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A USF professor has developed a new tracking system that identifies people who may be at risk for dementia by analyzing their patterns of movement. University Beat takes you to a local living facility where the device is being tested out on residents - a possible application that may help keep patients safe.

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USF St. Petersburg plays host to the St. Petersburg Times 16th Annual Festival of Reading Saturday, October 25. University Beat has a preview of the event and speaks to a pair of USFSP faculty memebers who will put their 'author' hats on and talk about their literary works at the Festival.
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Dr. William Kearns, Assistant Professor, USF Dept. of Aging & Mental Health, FL Mental Health Institute
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Dr. William Kearns, Assistant Professor in USF's Department of Aging and Mental Health, describes the wristwatch shaped transpoder tags and talks about why they're safe to use around medical devices.

Dr. William Kearns, Assistant Professor in USF's Department of Aging and Mental Health, talks about the study of wandering prevention methods he's working with researchers at the VA's Patient Safety Center of Inquiry on. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR THE STUDY - CALL DR. HELEN MOORE AT 813-558-3931 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Dr. William Kearns, Assistant Professor in USF's Department of Aging and Mental Health, describes some of the movement patterns researchers can detect using the tracking technology.

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Dr. Deanna Michael, Associate Dean of USF St. Petersburg's College of Education, reads an excerpt from her book, "Jimmy Carter as Educational Policymaker."

Dr. Michael Sampson, Associate Professor of Childhood Education at USF St. Petersburg, reads an excerpt from "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?," a children's book he co-authored with Bill Martin Jr.

Collette Bancroft, Book Editor for the Saint Petersburg Times, talks about just some of the almost sixty authors appearing at the Festival of Reading.

July 14, 2008


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2009 US Presidential Election
The Division of Elections in Tallahassee was inundated with new voter registrations just before the voting rolls closed October 6 and had to pass many of those to local elections offices for processing. Part of the problem was a new law commonly called "no match, no vote." Secretary of State Kurt Browning began enforcing the law in September after a court challenge failed. It required matching information from newly registered voters to the state's driver's license database and to the federal Social Security database. If the information fails to match, voters have to provide proof of their identity before they can vote - or vote a provisional ballot on Election Day and clear up the issue within 48 hours. Now, allegations of voter fraud from third-party registration groups like ACORN are surfacing here and around the country. In 2000, it was hanging chads and butterfly ballots. In 2004, it was missing votes in a Sarasota Congressional Race. In Florida ready for another presidential election?
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Muslima Lewis and Karen Burns explain their concerns about the restoration of felons' voting rights in Florida.

Out panelists talk about Florida's statewide optical scan voting system, the third voting system in the state in three presidential elections.

June 26, 2009


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Clinton Kaminis and Alexandra 'Sandy' Frye
Clinton Kaminis grew up in Tarpon Springs and became a teenager in the shadow of the Great Depression. One of several children born to ship builder Arthur P. Kaminis, Clinton, his father and five others traveled north in the summer of 1933 for an adventure that would have a lasting impact on the then 16 year-old Clinton. He sat down with friend Sandy Frye to detail the trip and the reason for the family's unique mode of transportation.
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Ruth Elder and George Haldeman
Ruth Elder (carrying flowers) and George Haldeman (to Elder's immediate right) of Lakeland, FL as they descend the stairs of City Hall in New York enroute to a tickertape parade in their honor in 1927. New York City mayor Jimmy Walker is to Elder's left.

Haldeman and Elder had attempted to become the first male-female team to fly across the Atlantic in October 1927. They had to abandon the flight in the Atlantic 300 miles short of their goal when an oil line on the plane began leaking, and weather forced them to land on the ocean surface after a flight of more than 2600 miles. Ruth Elder spent nine hours at the controls. They were later rescued by a Dutch oil tanker. As their plane was being hoisted on deck, it caught fire and was totally destroyed.

They were honored for having flown more than 2600 miles nonstop in an attempt to fly from New York to Paris.

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Clinton Kaminis talks about the route he took to get to the fair.

Clinton Kaminis talks about who Ruth Elder was.

Music Credits: There's A New Day Comin', Ted Lewis and His Band - recorded January, 1933

Leif Bjaland Leads the Sarasota Orchestra

The former Florida West Coast Symphony opened its 60th season with a new name and a new look - changes prompted by months of community research by Sarasota's regional orchestra. The orchestra's Artistic Director and conductor Leif Bjaland talked with WUSF classical music host Coleen Cook about a new way to 'do music" for a growing arts community and he begins by explaining to her the reasons behind the name change to Sarasota Orchestra. You can hear the story and experience the music when Maestro Leif Bjaland leads the Sarasota Orchestra in the story of Beethoven’s journey from personal despair to pure genius, including a performance of his famous Fifth Symphony, Saturday night October 18th at 8 o’clock. For more information go to www.
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