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Adventures in Science: Interview with Melville H. Manson

In this episode of "Adventures in Science," which aired on June 1, 1957, Watson Davis interviews Dr. Melville H. Manson, scientific director of the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America. Their conversation centers around muscular dystrophy, including what it is, what causes it, and current efforts to fund research around treatments. Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning.

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Adventures in Science: Interview with Robert R. Williams

In this episode of "Adventures in Science," which aired on April 27, 1957, Watson Davis interviews Dr. Robert R. Williams, chemist and synthesizer of vitamin B1, or thiamine. The topic of their discussion is the critical role vitamins play in proper nutrition and the ways in which vitamin deficiency, particularly thiamine, has been reduced in the United States. Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning.

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Adventures in Science: Interview with Thomas M. Rivers

In this episode of "Adventures in Science," which aired on January 25, 1958, Watson Davis interviews Dr. Thomas M. Rivers, medical director of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Much of their conversation centers around the rollout of the polio vaccine. Please add timestamps every 3-5 seconds, and please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning.

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Adventures in Science: Interview with Walter Grant

In this episode of "Adventures in Science," which aired on August 2, 1952, Watson Davis interviews Walter Grant, Director of Research at the Carrier Corporation. Their conversation focuses on the topic of air conditioning, including what it is and why people want it. Please add timestamps every 3-5 seconds, and please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning.

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Adventures in Science: Interview with Winners of the Seventeenth Annual Science Talent Search

In this episode of "Adventures in Science," which aired on February 22, 1958, Watson Davis interviews seven of the winners of the Seventeeth Annual Westinghouse National Talent Search. The winners are Paul Devine, Jr., James Gaidis, Elvera Erlick, Dushan Mitrovich, Jane Shelby, Allan Pestcoe, and Neil Nininger. During the interview, each winner describes the project they completed as part of their entry into the talen search. The project topics include quantum electrodynamics, the invention of a vertical platform, and the effects of herbicides on the absorption of sulfur in the leaves of plants. Please add timestamps every 3-5 seconds, and please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning.

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Alexander C. Anderson - Western Union Telegraph Expedition report, 1865

Travel the path of the Western Union Telegraph Expedition with this 1865 trip report by explorer and fur-trader Alexander Caulfield Anderson. Anderson's report, filed "on the country between the Fraser R[iver] and Stuart Lake" in British Columbia, details part of the path taken by the historic expedition to explore building a trans-Pacific communication system through Alaska and Asia. His report from the beginning of the expedition, in 1865, describes a path to follow, with notes on the terrain, the types of trees available on the route, and distances between towns and other geographic landmarks. Help transcribe Anderson's expedition report and join in on an incredible scientific exploration! You can also read the 1865 account of a fellow Telegraph Expedition traveler, William Healey Dall, previously transcribed by volunpeers!

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Alexander Wetmore - Album 1 Panama, 1954

Planning to travel when you retire? Where would you go? Forty-two years after starting his science career in ornithology and avian paleontology, Wetmore retired from his position as Secretary of the Smithsonian to more fully devote himself to the science he loved. This photograph album documents Alexander Wetmore's work in Panama in 1954, including visits to the Canal Zone Biological Area and specimen collecting in Chiriqui together with Beatrice Thielen Wetmore and others. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing the captions in this album and see a wide range of topics including shorelines, forests and vegetation, volcano vistas, Panamanian staff and families, lodgings, and modes of transportation used.

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Alexander Wetmore - Album 3 of Panama, 1958

Have you ever wanted to take a trip to the coasts and canals of Panama? See fascinating photographs from a 1958 collection expedition to Panama, taken by Alexander Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and the former Secretary of the Smithsonian. These vibrant images of the Panama environment and birds in the wild, among many others, offer a unique inside look into the specimen collection process as Wetmore experienced it. Experience the expedition and help us transcribe photo captions! Together, we can make the album a rich, visual resource for scholars and researchers!

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Alexander Wetmore - Album, Panama, 1957, Vol. 1

Did you know that the 365 islands that make up the San Blas archipelago of Panama are largely uninhabited? The islands also lie outside the Atlantic hurricane region, leaving the environment undisturbed by natural disasters. These factors made the San Blas Islands a perfect place for a scientist like Alexander Wetmore to explore! Ornithologist and former Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore made an annual trip to Panama, to collect specimen and research for what would become his book, "The Birds of The Republic of Panama." On his 1957 expedition, Wetmore traveled to San Blas to study the native wildlife--documented in this photo album, alongside other locations throughout Panama. Sail off to the San Blas Islands and help transcribe the captions from this fascinating set of images!

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