The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 13, 1961, Image 1

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    'Teaching Machines ' Becoming Educational
By Eleanor Billings
Teaching machines ... a
thing of the future?
A u t o-instructional pro
gramming, a teaching con
cept of the future, is fast
becoming a valuable tech
nique in research and de
velopment as well as teach
ing. Dr. Wesley C. Meier
henry, coordinator of t h e
Teacher Placement D i v i
sion at the University, Is
among those pioneering in
this program of the future.
Under the sponsorship of
the United States Office of
Education, Dr. Meierhenry
worked with Dr. Arthur
Lumsdaine in preparing
an experimental six weeks
high school physics course
in auto-instructional form. ,
Research already accom
plished indicated what can
Montgomery Speaker
NU Grad Returns
As Lecturer
By Nancy Whitford
A native Lincolnite, Dr. Loren Eiseley, will return to the
University campus to deliver the annual Montgomery Lec
ture a series of topics on Francis Bacon.
Eiseley, a well-known author of scientific books,
received his bachelor of arts degree in 1933 and an honorary
doctor of letters degree in 1960, both from the University.
He is currently serving as provost of the University of Penn
He will speak at 4 p.m.
Monday, March 20, on "Fran
cis Bacon as an Educator,"
and at 4 p.m. Wednesday,
March 22, on "Francis Bacon
as a Scientist." Both lectures
will be held at Love Library
"Recognized for his distin
guished career in anthropol
ogy, Dr. Eiseley had his first
contact with nature through
the salt flats and ponds
around Lincoln and through
the mammoth bones housed
in an old red brick building
on the University campus. He
collected pond life for a home
made aquarium, snared
snakes and turtles and set up
his own museum of bake clay
bones and skulls.
His book "Darwin's Cen
tuiv," won an award as the
best non-fiction book from the
Athacneum Society of Phila
delphia in 1959 and the Phi
Beta Krppa Science Prize for
the best book in science in
More than 30 articles have
been written by him and pub
lished in magazines ranging
frcm Harpers to Bibliography
of American Philosophical So
ciety Proceedings. I
His first literary success
was as one of the editors of
.Prairie Schooner, which his
college literary fraternity,
Sigma Upsilon, founded on
the University campus.
Past Ag Worker,
K. C. Fouts, Dies
Kenneth C. Fouts, 68, a vet
eran of 38 years service in
Nebraska Agricultural Exten
sion Service, died late Friday
The well
known Ag
worker, who
retired in
1957, lived
at 1315 North
Enter i n g
the agricuV
tural field in
1919. as
raunfv aeent
in Cuming FOUTS
County, he later held a
similar position in York Coun
ty for one year. In 1927 he was
named Seward County agent,
a position he held until join
ing the extension staff in Lin
coln in 1946 as an animal
A 1915 graduate of the Uni
versity, he lettered in football
and later taught and coached
at Elk Point, S.D., prior to
serving in World War I. He
was a native of Diller.
Voc-Ed Honorary
Initiates 10 Members
The University's Beta Chap
ter of Alpha Tau Alpha, na
tional vocational education
honorary, has initiated 10 new
They include sophomore
Dale Pohlmann . and Gary
Vogt and juniors Robert Am
brosek, Richard Bringelson,
Richard Greenhalgh, Leon
Janovy and Dale Zikmund.'
Also Initiated were seniors
Richard Kealy and graduate
Gayle Kapstick and Richard
Mills. i
be done with the "teaching
Dr. Meierhenry and Dr.
Lumsdaine developed an au
to instructional system for
use as a supplement to an
otherwise complete pro
gram of instruction in high
school physics.
The program was found
to add significantly to stu
dent achievement and there
was evidence that auto-instructional
programs may
be relied on to provide in
struction, in physics at
least, independent of class
room lectures and recita
tion. Basically, the auto
instructional method facili
tates the orderly and con
trolled development of an
individual's skill in much
the same way as a good
tutor might do. Lessons are
presented in s m a 1 1, care
vmym: ''m mi mini m nam sum
', i
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Law Seniors
Win Moot
Court Finals
Zubety Krantz Oust
Van Pelt, Sluyter
Robert Zuber and Sheldon!
Krantz won the final round
of the Law College Moot
Court competition presented
before Justices of the State
Supreme Court Friday.
The Senior team defeated
juniors Samuel Van Pelt and
Ronald Sluyter.
