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10:23 am
Thu April 9, 2015

FL Forensic Research Site Proposed

Erin Kimmerle.

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:25 am

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and a University of South Florida anthropology professor are developing a forensic research site, where investigators could study how the humid climate and sandy soil affect human corpses, The Tampa Tribune reports.

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NPR Ed
1:08 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Think Tuition Is Rising Fast? Try Room And Board

Universities can have a hard time resisting the lure of luxury, which keeps room and board prices rising.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:46 pm

Valerie Inniss took out $11,500 in student loans this year to pay for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

None of it was for tuition.

The 21-year-old is on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, won on the strength of her high school test scores. And she qualifies for the maximum federal Pell Grant — $5,730 — for low-income students.

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University Beat
3:08 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Bill Nye Draws Huge Crowd, USF Draws Student Criticism

The line of USF students early Tuesday afternoon waiting for Bill Nye the Science Guy's lecture already stretched down a Marshall Student Center stairwell.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

For the 1,100 people who got into the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center Ballroom to see Bill Nye the Science Guy in person Tuesday night, the hours spent waiting in line were worth it.

However, for some of the 600 other students who had to watch a simulcast of the lecture in the nearby Oval Theater - or those who walked away in disgust before Nye began speaking - the whole experience was like an experiment gone wrong.

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University Beat
5:35 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Student Group Inspired by Jane Goodall Needs 'Green Thumbs'

Students in the USF Roots & Shoots program (top row), including Karena Nguyen (2nd from left), help Pizzo Elementary students with their science projects.
Credit USF Roots & Shoots

A new USF student organization, inspired by legendary anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, is trying to introduce local elementary school students to science - and they could use your help.

The "Roots and Shoots" program was created by Goodall and a dozen students in Tanzania in 1991. Since then, the organization, which takes on environmental issues, has grown to more than 150-thousand members worldwide.

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University Beat
4:47 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

USF Students Line Up for Bill Nye

The first of at least 200 students in line for Bill Nye the Science Guy's speech at USF Tuesday night.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

When Kayla McCarthy and Robert Busic arrived at 11 p.m. Monday to line up to see Bill Nye speak tonight at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, they found they were the first ones there.

"It paid off," McCarthy, a senior cellular molecular biology major, said this afternoon as they sat outside the ballroom where "The Science Guy" is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. 

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Connecticut, Notre Dame Will Meet In Women's Championship Game

Morgan Tuck of the Connecticut Huskies shoots against Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of the Maryland Terrapins during the NCAA women's Final Four in Tampa, Fla.
Mike Carlson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 8:32 am

The University of Connecticut continues to dominate women's college basketball: The Huskies plowed past the University of Maryland and are headed to the NCAA women's basketball championship game, where they'll meet Notre Dame.

The Terrapins faced a daunting task heading into the game. Connecticut, the overall top seed for the tournament, stands far above the competition.

"The Huskies have won the last two titles and obliterated opponents in this tournament by an average margin of 41 points a game," NPR's Tom Goldman noted to our Newscast unit.

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University Beat
12:22 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Answering the Questions the USF School of Mass Comm Renaming Raises

USF trustee and advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman speaks at the renaming ceremony for the USF Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

For the fourth time since last September, the University of South Florida has renamed one of its schools after receiving a gift of at least ten million dollars. But unlike the last three, this time it’s not a business school, but the School of Mass Communications that’s being "rebranded."

The new Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications is named after USF trustee, advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman, who in March donated $10 million to his alma mater.

"There’s no better time than today to make the gift towards education, make the gift to give back to others, make the gift of forward education and make the gift to build the number one advertising communications school in the world," he said at a celebration outside the school.

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Education
10:35 am
Fri March 27, 2015

UCF Proposes New Medical Residencies

The University of Central Florida is proposing adding up to 700 medical residency slots.

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:40 am

A decade from now, Florida is expected to be short 7,000 doctors.

The University of Central Florida is looking to tackle some of that.

Deborah German, dean of the UCF medical school, said Thursday the school wants to expand the training doctors get after getting a medical degree. The specialty residencies would focus on psychiatry, surgery and emergency medicine.

