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Broadcast Tape 50.  (Originally Miscellaneous #7)

Date:  ca. 1979

Duration:  00:30:00

Reporters:  Warren Croke and Rose Marie Van Camp.

Ten news and public service announcements.  The date November 1979 was typed on a label on the original broadcast tape.

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

Tape contents

Segments 1

Title:  [Energy Button]

Date:  ca. 1979

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:02:41

File name:  NPA5001

This particular segment has several breaks between the segments.  Dr. Eugene Chenette, assistant dean of the Department of Electrical Engineering, conducted some research on an energy button which is supposed to save money and energy when used with light bulbs.  Dr. Chenette measured the power consumption of a standard 100 watt bulb with and without the energy button.  He found that contrary to the claims the energy button cost $3 per 1000 killowatt hours and wasted both money and energy.


Segment 2

Title:  [Industrial and Systems Engineering and Automation]

Date:  ca. 1979

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:03:46

File name:  NPA5002

Dr. Thom Hodgson, an Industrial and System engineer, says that this area of engineering can be used to solve the problems of business and management.  His students have designed a model of an automated warehouse.  The principles the students learn can help in solving major economic problems.  Dr. Hodgson is practicing what he teaches as he is currently designing an automation system for the U.S. Navy.  Industrial and Systems Engineering is the fastest growing of all the engineering disciplines currently.

Segment 3

Title:  [Research on Hurricane David]

Date:  ca. 1979

Reported by:  Rose Marie Van Camp

Duration:  00:01:28

File name:  NPA5003

Vernon Sparkman, the UF Coastal Engineering lab supervisor, has directed the storm team volunteers as they placed surge gauges on a fifty- mile stretch of Florida’s coastline.  The surge gauges measure the water height during the hurricane.  They are later collected and the data is reviewed in the lab.

Segment 4

Title:  [Research on Hurricane David]

Date:  ca. 1979

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:11

File name:  NPA5004

Storm data on Hurricane David were gathered from a variety of sources including expert observers in the field, unmanned weather stations, and surge gauges (which measure the height of water during a storm).  The storm team volunteers place the gauges as close as possible to the forecast route of the hurricane.  Some are lost but enough survive so that the effects of the storm’s behavior can be studied.

Segment 5

Title:  [Wine Making Research]

Date:  ca.  1979

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:03:33

File name:  NPA5005

Robert Bates, a food scientist at the University of Florida, has been experimenting for ten years with grapes.  He is confident that Florida grapes can eventually produce good wine as well as juice and animal feed.  The grapes must have a high yield, be disease resistant, have good color, and be able to be machine harvested.  Various scenes in the lab are shown.

Segment 6

Title:  [Electrical Load Management]

Date:  ca. 1979

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:04:55

File name:  NPA5006

The construction of new power plants can increase the electric bills for customers.  Dr. Barney Capehart thinks that a way to keep the costs the same without increases is to reduce the demand on the part of the customers by introducing load management on non- essential loads as air conditioning, space heaters, etc.   As long as electric companies gain profit from the way the Public Service Commission rates are structured then the costs will increase as more power plants are built to fill the need.  Conserving power by load management could be an answer.

Segment 7

Title:  [ROTC Award]

Date:  ca. 1979

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:34

File name:  NPA5007

The cadets from ROTC at the University of Florida have been named the number one unit in the country for two years in a row.  The “Gator Raiders” won out over eight thousand cadets nation wide.  They were presented with a large bronze named “Warrior of the Pacific”.  Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Novak, a professor of military science, credits the cadets’ motivation and commitment.  He also states that anti-ROTC feelings of the Vietnam war years are over as interest and enrollment in ROTC is increasing.

Segment 8

Title:  [Cypress Dome Sewage Treatment]

Date:  ca. 1979

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:03:18

File name:  NPA5008

There is a high cost to the building of new or expanded sewage plants so there is an effort to find less expensive ways to manage sewage disposal.  A seven-year study by UF may have found a solution by having secondarily treated sewage piped into a cypress dome swamp.  The cypress trees and duck weed absorbed most of the sewage matter, and water was found to be purified by the time it seeped through to the aquifer.  Dr. Katherine Ewel, the project co-director, is encouraged by the results.  There are several sections to this report with intervals of blank screens.

Segment 9

Title:  [Industrial Crisis]

Date:  ca. 1979

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:04:39

File name:  NPA5009

Dr. Delbert Tesar, head of the UF Center of Intelligent Machines and Robotics Research, has just completed a study of the U.S. balance of industrial trade for the House Committee on Science and Technology.  The results were not encouraging as he found that seventy-five percent of the trade is mechanical in orientation and twenty percent of these show a deficit of thirty-four billion dollars a year.  He is concerned that major corporations make individual decisions (such as shipping out jobs overseas) and that there is no national industrial policy or any attempts to develop the technology here.  Several times he states that this is a crisis and economically dangerous to the country.

Segment 10

Title:  [Grant for Solar Instruction]

Date:  ca. 1979

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:03:14

File name:  NPA5010

The State Department is giving the University of Florida a two million dollar grant to launch a program of solar instruction.  Dr. Erich Farber, who is a charter member of the Solar Hall of Fame, will be heading the project.  People from mostly undeveloped countries will be brought to UF to learn about solar energy applications when the program begins next April 1980. Various criteria will be used to choose the participants.

Segment 11

Title:  [Teaching Chair Endowment]

Date:  ca. 1979

Reported by:  Warren Croke

Duration:  00:01:52

File name:  NPA5011

A $600,000 gift has been received from Brooksville banker Alfred McKethan to establish a teaching chair in the College of Business Administration.  McKethan says that he wants the chair named after the late Dean Matherly as the dean had helped him when he was a student at UF.  A matching amount of $400,000 from the state will bring the amount to one million dollars.  Various views are shown of Matherly Hall, classroom scenes, and students.


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