National Geographic : 1950 Nov
Miami's Expanding Horizons electronic sound-ranging instruments during World War II submarine hunting. Results of the study will, when completed, become available both in nontechnical arti cles in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE and in technical reports to be contributed to world knowledge through universities and col leges at home and abroad. The Medical Research Unit of the Univer sity functions in cooperation with the U. S. Veterans Administration and occupies quar ters in the huge Veterans Hospital in Coral Gables, formerly the fashionable Miami-Bilt more Hotel. The Unit is built up as a nucleus for a school of medicine, long a dream at the University of Miami. Although the administrative office is lost in a corner of the ornate ballroom of the former hotel, researches are conducted in modern laboratories completed this year. A corps of eminent researchers now is engaged in studies of compounds capable of prolonging the action of adrenaline secreted by the adrenal glands; compounds effective as anti dotes to barbiturates introduced into the human body in overdoses of sleeping pills; the effect of various drugs when used with insulin; transplantation of endocrine glands: effect of shock on kidneys; and causes of vari ous tropical diseases. Somewhat overwhelmed with the scope of the University's activities, its meteoric growth, and its impact on Miami, I sought out Dr. Ashe to learn his views on the University's role in this ever-growing area. Students from 46 States, 20 Countries The University maintains a president's modern office in downtown Miami's chief office building, the Du Pont. Here also is the large room in which meetings of the Board of Trustees are held when the time element demands a downtown location. But Dr. Ashe's principal administrative work is performed in the Administration Building, erected on the main campus by combining two old Army barracks. It was here that I found him. "We have now been in existence 24 years," he said. "We have some 9,000 full-time stu dents from 46 States and 20 countries, and approximately 2,000 students in the evening Adult Division. "We have built on a permanent and well placed campus of 260 acres several major educational buildings, several minor ones, and modern dormitory facilities. In addition to regular instruction in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Admin istration, the School of Law, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the School of Music, and the Graduate School, we have developed important research ac tivities. These are in the fields of tropical agriculture and horticulture, experimental medicine, marine biology, and several of the laboratory sciences. "Over the next few years we expect to push further many of these basic researches and to add several additional schools. We must build a number of new educational buildings on the main campus, including a great new library building. Our library is growing at a terrific rate. We must have the first large unit of a spacious science building, a large auditorium, and adequate quarters for our students in music, drama, and art. "Then we need adequate endowments to help support the University. We are not tax supported and earn most of our income. "The community is growing very rapidly, and has changed its character from purely a winter resort to a commercial and industrial metropolis. Agriculture in the back country has multiplied probably ten times in the last 20 years. "It apparently will be necessary for this University to become quite large. We con sider the first 24 years a period in which the University was established. The next few years should be a period of development and improvement." The decisiveness with which Dr. Ashe summed up his views, his past record as a man undismayed by formidable problems, and the caliber of the men who back him up, his progressive Board of Trustees,* combined to inspire in me the feeling that even bigger things are in store for the University of Miami. Although the University's influence is wide spread, it would be a mistake to assume that it is responsible for all of Miami's cultural life. For example: An outstanding musical organization in the area is the Miami Civic Music Association. For the last 15 years its president has been Charles H. Crandon, in whose honor the area's newest public recreation park on Key Biscayne has been named (page 582). This democratic assemblage of music lovers * Members of the Board of Trustees of the Univer sity of Miami: Bowman F. Ashe, Harry Hood Bassett, Samuel Blank, Roscoe Brunstetter, Oscar E. Dooly, Julian S. Eaton, George C. Estill, Gilbert Grosvenor. Edmond A. Hughes, John S. Knight, John Oliver La Gorce, Daniel J. Mahoney, Dr. Bascom H. Palmer, Robert Pentland, Jr., Fleming G. Railey, Daniel H. Redfearn, McGregor Smith, Arthur A. Ungar, and George E. Whitten. Honorary Member, William H. McKenna.