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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University Beat
6:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

USF Professor Teaches While at Sea

USF geochemist Dr. Jeffrey Ryan talks to his class via video feed from a research vessel in the Pacific Ocean
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Geology 3311, “The Solid Earth,” is a required course for University of South Florida students pursuing an undergraduate degree in geology.

This semester, it’s being taught by Assistant Research Professor, Zachary Atlas.

"This course is really geared towards trying to get them to know minerals, mineral formation, the chemistry of minerals and how all of that comes together to form rocks," Atlas said after a recent class.

It's also being taught by the Chair of the USF School of Geosciences, Dr. Jeffrey Ryan - when they can dial him up.

You see, Ryan is currently halfway across the globe on board a ship in the Pacific Ocean.

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Law & Order
12:13 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

One Dead in 5th Wrong-Way Highway Crash This Year

A woman was killed after driving her car the wrong way on southbound I-75 this morning and striking a tractor trailer in Pasco County.
Credit Florida Highway Patrol

For the fifth time this year, a wrong-way crash on a Tampa-area interstate has claimed a life.

This morning's crash happened near Dade City in Pasco County. The Florida Highway Patrol says a 25-year-old woman was driving north in the inside lane of I-75 around 4:35 a.m. on Monday. She struck a tractor trailer hauling food and beverage products.

The woman was taken to Bayonet Point Medical Center in Hudson, where she died.

The truck driver wasn't injured.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Second Life after 9/11

Robert "Bob" Rogan and Christina Hoskin
Credit StoryCorps

Christina Hoskin and Robert "Bob" Rogan are best friends and life partners - but it hasn’t always been that way. The two met in New Jersey while both were in previous marriages.

On this week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay, she says everything started to change on September 11th, 2001. Christina picks up the story that morning in the car with her husband, Dick.

Music:
“It Never Changes To Stop” by The Books from Lost and Safe

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University Beat
4:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

USF Entrepreneurship Program, Graduate Pick Up Honors

USF was ranked the 13th best entrepreneurship education graduate program by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
Credit USF College of Business

The University of South Florida's efforts to give students the skills they need to start their own businesses continue to gain attention, with both the College of Business and a nonprofit started by a graduate in his dorm room receiving separate national honors this week.

First, the Princeton Review ranked USF's graduate program 13th among the nation's best entrepreneurship education programs.

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Law & Order
12:16 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Girl Accused in Polk Bullying Case Plans to Sue

File photo of Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. The Polk County Sheriff's Office is being sued by the family of a girl arrested for allegedly bullying a classmate who later killed herself.
Credit The Ledger

Lawyers for a 13-year-old girl accused of bullying a classmate have filed notice that they intend to sue Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and his office.

WTSP reports the family accuses the Sheriff's Office of defamation and invasion of privacy, saying Judd had no probable cause to arrest the girl last year.

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Law & Order
12:15 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Small Plane Crashes in Vinoy Park

A small plane made a crash landing in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park Monday morning.
Credit Nathanael Paul / Bay News 9

UPDATE 12:15 P.M.: St. Petersburg Police identify the victims in this morning's plane crash in Vinoy Park as Grant Jordon, 67, the plane's pilot; Aloysious Ryan, 52; Eamonn Harnell, 48; and a 17 year-old female.

Jordon and Ryan are both listed in serious, but stable condition at Bayfront Hospital. Harnell and the female passenger had minor injuries. All four are believed to be from Ireland.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators are already on scene.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:01 am
Mon September 15, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: 'This Little Light of Mine'

Sharon Scott and Bob Devin Jones
Credit StoryCorps

Performers are often tasked with walking a thin line: how does someone express oneself while also embodying another character?

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, playwright, director, and co-founder of St. Petersburg’s Studio@620, Bob Devin Jones, talks with one of his many mentees, Sharon Scott, about how they, as artists, can recognize each other at a deeper level, beyond the performance.

Music:
“This Little Light of Mine (live)” by Sam Cooke, Sam Cooke at the Copa

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University Beat
7:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Iran's Nuclear Program, ISIS Focus of USF Event

Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, will speak at USF Monday night.
Credit NPR / Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The dangers of Iran's nuclear program, as well as the possibility the militant the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, could get their hands on a nuclear device will be the focus of a University of South Florida conference Monday night.

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University Beat
3:59 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

USF Rises in Latest U.S. News 'Best University' List

Credit U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report has tallied up the data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities around the country and issued its 2015 Best College Rankings. While there's little movement at the top, schools in the Sunshine State are seeing some changes.

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University Beat
9:40 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Innovation Honored with First Class of Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

The first class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (clockwise from top left: Robert Cade, Thomas Edison, William Glenn, Shin-Tson Wu, John Gorrie and Shyam Mohapatra)
Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Innovation will be honored Wednesday night as the inaugural class is inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame at a private ceremony in Tampa.

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University Beat
4:43 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

What Happened to USF's Drones?

A demonstration of one of two aerial drones the USF Library would like to lend to students - once issues with the federal government are ironed out.
Credit USF Oracle/ Courtesy Eileen Thornton, USF Library

Earlier this year, the University of South Florida Library bought two remote-controlled aerial drones for $1,500 apiece, with plans to lend them to students working on class projects.

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University Beat
1:41 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Books Out, Digital In with USF Library Renovations

A student studies in the newly renovated Learning Commons on the second floor of the USF Library.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Two days before the fall semester recently started at the University of South Florida, William Garrison was walking through the main Library on the Tampa campus.

As the Dean of USF Libraries, Garrison was nervous about the $1.5 million renovation project that had been done over the summer. Then two students walked past him.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Meet One of St. Petersburg's 'Courageous 12'

Leon Jackson and St. Petersburg Police Asst. Chief Luke Williams.
Credit StoryCorps

In the 1960’s, black police officers in St. Petersburg faced barriers when it came to promotion, what beats they could cover, even the ability to arrest certain people. Nearly 50 years ago, in 1965, twelve of those officers sued the city of St. Petersburg, hoping to end segregation within the police department. They came to be known as “The Courageous 12.”

On this week’s StoryCorps Tampa Bay, one of those men, Leon Jackson, speaks to St. Petersburg Assistant Chief of Police Luke Williams.

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Law & Order
8:58 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Man Wanted in Pasco Deaths Found in Tampa; Boy, 4, Rescued

Law enforcement officers take Adam Matos into custody outside a downtown Tampa hotel early Friday. Matos, a suspect in the deaths of four people in Pasco County, currently faces an aggravated assault charge in a different case.
Credit Tampa Police Department

A man being sought in connection with four deaths in Pasco County was taken into custody early Friday morning in Tampa.

The Tampa Bay Times says Adam Matos was arrested at a downtown Tampa hotel after a day-long manhunt.

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University Beat
1:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

USF St. Pete Receives $10 Million Gift, Will Rename College of Business

Pinellas County entrepreneur Kate Tiedemann donated $10 million to USF St. Petersburg, which will rename its College of Business after her.
Credit USF St. Petersburg

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is naming its College of Business after a Pinellas County entrepreneur who came to America on a steamship and worked her way up to starting her own internationally-known company.

The USF System Board of Trustees approved the new name - the USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business - at its meeting Thursday.

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