The American Chemical Society will designate Bailey Hall at Kansas University a national historic chemical landmark because of what occurred in a laboratory there on Dec. 7, 1905.
On that day, professor Hamilton Cady and student David McFarland discovered the first evidence of helium in natural gas.
A sample of gas was found to contain nearly 2 percent helium, an element previously only detected on the sun and once in a trace amount in a mineral rock.
"It assures the fact that helium is no longer a rare element but a very common element," Cady wrote, "existing in goodly quantities for the uses that are yet to be found for it."
Grover Everett, professor of chemistry, said the site of the discovery in Bailey Hall will now be marked with a bronze plaque provided by the chemical society.
It will be installed during Bailey Hall's centennial celebration in April 2000.
Joint WSU, KU
A master's degree in public health offered jointly by Kansas University and Wichita State University has been accredited for five years.
The Council on Education for Public Health certified the program for the maximum term possible for a first-time accreditation review.
It's a cooperative effort among KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., Wichita State University and KU School of Medicine in Wichita.
Approved by the Kansas Board of Regents in 1994, 170 students are currently enrolled in a program that focuses on epidemiology, biostatistics, health service administration, environmental health and social/behavioral science.
No similar degree program exists in Kansas or other Great Plains state north to the Canadian border.
"The fact that two universities are collaborating at three sites makes this a unique operation," said Craig Molgaard, director of the program and professor of preventive medicine.
The next Lion's Pride meeting will focus on fund-raising ideas for the organization.
Lion's Pride is open to any parent or supporter of Lawrence High School activities.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 6, 1999, in the Lawrence High School cafeteria.