And it would offer the opportunity to get new federal money, German said.

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USF Athletics
9:55 am
Tue March 24, 2015

USF Bulls Fall Just Short in NCAA Tournament

USF Bulls junior guard Shalethia Stringfield (#23) drives around Louisville defenders during the Bulls' 60-52 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Monday night at the USF Sun Dome.
Credit Tim Britt / GoUSFBulls.com

The USF Bulls women's basketball team's magical season came to an end Monday, as the Bulls fell to Louisville 60-52 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In front of a raucous home crowd of 5,014 at the Sun Dome, the Bulls fell behind 12-2 to Louisville, the 8th ranked team in the country, before battling back to tie the score at 14.

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Education
11:53 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Project Gives Developmentally Disabled a Chance to Go to College

Quan Jones of Project 10 Stingray works at the marina behind USFSP
Credit M.S Butler

A college education is generally considered a student's best shot at getting a good job these days, and it's often assumed most high schoolers are prepared to attend college.

But there's one group that has been quietly excluded from that process.

A program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg  is giving these students college experience that while it's not a traditional degree, it's giving them a head start on their career goals.

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News
6:12 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Medical Students Meet Their Match

USF medical student Chris DeClue announces his residency at USF in diagnostic radiology on National Match Day, Friday, March 20. Senior Vice President of USF Health, Charles Lockwood, held the mic.
Credit Daylina Miller/WUSF News

With visibly shaking hands, University of South Florida medical student Chris DeClue opened his envelope.

The sound of rustling paper echoed through the speakers.

“USF. Diagnostic radiology,” he said as the crowd erupted into cheers.

Friday was National Match Day and 128 USF students, the school’s largest ever medical class to celebrate,  gathered at Ulele, a restaurant near downtown Tampa, to find out where they're going to do their post-graduate medical training.

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Off The Base
8:20 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Opera about Iraq War to Be Performed at USF

A concert presentation of the Iraq War opera "Fallujah" is at the University of South Florida Friday night.
Credit HeatherRaffo.com

At some point in the future, a first of its kind play about the Iraq War might make its debut on Broadway - and what happens on stage at the University of South Florida Friday night may play an important part in its development.

The opera, "Fallujah," is a work in progress. Playwright Heather Raffo has been developing the biographical story of U.S. Marine Christian Ellis for about five years, starting shortly after Ellis met Charles Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation.

"And as they befriended each other and got to talking, Christian said that he had dreamed of being an opera singer and Charlie Annenberg thought, 'Let's give Christian music lessons,' and as their friendship continued, he said, 'Why don't we make an opera of your life?'" Raffo said.

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University Beat
11:31 am
Thu March 19, 2015

USF Earns 2nd Most $ in Gov's Performance Reward Funding

Credit USF Communications & Marketing

For the third time, the Florida Board of Governors will dole out performance-based 'bonus' funds to the state's public universities, and for the third time, the University of South Florida System placed near the top of the list.

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Health News Florida
8:55 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Lawmaker Tells Story of Using Gun to Prevent Rape

Credit Michael Schumacher / Associated Press

When State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda went to college, she brought a gun with her. She didn't think she'd need it.

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University Beat
10:45 am
Wed March 18, 2015

UPDATE: FDLE to Conduct Inquiry into USF's Dozier Findings

In an archive photo, crosses mark Boot Hill Cemetery on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys.
Credit Katy Hennig / USF News

UPDATE 3/18/15 10:45 a.m.
Updated headline to indicate the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct "an inquiry" and not "an investigation" into USF's findings.

In an email sent to WUSF 89.7 News Wednesday morning, FDLE Communications Director Gretl Plessinger said, "We are conducting a preliminary inquiry to assess any new information from the January USF report.  If there is criminal predicate, we will open an investigation."

ORIGINAL POST 3/17/15 5 p.m.
With a single sentence, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicated it will look into what investigators from the University of South Florida have turned up at the Dozier School for Boys in the Panhandle town of Marianna.

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