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[11] > Image [11] of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 1971-02-feb16.

Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

3 5. RESEARCHERS STUDYING FLIGHT OF THE ALBATROSS Dr. Richard Birkebak, professor of mechanical engineering, and two colleagues are continuing their research on the albatross on Midway Island in the central Pacific Ocean which serves a dual role as a sanctuary for tens of thousands of baby albatross and as a U.S. Navy installation. Dr. Birkebak's team was on Midway in February, 1970. He says that at one time during the hatching season "we estimated there were more than 40,000 adult and young birds there." His co-workers on the project are Jerry Hoskins, a mechanical engineering undergraduate from Stanford, and Ariono Abdulkadir, a graduate student from Indonesia. The three UK men, along with Dr. Gene LeFebvre, Department of Zoology of Southern Illinois University, currently are at Midway (until Feb. 20) to continue the study being funded by the National Science Foundation. During their visit to Midway last year, Dr. Birkebak and his associates developed ways to test flight time integrators (FTI), a device for monitoring the behavior of the birds away from the nest. This year a transmitter is being used in tracking the birds by radio to determine numerous behavior patterns about the wanderer of the seas. According to the engineers' plan some facts that will be collected are: how far the birds travel from Midway, flight time in a particular direction, the total time in flight, the total time spent resting on the water, and daylight flying time. FTIs, along with the tiny transmitters, will be glued to the breasts of 30 albatrosses. Neither device is larger than a quarter. The transmitter's signal can be received for 50 miles and its lifetime is 35 days. The FTI weighs 30 grams, or about one ounce, while the transmitters weigh six grams. During part of the study, Dr. Birkebak and his associates will be aboard U.S. Navy helicopters that operate on routine patrol in the vicinity of Midway. The military unit, among other duties, operates as an air-sea rescue group. Military and civilian population combined is about 2,000 persons. 6. DR. ALBRIGHT REVISITS BELGIUM Dr. A. D. Albright, vice president for institutional planning, was invited by the Institut Administration-Universite of the Bel- gian government to assist with two colloquia (seminars) in Belgium on university management and administration. The colloquia began January 29 and concluded February 6. Each lasted approximately two days. The first seminar was composed of university rectors (presidents), some deans, and members of university administrative boards. The other was designed for ministers and selected staff of the ministries of national education and culture and members of Parliament committees on education. The seminars, the first or- ganized on a national scale in Belgium, resulted from a study and recommendations made by Dr. Albright while he was in Belgium on a Fulbright Lectureship award in 1969-70. The topics discussed in- cluded planning in an institution and nationally, program goals and evaluation, academic and financial management, policy formu- lation, systems and coordination among universities, and relation- ships of universities to government. At the conclusion of the sessions, future action was discussed for a continuing program to assist in the further development of university management and administration in that country.