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toric Studies, held at the Hotel Plaza, New PROFESSOR HENRY FAIRFIELD OSBORN has York, on February 3, 1921, Professor George been elected one of the vice-presidents of the Grant MacCurdy was elected first director of Eugenics Education Society, of which Major the foundation. Dr. Charles Peabody is chair- Leonard Darwin is the president. The Ameriman of the board and for the present will also can committee of the Second International serve as treasurer of the foundation.
Eugenics Congress extended a special invitaThe year's work will open at La Quina tion to Major Darwin to attend the congress, (Charente) on July 1. After a stay of some but learned by his letter of December 1, 1920, three months at La Quina, there will be ex- that his health will not permit him to come. cursions in the Dordogne, the French Pyrénés Invitations have been extended to several and to the Grimaldi caves near Mentone. The British, French and Scandinavian authors and winter term will be in Paris; and the work of writers in subjects of genetics and eugenics. the spring term will include excursions to the DR. GRAHAM LUSK has been elected correimportant Chellean and Acheulian stations of
sponding member of the Société de Biologie the Somme valley, to Neolithic sites of the of Paris. Marne or other suitable locality, and to Brit
MME. MARIE CURIE has been invited to visit tany for a study of megalithic monuments.
the United States and expects to come in May. Students may enroll for an entire year or
Committees of reception have been appointed, for any part thereof. Those who contemplate including in their membership leading men of entering for either the year or the first term,
science. It is planned to present to Mme. should communicate immediately with the di
Curie a gram of radium. rector, at Yale University Museum, New
DR. HENRY NORRIS RUSSELL, professor of Haven, Conn.; or with Dr. C. Peabody, Pea
astronomy and director of the observatory at body Museum, Cambridge, Mass.
Princeton University, has been appointed a One foundation scholarship of the value of
research associate of the Mount Wilson Ob2,000 francs is available for the first year. The
servatory of the Carnegie Institution of Washspecial qualifications of the applicant, together with references, should accompany each
ington for the current year. Dr. Russell has
gone to England to receive the gold medal of application. The foundation is open to both
the Royal Astronomical Society which was men and women students. The address of the director after June 15 will be care of Guar
recently awarded him in recognition of his
work on the evolutionary classification of anty Trust Company, Paris.
stars. He expects to return in March to
undertake his work at the Mount Wilson SCIENTIFIC NOTES AND NEWS
Observatory. DR. FRANK BILLINGS, Chicago, has been
Harlow SHAPLEY, of the Mount Wilson elected president of the next congress of Solar Observatory, has been appointed obAmerican Physicians and Surgeons, which
server at the Harvard College Observatory. meets in Washington, May 2–3, 1922.
and will enter upon his new work in March At the recent meeting of the Mathematical or April. Association of America the following officers DR. HENRY H. ROBINSON, of New Haven, were elected: President, Professor G. A.
has been appointed superintendent of the Miller; Vice-presidents, Professor R. O. Archi
Connecticut Geological and Natural History bald and Professor R. D. Carmichael.
Survey to succeed Professor H. E. Gregory. DR. GEORGE ELLERY HALE, director of the
His address is Hopkins Hall, Yale University, Mount Wilson Solar Observatory, has been New Haven, Conn. awarded the Actonian prize by the Royal In- The trustees of Bernice Pauahi Bishop stitution of Great Britain in recognition of Museum of Polynesian Ethnology and Natural his work on solar phenomena.
History at Honolulu, Hawaii, have appointed
as curator of collections Dr. Stanley C. Ball, can Association for the Advancement of Sciprofessor of biology in the International ence, delivered an address on " How the govY. M. C. A. College, Springfield, Mass. Leav- ernment is fighting insects," before the ing Springfield in March Dr. Ball will visit Washington Academy of Sciences on Febmuseums in Albany, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago and San Fran
DR. A. N. RICHARDS, professor of pharmacisco, reaching Honolulu about May 1.
cology, University of Pensylvania, will deliver DR. Ralph O. RODGERS, previously in charge the seventh Harvey Society Lecture at the of the work in the physics of photography, New York Academy of Medicine on Saturday at Cornell University, has been appointed evening, February 26. His subject will be assistant secretary of the illuminating engi- “Kidney function." neering society.