Zuber and Krantz acted as
counsel for the appellant
plaintiff in a complex hypo
thetical civil case appealed
from a state district court.
The case involved questions of
civil rights, "charitable im
munity" doctrine under
which non-profit tax-exempt
organizations are not liable
for damages arising from
negligence, validity of a stat
ute relieving doctors of lia
bility of negligence at a car
accident scene and inferences
from facts given in the lower
court jury.
The case was argued be
fore State Supreme Court
justices Edward Carter, Fred
Messmore and Leslie Bos
laugh. The two final teams which
competed had survived pre
liminary rounds that began in
the fall of 1959. They were
among eight teams chosen
from the 1960 spring quarter
final rounds. They were win
ning competitors in the semi
final round in the fall and
met for the final time Friday.
The competition is known
as the Thomas Stlnson Allen
Moot Court competition in
honor cf the first law school
The program is designed to
help law students develop re
search ability and practical
experience in writing briefs
and presenting oral argu
ments similar to the problems
the students will encounter in
actual law practice.
Today on Campus
Nebraska chapter, ' Ameri
can Association of University
Professors 'A.A.U.P.), Pro
fessor Jasp.f Shannon speak
er, 6:30 p.m.. Pan American
room Student Union.
fully sequenced steps; and
difficult skills can be de
veloped by progressing
gradually from very simple
to very complex concepts.
The student is shown
material in the form of a
small step cdntaining one
or two sentences which re
quires him to respond with
answers in the space
provided while he reads
through the material. The
student writes his answers
on a strip of paper when
the auto-instructional de
vice, or "teaching ma
chine" is used.
has fiUed in theHfi&fc&s
A!AB 13 1961
Vol. i 74, No. 78
Trotege9 Program
By Cloyd Clark
Twenty - seven University
senior men have been select
ed to be matched with 27 Lin
coln businessmen in a unique
program of acquaintance with
civic and professional respon
sibility. The program, sponsored by
the Innocents Society, will
team the young men, known
as Cornhusker Proteges, with
Jan Jeffery, Bringelson Represent NU
University Students Plan
Work in Mexico. Liberia
Two University students,
Jan Jeffery and Richard Brin
gelson, will spend this sum
mer in foreign nations.
Jan Jeffery will spend two
months in Mexico working in
a rural project. Her project
is--Community Service in
Latin American sponsored by
WAA Deadline
Applications for member
ship on the Women's Athlet
ic Association (WAA) board
are now available at the
WAA office in the gymna
sium of Grant Memorial.
Applications will be due
Wednesday and interview
times should be signed for
on March 17 from 2-5 p.m.
Annual Psyc
Three nationally known
phsychologists will participate
in the first section of the ninth
annual psychology symposium
to be held at the University
Thursday and Friday.
The general topic is "Cur
rent Theory and Research in
Motivation." The speakers
are Dr. John L. Falk, depart
ment of nutrition, Harvard
University's School of Public
Health; Dr. Philip Teitel
baum, University of Pennsyl
vania's department of psy
chology; and Dr. Carl Pfaff
mann of Brown University's
department of psychology.
Sponsored by the Univer
sity's department of psychol
ogy through a grant from the
U.S. Public Health Service,
the symposium has gained na
tional prominence and each
year attracts psychologists
from various areas of the
United States.
The program for the week
to be held in the Student
Union auditorium Includes:
Thursday at 9:30 a.m., "Be
havioral Contingencies Relat
ed to Motivational Factors in
Hunger and Thirst," by Dr.
Falk; and at 1:30 p.m., "Dis
turbances in Feeding and
Drinking Behavioir after
Hypothalamic Damage," by
Dr. Teitelbaum.
Friday at 9:30 a.m., "The
Pleasures 'of Sensation," by
Dr. Pfaffman; and at 2 p.m.,
roundtable discussion.
Financial, Scholastic
Aids Office Moves
The office of Financial and
Scholastic aids has been
moved from the Student Af
fairs office to 111 Administra
tion Building.
in the first set of sen
tences he can expose the
correct answers by advanc
ing the machine. After
' checking the answers, he
again advances the pro
gram and looks at the next
lesson, or "frame."
Each small step, consist
ing of a few sentences,
gradually and systemati
cally produces a substantial
amount of learning.
