Production number 28
Production title: Adapting the Atom to Florida Progress
Production date: ca. 1962
Total running time: 00:28:17
Producer: Douglas Martin
Photography: Bill Breeze
Narrator: Dr. Lester Hale
Music: U of F Department of Music
Available in VHS, DVD, and Sony DV-cam.
Derived from 16 mm film.
Adapting the Atom to Florida Progress is a promotional film about the nuclear science programs at the University of Florida. The film begins with the introduction by Governor Farris Bryant and then proceeds to show the various research applications of nuclear science in the fields of medicine, energy and agriculture. Safety precautions are also covered. The film depicts various labs, lab equipment, and an irradiator.
0:16 State flag
0:21 Governor Farris Bryant seated at a desk. He speaks and mentions the value of nuclear science and the lead that the State of Florida has taken in this field.
1:57 The title of the film appears and then the name of Dr. George K. Davis, Director of Nuclear Activities and a list of others who assisted in the production of the film
2:40 Various lab scenes, equipment, and lab workers are shown
3:10 J. Hillis Miller Health Center building. Nuclear medicine is mentioned as being most important.
3:29 Lab with a woman in a white lab coat getting something from a cabinet
3:55 A woman (patient) drinks out of a cup containing radioactive iodine 131 in water. Scanning machine is shown being used on the patient while a lab technician or doctor stands to the side.
4:34 Scanned image is shown from which a diagnosis will be made
4:42 Exterior of Animal Nutrition Laboratory building
4:50 Biology lab with equipment and lab researchers shown in a sequence with verbal explanations of an amino acid study
6:30 Morestein Column shown with a researcher pouring a solution into the top
8:17 Sequence of a research study of barley - what would take place if a nuclear attack
9:34 Irradiator on UF campus shown from above
9:51 Drawing of a model of the irradiator
10:03 Barley seeds shown sprouting through the use of time lapse photography. Stunted growth of seeds irradiated shown
10:35 Van de Graaff accelerator shown
Man in a lab coat
Nose cone applied to accelerator
11:56 Repeat of nose cone being applied - a flaw in the film
12:03 Radiation chemistry with lab scene, beakers, test tubes
13:25 Irradiation cell shown
14:17 Nuclear fission lab
Chalk board with diagrams
14:50 Radiation chamber shown
16:05 Men in lab coats working with reactor
17:22 Neutron flux study with reactor in operation
18:25 Slide rule shown
18:37 Mechanical hands being used to work with various items
19:42 Mechanical hands draw the letters UF on a piece of paper
19:49 Reactor shown again and a lab worker
20:31 Linear Electron Accelerator and various scenes in the control room
21:39 Radiation committee seated at a table - discuss safety factors
22:25 Radiation control officer shown. His job is to oversee all areas and check them for possible radiation hazards as sink areas, floor coverings, exhaust fans and ducts, radioactive waste materials
23:51 Geiger counter - shown being checked for proper function
24:09 Radiation detector - smears taken from different areas and then checked
24:49 Radiation control officer looks into a large freezer chest which houses part of the radiation detector.
25:29 Detecting equipment shown
26:27 Fountain pen sized docimeter shown
26:39 Caption: George K. Davis, Dir. of Nuclear Activities, University of Florida
26:45 Dr. Davis is shown seated at a desk with book cases behind him. He speaks about the nuclear science program.
27:53 State flag shown
28:00 Century Tower (top part) shown silhouetted
28:17 End of film
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