DR. GEORGE THOMAS STEVENS, of New York THE board of trustees of the American Med- City, author of contributions to opthalmology ical Association reelected the following mem- and neurology, died on January 30 at the age bers of the Council on Pharmacy and Chem- of eighty-eight years. istry: L. G. Rowntree, Rochester, Minn.; Torald Sollman, Cleveland, and Lafayette B.
DR. HENRY HARRINGTON JANEWAY, of New
York City, known for his work on cancer, Mendel, New Haven; and to fill a vacancy oc
attending surgeon to the Memorial Hospital, casioned by the resignation of Professor
died on February 1, at the age of forty-seven Henry Kraemer, Dr. Charles W. Edmunds,
years. professor of therapeutics and materia medica, University of Michigan.
PROFESSOR HENRY MATTHEW STEPHENS, PROFESSOR DEXTER S. KIMBALL, of Cornell
since 1899 professor of biology in Dickinson University, represented the American Society
College, died on February 5, aged fifty-four of Mechanical Engineers and the federated
years. American engineering societies at the annual DR. LEOPOLD LANDAU, professor of surgery convention of the Engineering Institute of at Berlin, died on December 28, 1920, at the Canada, at Toronto.
age of seventy-two years. Ar the next meeting of the Canadian Re- A REGULAR meeting of the American Physsearch Council, to be held in Ottawa, Feb- ical Society will be held in Fayerweather Hall, ruary 19, an interim appointment of chairman Columbia University, New York, on Saturwill be made to succeed Dr. A. B. Macallum, day, February 26, 1921. If the length of the who resigned to accept the chair of biochem- program requires it, there will also be sessions istry in McGill University, Montreal. The ap- on Friday, February 25. Other meetings for pointment of a permanent chairman will de- the current season are as follows: April 22–23, pend on the action of the federal government. 1921, Washington; August 4, 5, 1921, Pacific
DR. LYNDS JONES, of the department of zool- Coast Section at Berkeley. ogy of Oberlin College, announces a special The Royal Agricultural College at Cirentrip under the auspices of the summer school, cester, the oldest place of agricultural inthrough the northwest, terminating in the struction in the British Empire, is threatened town of Mora, Washington, on the Pacific with extinction at the end of the year unless coast. A special study of insect, bird, plant a minimum capital sum of £25,000 can be and animal life will be made and attention
raised by private munificence to save it. The will be given to topographical geology. The college, which was founded seventy-five years trip will probably be made by automobile and
ago under the patronage of the Prince Conwill be in the field for eight weeks.
sort, has since 1915 been occupied by a girls' DR. L. 0. HOWARD, chief of the Bureau of school from the east coast, whose tenancy Entomology, retiring president of the Ameri- ends at Christmas.
ends at Christmas. The Ministry of Agricul
ture are asking the governors to reopen the Medicine; Dr. S. S. Sprigge, editor of the college for its originally intended purposes, Lancet; Professor James Walker, professor of and have promised, subject to certain condi- chemistry, University of Edinburgh; and Dr. tions a small, annual grant towards its main- Dawson Williams, editor of the British Medtenance. The governors are anxious to take ical Journal. C.M.G.: Mr. I. B. Pole Evans, this course, they have considered and approved chief of the division of botany and plant a curriculum of greater general utility and of pathology, Department of Agriculture, Union a more practical character than that formerly of South Africa. C.I.E.: Lieutenant-Colonel pursued at the college, and have conditionally W. F. Harvey, director of the Central Resecured the services of a principal of excep- search Institute, Kasauli, Punjab, and Dr. tional qualifications. In an appeal issued on E. J. Butler, formerly Imperial Mycologist, behalf of the governors, Lord Bledisloe (chair- Pusa. K.C.V.0.: Dr. F. S. Hewett. man) and Lord Bathurst (vice-chairman)
THE Journal of the American Medical Assourge that “never, in the best interests of
ciation states that its Paris exchanges for the British Agriculture, was there greater need
last week in December were crowded with acthan there is to-day for the practical training
counts of the elaborate festivities of the cenof our present and future landowners, estate
tenary of the Academy of Medicine. The enagents and larger farmers in improved meth
tire issue of the Presse médicale for December ods of agriculture, in the economic administration of rural estates, in practical forestry,
25 is devoted to an illustrated description, with
the addresses delivered by Laveran, the present or in local government.”
