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4:02 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

USF Special Collections Shows Off 'Favorite Things'

1 of only 2 wooden scale models of a sculpture Picasso was going to create for the USF Tampa campus in the 1970s. The model will be on display at a USF Tampa Library Special Collections event Thursday.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

They're not raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but the staff of USF Tampa Library's Special Collections is putting a few of their favorite things on display for the public for one day only.

According to Special Collections' librarian Andy Huse, the event, A Few of Our Favorite Things (Thursday, July 17 from 1-3 p.m.), allows he and his colleagues on the library's fourth floor to show off some of the most interesting objects, ranging from centuries-old spiritual texts and rare maps to Babylonian clay tablets and Victorian-era novels.

WUSF's Mark Schreiner talks to Andy Huse about the USF Tampa Library Special Collections' "A Few of Our Favorite Things" event Thursday.

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NPR Ed
10:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Students React To The Closure Of A Giant For-Profit College

Everest Institute in Boston.
Mallory Noe-Payne WGBH

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 11:49 am

Listen to this story on Morning Edition.

After a long reign as the fastest-growing and most problematic sector in higher education, for-profit colleges are on the ropes.

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University Beat
4:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

1Apple Grocery an Oasis in a 'Food Desert'

1Apple offers what co-founder Hector Angus calls "fresh fast food" -- organic fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers' markets.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

This week's University Beat radio report on 1Apple Grocery.

You know the saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away. Now two USF students are hoping that “one apple” might help keep an entire neighborhood healthy.

Hector Angus and Andrea Little have opened 1Apple Grocery in Plant City, in part to provide relief in a so-called “food desert.”

"A food desert is an area where the residents don’t have access to fresh fruits, or nutritious foods," said Angus, who's pursuing his bachelor's degree in information technology with a minor in business.

"So that’s one of the problems that we’re trying to tackle with 1Apple is being able to provide the fresh produce for the families," added Little, who just completed her third year of medical school.

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Culture
6:10 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Surplus Medical Supplies to Help Syrian Refugees

The 40-foot container will hold materials such as dialysis machines, ventilator machines, and chest tubes.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

A 40-foot container with a $100,000 worth of medical supplies will be leaving Tampa on Friday. It's headed to Turkey, where it will then be distributed to field hospitals inside Syria that treat refugees and others.

USF student Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian-American, is collaborating with the non-profit Advocates for World Health (AWH) to bring a container with medical supplies, like dialysis and ventilator machines, to the Syrian American Medical Society.

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University Beat
8:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

FL Lowest in HPV Vaccination

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (right) talks about a community initiative to increase the number of children receiving vaccinations against HPV at a Tampa news conference June 30th that also featured Moffitt researcher Anna Giuliano (left), USF Public Health students and other Bay area medical professionals.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

UPDATED 7/8 with University Beat audio report and additional quotes.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over half of American girls ages 13 to 17 have received at least one dose of the vaccination to protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV) - and it's a rate that decreases over the needed second and third doses.

But here in Florida, the number of fully protected young women - those who have received all three doses - is only 25 percent, the lowest in the country.

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Law & Order
11:07 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Al-Arian Charges Dropped

File photo of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian, who had all charges against him dropped by federal prosecutors Friday.
Credit Associated Press

Federal prosecutors on Friday dropped all charges against former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian, whose criminal contempt case had sat in limbo for five years in front of a skeptical judge.

Al-Arian had been a target of the Justice Department for more than a decade. He was initially charged with playing a leadership role in the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He ended up taking a plea bargain on greatly reduced charges after a jury failed to convict him following a lengthy trial.

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Environment
3:13 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Study: Fast Fish Impeded by BP Oil Spill

Researchers with the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science look at a tank of mahi-mahi.
Emily Michot Miami Herald

Mahi-mahi are among the fastest fish in the ocean, but a study shows the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is putting the brakes on their swimming.

The Miami Herald reports researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found a 37 percent decrease in overall swimming performance in young mahi exposed to oil from the 2010 spill.

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Education
8:39 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

FSU to Hire New Consultant as Presidential Search Resets

A new search firm will be brought in to help Florida State University find its next president, as students and faculty clamor for more say in the muddled process.

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Politics
1:33 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Fact-Checking Charlie Crist on Tuition Increases

Credit politifact.com

Education is quickly becoming ammunition in the upcoming gubernatorial battle between Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his likely Democratic opponent -- former governor and former Republican Charlie Crist.

The latest charges from Scott's camp are that Crist raised college tuition in Florida a bunch before Scott came in and started lowering college costs.

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Education
10:55 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Gov. Scott Signs In-State Tuition Bill

Florida students living in the country illegally will be allowed to qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott signed the bill privately on Monday. But he plans to tout the signing at a campaign event scheduled later today in Fort Myers.

The new law offers in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students who had attended a Florida school for at least three years before graduation.

The current in-state rate is one-quarter of what out-of-state students and those in the country illegally pay.

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9:24 am
Thu June 5, 2014

USF Prof Susan MacManus Says Interest in Politics Started as a Girl

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"I grew up with dialogue between — heated dialogue — the family," she says. "I grew up hearing different opinions, and, honestly, if there's one thing I'm grateful for it was that after we would all raise Cain about politics with each other, we'd sit down and have meals and have fun and know we loved each other, and to this day, I like hearing different opinions. It's critical to what I do in a divided state."
The busy season looms for Florida political analyst Susan MacManus. During election years, the longtime University of South Florida political science professor is a familiar face on Florida news shows and in guest newspaper columns. * MacManus, 66, is a Florida State University graduate who earned her master's degree at the University of Michigan and returned to FSU for her Ph.D.
University Beat
3:14 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Trading Lab Goggles for Beer Goggles at Pint of Science

A glass with the Pint of Science Festival logo.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Even though she's relatively new to the research world, Crystina Bronk knows there's a not-so-complementary - but partially true - stereotype about her and her colleagues:

"We’re not ‘people-persons,’ like, you can’t have it all, right? You can’t be good at science and be good at talking to people!" said Bronk, a graduate student in the University of South Florida Cancer Biology Program.

It's funny how a little blueberry ale can change that.

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University Beat
9:40 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

USF Benefits from State Budget

Rocky the Bull joined USF students in a visit to the state Capitol earlier this year to talk to legislators about the university's budget priorities.
Credit USF News

Among the big winners in the 2014-15 state budget signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday is the University of South Florida, which picked up funding for a number of projects that still needed support.

According to USF News, all five of the university's top legislative priorities were met.

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University Beat
2:29 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

USF Nixes Student Divestment Effort

Members and supporters of the USF Students for Justice in Palestine stand outside the USF Foundation's Investment Committee meeting Wednesday on the USF Tampa campus with their petition, signed by over 10,000 students.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Ahmad Saadaldin and members of the group USF Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) thought that this time, they were going to be successful. For over a year, they've been working to change how the University of South Florida's $391 million endowment operates when it comes to politically sensitive areas, particularly in relation to Israel and Palestine.

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Health News Florida
10:02 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Moffitt Adds OSU to Cancer Database

Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer Center, which began assembling a database of cancer patient tissue and clinical information a decade ago, is going national.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center on Wednesday was named the first partner in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, or ORIEN.

Moffitt’s for-profit subsidiary, M2Gen, will oversee the database’s operations. It already contains information on more than 105,000 patients.

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