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Broadcast Tape 48.  (Originally labeled Miscellaneous #5).

Date:  ca. 1980

Duration:  00:23:34

Reporter:  Warren Croke

A collection of 13 news and public service announcements pertaining to research.  No date was given but the appearance of certain people suggests the date of 1980.

Originally produced on ¾” u-matic.  Reformatted to Betacam SP in 2003 and MPEG2 in 2005.


Tape contents

Segment 1

Title:  [Glass Corrosion Experiment]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:02:09

File name:  NPA4801

Dr. Barbara Purdy (archaeology professor), Dr. Tom Hallmark (soil scientist), and Dr. David Clark (materials science engineer) are involved in an experiment to test the corrosion of glass and ceramic samples after they have been buried in the ground.  The glass is to be dug up in six-month intervals and the final removal will take place in five years.  The glass is being studied as a possible way to contain nuclear waste.

Segment 2

Title:  [Indian Sites]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:24

File name:  NPA4802

Archaeologists and students have been working at a 1500 year-old Indian site near Live Oak.  The site is important as it is in the time period of the change of the Indian culture from one of hunter/gatherers to growers/agriculturists.  The concern is expressed that Indian sites not yet investigated would be destroyed because of the recent building trend in Florida.

Segment 3

Title:  [Energy Subcommittee]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:48

File name:  NPA4803

Businessmen engaged in energy enterprises and UF faculty engaged in energy research appeared before the Congressional panel of House Science and Technology chaired by Don Fuqua.  Dr. Howard Odum, a graduate research professor of environmental engineering asked that energy not be considered in one basket but that all sources (as biomass, solar, and others)  be studied.

Segment 4

Title:  [Health Exercise and Diet]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:52

File name:  NPA4804

Dr. Todd Savitt, a medical historian, says that the health movement goes back to Sylvester Graham who developed the graham cracker in the 1830s.  The health movement spread to other food companies.   The current exercise and health food trend is a case of history repeating itself.

Segment 5

Title:  [Goodhill Foundation Gift]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:02:05

File name:  NPA4805

University of Florida President, Robert Q. Marston, is presented with a check by a representative of the Goodhill Foundation.  The check is the first installment of a five and a quarter million dollar grant set up to preserve endangered lands by 3M heiress Katherine Ordway.  A tract of land (6100 acres) near Melrose, Florida will be preserved in its natural state for conservation and eco research by the Forestry Department and the Florida State Museum.

Segment 6

Title:  [UF Solar Institute]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:16

File name:  NPA4806

In April thirty-four solar experts from sixteen developing nations enrolled in a state department sponsored solar seminar held at the University of Florida.  Follow up visits to the attending countries will be made by UF solar scientists.  The seminar attendees are shown at Disney World where they viewed the solar panels on one of the large buildings as well as enjoyed the attraction.

Segment 7

Title:  [Turtle Heat]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:25

File name:  NPA4807

A report about the research on turtles being conducted by a doctoral exchange student from Holland, Edwin Van Hause.  He induced turtles to swallow an eraser sized radio thermometer so that their temperature could be recorded.  It was discovered that turtles do not need much food and that they tend to digest food when lying in the sun and their body temperature rises.  Turtles could be used as an economical source of food because of the efficient way in which they digest food.

Segment 8

Title:  [Potassium Loss]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:41

File name:  NPA4808

Joel Case, a graduate student in Health Physics, has been studying the use of potassium by the body.  He often used himself as a guinea pig to test the effects of potassium intake.  Exercise often results in the depletion of potassium in the body and it also shifts to areas of the body in which it is needed.  Case states that citrus and bananas are good sources of potassium and that runners and others who exercise should load up on potassium before exercising.  The next step is to discover why potassium is lost.


Segment 9

Title:  [Nuclear Waste Survey]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:42

File name:  NPA4809

Environmental engineering professor William E. Bolch Jr. is studying how much radioactive waste is being generated and how the amount can be reduced.  The project is being funded by a grant of $70,000.  Radioactive waste of some type is shown being poured into a metal drum.  Protective garb is not worn by the men involved in the work.

Segment 10

Title:  [Auto Photography]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:44

File name:  NPA4810

Psychology professor Dr. Robert Ziller speaks about his research with photography.  He gives his subjects an instamatic camera and each subject takes 12 pictures.  His direction is that each person describe themselves through the pictures they choose to take.  Ziller thinks that the photos capture the feelings of individuals better than words could.  The photographs will be used in a special project at the UN to commemorate the International Year of the Child.

Segment 11

Title:  [Computer Project]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:39

File name:  NPA4811

This segment is a duplicate of Segment 1 on Tape 41.  It concerns the effort to increase computer literacy among teachers and students.  Two professors developed two courses for this purpose.  Dr. Elroy Bolduc developed a course for teachers and Dr. Mary Kantowski developed the course for middle school children.


Segment 12

Title:  [Storm Crew]

Date:  ca. 1980

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:45

File name:  NPA4812

Dr. Max Sheppard relates the need for real time data needed to investigate storms.  Therefore, the volunteers in the Storm Crew program (a branch of Coastal Engineering) go out during an actual storm to set up data gathering instruments close to the route of the storm.  A mathematical model will be constructed later from the gathered data, which will allow for a more accurate assessment of future storm surges.

Segment 13

Title: [Summer Science and Engineering Program]

Reported by: Warren Croke

Duration: 00:01:41

File name: NPA4813

Every summer Advanced Placement students from Florida's high schools come to the University of Florida to attend classes and work with researchers in the sciences and engineering. The program has been in existence for 22 years. Elizabeth F. Abbott, Director of the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists, is interviewed.

Segment 14

Title:  [Sharks]

Date:  ca. 1980

Duration:  00:05:44

File name:  NPA4814

This segment is composed of five chapters.  Dr. Carter Gilbert, an associate curator at the Florida State Museum, discusses various aspects of sharks such as their behavior and size.  He also mentions what humans should do if they see a shark while they are swimming or diving.


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