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.


     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.