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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1938

Biological Society

Biological Society

This society has had a very full and successful year, five lectures by well-known outside speakers having been given, besides other meetings and an expedition.

Perhaps the most successful effort was the screening of five films, which was attended by just under 120 students and members of the College. It is felt that the success of this experiment will justify further displays being given. The first two films were from the University of Chicago, being semi-cartoons dealing with "Resistance to Disease" and "The Function of the Heart." They were followed by a German film showing the methods of developing Nazi youth, by means of exercises and games, from babyhood to adult life. A short film was shown on "Reproduction of the Thistle," and it was followed by an important film, "Nutrition," which showed the deficiencies in various grades of English diets, and the means by which people were taught to correct and improve them.

At the lectures, for which the society expresses its thanks to those concerned, an address was given by Dr. E. Beaglehole on Easter Island, in which he refuted the suggestion that there was any mystery attached to it. Mr. Gifford spoke on "Life on the Universe." After the films, Dr. Lynch gave an address on "Bacterial Invasion of the Human Body," in which, after general remarks, he told how the diseases of anthrax, tuberculosis and diphtheria enter the body.

Two meetings, at which student speakers gave short papers, have been held. At the first, senior students spoke on modern aspects of biology, and at the second three students gave popular talks on bees, deer, and bird migration. During the year the society has changed its name from Natural History to Biological, but its functions have remained the same.