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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
12:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Thrasher In, Stokes Out—Search Committee Whittles FSU Presidential Candidates To Four

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 1:24 pm

Two of the most prominent candidates hoping to lead Florida State University, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) and FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes took their turns in front of the presidential search committee Tuesday. But one of them hasn’t made it to the final list.

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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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Environment
5:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Jane Goodall: Young People Can Make Difference

Dr. Jane Goodall will speak at the USF Sun Dome.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

Jane Goodall, the scientist behind a landmark study of chimpanzee behavior, spoke Tuesday night at the USF Sun Dome about her environmental conservation efforts and primate research experiences. But before that, Dr. Goodall visited local children at the USF Botanical Gardens.

She spoke to Pizzo Elementary students about her love of animals since childhood and how her mother supported her interests.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

WATCH: Legendary Scientist Jane Goodall Speaks to Children at USF

Dr. Jane Goodall will speak at the USF Sun Dome Tuesday night.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

Legendary scientist Jane Goodall is speaking tonight at the USF Sun Dome at 7 p.m.  She first stopped at the USF Botanical Gardens to speak to children about her experiences in nature and her enthusiasm for botany, sharing simple goals everyone can take to protect nature.

Watch the video of part of her address:

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University Beat
2:01 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

UF Students Rally To Pledge ‘Solidarity’ After Campus Assaults

University of Florida students sign the "No Gator Walks Alone" banner to pledge to support and look out for fellow Gators after a series of assaults on and near campus.
Credit Cresonia Hsieh / WUFT News

A plea for solidarity and strength rang out at the "No Gator Walks Alone" rally held in the Plaza of Americas at the University of Florida on Monday night.

The event, which was planned in less than 24 hours, came about after Nikki Steinberger, a second-year graduate student at UF, was online Sunday evening talking to friends about the recent assaults that have taken place on or near UF’s campus.

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University Beat
1:47 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Fourth Woman Attacked on University of Florida Campus

University of Florida campus police released surveillance video Monday showing a possible suspect in a string of campus assaults.
Credit University of Florida Police

Four separate but similar attacks on women on or around the University of Florida campus over the past nine days has the school on edge and police searching for a man they believe is responsible for all of them.

The most recent attack happened Sunday evening, just before 9 p.m., when a man tackled a woman walking on campus. The victim, a 20-year-old, kicked the suspect in the groin before he ran away.

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Education
10:23 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Donna Shalala Will Step Down As University of Miami President

Donna Shalala is stepping down as president of the University of Miami next year.

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 6:14 pm

University of Miami president Donna Shalala says she’s stepping down next year from the job she’s held since 2001.



Shalala came to the university after leading the federal health agency for eight years and serving as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 She helped build the national stature of the school's medical school and hospital and increased research budgets.

Frank Nero, former head of the Beacon Council, says even big businessmen were impressed by Shalala

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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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Health News Florida
1:29 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

FL 'Navigator' Grants Total $6.8M

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:16 am

The University of South Florida has been awarded by far the largest grant in the state to hire "navigators" who help uninsured people sign up for health insurance coverage through the federal Marketplace, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.

Only two other Florida organizations won  navigator grants: the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, $871,275, and the Pinellas County Commission, $535,156. 

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Law & Order
12:11 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

FSU Investigates Jameis Winston For Title IX Violations

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 9:43 am

Florida State University is investigating its star quarterback for possible federal Title IX violations. The investigation stems from a December 2012 incident where Jameis Winston was accused of, but never charged with sexual assault.

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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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Law & Order
10:30 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 7:43 am

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University Beat
9:35 am
Thu September 4, 2014

FSU Interim President Stokes Wants Permanent Job

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 1:11 pm

Florida State University’s presidential search committee will meet Friday to whittle down a list of candidates for the school’s top job. Nearly 40 names includes the school’s interim president, who is looking to make her post permanent.

Florida State University’s former President Eric Barron recruited Stokes. She served as provost and when Barron left earlier this year to head Penn State University, Stokes took over as interim president. She says others encouraged her to apply for the job before she made the decision to jump into the fray.

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