Mark Schreiner

Reporter/Producer, University Beat

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007.

He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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Education
4:16 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Ex-School Boss Elia Lands Job as NY Education Commissioner

Former Hillsborough Co. School Supt. MaryEllen Elia has been named New York's Commissioner of Education

Former Hillsborough County School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia has been appointed New York education commissioner.

The New York Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Elia as Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York (USNY) at a salary of $250,000 a year.

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University Beat
12:03 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

USF, FIU, UCF Team Up for Student Success

USF System President Judy Genshaft addresses attendees of the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities "student success" luncheon.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

The University of South Florida, Florida International University and the University of Central Florida – the state’s three largest metropolitan research universities – are teaming up in an effort to improve graduation rates as well as the number of degrees they award in high-demand areas.

Combined, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities (FCMRU) serve an area that includes almost two-thirds percent of the state’s population and nearly half of the students enrolled in the State University System.

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Environment
5:24 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

USF St. Pete, Duke Energy Flip Switch on $1M Solar Project

The new 6,600 square foot, 100 kW solar array on top of the USF St. Petersburg parking garage is made up of 318 panels and will provide all the power for the garage's lights, security cameras and a pair of electric car charging stations.
Credit USF St. Petersburg Office of Sustainability

USF St. Petersburg and Duke Energy have "flipped the switch" on what they're calling one of the largest and most efficient solar arrays in the city.

The system sits on top of a seven-story campus parking garage on Fifth Avenue South. The 6,600-square foot, 100-kilowatt canopy is a "net zero" system, meaning the power it generates will be used to run the garage's lights and security cameras, as well as a pair of electric car charging stations.

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University Beat
2:47 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Science and Suds Meet at Sold-Out 'Pint of Science' Events

Pint of Science takes place May 18-20 in 50 cities worldwide, including Tampa & St. Petersburg.
Credit Pint of Science

Pour me another one, bartender...or is it pour me another one, doctor?

For the next three nights, scientists will take over bars in nine countries and 50 cities, including a trio of sold-out Tampa area locations, to discuss their work with the public over drinks.

"Pint of Science" was created four years ago in the United Kingdom, and brought over to the U.S. last year by USF Health Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology Research Associate Parmvir Bahia and her husband, Moffitt Cancer Center researcher David Basanta.

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Culture
5:03 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Domestic Violence Victim and Paramedic 'Prince Charming' Engaged

Melissa Dohme and one of the EMTs who helped save her, her new fiancee, Cameron Hill
Tampa Bay Rays

A Clearwater woman who became an advocate for domestic violence victims after her own horrific attack is now engaged to a man she calls her "Prince Charming" - an EMT who helped save her life.

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University Beat
4:27 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Working Together to Increase Minority Enrollment in Clinical Trials

Walter Niles, with the Hillsborough County Health Department’s Office of Health Equity, addresses the National Physician and Family Referral Project’s recent Community Advocacy Matchmaking luncheon.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Clinical trials help medical professionals find out how effective new treatments are – but as Dr. Kevin Sneed, the dean of the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy points out, they’re not a “one size fits all” proposition.

"Very often, when we think about how are we going to effectively treat somebody, whether it be cancer, cardiovascular disease, or anything neurodegenerative in nature, when we do the clinical research to gather the evidence, if you don’t have enough people from enough varied backgrounds; we can’t automatically transfer knowledge gained in one part of the population onto another part of the population," Sneed said.

But minority populations – specifically the African American and Hispanic and Latino communities – don’t take part in clinical trials at a level that would give researchers the data they need.

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University Beat
11:30 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Number of Firsts at USF Spring Commencement

Commencement ceremony at the USF Sun Dome in December 2014
Credit GradImage

While University of South Florida students taking part in spring commencement ceremonies wear caps and gowns made out of recycled materials for the first time, graduation history will be made in other ways as well.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

PolitiFact Florida: Rubio on Cap & Trade, Bush on Education Spending

Credit politifact.com

PolitiFact Florida recently put a pair of claims from two of the leading candidates on the Republican side in the 2016 race for the White House under the microscope.

