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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USF senior Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez, who has been in a Cuban hospital since being seriously injured earlier this month, is scheduled to arrive in Tampa Friday afternoon.

Jimenez, 22, was briefly left in a coma after a car accident in Havana August 3 that killed one man and injured her, her boyfriend and two of her family members.

She and boyfriend, John Fox, had just arrived on a visit to her aunt and uncle, and had left the airport about a half hour before the taxi cab they were in was struck head on by a government transportation truck.

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The start of a new school year brings yet another multi-million dollar donation to the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business.

However, this time it’s not a school in the College that’s being renamed, but an entire set of programs that are considered key to student success.

Barron "Barry" Gift Collier III and his wife, Dana, are giving his alma mater $10.85 million to start the Collier Student Success Center.


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UPDATED AT 4 P.M. with quotes from Judy Genshaft & David Jolly

John F. Germany, who was one of the most influential lawyers in Florida and one of the instrumental forces in the creation of the University of South Florida, died Wednesday morning.

Published reports say Germany, 92, died of cancer.

He was a founding partner of the Holland & Knight law firm, one of a handful of men who pushed aside obstacles to build USF and the downtown Tampa public library that bears his name.

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The University of South Florida student stuck in a Cuban hospital because her family doesn't have health insurance may be a step closer to returning home.

Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez, 22, was in a coma for five days after a car accident in Cuba. She's since come out of the coma, but has been stuck in Cuba since her family can't afford to fly her back to the U.S.

Now, according to Congressman David Jolly, a Bay area air ambulance company has offered to bring Jimenez home free of charge.


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UPDATE AT NOON 8/25 with details on expected length of closure.

As if navigating the University of South Florida's Tampa campus wasn't difficult enough during the first week of classes, a sinkhole has forced the closure of a road.

Sycamore Drive, on the far east side of campus near the Chapel Center, has been shut down because of a sinkhole that developed Monday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Erika is being watched by weather forecasters and hurricane trackers.
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Even as what was once Hurricane Danny dissolved, Tropical Storm Erika formed in the central tropical Atlantic.

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A University of South Florida senior is in a Cuban hospital following a recent car crash, but she can't return to the United States because her family doesn't have health insurance. 

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Summer break is ending and things are getting busy at Bay area college campuses once again.

3,500 new students - a mix of freshmen, transfer and international students - moved into residence halls on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus Thursday.

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The National Weather Service, as well as rain-weary residents, continue to keep a cautious eye on numerous rivers around West Central Florida.

With more thunderstorms possible the rest of the week, officials are closely monitoring the Alafia River and the Little Manatee River in Hillsborough County and Cypress Creek and the Withlacoochee River in Pasco County.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is refusing to pay the legal fees for lawyers who represented same-sex couples who tried to have the state recognize their marriages - an amount that some estimate could be as much as half a million dollars.

Officials with the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine say they have the kind of dilemma most schools would envy - a record number of students applying for this year's class.

A total of 5,235 students applied for a slot in the class starting medical school this month, up 24 percent from a year earlier.

In addition, secondary applications, which are sent to students the school is interested in, came in from 2,920 students. That's an increase of 28 percent from a year earlier.


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In June of 2013, Robert Stephens of Tampa received a phone call from his sister. She told him that an uncle they had never met had died at the Dozier School for Boys in 1937 under mysterious circumstances.

She added that University of South Florida researchers wanted Stephens to submit a DNA sample to see if they could identify his 15-year-old uncle as one of the bodies believed to be buried in an unmarked graveyard on the now closed reform school’s grounds.

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The University of South Florida will confer more than 2,800 degrees to students from its three campuses this weekend.

There are two ceremonies scheduled for Saturday at the USF Sun Dome, one at 9 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m.

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The University of South Florida's investigation of the Dozier School for Boys is reaching a critical point, but developments continue to give researchers greater insight into what happened at the troubled reform school.

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The University of South Florida College of Nursing has received a $2.7 million grant from a branch of the National Institute of Health (NIH) to conduct a study of the gut microbiome in premature infants and determine how it affects their growth and development.

Maureen Groer, PhD, is the Gordon Keller professor at the USF College of Nursing. She also serves as the lead researcher of an interdisciplinary team of USF scientists conducting the study.

"It's the only way to do this kind of science - it's team science," Groer said. "We all have particular knowledge and skills and we can collaborate and cooperate and come out with wonderful ideas together that we wouldn't have ever had on our own."


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Among the voices weighing in on the deal announced Tuesday limiting Iran's nuclear program is a University of South Florida expert on the Middle East.

Dr. Mohsen Milani, the executive director of the USF World Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, called the agreement "a victory for diplomacy."

But, he added, make no mistake about it - this is not a deal that's built on trust.

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It’s not every class that has students taking pictures of chickens on a farm one day and then pictures of them – well, not so alive – as they sit on the grill at a market on another day.

"The name of the class is "Sizzling Images," a short course in food photography, and so the purpose of the class is to immerse the students into the world of food photography," University of South Florida St. Petersburg visiting assistant professor Janet Keeler said.

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.

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.

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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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