president of the academy, and others. The We learn from the Journal of the American
official delegates from other countries included Medical Association that the Academia de
sixteen from England, five from the United Ciencias Médicas of Havana has announced
States; eleven from Belgium, including Borthe following prizes for the year 1921: Presi
det, Brachet and Willems; Arteaga, from Bodent Gutiérrez prize, 400 pesos, for the best livia; O. de Oliveira, from Brazil; Córdova, work on the necessity of a National Formu
Donoso, Orego and Sierra, from Chile; Eslary; Gañongo prize, 200 pesos for the best
guerra and Machado from Colombia; Cueva work on any medical subject; Gordon prize
and Villamar, from Ecuador; Nourgo and (physiology), a gold medal, for the best work
Nobles from Guatemala; Arce and Chutro, on correlation of the endocrine glands. The
from Argentina; two delegates also from Peru; papers must be sent to the secretary of the
Silva, from Salvador; Carlos, Fonseca, Tijera, academy (calle de Cuba, número 84-A) before
Rincones, Rísquez and Velásquez, from VeneMarch 31, 1921. They must be original, must zuela; Ito and Tsuchiga from Japan; O. Peinot have been published before, and may be
Huan, from China; Robert from Siam, and in Spanish, English or French.
Cassens from Haiti. Twenty-nine countries New YEAR honors conferred in Great were represented in all. A medal to commemoBritain on scientific men are recorded in rate the occasion was struck. The president of Nature as follows: Privy Councillor: The Rev. the republic of France was present with two of Dr. Thomas Hamilton, for service to the
his ministers and all the préfets of the départecause of education in Ireland, first as Presi- ment. The celebration concluded with a bandent of Queen's College, Belfast, and after- quet and a reception at the Palais d'Orsay. wards as President and Vice Chancellor of the Toasts were offered at the banquet by Cassens, Queen's University of Belfast Knights: Pro- for Haiti; Recasens, for Spain; van der Berg, P. R. Scott Lang, for more than forty years
for Holland; Cueva, for Ecuador; Kalliontzis, Regius professor of mathematics in the Uni- for Greece, and Lucatello, for Italy. Wright, versity of St. Andrews; Mr. P. J. Michelli, of England, was seated at the right hand of secretary to the London School of Tropical the president of the academy.
We learn from Nature that the British Air DISCUSSION AND CORRESPONDENCE Ministry announces that the cabinet has ap- ON THE OCCURRENCE OF AËDES SOLLICITANS proved, subject to parliamentary sanction, the IN FRESH WATER POLLUTED BY ACID
WASTE grant of a sum for the direct assistance of civil aviation. During the financial year 1921–22
It is believed to be of interest to students payments under this grant will be limited to a
of mosquitoes to report the occurrence of maximum sum of £60,000, and will be made
A ëdes sollicitans, a salt marsh mosquito, in to British companies operating on approved
fresh water polluted by acid waste from a aerial routes. The routes at present approved
'guano factory.” During October, 1920, while are London to Paris, London to Brussels, and making investigations concerning fishes in
relation to mosquito control at Savannah, London to Amsterdam. Extensions to these routes and additional routes, such as England Georgia, in cooperation with the U. S. Public
Health Service and the city of Savannah, the Scandinavia, on which the possibilities of a
writer found mosquito larvæ in ditches which service employing flying boats or amphibian
were so strongly polluted that all other animal machines or a mixed service of sea and land
life appeared to be extinct. The larve were aircraft can be demonstrated, may be approved.
collected from time to time and reared to
the adult stage. Dr. Bassett, bacteriologist UNIVERSITY AND EDUCATIONAL for the city of Savannah, identified the species NEWS
as Aëdes sollicitans and this determination ANNOUNCEMENT has been made at Brown
later was verified by Dr. Dyar, of the U. S. University of the completion of the Nathaniel
Bureau of Entomology. French Davis Fund in honor of Professor
The acid content of the water in the ditches Davis, now emeritus, who was for forty-one
where the pollution was greatest was not
determined but a water sample taken downyears a teacher of mathematics in the university. The fund amounts to ten thousand dol
stream where the pollution had become greatly lars and the income is to supplement the reg.
diluted and where Aëdes sollicitans was reular library appropriations in purchasing placed by Anopheles crucians and Culex sp. mathematical books and periodicals for the
was titrated by Dr. Bassett and found to conmathematical seminary.
