In an effort to nip in the bud a threatening shortage of men trained in the theory and use of England's famous radiolocator, the University has authorized a new defense course on ultra-short wave technique, starting immediately, the Physics Department announced yesterday.
Action was taken in company with several other universities in order to prevent a slow-up in U. S. production of the plane-spotting device which has proved so effective in decimating the big Nazi waves of night bombers.
The new course, which will be a part of Engineering 221a, begins, immediately and will be followed in the second half year by a specialized training program carrying half-course academic credit: The Physics Department urges interested Seniors who intend to make a career of electrical engineering or physics to sign up at once.
University action was prompted by the following letter from the Office of Scientific Personnel in the National Research Counsel:
"The President of your institution has received word of an impending and urgent need in the Army and defense industries for men with special training in ultra-high frequency radio waves. Information partly confidential placed in our hands has convinced as that within a few months our nation must face a serious shortage of men trained in the theory and use of new devices now under production.
"The shortage will exist at all levels, from the highest technical understanding of a rapidly developing field to routine operations and maintenance. Your institution is, therefore, invited to cooperate in a plan to meet this shortage partially at one level, namely, technical graduates with some special training."
The United States Office of Education has judged the need urgent enough to justify making the course an exception to the rule excluding defense courses from academic credit. Harry R. Mimno, associate professor of Physics, will dispense information on the new course.