First, on April 19, Senator Marco Rubio appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation," where his take on the subject of climate change veered into the economic effects addressing the problem would have.

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Science
6:23 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

USF Pulls Forensic Research Facility Plan

USF Anthropology Professor Erin Kimmerle talks to reporters Thursday about the proposed research facility.
Credit Mark Schreiner/WUSF 89.7 News

The University of South Florida announced late Friday afternoon that the USF Forensic Anthropology Laboratory will find an alternate location to train students and law enforcement to process human remains in outdoor crime scenes.

The Facility for Outdoor Experimental Research and Training (FORT) program was proposed on Hillsborough County Sheriffs property in Lithia, but an outcry from residents about possible smells, groundwater contamination and property values prompted a change in plans.

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Law & Order
2:40 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Supreme Court Reduces Death Sentence for Tampa Cop's Killer

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the death sentence for Humberto Delgado Jr., who killed a Tampa police officer in 2009, should be reduced to life without parole.
Credit Florida Dept. of Corrections

UPDATED 4/23 at 2:40 p.m.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor released this statement in response to the Florida Supreme Court reducing the death sentence for Humberto Delgado Jr. to life without parole for killing police Cpl. Mike Roberts in 2009:

"We respect the justice system and those who have to make tough decisions. 

Regardless of the conclusion, it doesn't bring Mike back and it doesn't relieve the pain that his wife, son and his TPD family feel. His life sentence will still ensure he is held accountable for his actions."

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Science
9:45 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Real Bodies for USF Research

USF Anthropology Professor Erin Kimmerle talks to reporters about the proposed research facility.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

USF's Forensic Anthropology Laboratory is best known for its work at the Dozier School for Boys. Now, they're asking for approval to use a parcel of land in Lithia as a training ground for identifying real bodies in different stages of decomposition. 

Currently, students are using plastic skeletons to train on. USF Anthropology professor Erin Kimmerle, however, said that real bones aren't pure white like fake ones are. 

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University Beat
12:14 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

USF Hosts Expert on Armenian History

Dr. Garabet Moumdjian will speak about the history of the Armenian people at a presentation Thursday, April 23, at the USF Tampa Library.
Credit Dr. Garabet Moumdjian

One hundred years ago this week, what some call the Armenian Genocide began in the country now known as Turkey.

By 1918, at least one million Armenians were dead and many others were displaced by the Ottoman government.

Even today, the events are still shrouded in controversy, with many in Turkey saying what happened shouldn't be classified as a "genocide."

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Politics
12:00 am
Wed April 22, 2015

UPDATE: Special Election Deciding Who Will Represent FL House District 64

UPDATE AT MIDNIGHT 4/22
James Grant has once again won an election to represent House District 64.

According to unofficial results from Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer, with all precincts reporting, along with Early Voting and Vote By Mail, Grant (R) had 3,933 votes or 90.5% of the vote, while write-in candidates, mainly Daniel Matthews, had 411 votes or 9.5%.

The election had turnout of just over 5.6%.

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University Beat
7:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Five Years On, USF Researchers Revisit Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon burns after the wellcap blew out April 20, 2010
C-IMAGE Consortium

On April 20, 2010, a wellhead a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil platform.

In the subsequent leak, more than 200 million gallons of oil spilled out. On the Gulf’s surface, the oil covered up to 68-thousand square miles – an area roughly equal to the size of Florida.

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University Beat
3:08 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Bill Nye Draws Huge Crowd, USF Draws Student Criticism

The line of USF students early Tuesday afternoon waiting for Bill Nye the Science Guy's lecture already stretched down a Marshall Student Center stairwell.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

For the 1,100 people who got into the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center Ballroom to see Bill Nye the Science Guy in person Tuesday night, the hours spent waiting in line were worth it.

However, for some of the 600 other students who had to watch a simulcast of the lecture in the nearby Oval Theater - or those who walked away in disgust before Nye began speaking - the whole experience was like an experiment gone wrong.

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