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USF scientist: oil plumes from BP well listen

07/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As we reported Friday, a team of Florida researchers has confirmed that two gigantic oil plumes beneath the surface of the gulf are indeed the result of the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Scientists are now trying to see what threat the plumes pose to sea life.

At first getting BP to cough up an oil sample from its broken well wasn’t easy. When they finally did the researchers compared it to microscopic droplets of oil they’d found floating in enormous clusters dozens of miles away from th...

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USF marine scientists confirm underwater plumes are dispersed from BP well listen

07/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Researchers from the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg say they have the first proof that dispersed oil below the surface of the Gulf came from BP’s Deepwater Horizon Well.

The USF researchers say they have used a “chemical fingerprinting process” to identify the source of subsurface clouds of “degraded underwater oil”

"Essentially we found two layers. The first layer was two miles long by six miles wide, by about 100 feet deep. The s...

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USF, NOAA reseachers confirm oil plume listen

06/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, scientists from the University of South Florida and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reaffirmed a widespread suspicion: that there’s oil suspended beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. But they won’t say much else about it.

Dr. William Hogarth, dean of USF Marine Science, was plain about the significance of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Researchers: oil plumes in Gulf are pretty much a certainty listen

06/02/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today at USF St. Pete’s College of Marine Science researchers said the Gulf oil slick is now 80,000 square kilometers or the size of South Carolina. And that’s just what can be seen. What they don’t know is how much remains beneath the surface in plumes. Last weekend, BP claimed that there were no sub-surface plumes. But Ian MacDonald, a professor of oceanography at Florida State University, said the science says something different.

McDonald added that more confirmation of this come...

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USF reseach vessel to check for oil in loop current listen

05/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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There are conflicting opinions on how fast the oil is traveling, and some officials are saying they don’t think it’s even entered the loop current yet. USF researchers said yesterday that they think it has, and that oil should hit the Keys by Sunday. Officials are already studying tarballs that have showed up in the region. Dr. William Hogarth, Dean of USF’s College of Marine Science, says USF researchers are slated to scope out the loop current as early as tomorrow.

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Sink comments on her UCF - USF gaffe listen

05/10/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The state’s Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, made a faux pas when speaking at the graduation ceremony at the University of Central Florida (UCF) on Friday. Sink now has to explain her embarrassing mix-up where she referred to UCF as USF. She was booed by UCF students when she referred to the school by the initials of its cross-state rival, the University of South Florida (USF). By the following day, Alex Sink attempted to gracefully brush off the gaffe.

“Well, I had an unfortunate ...

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Chemical oil dispersants may harm environment listen

05/10/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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BP has reportedly begun to continually spray oil dispersant at the site of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout at an unprecedented depth. That the impact of these chemicals is not well known, but they could be hazardous.

Since the April 20 blast sent millions of gallons of oil gushing into the gulf, BP has unloaded at least 372,000 gallons of dispersant into the water. Researchers say the effec...

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Weisberg updates Loop Current models for oil leak reaching Florida Keys listen

05/03/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As WMNF reported a week ago, a USF College of Marine Science oceanographer is concerned that oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil leak could get into the Gulf Loop Current and impact the Florida Keys and the southeast coast of the state. Professor Bob Weisberg is modeling ocean current patterns and says the loop current is moving northward and could soon be directly over the site of the BP oil disaster.

He doesn’t go as far as Nick Shay, a physic...

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Norman Finkelstein will speak about Middle-East tomorrow at USF, will be protested listen

04/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tomorrow, noted Middle East expert Norman Finkelstein will give a lecture on the Israel-Palestine conflict at the University of South Florida in Tampa. But the appearance of the controversial professor will be protested by a pro-Israel group. Finkelstein’s lecture is being organized by five student groups, including the Muslim Student Association at USF and one of their members Laila Abdelaziz.

But not everyone is thrilled with Finkelstein’s visit to USF. Bob Kuntz is president of Shal...

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Live report from FCC hearings on media ownership listen

04/20/10 Seán Kinane & Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Federal Communications Commission is conducting public hearings today at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The hearings deal with loosening media cross-ownership rules that currently forbid one company from owning a television station and a newspaper in the same market in most cases.

WMNF is carrying the FCC hearings live on our HD 3 Channel The Source and on Bulls Radio HD 2 until they end, which is scheduled to be 7:30 pm.

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