'Since the student must
' respond with an answer at
each step during training, it
is possible to carefully
check and guide the de-
Kigelopment of his skill by
melms of immediate confir
mation of correct responses
Lincoln leaders in business
and professional fields for a
semester. , '
Each businessman will ac
quaint his "protege" with the
physical plant of his business
and orient him in regard to its
functions, and in regard to
the businessman's profession
al and civic activities.
Dave McConahay, president
of Innocents Society, said, "It
the American Friends Service
"This is something I've al
ways wanted to do. I had
hoped to do social work in a
Latin American country after
graduation," Miss Jeffery
said. :
Social Work
At the University, Miss Jef
fery is a sophomore majoring
in social work and is Chair
man of the Christian Witness
committee for the YWCA.
In Mexico Miss Jeffery said
that she could be doing any
thing from teaching an Eng
lish class to helping with child
and adult recreation. There
will be about 15 students in a
Richard Bringelson will
spend the summer in Liberia
as a part of the Buildings for
Brotherhood project.
He was chosen to go by the
West-Central Area Council of
YMCA's. A period of two
months will be spent in this
trip, from June 23 to August
The group of 15 students
from all parts of the United
Slates will meet for four days
in New York City for orien
tation purposes prior to sail
ing. While the students are at
sea, they will hold a seminar
and obtain more orientation.
A period of two weeks will be
spent in European Y M C A
camps before going to Libe
ria. T
f l ,e X'
' - Nf j"""t ' i ' i -I I " "l
'i UJ
Certificates like the one above will be
presented to downtown stores by Kos
met Klub for their outstanding support of
the University. Lincoln merchants have
long been supporters of campus organiza
and correction of wrong
The "teaching machine"
also allows for the evalua
tion and improvement of the
materials during the course
of their development in that
the more difficult steps
may be modified when nec
essary. Psych, Logic
Other areas in which the
"teaching machines" have
been used are an introduc
tory psychology course at
Harvard University, a pro
gram prepared by Teach
ing Machines, Incorporated
to teach descriptive and in
ferential statistics at the
college level, and a pro
The Nebraskan
j is expected that a close rela
tionship wiU exist between the
sponsor and his protege so
that the students can receive
advice from the businessman
on many matters."
He said that the students
will be selected each year
from the senior ranks of the
student body by the preced
ing members of the Cornhusk
er Proteges. The Proteges
For approximately one
month Bringelson will be in
Sinoe, Liberia. He said that it
will be a manual labor situa
tion. The group will be work
ing on a recreation camp with
15 Liberian students.
"I am very happy to have
been chosen to go," said Brin
gelson. I applied with the idea
in mind that I would be go
ing. I think that as an Ameri
can youth it is our job to pro
mote personal American un
derstanding." Bringelson is a junior at the
University and president of
the Ag YMCA. He is also dis
trict YM-YWCA treasurer and
a member of the area YM
YWCA student executive
These two programs in
which the University students
will participate have been op
erating for several years and
arc closely related to the type
of program now being advo
cated by President John Ken
nedy in his "Peace Corps"
The balance of the Inter
fraternity Council's treasury
after completion of the pro
posed expansion of the IFC
office was incorrectly listed
as $35,000 in Friday's Daily
The correct estimate for
next summer's balance if the
project is done this spring is
$3,500, according to IFC treas
urer Dave Sundberg.
I .f K H 4 A -'
gram to teach logic to chil
dren at the grade school
Industrial . organizations
have alsc begun to experi
ment with auto-instructional
materials for their techni
cal training programs. The
"teaching machines" have
proved useful in teaching
the operation and mainte
nance of equipment as well
as the programming of gi
ant computers.
Plans for the future in
clude teaching skills of very
high order via the "teach
ing machines."
Investigation is being
carried out on methods for
teaching art judgment. The
will always include the mem
bers of the Innocents Society,
McConahay indicated, and he
added, "It is hoped that the
students selected will be rep
resentative of all or most of
the undergraduate college."
The senior men and their
sponsors will meet at a ban
quet Tuesday evening at the
Student Union where the en
tire program will be ex
plained fully to both business
men and students.
The list of proteges and
their sponsors for the coming
semester is:
Dave McConahay Dr. Lee
Stover, Purvis, Stover and
Joe Knoll Richard Knud
son, Mason, Knudson, Dicke
son & Berkheimer.
Dick Newman Ross Mar
tin, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell j
& Co.
