University Beat

1:18 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Veto of Funding for New FIO Vessel Leaves Questions

While the University of South Florida received funding in the state budget for its downtown Tampa medical school and a St. Petersburg business school, money that would have gone to a new research vessel was removed by Governor Rick Scott's veto pen earlier this week. The Florida Institute of Oceanography, the collaborative effort of dozens of research institutes and agencies, is based out of the USF College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg. The $6 million FIO was seeking would be used to buy a research boat to replace the aging Bellows. The Tampa Bay Times reports that FIO officials and state lawmakers are trying to figure out what to do next.
ST. PETERSBURG - The 71-foot research vessel Bellows has been a marine sciences workhorse for four decades, helping researchers monitor red tide, analyze coral in the Keys and study oily water after the Deepwater Horizon spill. Thousands of students have used the ship as a floating lab, as well.
1:08 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Outgoing Registrar Says Emails Will Show USF VP Discriminated Against Her

Angela DeBose, the University of South Florida registrar who's currently on leave, wants a Hillsborough County civil court to compel USF to release emails that she says will show a USF official discriminated against her because of her race and gender. The Tampa Bay Business Journal says DeBose's request claims that emails will show Vice President for Student Success Paul Dosal discriminated against her because she's black and a woman. She also says Dosal became more aggressive towards her after she asked the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate him. USF is set to fire DeBose when her professional leave ends in August.
University of South Florida's outgoing registrar, the official in charge of student records, wants a court to make the university show emails she believes will vindicate her in a yearlong discrimination battle. Angela DeBose, who is black, has accused Vice Provost for Student Success Paul Dosal, who is Hispanic, of discriminatory practices based on her race and gender.
Environment
3:59 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

USF Students Help Rescue Boater

The U.S. Coast Guard attends to the third boater who was separated from his boat two miles away from the Weatherbird II vessel.
Andrew Warren & Eric Rabinowits

Students aboard the Florida Insitute of Oceanography's Weatherbird II research vessel helped rescue a distressed boater near Egmont Key on Saturday night.

Those on the vessel heard an emergency call at around 9 p.m. from the U.S Coast Guard about three boaters in the water two miles away from where their craft was. The Coast Guard managed to rescue two men but a third was still missing in the water.

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University Beat
5:21 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

FL Universities Could Receive $400M in Performance-Based Funds

In a video shown to the FL Board of Governors meeting in Tampa Thursday, USF student Marcos Gonzalez thanks the board and state legislators for performance-based funds.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

While University of South Florida officials wait to see if the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott sign off on the state budget and more than $29 million for two important projects, they're also waiting for approval of millions more in performance-based rewards.

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University Beat
9:58 am
Thu June 18, 2015

USF Again Ranks High in U.S. Patents

Credit U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The University of South Florida sits among such intellectual titans as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology on the top ten list of U.S. patents issued to American universities in 2014.

USF's 104 patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ranked 10th nationally and 13th among all public and private universities worldwide. It's the fifth year in a row USF has placed in the top 15 worldwide.

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Politics
7:30 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Susan MacManus: Jeb's Announcement Will Expose 'Generational Divide' in GOP

Susan MacManus

Former Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to make his long-awaited announcement Monday that he's running for president. Bush plans to speak at 3 p.m. at Miami Dade College's campus in Kendall. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus about how Bush will fare in his home state, against another favorite son and candidate, Marco Rubio.

MacManus believes there's a "generational divide" over people who are opposed to a possible "dynasty" with three Bushes in the White House.

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10:30 am
Thu June 11, 2015

USF Projects Hit Funding Roadblock

The University of South Florida's plans to build a new medical school in downtown Tampa and a new College of Business building in St. Petersburg have run into a bonding snag in the Florida Legislature. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the House of Representatives is in favor of raising the $45 million for the two projects by borrowing money on the bond market. However, the Senate and Governor Rick Scott are opposed to that proposal.
TALLAHASSEE - There's another money dispute brewing in the Legislature, one that threatens funding for the University of South Florida's planned medical school building in downtown Tampa and new College of Business building in St. Petersburg. The USF projects have broad bipartisan support in Tallahassee but must compete with scores of other projects all over the state.
Health News Florida
9:38 am
Thu June 11, 2015

UCF Study Shows Breast Milk Sharing Is Thriving

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 8:55 am

Breast milk sharing is thriving in central Florida, especially among high income, college educated white women. That’s according to a new study out of UCF.

