of water.”
He estimated the average cat
fish farmer could gross between
$500 to $1,000 an acre, while
grain farmers average about $250
an acre.
“The trouble with fish farming
is farmers are getting into it,”
he related.
“A rice farmer can raise jillions
of fish in ponds, but he may not
know what to do with the fish
or how to prevent disease.”
Dr. Klontz said the same is
true of other types of fish, in
cluding trout and even salt water
game fish.
He told the veterinarians at
tending the two-day program that
fish farming is a whole new in
dustry in its infant stage, with
A&M offering the only aquatic
veterinary medicine program in
the U. S.
An example of one problem is
galvanized zinc water systems,
Dr. Klontz disclosed. He said the
metal is lethal to fish, yet is used
in many fish farm water systems.
He disclosed a new metal bait
bucket used by sports fishermen
has a killing effect on the bait.
The conference opened Thurs
day morning with 125 Texas vet
erinarians expected to attend.
even better by new legal rates at
Youngsters display diving techniques at W. Cain Pool
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