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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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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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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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University Beat
3:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Preserving History Through 3D Imaging

USF AIST 3D scans a capsule used in training at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 4 BOMARC building.
USF Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies

The launching pads at Cape Canaveral, an ancient French arch and a Revolutionary War-era tunnel in South Carolina are all historic sites. But that’s not all they have in common—they’re also rapidly deteriorating.

"Our world heritage is really going away in many instances from different things: war, looting, all kinds of acid rains and climate change," says Dr. Lori Collins

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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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University Beat
5:15 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Using Art to Help Close Cold Cases

Left: facial composite put together by Dr. Erin Kimmerle using a 3-D facial reconstruction of a skull and other information found at a Sumter Co. crime scene. Right, a photo of Martha "Jane" Wever, who was positively identified because of the composite.
USF Dept. of Anthropology

In April 2013, the decomposed remains of a woman were discovered behind a truck stop at I-75 and State Road 44 in Sumter County. Authorities there weren’t able to identify her, so they turned to Dr. Erin Kimmerle and the USF Forensic Anthropology Laboratory for help.

Combining a three-dimensional scan of the woman’s skull with photos from the scene and other details, Kimmerle says they were able to use Photoshop and put together a composite image of what the woman likely looked like.

"The more information that we can learn from the scene or autopsy helps inform us about those individual characteristics, for example, using her own glasses in the image," Kimmerle said at a press conference earlier this year. "But it’s really just based on skeletal anatomy and we hope that it will trigger someone's memory or bring new information to light."

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University Beat
6:25 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Pols, Scientists Discuss Future Research Funding

Panelists at the recent Biomedical Research Roundtable include (from l-r): Moffit Cancer Center's Dr. Thomas Sellers, USF VP for Research and Innovation Dr. Paul Sanberg, USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft, U.S. Reps David Jolly, Kathy Castor and Dennis Ross. Moffitt CEO Dr. Alan List is at the podium.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

It may be an understatement, but biomedical research is a big business.

The National Institutes of Health has an annual budget of around $30 billion, and since it provides most of the federal funding for research at universities and laboratories, it supports over 400,000 jobs across the country.

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University Beat
5:33 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Suds and Science Mix as International Fest Comes to Tampa

Credit Pint of Science

Scientists will be putting down the PowerPoint presentation and picking up a cold one at bars around the world next week, including at a quartet of Bay area pubs. 

It's part of the Pint of Science Festival, which launched in the United Kingdom in 2012, and has grown to 21 cities in 6 countries this year.

The Festival encourages scientists to talk about their work in "plain English." 

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University Beat
5:18 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Silverman, Voice of USF Graduations, Retires in Style

USF President hugs Stuart Silverman, dean of the USF Honors College, after presenting him with the President's Fellow Medallion at a USF Spring Commencement Ceremony May 2.

In addition to the graduates honored during the University of South Florida's Spring Commencement Ceremonies, Dr. Stuart Silverman was singled out after almost half a century of service.

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University Beat
5:17 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

USF Spring Commencement by the Numbers

The view from the stage as USF graduates sing the Alma Mater at a commencement ceremony
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

The recent Spring Commencement Ceremonies at the University of South Florida were certainly big on numbers, according to this week's University Beat.

Over 6,400 hundred degrees were awarded at seven ceremonies - Five exercises were held at USF's Tampa campus, and one each at USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. It's the most degrees ever conferred in a single commencement by the USF System.

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11:45 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Record Run for Miles for Moffitt

Runners in the 5 mile race at Miles for Moffitt leave the starting line.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Saturday was a record-setting day for Miles for Moffitt, both in terms of participants and in money raised for cancer research.

Around 7,500 people took part in the event, raising more than $594,000 for research at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Since starting in 2006, Miles for Moffitt has raised more than $2 million.

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University Beat
6:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Memorial Service Planned for 'Tampa's Artist,' Theo Wujcik

Theo Wujcik in the studio. Wujcik, who passed away in March at the age of 78, will be remembered at a ceremony at the USF Contemporary Art Museum this Saturday.
Credit USF Contemporary Art Museum

Margaret Miller remembers first meeting Theo Wujcik in 1972, when they shared the same office hallway shortly after both started working at the USF School of Art and Art History.

Miller, now the Director of the USF Institute for Research in Art, would stay late, studying to become a curator. Wujcik would also burn the midnight oil, working intensely on portraits using the traditional technique of silverpoint on paper.

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University Beat
8:39 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Student Healthcare Innovators Do Battle 'Shark Tank' Style

12 teams of competitors from 8 state universities faced off at the 2nd Annual State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Competition
Candace Kaw

Extended UBeat report on the 2nd Annual State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Competition.

Twelve teams of students from eight Florida universities recently faced off at the Second Annual State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Competition to determine whose medical technology reigned supreme -- and the winners walked away with $10,000.

"The competition brings together collegiate healthcare innovators from across the state, and allows them an opportunity to pitch their innovation ideas, concepts, and products before a panel of qualified judges," said Dr. Michael Fountain, director for event co-sponsor, the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship. "In addition to winning cash prizes, these innovations gain insight from these world-class experts to help them move their technologies forward."

A wide variety of products and ideas was pitched, from a Google Glass application for people with cognitive and physical disabilities to a grocery store chain that sells healthy food in low-income neighborhoods.

"I think it speaks, very clearly, to the breadth of what can be done in healthcare innovation, whether it starts out with an application all the way to a small molecule," Fountain added.

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