Marty Sophir William Gold
II, President, Gold & Co
Robert Knaub Gerry Ros
enberger, Gerry's Sportshop.
Roy Neil Dr. Jon T. Wil
liams. '
John C. Bond Winton
Euckley, National Bank of
Ag Union Hosts
Mental Lecture
Dr. William Brill, Univer
sity psychiatrist, will discuss
the problems of mental health
followed by a question-answer
period tomorrow from 4-5
p.m. in the Ag Union televi
sion lounge.
- Dr. Brill, who is in his
ninth year with Student
Health's mental health de
partment, will answer ques
tions compiled from a poll of
students by the Ag Union Stu
dent Faculty committee, who
is sponsoring the discussion.
The various questions that
Dr. Brill will answer include
"C a n childhood incidents
cause mental health?" "What
is the cause of inferority com
plex?" and "How thin is the
line between sanity and insan
ity?" Dr. Brill is a graduate of
the Indiana University School
of Medicine with a masters
degree in psychiatry from
Michigan University.
tions by means of financial or advertising
patronage. Kosmet Klub originated the
idea due to the outstanding support given
the Klub in past years.
program being prepared
will include some study of
art history and principles,
but will attempt as its ma
jor objective development of
a feeling of appreciation for
art and the ability to dis
tinguish between art which
is good and that which is
Attempts are also being
made to develop a program
to p r o v i d e laboratory ln
structionin electronics
which will involve the use
of actual laboratory equip
ment and a program to in
still in students the insight
necessary to solve geo
metric theorems which they
have never before seen.
Monday, Mar. 13 1961
Kenneth F. Tempero Dr.
Walter Charnicki, D o r s e y
Thomas F. Eason John
Angle, Vice President, Wood
men Accident k Life Co.
Dennis B. Nelson Kenneth
Lawson, Lincoln Telephone
and Telegraph Co.
John Hoerner James Swan
son, President, Hovland-Swan-son
Russell D. Edeal-Cliff Jor
gensen, First Trust Co.
Winston Wade Glenn Bon
acker, Division Manager,
Central Electric & Gas Co.
Rod EUerbusch J. Tay
lor Greer, Woods, Aitken
& Aitken.
Archie R. Clegg-Ellsworth
Duteau, Duteau Chevrolet.
Donald J. Enn fiftnrcraT in
coin, Vice President, Lincoln
Grain Co.
Lawrence A. Frazier Ar
thur E. Perry, Perry, Perry
& Nuernberger.
John P. Anderson Robert
Guenzel, Crosby, Pansing,
Guenzel & Binning.
James Glathar Donald I.
Parker, Executive Vice Pres
ident, Security Mutual Life In
surance Co.
David T. Calhoun Walter
White, Publisher, Star News
paper. Fred Howlett Ralph Reed,
District Manager, Consumers
Public Power District.
Allen Wellman Ralph Reed,
Farm Management.
David A. Whitney I. W.
Wheeler, Vice President,
Steckley Hybrid Seed Co.
William A. Wells Earl Hei
ronymus, Credit Manager,
Miller & Paine.
Don Fricke-Dr. Richard P.
James L, Kowaike Frank
Roehl, General Agent, Bank
ers Life Insurance Co.
Allen Kritzeiman Dr. Chet
Gausman r)iretnr A A ii 1
Education, Lincoln Public
Five Wilson
Five University students
have been selected as recipi
ents of Woodrow Wilson Na
tional Fellowships.
The Fellowships will finance
first year graduate study and
are designed to encourage the
newly elected Fellows to con
sider college teaching as a
possible career.
Fellowship recipients are
Elizabeth Blore, who win
study Spanish at the Univer
sity of Wisconsin; William
Carlson, who will study Eng
lish at Cornell University;
Jeanne Inness, who will
also study English at Cornell;
Harvey Nelson, who will
study philosophy at Columbia
University; and Norman
Shaffer who will study his
tory at Stanford University.
These five students were se
lected from among 1,333 stu
dents from 381 colleges.
In addition six other Uni
versity students received hon
orable mention. On the basis
of past experience honorable
mention will receive alternate
awards either directly from
universities or from other or
ganizations. The University's honorable
mention are Sonia Anderson,
Douglas Bereuter, John Else,
Lane Isaacson, Robert Stine,
and William White.
f -
March 15, 16, 17, 18
Reservations: HE 2-7631 Ext. 3263