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For USF graduate research assistant Robert Bair, work he normally does in the laboratory isn’t as easy when he’s out in the field. And in this case, we literally mean a field in India.

"So a lot of things happen that you wouldn’t expect in a lab - a few weeks ago we had a few coconuts from a tree fall onto our data logger, and of course, not a lot of damage was done, but it wasn’t something we expected," he said recently via Skype. "And we had to rearrange the site configuration just so that wouldn’t happen again so we could prevent further damage."

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

An idea that’s been percolating on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida for a decade is now being applied halfway across the world, just as its inventors imagined.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

During his time at the University of South Florida, Ismet Handžic earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering.

But instead of leaving the university and taking his ideas to the corporate world, he joined Moterum, one of the almost fifty startup companies based in the USF Office of Technology Transfer. (see the list of startups here)

Working with principal investigator Kyle Reed and mentor David Huizenga, they are bringing one of those concepts– an adapter for crutches – to the marketplace.

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USF and its Patel College of Global Sustainability have made water one of their priorities through research into such efforts as turning wastewater into a clean, usable product or the rapid detection of contaminants.

Now that work is getting the attention of the federal government, which in turn could lead to a new stream of revenue for the University.

This week's University Beat report on WUSF Public Media takes you along as Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator of water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, tours laboratories at USF’s Tampa and Lakeland campuses to see the research firsthand.

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Work by USF researchers into what Nancy Stoner calls "real-world problems" -- like detecting contaminated water supplies and turning wastewater into useable clean water and energy -- brought the Environmental Protection Agency official to the University Wednesday.

Stoner, the EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, visited the Patel College of Global Sustainability and a trio of labs at the Tampa and Lakeland campuses.