Marine Science

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Aerial View of RSMAS
The campus of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, formed as a school in 1969, is located on Virginia Key, just across the inter-coastal waterway from downtown Miami.

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F.G. Walton Smith Interview
F.G. Walton Smith discusses the University of Miami Marine Science School, concentrating on the physical expansion of facilities, and various projects that brought prestige to the school. Among these were deep sea drilling efforts and the MOHOLE project. You must have the 'RealPlayer' installed on your computer to play this 21 minute video (150kbps). RealPlayer software can be downloaded for free from the RealNetworks website.

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Marine Science Students
Tropical and marine research was foremost in the minds of President Ashe and Dr. Pearson in the early years. In 1928 a newsreel pictured Dr. Pearson and his class on the outer reef off Sand Key using diving helmets. By 1930 the University was offering courses in marine science, including practical underwater observations, to undergraduate students.

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Marine Science Underwater Class, Late 1940
The early years of marine science research and teaching at the University of Miami saw students and faculty engaged in a wide variety of projects. Jay F. Pearson, destined to be the second president of the University, led local and international expeditions to search for marine animals and plants. This photograph of an underwater "class" at the University of Miami appeared in newspapers across the country.

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Virginia Key Signing
In 1948, the University of Miami signed a long-term lease with Dade County for land on Virginia Key to house the Marine Institute (now RSMAS). Seated second from right is County Commissioner Charles Crandon and to his left, President Ashe. [Parks, 2001]

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WTVJ Films Marine Science Faculty Presentation
WTVJ, Channel 4 in Miami films a presentation by marine science professors. Early in 1949, WTVJ and the newly created Radio and Television Department at the University of Miami began collaborating to telecast live student productions from the station's studio facilities. Early productions included the Science Show Window featuring guests from the school's science departments.