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3:58 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

USF Health Puts Medical Careers in Focus for Tampa Students

Dr. Kevin Sneed, Dean of the USF College of Pharmacy, talks to students at Franklin Middle Magnet School's Career Day.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

This week's extended University Beat report on USF Health physicians, nurses & faculty participating in career days at a pair of East Tampa schools.

Separated by only two miles, Ferrell Middle Magnet School and Franklin Middle Magnet School have a lot in common.

Both East Tampa preparatory academies formed three years ago. Both are Title One schools, receiving federal funds while serving mixed student bodies of various races and economic backgrounds, with two-thirds to three-quarters of the pupils receiving free or reduced cost lunches.

And both single-sex schools are posting tremendous improvement in student performance: all-boys Franklin saw their school wide FCAT grade jump from a D in 2012 to a B in 2013; all-girls Ferrell went from a C to an A.

Representatives of USF Health are trying to help those schools sustain their success—and show the students possible future paths—through a series of recent career days.

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University Beat
10:33 am
Thu April 10, 2014

USF Professor of Year Preps 'Last Lecture'

USF Mechanical Engineering Professor Autar Kaw delivers a "Last Lecture" in the Marshall Student Center tonight.
Credit USF News

University of South Florida Mechanical Engineering Professor Autar Kaw knows what people are thinking when they hear he's delivering a 'last lecture' tonight at the Marshall Student Center.

"When somebody hears the 'last lecture,' they think it's ominous, that you're dying or you're retiring," Kaw says with a laugh. "I don't want to do (either) at this age!"

Notice that the first paragraph said 'a' last lecture - that's because Kaw, who was named one of the 2012 Professors of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is taking part in the Last Lecture series.

It's a concept that's been around for years - including at USF since 2010 - where top professors and faculty give a hypothetical last speech about something that truly matters to them and try to pass along lessons they've learned in life.

Mark Schreiner's extended interview with Professor Autar Kaw about his "Last Lecture"

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University Beat
11:06 am
Wed April 9, 2014

USF St. Pete Club Baseball Lets Students Play for the Love of the Game

Al Lang Field
Nathan Powell WUSF

Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg has played host to some of the best teams in Major League Baseball history, featuring players like Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Ken Griffey Junior.

Now it's one of the home fields for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg club baseball team - a team that gives some students the opportunity to get back on a diamond for the first time since high school.

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University Beat
6:30 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Race, Identity & History Collide in USF Play

USF students Tiffany Schultz (l-r), Faith Jones & Paul Pullen read through a scene with professional actress Perri Gaffney & student asst. dir. Carlos Garcia
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

The story that the road weeps, the well runs dry is based on - the migration of “Black Seminoles” from Florida to Oklahoma in the mid 19th century - isn't exactly well-known.

Even members of the cast and crew of the play opening at USF tonight for a two-week run admit they didn’t have too much of an idea what it was about at first.

"I feel like I didn’t learn this in history class at all," actress Tiffany Schultz says, while student assistant director Carlos Garcia adds, "I think it’s very interesting how it touches upon a part of history that is so seldom spoken about."

And while director/USF Assistant Professor Fanni Green admits she wasn't familiar with the history, "It’s a story that would be great to have in an educational institution."

But the setting of the play – the small city of Wewoka, Oklahoma – inspired playwright Marcus Gardley, whose grandmother was born there.

"This is what was the spark for me to write this play in the beginning and I was really interested in my own history, my own familial history," Gardley says, "and so I feel like in a lot of ways this play is coming full circle."

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USF Athletics
10:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Antigua Ready to Make History with USF Bulls

New USF men's basketball coach Orlando Antigua is introduced to the public Tuesday at the USF Sun Dome.
Credit Jason Roberts / Envision Sports Media

Saying he's not afraid of the had work that it will take to make the USF men's basketball program successful - and also not afraid to wear his emotions on his sleeve - new head coach Orlando Antigua was introduced to the Bay Area community Tuesday.

The current University of Kentucky assistant coach told Bulls' fans he knows he comes to USF with one job to do.

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Law & Order
2:34 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Dozier Exhumation Request Heads to Pennsylvania Governor

Credit Credit Michael Spooneybarger / Reuters/Landov

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, is asking the governor of Pennsylvania to have state police there work with a team of Florida researchers investigating the circumstances surrounding a young boy’s death at a now-shuttered reform school.

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USF Athletics
3:46 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Orlando to Tampa: Antigua Named USF Basketball Coach

USF has named Univ. of Kentucky asst. coach Orlando Antigua as the new head coach of the men's basketball team.
Credit USF Athletics

Orlando Antigua has had two pretty eventful days.

