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9:34 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Florida State University Gunman Shot Dead By Campus Police

Tallahassee police investigate a shooting outside the Strozier Library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday. The gunman was shot and killed by police officers.
Mark Wallheiser AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 8:26 am

Florida State University police shot and killed a gunman who had opened fire in the crowded university library around midnight. Three people were wounded.

Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee, Fla.'s chief of police, said the gunman appears to have acted alone.

"It will take not only hours but days to put all the pieces together," he said at a news conference this morning. "Obviously, everyone wants to know why, and that's the hard question that we're going to continue to investigate and try to find those answers for everybody."

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Science
2:15 am
Wed November 19, 2014

USF Professor Finds Ants, CEOs Not that Different

Deby Cassill, the Associate Professor of Biology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Credit M. S. Butler

Plenty of kids play in dirt and collect bugs. Maybe you used to bring home bugs in a jar. Maybe you still do.  Deby Cassill does. But, she’s the Associate Professor of biology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

So, she spends her days getting a microscopic look at something many of us consider a pest and even something to step on.

She says there was a time when it was considered strange for her to play with bugs.

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University Beat
9:54 am
Sun November 16, 2014

FSU President Thrasher Starts Mending Fences During First Week

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:14 pm

Former State Senator John Thrasher assumed his new role as President of Florida State University this week.  Thrasher says running a university is far different from running the legislature, and all of his actions are being scrutinized.

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University Beat
11:31 am
Fri November 14, 2014

USF Close to Buying St. Pete Property from Poynter

The Poynter Institute, as seen from the USF St. Petersburg campus.
Credit USF St. Petersburg

The University of South Florida Saint Petersburg continues its expansion plans. USF System officials have signed a non-binding letter of intent to buy nearly four acres of land from the Poynter Institute for $6.2 million.

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University Beat
12:43 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Cybersecurity the Focus of USF Conference

Former U.S. Dir. of National Intelligence Mike McConnell speaks at a conference at USF presented by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity.
Credit Aimee Blodgett / USF Communications and Marketing

When you ask former United States Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell what he thinks about the internet and information technology, he summons the words of Richard Danzig.

Danzig, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Navy from 1998 to 2001, once compared the internet to "a diet of poisoned fruit."

"This is delicious for us, it makes us more productive, more effective, improves our standard of living, we can communicate in our business," McConnell said. "But the downside of this wonderful, delicious product is it is poison, because the benefits exist, but it also introduces a level of vulnerability that someone can use that to your detriment."

McConnell shared his thoughts at a recent conference at the University of South Florida presented by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, which is also known as FC2.

The state-funded center, which is based at USF, brings together experts from a dozen state schools to help Florida become a national leader in cybersecurity efforts.

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University Beat
12:06 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Ringling College To Build Soundstage And Production Complex

Ringling College of Art and Design campus in Sarasota.

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 11:26 am

Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota is getting serious about its film program.

The school, which was recently named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 film schools, will build a 3,000 square foot professional soundstage and post-production studio.

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University Beat
11:52 am
Thu October 30, 2014

USF Downtown Tampa Med School 'Bigger Than Baseball'

The USF medical school is planned for Meridian Avenue at Channelside Drive in downtown Tampa
USF Health

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 11:16 am

A new University of South Florida medical school planned for downtown Tampa could be "bigger than baseball," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told a group of USF trustees today.

Buckhorn was referring to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could eventually move from Tropicana Field to another field of dreams on an empty lot in downtown Tampa.

He spoke during a meeting of the USF Board of Trustees Health Workgroup at USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which would be a gallstone's throw from the new complex.

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University Beat
5:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Gay Marriage, LGBT Issues to be Discussed at USF Thursday

USF will host "Gay Landslide: Victories for Human Rights" Thursday night at 5:30 in the Alumni Center on the Tampa campus.
Credit USF Library

A University of South Florida graduate who was one of the lawyers in a ground-breaking gay and lesbian rights case will speak at his alma mater Thursday night.

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University Beat
1:51 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Name Change for USF Muma College of Business Signals A Push Forward

USF College of Business Dean Moez Limayem with a 'thank you' card for Les & Pam Muma (center, seated) at the College renaming ceremony October 10th.
Aimee Blodgett USF Communications and Marketing

In a five week period between early September and mid-October, the University of South Florida system saw its two Colleges of Business undergo monumental changes.

While the USF Saint Petersburg Kate Tiedemann College of Business took a new name and broke ground on a new building - things we'll discuss on next week's University Beat - the College of Business on the Tampa campus also has a new name.

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University Beat
12:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

USF Authors Among Those Appearing at Festival of Reading

Credit Tampa Bay Times

More than a half dozen authors with ties to the University of South Florida will appear alongside such literary heavyweights as R.L. Stine and Carl Hiaasen at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading this Saturday at the USF Saint Petersburg campus.

The list ranges from current faculty members like Jonathan Rottenberg (hear an interview with him here) to former faculty like St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke to USF graduate and "Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi. You can see a full schedule of speakers here.


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Health News Florida
9:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Depression An Evolutionary Process

USF psychology professor, Jonathan Rottenberg, will participate in the 22nd Annual Festival of Reading with his book about depression.
Basic Books Publishing Company

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:58 am

Psychology Professor Jonathan Rottenberg wants to change the way people think about depression, a condition the World Health Organization estimates 
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NPR Story
5:43 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

FSU Trustees Approve $430,000 Five-Year Contract For Thrasher

Incoming FSU President and State Sen. John Thrasher (R, St. Augustine).

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:31 pm

Florida State University trustees have signed off on a $430,ooo a year five-year contract for incoming president, John Thrasher.

Thrasher will live in the president’s house. FSU will either provide a car, or if Thrasher chooses to drive his own he will get a $900 a month car allowance. The proposal is a five year contract, but Thrasher the ability to get bonuses based on his performance. Trustees have not announced how those bonuses will be decided.  

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University Beat
5:21 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

USF Cancels African Journalists Visit; Ebola Fears Blamed

African journalists from the 2010 Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists pose along the USF St. Pete waterfront

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:21 am

Officials at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have canceled a five-day visit by 14 African journalists that was to begin Oct. 31, because of fears of the Ebola virus.

In a letter today written by Han Reichgelt, regional vice president for academic affairs (see below), he says they're doing so out of an abundance of caution.

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Education
8:08 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The University of Florida Names A New President

The University of Florida names Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs as its 12th president.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 2:34 pm

The University of Florida has chosen a new president.

Cornell University Provost Dr. Kent Fuchs, pronounced "fox" will become the 12th president of UF. He will start his new job  New Year's Day, if he is approved by the state university system governing board, the Florida Board of Governors. The BOG will meet Nov. 5 and 6th where it's also expected to take up the ratification of FSU's new president, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine).

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University Beat
5:29 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Vinik Offers Downtown Tampa Land to USF

Architects' rendering of proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine

WUSF has learned that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has offered about an acre of land in downtown Tampa to the University of South Florida to build both the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute.

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