Research shows breast milk helps boost a baby’s immune system. Not all women can produce their own milk, so sharing is an alternative. And study co-author Shannon Carter says they found the buying and selling of breast milk was rare.

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Health News Florida
10:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Documents Show New Side To Transvaginal Lawsuit

Valencia College has banned the practice of transvaginal ultrasounds, but according to records, that upset some students.

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 9:00 am

New documents obtained by 90.7 News show a new side to Valencia’s transvaginal lawsuit case.

Three students are alleging that Valencia violated their constitutional rights by browbeating them to submit to pelvic ultrasounds.

Students performed the tests on one another in the medical sonography program.

Health Reporter Abe Aboraya spoke with Morning Edition Host Nicole Creston.

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University Beat
6:40 am
Tue June 9, 2015

USF St. Pete Student Wraps Up White House Internship

USFSP senior Tyler Lewis worked as an intern at the White House earlier this year.
Tyler Lewis

College internships can be a toss of the dice as to what a job entails. Sometimes it’s something cool, like a medical student assisting on a surgery; sometimes it’s a drudgery, like a business student photocopying documents all day.

Tyler Lewis’ internship was definitely in the first category – as he worked earlier this year at the White House.

"You kind of have to pinch yourself every day you’re there and remember where you’re at," Lewis said.

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University Beat
2:03 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

USF Trustees Approve New Student Housing Village

USF COO John Long presents the plan for a new student housing complex on the Tampa campus to the Board of Trustees at a meeting Thursday at USF St. Petersburg.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

The University of South Florida is a step closer to tearing down a fifty-year-old student housing complex on its Tampa campus and replacing it with a 'village' that would be home to 2,165 students.

At USF Board meeting in St. Petersburg Thursday, trustees approved a public-private partnership agreement, also known as a 3P, with Capstone Development Partners and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital to build the estimated $133 million complex.

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Culture
5:05 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

3-D Technology Enables California Girl To Have A New Arm

Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Annika Emmert enjoy a visit with Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Credit Michael S. Butler / WUSF News

At Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Thursday mechanical engineers, aerospace engineers and movie stars teamed up, all to improve the life of a  California girl.

Dominique Courbin and Michael Gonzalez are part of the team from the University of Central Florida trying to beat the clock to get their latest project ready for 10-year-old Annika Emmert.

 Courbin is concentrating on getting everything just right.

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Education
6:56 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

How The Internet Is Helping FL Students Pay For Their Education

Ashley Jean has enrolled in a global studies program at Long Island University. Now she's trying to raise money to help pay for travel costs.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Ashley Jean is graduating from Miami’s iPrep Academy this week. And then she’s planning to travel the world.

Jean will start a global studies program through Long Island University that will eventually take her to places like Costa Rica, Australia, Bali and Spain.

That’s a lot of plane tickets.

“I don’t want money to be a reason why I can’t change my life,” Jean says, “so I have to work hard to do what I can to get this program.”

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Health News Florida
9:17 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Valencia's Transvaginal Ultrasound Case Expands

A third student has joined the lawsuit against Valencia College medical sonography program.

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 8:48 am

A lawsuit against Valencia College’s medical sonography program has been expanded. A third unnamed student joined the suit in an amended complaint filed Thursday.

The suit alleges that Valencia College violated student’s constitutional rights by “browbeating” them to volunteer for pelvic ultrasounds. Valencia College didn’t respond to an immediate phone call seeking comment, but earlier this week announced a permanent ban to the practice of peer-to-peer transvaginal ultrasounds.

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University Beat
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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