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12:03 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

USF, FIU, UCF Team Up for Student Success

USF System President Judy Genshaft addresses attendees of the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities "student success" luncheon.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

The University of South Florida, Florida International University and the University of Central Florida – the state’s three largest metropolitan research universities – are teaming up in an effort to improve graduation rates as well as the number of degrees they award in high-demand areas.

Combined, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities (FCMRU) serve an area that includes almost two-thirds percent of the state’s population and nearly half of the students enrolled in the State University System.

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5:24 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

USF St. Pete, Duke Energy Flip Switch on $1M Solar Project

The new 6,600 square foot, 100 kW solar array on top of the USF St. Petersburg parking garage is made up of 318 panels and will provide all the power for the garage's lights, security cameras and a pair of electric car charging stations.
Credit USF St. Petersburg Office of Sustainability

USF St. Petersburg and Duke Energy have "flipped the switch" on what they're calling one of the largest and most efficient solar arrays in the city.

The system sits on top of a seven-story campus parking garage on Fifth Avenue South. The 6,600-square foot, 100-kilowatt canopy is a "net zero" system, meaning the power it generates will be used to run the garage's lights and security cameras, as well as a pair of electric car charging stations.

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9:32 am
Wed May 20, 2015

College Sued for Vaginal Ultrasound Recruitment

Two students allege they were "browbeat" to volunteer for transvaginal ultrasounds as part of Valencia's program.

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 8:45 am

Two Valencia College students in Orlando have filed a lawsuit alleging students were "browbeat" into having pelvic ultrasounds performed on them.

Valencia College hasn’t been served the lawsuit, filed late last week, but defended its use of student volunteers.

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University Beat
2:47 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Science and Suds Meet at Sold-Out 'Pint of Science' Events

Pint of Science takes place May 18-20 in 50 cities worldwide, including Tampa & St. Petersburg.
Credit Pint of Science

Pour me another one, bartender...or is it pour me another one, doctor?

For the next three nights, scientists will take over bars in nine countries and 50 cities, including a trio of sold-out Tampa area locations, to discuss their work with the public over drinks.

"Pint of Science" was created four years ago in the United Kingdom, and brought over to the U.S. last year by USF Health Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology Research Associate Parmvir Bahia and her husband, Moffitt Cancer Center researcher David Basanta.

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Health News Florida
9:28 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Universities Look at Health Care Job Gaps

Florida needs more specialized nurses because more than half leave the state.

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:44 am

Health care’s a growing industry. But not all health care jobs are created equal.

The board that oversees Florida’s universities on Monday will look at whether Florida graduates enough health care workers to meet demand and it could lead to new programs. 

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10:32 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Some Question Enforceability Of Latest Efforts To Crack Down On Panama City Spring Break

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 10:03 am

Should Panama City Beach’s Spring Break be considered just the month of March or incorporate more months? It was a matter of contention during Tuesday's Council meeting.

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Health News Florida
8:50 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Debt, Not Dreams Deciding Dentists' Future

Jenna Pascoli, a third-year dental student at the Lake Erie School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, treats a student at the school's clinic. She's one of many dental students struggling with high student loan debt.

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:02 pm

Jenna Pascoli stands in a small, glass-paneled room inside the The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine clinic in Bradenton and  pulls on a blue, paper medical gown over her scrubs.  

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4:20 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Graduation Ceremony Celebrates Students' Best Friends

Kara Brown holds Griffin, her 4 month old Australian Shepherd dog. He lives with her at Eckerd College where she will be graduating with a degree in communications and journalism on Sunday.
Credit M.S Butler

It's that time of year when thousands of students across the country get ready to graduate from public and private schools. But in St. Petersburg there's a unique group taking a walk across the stage after finishing four years at a local college.

It’s graduation week and there’s a buzz of anticipation in the air at Eckerd College. The ceremony is just about to begin and members of this class are too excited to sit or speak.

But this is not your normal graduating class

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University Beat
4:27 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Working Together to Increase Minority Enrollment in Clinical Trials

Walter Niles, with the Hillsborough County Health Department’s Office of Health Equity, addresses the National Physician and Family Referral Project’s recent Community Advocacy Matchmaking luncheon.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Clinical trials help medical professionals find out how effective new treatments are – but as Dr. Kevin Sneed, the dean of the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy points out, they’re not a “one size fits all” proposition.

"Very often, when we think about how are we going to effectively treat somebody, whether it be cancer, cardiovascular disease, or anything neurodegenerative in nature, when we do the clinical research to gather the evidence, if you don’t have enough people from enough varied backgrounds; we can’t automatically transfer knowledge gained in one part of the population onto another part of the population," Sneed said.

But minority populations – specifically the African American and Hispanic and Latino communities – don’t take part in clinical trials at a level that would give researchers the data they need.

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University Beat
10:30 am
Tue May 5, 2015

UF Opens Food Pantry for Needy Students & Staff

The University of Florida is opening a food pantry for needy students and staff.

The pantry is scheduled to open when Summer B classes begin June 29.

The Gainesville Sun reports the Dean of Students office will run the pantry, which is a university-wide collaboration.

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University Beat
11:30 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Number of Firsts at USF Spring Commencement

Commencement ceremony at the USF Sun Dome in December 2014
Credit GradImage

While University of South Florida students taking part in spring commencement ceremonies wear caps and gowns made out of recycled materials for the first time, graduation history will be made in other ways as well.

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University Beat
11:09 am
Thu April 30, 2015

USF Graduates to Wear Recycled Regalia

USF graduates don their new gowns made out of recycled plastic bottles.
Credit Aimee Blodgett / USF Communications and Marketing

When thousands of University of South Florida students walk across the stage to receive their diplomas this week, they will be helping to reduce environmental waste.

USF Student Government voted this year to use caps and gowns made from 100 percent recycled materials. Each set is made from about 23 plastic bottles.

With more than 6,300 students in the USF System graduating this week, that translates into the recycling of 150-thousand bottles.

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10:29 am
Thu April 30, 2015

What The Budget Standoff In Tallahassee Means For Florida

January 28, 2015 - House Speaker Steve Crisafulli looks on as Senate President Andy Gardiner tells reporters in Tallahassee about their plans for the legislation session.

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 7:53 am

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli surprised lawmakers Tuesday when he abruptly adjourned the chamber three days before the legislative session was scheduled to end. He did so because the House and Senate are far apart on a budget plan.

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6:23 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

USF Pulls Forensic Research Facility Plan

USF Anthropology Professor Erin Kimmerle talks to reporters Thursday about the proposed research facility.
Credit Mark Schreiner/WUSF 89.7 News

The University of South Florida announced late Friday afternoon that the USF Forensic Anthropology Laboratory will find an alternate location to train students and law enforcement to process human remains in outdoor crime scenes.

The Facility for Outdoor Experimental Research and Training (FORT) program was proposed on Hillsborough County Sheriffs property in Lithia, but an outcry from residents about possible smells, groundwater contamination and property values prompted a change in plans.

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9:45 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Real Bodies for USF Research

USF Anthropology Professor Erin Kimmerle talks to reporters about the proposed research facility.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

USF's Forensic Anthropology Laboratory is best known for its work at the Dozier School for Boys. Now, they're asking for approval to use a parcel of land in Lithia as a training ground for identifying real bodies in different stages of decomposition. 

Currently, students are using plastic skeletons to train on. USF Anthropology professor Erin Kimmerle, however, said that real bones aren't pure white like fake ones are. 

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