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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 1978
Funds ‘lacking for research
Miller opposes Carter’s budget proposal
WASHINGTON D C. — Texas
A&M University President Jarvis
Miller has criticized President Car
ter’s proposed fiscal year 1979 fund
ing for agriculturally related re
search and education activities, find
ing the proposal lacking.
Representing the National Associ
ation of State Universities and Land
Grant Colleges, Miller opposed the
president s budget request during
testimony before a House agricul
“Those of us in the academic
community who are concerned with
research and education activities
conducted or sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture were
shocked and disappointed by the
President’s budget request for fiscal
1979,” said Miller.
He said the proposed budget
“clearly disregards the intent of the
Congress” as reflected in PL 95-113,
the public law which established the
Food and Agriculture Act of 1977.
“It is fundamentally contrary to
the extensive planning jointly con
ducted by the academic community
and the federal government on
needs for agricultural research and
education,” Miller said, “and it ab
rogates a major federal responsibility
to maintain the obviously productive
long-standing partnership with the
states in agricultural research and ex
The proposal fails to take into ac
count the recommendations of the
world food and nutrition study con
ducted by the National Academy of
Science at the direction of the presi
dent, he said.
Miller pointed out that the budget
calls for decreases of more than $15
million in various categories such as
cooperative research and rural de
velopment, while providing only a
modest overall increase of $547,000
to be split among 1,890 land-grant
A&M chemistry department leads
in faculty, enrollment and research
I Mark Shanely, graduate assistant in biology, demonstrates
act,tie how to measure an object’s critical mass. Shanley is conduct-
gediM] J j n g experiments in genetic defects along the DNA chain in
Texas Ai?M Jaycees chapter
Newsprint drive helps transients
Battalion photo by Ben Po
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The Texas A&M University’s
chemistry department is today the
nation’s largest in terms of faculty
and is considered to rank similarly
regarding student enrollment and
volume of research.
Distinguished Professor Arthur
Martell, who has headed the de
partment since 1966, said that less
than four years ago, the size of the
department ranked third behind the
University of California-Berkeley
and top-ranked University of Mary
The number of faculty now totals
73 — up from 50 in 1974 — and
includes three distinguished profes
sors, a designation reserved for fac-
;rag§ By ANA QUINTANA
;st.Iki The Texas A&M Chapter of the
he frti [aycees is sponsoring a paper drive to
amajj 1 lelpTwin City Mission in Bryan by
fromi ollecting newsprint.
Twin City Mission aids transients
tfortej vho don’t have jobs by providing
vith 511 them with a place to stay. It has dorm
space for 30 men, said Les Albert,
president of the Texas A&M Jaycees.
ition,ll Three drop boxes made by the
>1 leade [aycees with materials donated by
them the Benchmark Construction Co.
ptions. liave been placed in the A-l lounge
throud by Fowler and Hughes, and in the
ng the lounges between Schumacher and
engine Walton, and Crocker and Mclnnis.
enroll Albert, said that they have had a
n enrol good response to the drive and hope
to expand by putting in more boxes,
line in® The box in Schumacher is overflow-
acherBiig,” he said.
ming. y He is not sure how long the drive
ivill last, but he hopes to keep it
going as long as possible
The collected newsprint is packed
by the men at Twin City Mission and
trucked to Abilene. There, it is made
hemically non-flammable and used
Twin City Mission receives be-
f $60 and $85 for every ton of
newsprint, or about $3 to $4 for
svery 100 pounds. The Texas A&M
[aycees will receive $1 for every 100
sounds and will put the money into a
) )e aV) und for use in later projects, said
The idea was conceived by Albert ditionally all male groups, the Texas
as a way to bring the Jaycees to-. A&M chapter allows females to join.
gether. The club has just started this
semester and has a membership of 20
Even though the national and
state chapters of the Jaycees are tra-
So far, none have applied for mem
bership, said Albert, but added that
he woidd encourage women to join.
“They would add a spark to the
community service,” Albert said.
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ulty members who have attained
eminent stature in the opinion of
their colleagues nationally. Besides
Martell, this trio includes two of the
world s top authorities in their
Welch Distinguished Professor
F.A. Cotton is considered the
leader in inorganic chemistry, and is
one of the faculty’s newest mem
bers. Distinguished Professor A.I.
Scott, is a leader in synthesis of an
tibiotics, anti-cancer drugs and
Vitamins from plant tissue cultures.
Another of the faculty, Professor
C.S. Giam, has set the pace in draw
ing a large portion of the over $4
million in research support received
by chemistry in the 1977 calendar
year — a level which exceeds the
total research budgets for most uni
versities. With additional grants,
the 1977-78 fiscal year departmental
operation will run close to $8 mil
lion, Martell said.
Enrollment in chemistry at Texas
A&M is also large. In the fall semes
ter, over 12,000 students were
enrolled for chemistiy courses, mak
ing the department the largest serv
ice unit on campus.
Despite the large number of stu
dents taught, Martell said, most
classes are kept near or below 100
students in size, compared to num
bers six times that lar
“Inflationary increases in the cost
of agricultural research are at least 10
percent,” he told the Subcommittee
on Department Investigations,
Oversight and Research. “This
means we are facing an effective re
duction of 20 percent in the stable-
based monies that are needed to
carry out crucial agricultural re
search in land-grant institutions.
While proposing cuts in various
areas, the president’s budget in
cludes an increase of $15-$30 million
for competitive grants to address
basic research problems of high na
Miller said the NASULGC sup
ports the competitive grant concept
and does not disagree with the pro
posed level of funding.
“The president’s budget proposes,
however, to essentially fund this
program at the expense of the
formula-based support of longer-
term, broader research in the land-
grant institutions,” he said. “With
this we cannot agree.
Miller conceded that “in this
interim period of potential over
production in agriculture, it is
perhaps tempting to lessen the em
phasis on research and extension.
“In short range, however, at least
part of the solution to the present
problem in American agriculture
must be overcome through im-
l^roved methods of operation and
“In the longer view, we must
clearly delineate the difference be
tween production and the capacity to
produce. The need to enhance the
latter is clearly unchallenged if we
believe the projections of need fm
increased world food.”
Miller said it is this capacity to
produce that will be affected by the
reductions proposed by the presi
Also submitting testimony before
the committee was Dr. Neville
Clarke, director of the Texas Agricul
tural Experiment Station.
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