University Beat

University Beat is a radio and television program that focuses on the research and work at the University of South Florida and how it benefits the Tampa Bay area, Florida, and the world around us.

Each week, reporter Mark Schreiner looks at the latest USF efforts in medicine, engineering, education, arts and sciences and explores other programs that reach out to both students and the community.

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The University of South Florida's Quinton Flowers says there were a lot of big-name college football programs that thought he could be a star player. As a running back. Or maybe as a safety.

But Flowers knew he could be a great quarterback. And on Thursday in the Birmingham Bowl against a team from the Southeastern Conference, he proved it once again.

Flowers ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more — including what proved to be the winner in overtime — to help No. 25 South Florida beat South Carolina 46-39.

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The University of South Florida Herd of Thunder is doing some holiday traveling.

More than two hundred members of the marching band are headed to Alabama Tuesday to back the football team at the Birmingham Bowl.

Then, on Wednesday, over a hundred of their fellow band members will be flying to Italy to march in the Rome New Year’s Parade.

Stephanie Radu

Every semester, the University of South Florida picks an outstanding graduate on each of the system’s three campuses.

This fall, the honoree on the Tampa campus has a curriculum vitae that would make some professors jealous.

Stephanie Radu, 21, was born in Toronto and lived in twelve cities, training as a competitive swimmer and surfer, before settling in Florida.

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Days after he signed a five year, $9.8 million contract, Charlie Strong was formally introduced as the new head coach of the University of South Florida football team Thursday.

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In a world increasingly dominated by social media and cell phones, sometimes a simple letter home can make a difference when it comes to making sure students have their important immunizations.

That's the finding of research conducted by USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Jill Roberts, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

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An eventful eight days for the University of South Florida football team saw them accept a bowl game bid, lose head coach Willie Taggart to Oregon and then replace him with a new leader - Charlie Strong.

USF released a statement Sunday afternoon saying the former University of Texas coach would be taking over the Bulls. Strong will formally be introduced as the coach Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the USF Marshall Student Center.

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For the third time in seven years, the University of South Florida is looking for a new head football coach.

Willie Taggart resigned Wednesday, four years to the day he took the USF job. He's been named the new head coach at the University of Oregon.

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(Originally aired Sept. 27, 2016)

Few states have as close a tie to the U.S. space program than Florida, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s a growing number of would-be rocket scientists at the University of South Florida.

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After one of the best regular seasons in team history, the University of South Florida Bulls football team will play the University of South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on December 29.

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The University of South Florida Board of Trustees held its final scheduled meeting of 2016 in Tampa Thursday, and financial matters for students and System President Judy Genshaft were among the biggest items on the agenda.

The trustees approved a $168,875 bonus for Genshaft, which was doled out in two parts.

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As part of WUSF's ongoing look at public art around the Tampa Bay area, we decided to examine a place where about 120 works are scattered over 1,700 acres.

It’s the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus, and we recently joined a Friday lunchtime walking tour that examined a handful of the pieces.

University Plans Could Run Into Budget Crunch

Nov 25, 2016

A tight budget year could cast doubt on Senate President Joe Negron's effort to increase the funding and bolster the quality of Florida's state university system.

But Negron, a Stuart Republican who toured all 12 universities in the spring, said Tuesday that he expects lawmakers to reallocate funding in the $82 billion state budget to meet the Senate and House goals in the 2017 legislative session.

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Under President Barack Obama, U.S. relations with Cuba saw a considerable warm-up, including new airline flights between Tampa and Havana. But now, with the election of Donald Trump as President, some wonder how the relationship between the two countries might change.

USF Sarasota-Manatee recently marked International Education Week with a panel discussion on Cuba, its future, and how the two sides might get along moving forward.

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University of South Florida students flying home this week for the Thanksgiving holiday can catch a free ride to the airport.

Under a plan put together by Student Government, students flying out of Tampa International Airport Tuesday night or Wednesday can hop on board a bus outside the Marshall Student Center.

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Jeffrey Sargent enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after graduating from high school in 1999. He ended up serving 12 years, including two tours of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During that time, he received a Bronze Star, but also lost several members of his unit, including his platoon leader.

He was a decade into his military career, when during a promotion ceremony to Sgt. First Class, he suffered his first panic attack. It was the initial sign of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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A former Presidential candidate is dropping by the University of South Florida Tampa campus the day after Election Day.

Retired four-star U.S. Army General Wesley Clark is the next speaker in USF's student-run University Lecture Series.

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Forensic artists at a recent workshop hosted by the University of South Florida wrapped up their week of work by presenting their creations - fourteen clay busts of unidentified victims in cold cases - to local law enforcement.

But in the middle of their presentation, a woman looking at one of the works at the rear of a downtown Tampa conference room broke down sobbing, sure that the face staring back at her was that of her sister, some thirty-eight years after she went missing.

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In 2003, Raj Chandarlapaty graduated with his PhD in English from the University of South Florida.

While the teaching career that followed took him all over Florida and Texas, he maintained a close relationship with his mentor at USF, Phillip Sipiora. That included writing a number of articles for The Mailer Review, an annual collection of works about author Norman Mailer that Sipiora edits.

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University of South Florida students are saying goodbye to the Andros housing complex and saying hello to "The Village."

University officials unveiled the name of the estimated $133 million housing development at an event Thursday, along with the names of the five planned residence halls.

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Florida, especially the Tampa Bay area, has turned into very fertile ground for aspiring beer brewers and up-and-coming microbreweries.

That spirit will be on display Saturday in Sarasota as an all-Florida craft beer festival takes over Nathan Benderson Park.

Sip the Sunshine will benefit the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Food & Beverage Science Program.

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