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Volume 38, Number 12 Weber State College Ogden, Utah November 8, 1977 DR. LEE Jackson takes a look into Heiko Glander. orld hunger prompts w food research chaflenge by Mike Reberg Perhaps one of the saddest and most pressing problems facing, world today is the starvation of its people. Thousands die every year of starvation. This coupled with population increases in many countries reduces the ability to feed people throughout the world. This challenge has been taken on by many scientists in the United States, and locally by a Weber State College professor. He is Dr. Lee E. Jackson, chairman of the Microbiology Department for the past five years and staff member for nine years. During the past summer, Dr. Jackson spent a government funded stay at the University of California at Davis doing research in an area, that if successful, will greatly enhance food production in the world. This area is called nitrogen fixation. Nitrogen fixation is the ability of some bacteria to obtain nitrogen from the air and use it toward the development of protein. Nitrogen is essential in the development of protein in plants. The problem is, plants cannot tap the almost endless supply of it in the air. They must obtain their nitrogen from fertilizers flask that is used for experiments in the made from fossil fuels. As fossil fuels are being consumed at a rapid rate, therefore, the need for plants to get their nitrogen from the atmosphere is urgently needed. Jackson and others feel that if plants can tap the atmospheric nitrogen at will rather than relying on fertilizers, their protein levels will increase. This means that each plant will have a greater nutritional value, which in. turn makes a crop go futher in feeding people. The answer may lie in the bacteria that can already take nitrogen from the air. If researchers can take the gene from the bacteria and place it into the plant, it may be able to tap the atmospheric nitrogen that constitutes eight percent of the air we breath, according to Dr. Jackson. "Somehow, some way we've got to increase the protein for world population one way is to transfer the bacterial gene to the plant and see if it can fix nitrogen," explained Dr. Jackson. "It's an interesting problem but one that has potential worth to mankind," he said. Although his work this summer has made some headway, he feels major breakthroughs are a Micro. Biology lab. Photo by few years off and actual use of it will not be feasible for ten to twenty years. During his nine year stay at Weber, Jackson has had five government funded summer projects in many areas of research. Other than his work in nitrogen fixation, he assisted in the original research on breast cancer in mice, determining that the cancer was caused by a virus. He has and still is working on a process to break down corn starch and convert it to sugar a process he started in llinois. This month he is going to Las Vegas to present a paper to the National Conference of Microbiologists. It concens the work he is doing with corn starch. He has been asked to return to the University of California to continue his work in nitrogen fixation, and invited back to Illinois to further the work he is doing with corn starch. Presently he is undecided on the direction he will take. For the present, Jackson is content with teaching students. His heavy class load gives him little time for the research he enjoys doing. However, next summer he will be leaving Ogden to continue research which he hopes will some day be a benefit to mankind. Fall enrollment figures discussed by Lynn Arave The total enrollment of day and evening students at Weber State College this quarter is 8,471. This represents a decrease of 77 students from the previous year. The biggest area of decrease was in the enrollment of freshman students from Weber County. New WSC freshman from Weber County totaled 984 last year compared to 934 this year; representing a loss of fifty students. Milton C. Mecham, the dean of admissions at Weber says the decrease in total enrollment is approximately .87 of one percent. Mecham feels this decrease isn't very significant to a school dealing with nearly 9,000 students. Mecham feels the decrease of Weber County freshman this quarter probably is due to Ogden High School's decrease of graduates last year. . Mecham expects the Viewpoints - IT Once again, the Philsophy Faculty is presenting the "Viewpoints '77" series, "A Discussion of Contemporary Moral Issues." The topic of the first Viewpoints forum will be "Reverse Discrimination-Who must pay for the sins of the fathers?" Participating will be Ms. Shirley Pdeler, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah; Dr. Lawrence C. Evans, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and a Professor of Philosophy at WSC; and Dr. Earnest Partridge of the Philosophy Faculty, who will serve as Oops The Signpost regrets the error which appeared in its Nov. 4 issue concerning Don Spainhower and Dean W. Hurst, and their roles at the open-house dedicatory activities at the Dee Events Center, Nov. 1. Last week the Signpost reported that Don Spainhower, WSC director of college relations, handled the job as emcee during the dedicatory activities. That duty was in fact handled by Dean W. Hurst, assistant to the president for collegedevelopment. enrollment at WSC to basically stay the same for the next few years. He believes Weber's enrollment corresponds to the Ogden area birth rate as well as high school graduation. The total day school enrollment is 6,787 students, evening school has 1,954 students signed up. A class by class breakdown of the number of students is:'Tresh-men-3,879; Sophomores 1,761; Juniors 1,373 and Seniors 1,728. Of the 8,741 day and evening school students enrolled, 8,207 are Utah residents, 534 are non-residents. Non-resident Americans total 332, and 202 are from foreign countries. California students number 62; 45 from Wyoming; 37 from Nevada and 20 from Idaho. There are 21 students from Nigeria, and 17 from Saudi Arabia. The increase of foreign students this year is 30 percent. moderator. The discussion will take place tomorrow, at -12:10 p.m. in Room 103 of the Social Sciences Building. Everyone is invited, and there is no admission charge. On December 1, Viewpoints '77 will present a discussion of "Pornography and Censorship," featuring Utah Attorney General Robert B. Hansen, and Edwin Firmage, Professor of Law at the University of Utah. That discussion will be held in the UB Little Theatre. Spainhower did an important part however, he handled the public address system during the ribbon-cutting held at the Center's east door. However, Hurst acted as emcee for the program featuring 21 student performances, and a dedicatory portion with the Dee and Stewart families, principle college donors. Hurst was chairman of the evening's activities, moreover, he wrote and directed the program with the assistance of other members of the open house committee.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-11-08, Vol. 38, No. 12|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|