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.
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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9:41 am
Tue June 16, 2015

USF's Downtown Med School Move Survives in State Budget

In a business plan filed with the state, USF said the project would unite researchers, patients at Tampa General Hospital, the existing USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation and corporate space in Vinik's planned office, residential and entertainment district. The USF project is seen as an anchor for Vinik's larger $1 billion redevelopment in downtown Tampa. City Hall and Hills­borough County are expected to spend up to $30 million on street and infrastructure improvements. Vinik's development company plans to build a medical office building and parking garage on the site with a value estimated at $90 million. USF had said that being close to Tampa General would help the heart institute attract researchers who would bring in an estimated $28 million more per year in research grants, and a more robust research environment would draw biotech start-ups to downtown.
In an avalanche of spending deals ratified shortly before midnight, lawmakers agreed to give $17 million to USF to move the Morsani College of Medicine to a new downtown Tampa location and to contribute $12.3 million to USF St. Petersburg's College of Business.
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.
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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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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University Beat
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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