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2:47 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Science and Suds Meet at Sold-Out 'Pint of Science' Events

Pint of Science takes place May 18-20 in 50 cities worldwide, including Tampa & St. Petersburg.
Credit Pint of Science

Pour me another one, bartender...or is it pour me another one, doctor?

For the next three nights, scientists will take over bars in nine countries and 50 cities, including a trio of sold-out Tampa area locations, to discuss their work with the public over drinks.

"Pint of Science" was created four years ago in the United Kingdom, and brought over to the U.S. last year by USF Health Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology Research Associate Parmvir Bahia and her husband, Moffitt Cancer Center researcher David Basanta.

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University Beat
11:29 am
Mon May 18, 2015

FL Officials Renew All Aboard Florida Concerns

Acela Express train at Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Wikimedia Commons

As clean-up continues in the fatal Amtrak wreck near Philadelphia, several Martin County officials have again stressed their opposition to All Aboard Florida.

The proposed train route between Orlando and Miami could bring an additional 32 trains per day through the Treasure Coast without making a stop. Mark Robitaille is CEO of Martin Health Systems. He says he worries about having a train between patients and the hospital despite promises they’ll be moving rapidly.

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University Beat
4:27 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Working Together to Increase Minority Enrollment in Clinical Trials

Walter Niles, with the Hillsborough County Health Department’s Office of Health Equity, addresses the National Physician and Family Referral Project’s recent Community Advocacy Matchmaking luncheon.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Clinical trials help medical professionals find out how effective new treatments are – but as Dr. Kevin Sneed, the dean of the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy points out, they’re not a “one size fits all” proposition.

"Very often, when we think about how are we going to effectively treat somebody, whether it be cancer, cardiovascular disease, or anything neurodegenerative in nature, when we do the clinical research to gather the evidence, if you don’t have enough people from enough varied backgrounds; we can’t automatically transfer knowledge gained in one part of the population onto another part of the population," Sneed said.

But minority populations – specifically the African American and Hispanic and Latino communities – don’t take part in clinical trials at a level that would give researchers the data they need.

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University Beat
10:30 am
Tue May 5, 2015

UF Opens Food Pantry for Needy Students & Staff

The University of Florida is opening a food pantry for needy students and staff.

The pantry is scheduled to open when Summer B classes begin June 29.

The Gainesville Sun reports the Dean of Students office will run the pantry, which is a university-wide collaboration.

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University Beat
11:30 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Number of Firsts at USF Spring Commencement

Commencement ceremony at the USF Sun Dome in December 2014
Credit GradImage

While University of South Florida students taking part in spring commencement ceremonies wear caps and gowns made out of recycled materials for the first time, graduation history will be made in other ways as well.

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University Beat
11:09 am
Thu April 30, 2015

USF Graduates to Wear Recycled Regalia

USF graduates don their new gowns made out of recycled plastic bottles.
Credit Aimee Blodgett / USF Communications and Marketing

When thousands of University of South Florida students walk across the stage to receive their diplomas this week, they will be helping to reduce environmental waste.

USF Student Government voted this year to use caps and gowns made from 100 percent recycled materials. Each set is made from about 23 plastic bottles.

With more than 6,300 students in the USF System graduating this week, that translates into the recycling of 150-thousand bottles.

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University Beat
12:14 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

USF Hosts Expert on Armenian History

Dr. Garabet Moumdjian will speak about the history of the Armenian people at a presentation Thursday, April 23, at the USF Tampa Library.
Credit Dr. Garabet Moumdjian

One hundred years ago this week, what some call the Armenian Genocide began in the country now known as Turkey.

By 1918, at least one million Armenians were dead and many others were displaced by the Ottoman government.

Even today, the events are still shrouded in controversy, with many in Turkey saying what happened shouldn't be classified as a "genocide."

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University Beat
7:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Five Years On, USF Researchers Revisit Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon burns after the wellcap blew out April 20, 2010
C-IMAGE Consortium

On April 20, 2010, a wellhead a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil platform.

In the subsequent leak, more than 200 million gallons of oil spilled out. On the Gulf’s surface, the oil covered up to 68-thousand square miles – an area roughly equal to the size of Florida.

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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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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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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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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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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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