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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1:18 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Veto of Funding for New FIO Vessel Leaves Questions

While the University of South Florida received funding in the state budget for its downtown Tampa medical school and a St. Petersburg business school, money that would have gone to a new research vessel was removed by Governor Rick Scott's veto pen earlier this week. The Florida Institute of Oceanography, the collaborative effort of dozens of research institutes and agencies, is based out of the USF College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg. The $6 million FIO was seeking would be used to buy a research boat to replace the aging Bellows. The Tampa Bay Times reports that FIO officials and state lawmakers are trying to figure out what to do next.
ST. PETERSBURG - The 71-foot research vessel Bellows has been a marine sciences workhorse for four decades, helping researchers monitor red tide, analyze coral in the Keys and study oily water after the Deepwater Horizon spill. Thousands of students have used the ship as a floating lab, as well.
1:08 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Outgoing Registrar Says Emails Will Show USF VP Discriminated Against Her

Angela DeBose, the University of South Florida registrar who's currently on leave, wants a Hillsborough County civil court to compel USF to release emails that she says will show a USF official discriminated against her because of her race and gender. The Tampa Bay Business Journal says DeBose's request claims that emails will show Vice President for Student Success Paul Dosal discriminated against her because she's black and a woman. She also says Dosal became more aggressive towards her after she asked the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate him. USF is set to fire DeBose when her professional leave ends in August.
University of South Florida's outgoing registrar, the official in charge of student records, wants a court to make the university show emails she believes will vindicate her in a yearlong discrimination battle. Angela DeBose, who is black, has accused Vice Provost for Student Success Paul Dosal, who is Hispanic, of discriminatory practices based on her race and gender.
University Beat
5:21 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

FL Universities Could Receive $400M in Performance-Based Funds

In a video shown to the FL Board of Governors meeting in Tampa Thursday, USF student Marcos Gonzalez thanks the board and state legislators for performance-based funds.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

While University of South Florida officials wait to see if the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott sign off on the state budget and more than $29 million for two important projects, they're also waiting for approval of millions more in performance-based rewards.

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University Beat
9:58 am
Thu June 18, 2015

USF Again Ranks High in U.S. Patents

Credit U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The University of South Florida sits among such intellectual titans as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology on the top ten list of U.S. patents issued to American universities in 2014.

USF's 104 patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ranked 10th nationally and 13th among all public and private universities worldwide. It's the fifth year in a row USF has placed in the top 15 worldwide.

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Florida Matters
6:30 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Florida Matters Preview: Pinellas Re-Entry Program Hopes for Calm After the Storm

Hurricane evacuation route off Gulf Blvd in Indian Rocks Beach.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Business owners normally have enough to worry about with day-to-day concerns, but that worry is compounded when your business is located just a few hundred feet from the Gulf of Mexico, with the possibility one day of being the target of an incoming hurricane.

Larry Garrison owns the "Island Shop," a surf shop located in the small Pinellas County town of Indian Rocks Beach, one of the county's barrier islands. He's had the shop for 8 years, not long enough to have had to evacuate for a storm, even though he knows what he'll do if one comes.

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3:12 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes Dies

Fans of the old "Championship Wrestling from Florida" promotion most likely remember two people: announcer Gordon Solie and legendary pro wrestler "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes, whose real name was Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., died Thursday at the age of 69. He made his name, first as a 'bad guy,' wrestling for promoter Eddier Graham at the Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa before becoming known as a 'good guy,' appearing for various promotions around the country and world.
  • Source: ESPN
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Professional wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes, known as "The American Dream," died Thursday, the WWE announced. He was 69. Rhodes, whose real name was Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., made his professional wrestling debut in 1968 as a tag-team partner on the Texas Outlaws with Dick Murdoch. The charismatic, bleach-blond Texan was known for his on-camera self-promotion.
10:30 am
Thu June 11, 2015

USF Projects Hit Funding Roadblock

The University of South Florida's plans to build a new medical school in downtown Tampa and a new College of Business building in St. Petersburg have run into a bonding snag in the Florida Legislature. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the House of Representatives is in favor of raising the $45 million for the two projects by borrowing money on the bond market. However, the Senate and Governor Rick Scott are opposed to that proposal.
TALLAHASSEE - There's another money dispute brewing in the Legislature, one that threatens funding for the University of South Florida's planned medical school building in downtown Tampa and new College of Business building in St. Petersburg. The USF projects have broad bipartisan support in Tallahassee but must compete with scores of other projects all over the state.
University Beat
6:40 am
Tue June 9, 2015

USF St. Pete Student Wraps Up White House Internship

USFSP senior Tyler Lewis worked as an intern at the White House earlier this year.
Tyler Lewis

College internships can be a toss of the dice as to what a job entails. Sometimes it’s something cool, like a medical student assisting on a surgery; sometimes it’s a drudgery, like a business student photocopying documents all day.

Tyler Lewis’ internship was definitely in the first category – as he worked earlier this year at the White House.

"You kind of have to pinch yourself every day you’re there and remember where you’re at," Lewis said.

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University Beat
2:03 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

USF Trustees Approve New Student Housing Village

USF COO John Long presents the plan for a new student housing complex on the Tampa campus to the Board of Trustees at a meeting Thursday at USF St. Petersburg.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

The University of South Florida is a step closer to tearing down a fifty-year-old student housing complex on its Tampa campus and replacing it with a 'village' that would be home to 2,165 students.

At USF Board meeting in St. Petersburg Thursday, trustees approved a public-private partnership agreement, also known as a 3P, with Capstone Development Partners and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital to build the estimated $133 million complex.

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Law & Order
1:53 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Pinellas Still Trying to Get Barrier Island Residents into 'Hurricane Re-Entry' Program

Pinellas County emergency management officials are urging residents and businesses on barrier islands to obtain an Emergency Access Permit that will allow them back on the islands after a hurricane evacuation.
Credit Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Pinellas County emergency officials face some major challenges evacuating about a dozen barrier islands before a hurricane hits. But Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says that, in many cases, the trip back after a storm is actually more stressful.

"People, rightfully so, don't know what has happened to their homes and to their properties and their livelihood and their business, they want to get out there and they want to get out there now to assess the damage and try to get their lives back together again," he said.

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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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