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.

Fisher Architects / USF Board of Trustees

Shopping may soon be a pleasure for the almost 60,000 University of South Florida students, faculty and staff who would be able to stop at a Publix Supermarket proposed for the school's Tampa campus.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

What does it take to get a world renowned scientist to channel his inner "Wayne Campbell" from the 1990's comedy sketch, "Wayne's World?"

In Dr. Paul Sanberg's case, it's being chosen for induction into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

USF Health

The University of South Florida has already received $17 million from state lawmakers for a new building that would house its medical school and heart health institute in downtown Tampa. 

Now comes word that university officials are going to seek an additional $22.5 million for the project in the next fiscal year - money they say they likely can't finance the project without.

Takei - AP Photo, Omalu - PBS, Mitte and Cox - USF University Lecture Series

Hollywood's George Takei and Laverne Cox, authors Tom Shroder and Andrei Codrescu, and concussion expert Dr. Bennet Omalu are among those taking part in a number of speakers series across the three campuses of the University of South Florida System.

Tampa Police Dept.

UPDATED AT 9/10 12:30 AM with details on arrest of suspect and Judy Genshaft's comments.
Tampa Police announced that a 23-year-old man is being charged in an incident that left former University of South Florida football player Elkino Watson dead and current USF student Desmond Horne injured. 

Randolph Graham, 23, turned himself in at Tampa Police headquarters Wednesday night. Graham, who was joined by his lawyer, will be charged with second-degree murder with a weapon and attempted murder with a weapon, police said.

USF St. Petersburg

Like many colleges around the country, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg community appreciates its beer.

But the passion for hops and barley doesn’t fall into the tailgate party category. An academic tie to science students and a growing internship program with local craft brewers led the school to create a commemorative libation for its golden anniversary.

In response to the weekend stabbing death of former player Elkino Watson, University of South Florida football coach Willie Taggart made Ybor City off-limits to his players Monday.

The Oracle

A Tampa teenager who posted what law enforcement officials called "vague and nonspecific anonymous threats" against the University of South Florida on a social media site Sunday night will not face charges.

According to the University Police Department, Antonie Romel Taylor, 18, lives near USF but is not a student at the school.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

During his time at the University of South Florida, Ismet Handžic earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering.

But instead of leaving the university and taking his ideas to the corporate world, he joined Moterum, one of the almost fifty startup companies based in the USF Office of Technology Transfer. (see the list of startups here)

Working with principal investigator Kyle Reed and mentor David Huizenga, they are bringing one of those concepts– an adapter for crutches – to the marketplace.

Aimee Blodgett / USF

John F. Germany was remembered by a crowd of about 600 people at his funeral at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tampa Saturday.

The lawyer, judge and co-founder of the University of South Florida died last Wednesday at the age of 92.

The day before his funeral, university officials announced that the school had renamed a park just south of the USF Library as the "John F. Germany Legacy Park."

Caridad Jimenez

USF student Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez returned to Tampa Friday afternoon, where she was reportedly able to walk from a medical transport plane to an ambulance.

The 22-year-old senior was taken from the International Jet Center to Tampa General Hospital, where she will continue recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in Cuba in early August.

Jimenez and her family didn't say anything reporters Friday, but they said she would speak in the coming days.

Aimee Blodgett / USF

The start of a new school year brings yet another multi-million dollar donation to the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business.

However, this time it’s not a school in the College that’s being renamed, but an entire set of programs that are considered key to student success.

Barron "Barry" Gift Collier III and his wife, Dana, are giving his alma mater $10.85 million to start the Collier Student Success Center.

USF Beta Gamma chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha

The University of South Florida student stuck in a Cuban hospital because her family doesn't have health insurance may be a step closer to returning home.

Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez, 22, was in a coma for five days after a car accident in Cuba. She's since come out of the coma, but has been stuck in Cuba since her family can't afford to fly her back to the U.S.

Now, according to Congressman David Jolly, a Bay area air ambulance company has offered to bring Jimenez home free of charge.

USF Parking and Transportation Services

UPDATE AT NOON 8/25 with details on expected length of closure.

As if navigating the University of South Florida's Tampa campus wasn't difficult enough during the first week of classes, a sinkhole has forced the closure of a road.

Sycamore Drive, on the far east side of campus near the Chapel Center, has been shut down because of a sinkhole that developed Monday afternoon.

USF Beta Gamma chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha

A University of South Florida senior is in a Cuban hospital following a recent car crash, but she can't return to the United States because her family doesn't have health insurance. 

A panel is recommending a University of Central Florida fraternity not be found in violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policy. Sigma Nu’s suspension could be lifted this week.

The fraternity was accused of condoning sexual misconduct. The trouble started with an undercover video where one member of Sigma Nu can be heard chanting “rape ‘em” after a night of drinking.

Daylina Miller / WUSF 89.7 News

Summer break is ending and things are getting busy at Bay area college campuses once again.

3,500 new students - a mix of freshmen, transfer and international students - moved into residence halls on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus Thursday.

USF Communications and Marketing

The University of South Florida will confer more than 2,800 degrees to students from its three campuses this weekend.

There are two ceremonies scheduled for Saturday at the USF Sun Dome, one at 9 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m.

Two Gainesville residents face multiple charges following an argument that escalated into gunshots being fired outside a University of Florida dormitory.

University police Maj. Brad Barber told The Gainesville Sun an argument broke out as people were leaving a bar.

AP Photo

The University of South Florida College of Nursing has received a $2.7 million grant from a branch of the National Institute of Health (NIH) to conduct a study of the gut microbiome in premature infants and determine how it affects their growth and development.

Maureen Groer, PhD, is the Gordon Keller professor at the USF College of Nursing. She also serves as the lead researcher of an interdisciplinary team of USF scientists conducting the study.

"It's the only way to do this kind of science - it's team science," Groer said. "We all have particular knowledge and skills and we can collaborate and cooperate and come out with wonderful ideas together that we wouldn't have ever had on our own."