The assistant coach for the University of Kentucky men's basketball team helped his squad make the Final Four on Sunday.

A day later, he was named head coach of the University of South Florida basketball team.

A formal press conference introducing Antigua is scheduled for Tuesday. No details about his contract have been announced, and it's believed Antigua will stay with Kentucky through next weekend's NCAA Championship in Texas.

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University Beat
11:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

USF Trio Wins Goldwater Scholarships

The three USF 2014 Goldwater Scholars (from l-r): Michael Caldazilla, Kaitlin Deutsch, and Fiona Kearns.
Credit USF News

In an honor for both the students and the school, three University of South Florida juniors have been named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.

Not only are Michael Calzadilla, Kaitlin Deutsch and Fiona Kearns among the 238 students from across the country receiving the honor, they're also the only Goldwater Scholars this year in the State University System of Florida.

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USF Athletics
10:33 am
Mon March 31, 2014

USF Women's Basketball Makes WNIT Final Four

Courtney Williams (center) celebrates with her teammates after hitting a game-winning shot against Mississippi State in the WNIT quarterfinals Sunday.
Credit Bill Simmonds /

Even after getting snubbed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee, the USF Bulls' women team hasn't quit. Now they're in the final four of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) with a chance to make history.

The Bulls knocked off Mississippi State 60-58 in Starkville, Miss., Sunday on Courtney Williams' buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

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University Beat
3:32 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Tasty Teaching at USF Sarasota-Manatee's Culinary Innovation Lab

Chocolate truffles adorn a table at the new USF Sarasota-Manatee Culinary Innovation Lab.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s new Culinary Innovation Lab recently opened, and what better way to mark the occasion than with a party catered by students from the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership?

But when Ashley Pitcher walked into the lab to start cooking, the junior admits she didn’t know what to think.

"It’s definitely not what I expected," the hospitality and event management major said. "I actually was lost the first day I got here; I did not know what we were going to be doing, because there are so many types of kitchens, there’s a bar, there’s a hibachi-style kitchen when you first get in, and then the Tuscan-style kitchen on the side."

Add in a top of the line barbeque out in front of the Lab’s storefront on Lakewood Ranch's Main Street, and you have a veritable chef’s paradise.

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4:52 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Who Will Have the Bomb in 2020 in the Middle East?

Dr. Gary Samore is executive director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Before that, he served as President Obama's White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Over a two-day conference that started Monday at the University of South Florida, experts are looking into the future of the Middle East and Central Asia in the year 2020 and what implications that has on American foreign policy.

One of the big "what if" questions at this conference was "who will have the bomb in 2020?" In other words, what are the possibilities of a Middle Eastern country getting a nuclear weapon?

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The Two-Way
9:12 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Florida Is No. 1 Seed For NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 8:24 am

Florida's 26-game winning streak vaulted it to the top as the No. 1 seed in the South and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Men's basketball tournament.

The starting brackets were announced on Sunday, with Virginia, Wichita State and Arizona landing as the No. 1 seeds in the East, Midwest and West.

You can see the full matchups here.

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10:27 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Why You Won't Win Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket

Florida's Will Yeguete shoots over Missouri's Keanau Post in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference men's tournament on Friday in Atlanta. Investor Warren Buffett is betting $1 billion that no one can pick all 63 winners of the NCAA college basketball tournament that begins next week.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 1:19 pm

The men's NCAA college basketball tournament starts next week.

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USF Athletics
3:58 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

USF Fires Basketball Coach Heath

Stan Heath coached the USF men's basketball team to the program's first two wins in the NCAA tournament in 2011-12, but his teams have posted a combined 24-39 record in the two ensuing seasons.
Credit USF

Earlier this week, Mark Harlan was named as the new University of South Florida Athletic Director.

One of his first jobs is going to be finding a replacement for men's basketball coach Stan Heath, who was fired just two days after the Bulls season ended with its ninth straight loss.

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University Beat
2:15 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Middle East, Central Asia of 2020 Focus of USF Conference

One of the most powerful questions that can be asked is "What if?"

What if America lowers its troop presence overseas? What if there's another Arab Spring? What if a new country or even terrorists get their hands on a weapon of mass destruction?

As Dr. Mohsen Milani explains, those kind of scenarios are the focus of a conference, The Greater Middle East and Central Asia in 2020 and Its Implications for American Foreign Policy, taking place at the University of South Florida next Monday and Tuesday.

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