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Is the future of science education in danger? listen

02/10/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An anthropologist warns Florida has laws that are a back-door entrance to teaching creationist theory in schools. At a lecture Thursday night in Tampa as part of USF’s Darwin Day celebration, Eugenie Scott says that’s hurting the quality of science education in the state.

Students, professors and the public filled nearly every seat in USF’s Fine Arts Hall. Jamie Delgato was one student in attendance.

”Well the whole creatio...

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Scientists and journalists discuss collaboration listen

10/28/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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About 80 people listened to leaders in journalism and science discuss the relationship between media and the scientific establishment in this event co-hosted by the University of South Florida. One of the organizers was Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America, an alliance aimed at “making research to improve health a higher national priority.”

According to Claudia Dreifus, interviewer for the science section of the New York Times, th...

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Seth Mnookin on medicine, science and fear listen

10/26/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Science writer and journalist Seth Mnookin's third book, released earlier this year, is The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear.

WMNF's Dawn Morgan spoke with Mnookin about the fear explosion in the media and what doctors and parents alike can do to combat misinformation.

"It was something that I noticed in conversations with my friends. A lot of them were either young parents or expectant parents. And that hadn’t been a topic that had been on my radar previo...

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Middle- and high-school girls get a hands-on look at science and engineering listen

07/21/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This week Middle and High School girls are getting a hands-on look at science and engineering in Tampa.

This five-day Minds for Design Girl Scout Camp focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Girls from Middle and High Schools around the Central Florida area are exploring their interests through hands-on activities, lectures, and field trips to the University of South Florida and MOSI. Susan Barnes, Director of Communications with [Girl Scouts of West Central Florida](...

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Space Shuttle Discovery launches on final journey listen

02/25/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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NASA launched the Space Shuttle Discovery for the last time yesterday afternoon. The orbiter went on its first mission in 1984, 27 years ago. WMNF's Zack Baddorf was at Kennedy Space Center, just a few miles away from the launch pad, and brings us this report.

On Discovery's 39th and final voyage into space, the shuttle is heading toward the International Space Station, where it’ll deliver a storage module. The crew of six will also bring with them a robot named R2. It’s the first huma...

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Space Shuttle Discovery about to take off on final mission listen

02/24/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery will take off on its final flight at 4:50 p.m. today. WMNF volunteer reporter Zack Baddorf is a few miles from the launch pad and will bring us a full report tomorrow during the WMNF Drive-time news. He filed this preview of the launch from the Kennedy Space Center a short time ago.

Discovery went on its first mission in 1984, some 27 years ago. This launch is its 39th and final time in space. Discovery will go up to the International Space Station where it...

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Science Cafe in St. Pete debates causes of Climate Change listen

01/26/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama didn’t mention climate change. But the topic was at the forefront last night at the Pier Aquarium’s science café meeting in St. Petersburg.

More than a year removed from the stalemate at the climate conference in Copenhagen and another two months after a follow-up meeting in Cancun, there is still no binding global agreement to cut greenhouse emissions. Without those cuts, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts...

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Science Challenge 2011

12/27/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former physicist Jeff Shaumeyer worried about American culture excluding the sciences. So in 2004, he began a company called Ars Hermenuetica in an effort to encourage science literacy.

Shaumeyer implemented the Science Reading challenge a few years later, an attempt to inspire average Americans to read popular science.

"It came about when I noticed some online blogging fri...

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Panel of USF scientists present oil spill findings to the public listen

11/17/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night in St. Petersburg, a panel of USF based marine scientists shared their findings on the impact of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Bob Weisberg is a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of South Florida, and a leading expert on the role of the Gulf’s loop current.

"It provides the connectivity between the Caribbean and southeastern United States. It flows into the Gulf of Mexico through the Yucatan, out through the Florida straights and then up the east ...

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Fossil hunters uncover Florida's geologic history listen

11/04/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida’s history didn’t begin with Ponce de Leon, the founding of St. Augustine, Hernando de Soto or even the indigenous Calusa people. Clubs around Florida are venturing out to rock quarries, phosphate mines and river beds to uncover ancient fossils and get a glimpse into Florida’s geologic past.

Kneeling on the limestone surface at Vulcan quarry mine in Brooksville, Shirley Gissy of Port Richey, Florida and a member of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club, takes her rock hammer and meticulo...

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