tain 2.08 per cent. of free acid and a large
amount of iron. It is quite probable that the DR. VICTOR C. VAUGHAN, for thirty years
water in portions of the ditches in which the dean of the University of Michigan Medical
larvæ of Aëdes sollicitans were common had School, has resigned. Dr. Vaughan has been
an acid content of fully 3 per cent. professor of hygiene and physiological chem
The larvæ occurred most frequently along istry since 1884.
the edges of the ditches among decaying vegeAr Colgate University, Associate Professor tation and they displayed a stronger resistance A. W. Smith has been made full professor and to the toxicity of oil than Culex and Anopheles head of the department of mathematics as larvæ occurring in the more weakly polluted successor to Professor J. M. Taylor. Pro- portions of the same ditches. fessor T. R. Aude, of the Carnegie Institute
SAMUEL F. HILDEBRAND of Technology, has been appointed associate U. S. BUREAU OF FISHERIES, professor of mathematics.
WASHINGTON, D. C. DR. SOLON MARX WHITE, Minneapolis, pro
THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND THE AMERI
CAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEfessor of medicine at the University of Min
MENT OF SCIENCE nesota, has been appointed chief of the de- THE application made to the council of the partment of medicine to succeed Dr. Leonard American Association for the Advancement of G. Rowntree, now associated with the Mayo Science for the organization of a new Section Clinic.
to be devoted to the History of Science was denied by the council (October 17, 1920), but These experiments proved very conclusively that permission was granted for those interested in photographs from the air, using present-day equipthe History of Science to enter Section L on
ment, are of little practical value to the hydro“Historical and Philological Sciences," a Sec
grapher (p. 575). tion which had never been organized and ex- Those interested in the study of underwater isted only in name.
features may be interested in the opposite The special committee appointed by the view published in Comptes Rendus. Objects president of the association for the organiza- in French water were photographed to a tion of a History of Science Section, recom- maximum depth of 17 m. and several points mended, on December 16, 1920, that the words of rock were revealed by the photographs "and philological " be dropped. This recom- which had escaped detection by other methods. mendation was likewise rejected by the council. (“ Plusieurs têtes de roche qui avaient échappé It is clear, therefore, (1) that the council does aux levés détaillés et trés exacts de ces parages not deem it wise to admit a separate section on ont été ainsi révélées par la photographie.") the History of Science and (2) that the organi. Specific instances are given where points of zation effected in Chicago on December 29, rock dangerous to shipping, not indicated on 1920, will not meet the needs of the increasing the hydrographic charts, were discovered by number of men interested in the History of means of the photographs. Science, since, at any time, those representing Perhaps the statement that photographs “Philological Sciences ” and the “Historical taken from the air are of little practical value Sciences” (whatever that term may mean), is more conclusive than was intended. may step in and give rise to a heterogeneous,
WILLIS T. LEE incoherent group of workers, having no inter
U. S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY ests in common. If representatives of the “Philological Sciences” and “Historical Sci
SOIL COLOR STANDARDS ences” do not appear, then Section L consti
In order that there may be uniformity in tutes in reality the very kind of organization
the designation of the color of soils it is prowhich the council decreed should not be ad
posed that a set of color standards be premitted as a Section.
pared in which those colors which occur in In the judgment of the present writer, the
soils and subsoils may be represented. Such dignified and logical procedure for those inter
a set of standard colors would be of great ested in the History of Science is, therefore, to withdraw altogether from organized historical
value to soil survey workers and would cer
tainly lead to a better understanding of the work in connection with the American Asso
descriptions of soils from the various regions ciation for the Advancement of Science until
of the United States and of the earth as a such time when the council and general session
whole. will be ready to welcome them into the associa
In order that such a set of color standards tion as a separate Section.
might be published representative soils from UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
all parts of the United States would need to
be examined. No doubt the Bureau of Soils CONCERNING “AERIAL PHOTO
of the United States Department of AgriculHYDROGRAPHY"
ture could lead in the work and by consultaIn an article describing attempts to photo- tion with various State Soil Surveys and with graph “the small coral heads and pinnacle the Soil Surveys of other nations standardize rocks” off the coast of Florida, E. Lester the colors and publish reproductions of them Jones of the United States Coast and Geo- as Robert Ridgway did in his “ Color Standdetic Survey concludes that:
ard and Color Nomenclature” (published by 1 SCIENCE, December 17, 1920.
2 Tome 169, 27 October, 1919.