Appoint Assistant Dean.—
Dr. John C. Talbot, assistant professor of preventive medicine, University of California Medical School, Berkeley-San Francisco, has been appointed assistant dean of the school, adding duties as chief premedical adviser. Dr. Talbot is a graduate of the university, 1939, and, after service in the Army Medical Corps, joined the staff of the medical school in 1946.
Plague in Ground Squirrels.—
The U. S. Public Health Service reported plague infection proved under date of June 22 in pools of fleas from ground squirrels, Citellus beecheyi, taken in San Luis Obispo County as follows: Proved June 18, a pool of 172 fleas from 31 ground squirrels shot at Salinas Dam area (United States Reservation), 4 miles east and 21/2 miles south of Santa Margarita; proved June 21, a pool of 58 fleas from 11 ground squirrels shot 3 miles west of Pozo on State Highway 178, and a