Mark Schreiner

Assistant News Director

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.

Contact Mark at 813-974-8693, on Twitter @wusfschreiner or by email at mschreiner@wusf.org.

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USF College of Marine Science

Researchers at USF's College of Marine Science are finding new and creative ways to use social media to share what they're learning. This week's University Beat on WUSF Public Media looks at how one teacher used Skype to continue teaching her Honors College classes while in the middle of the ocean on a once in a lifetime research cruise. It also shows us how an underwater vehicle is using Twitter to share the information it’s discovering with both researchers and the public.

USF Athletics

In a game in which the only run scored on an infield pop-out, USF softball's magical season ended Saturday with a 1-0 nail-biter loss to LSU in the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. 

USF Athletics

Hustle put the USF Bulls Softball team up 1-0 over the University of Oklahoma midway through the first game of the NCAA Women's College World Series Thursday, but the Sooners' big bats exploded a short time later as OU rallied for a 5-1 victory.

Can red wine change the course of Alzheimer’s disease? Not red wine specifically—but resvaratrol, a component of it that can also be found in chocolate, berries and peanuts. The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is taking part in a national study that hopes to determine what part that component plays in slowing down memory deterioration.

USF Athletics

For the first time ever, the USF Softball team is on their way to the NCAA Women's College World Series.

Head Coach Ken Eriksen said his team was actually looking forward to the long trip to Oklahoma City, as it's the first chance many of the them have had to rest since winning a nail-biting, three-game series over Hofstra this past weekend to make the tournament.

USF Athletics

While the USF Softball team prepares for its first trip to the Women's College World Series, the USF Baseball team will stay home after not being chosen for an at-large slot in the NCAA Men's Tournament.

Two separate wildfires in Brooker Creek Preserve broke out at the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend before being brought under control by East Lake Fire Rescue and Palm Harbor Fire Rescue.

Thursday was a day of weather extremes for the Tampa Bay area. 

The National Weather Service in Ruskin reports Tampa and Sarasota both set new high temperature records for May 24 with highs of 96 and 95 respectively. Both Brooksville in Hernando County and Bronson in Levy County posted highs of 97. 

Then, thanks to that heat and humidity, strong storms popped up along the sea breeze Thursday evening. 

Forbes

What does Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer have in common with rapper Kanye West and actor/comedian Robin Williams? They've all been subjects of death hoaxes on Twitter. 

USF isn’t just launching one summer program for high school and homeschool students, but thirteen different programs. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 has a preview of the new Pre-College 2012 initiative, which is designed to get young people interested early in both college and future careers. 

USF Dept. of Government & Intl. Affairs

The University of South Florida's brand new Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies holds its first official event Monday night, as it welcomes British journalist Christopher de Bellaigue.

The Center unites experts from the academic, government, military and private worlds to discuss how the United States' foreign and domestic policies interact.

Ironman.com

Polk County saw one of the greatest bicycle racers ever continue his successful transition to the world of triathlons, as Lance Armstrong won the Ironman 70.3 Florida race in Lake Eva Park in Haines City Sunday.

The seven time Tour de France winner posted his first win in four races this year with a time of 3:45:38, ten minutes ahead of second place finisher David Kahn.

USF Athletics

The University of South Florida softball team is one step closer to the Women's College World Series after beating the University of Florida 1-0 Sunday, advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals for just the second time in school history. 

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service office in Ruskin confirms that a tornado hit St. Petersburg Saturday evening, causing damage to a local motel and some nearby vehicles, but not injuring anyone.

According to the National Weather Service, what was likely an EF0-ranked tornado (wind gusts between 65 and 85 miles per hour) hit the Rand Motel at 4800 34th Street North in St. Pete around 9 p.m. Saturday night. 

Aimee Blodgett / USF News

Florida and the Tampa Bay area are well-positioned to work with businesses in developing countries around the world.

That's the opinion of Ian Solomon, the U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank, who's in town this week to meet with local business leaders.

Tampa Times

Two Tampa Bay area men, including one who was investigated for ties to an alleged September 11th hijacker, have been charged with taking part in an alleged $17 million tax fraud scheme.

In a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday, Osama "Sam" Mustafa, 47, and Khaldoun "Tony" Khawaja, 48, along with Khawaja's brother, Muawia "Mike" Abdeljalil of Virginia, are accused of stealing Social Security checks, filing false tax returns and lying to the federal government.

Aimee Blodgett / USF News

Unless you’ve been in the USF Sun Dome in the last week or two, then you really haven’t been in the Sun Dome!

The arena has reopened after a 36 million dollar renovation—but it’s almost like a completely new building. This week's University Beat on WUSF Public Media takes you inside the new and improved Sun Dome, and hears from USF President Judy Genshaft and Athletic Director Doug Woolard, who expressed some interesting thoughts about the possibility of an eventual on-campus football stadium.

Doug Finger / Gainesville Sun

A pair of University of South Florida researchers has won the third annual Cade Museum Prize for Innovation for a device they've developed that uses sound waves from inside a patient's body to diagnose health problems.

Phil Hipol, the engineering director at USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), and Dr. Stuart Hart, professor in USF Health's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, won the prize for their electronic catheter stethoscope, or "eCath."

Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays.

According to a Time magazine blog, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg is the third worst sports stadium in the United States. 

On a list that includes such fabled facilities as L.A.'s Dodgers Stadium (10th worst) and Boston's Fenway Park (8th), the home of the Tampa Bay Rays finished behind only Long Island's Nassau Colliseum (nickname: Nassau Mausoleum and site of a government asbestos investigation) and the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis (site of a snow-induced roof collapse in 2010).

Almost 300 USF students recently joined "The Buried Life," a group of TV reality stars to help set a new Guinness World Record. This week’s University Beat on WUSF Public Media takes us to the event, which asked the question: what’s the one thing you want to do before you die?

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