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7:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Iran's Nuclear Program, ISIS Focus of USF Event

Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, will speak at USF Monday night.
Credit NPR / Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The dangers of Iran's nuclear program, as well as the possibility the militant the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, could get their hands on a nuclear device will be the focus of a University of South Florida conference Monday night.

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University Beat
3:59 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

USF Rises in Latest U.S. News 'Best University' List

Credit U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report has tallied up the data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities around the country and issued its 2015 Best College Rankings. While there's little movement at the top, schools in the Sunshine State are seeing some changes.

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University Beat
12:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Thrasher In, Stokes Out—Search Committee Whittles FSU Presidential Candidates To Four

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 1:24 pm

Two of the most prominent candidates hoping to lead Florida State University, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) and FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes took their turns in front of the presidential search committee Tuesday. But one of them hasn’t made it to the final list.

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9:40 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Innovation Honored with First Class of Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

The first class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (clockwise from top left: Robert Cade, Thomas Edison, William Glenn, Shin-Tson Wu, John Gorrie and Shyam Mohapatra)
Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Innovation will be honored Wednesday night as the inaugural class is inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame at a private ceremony in Tampa.

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University Beat
2:01 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

UF Students Rally To Pledge ‘Solidarity’ After Campus Assaults

University of Florida students sign the "No Gator Walks Alone" banner to pledge to support and look out for fellow Gators after a series of assaults on and near campus.
Credit Cresonia Hsieh / WUFT News

A plea for solidarity and strength rang out at the "No Gator Walks Alone" rally held in the Plaza of Americas at the University of Florida on Monday night.

The event, which was planned in less than 24 hours, came about after Nikki Steinberger, a second-year graduate student at UF, was online Sunday evening talking to friends about the recent assaults that have taken place on or near UF’s campus.

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University Beat
1:47 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Fourth Woman Attacked on University of Florida Campus

University of Florida campus police released surveillance video Monday showing a possible suspect in a string of campus assaults.
Credit University of Florida Police

Four separate but similar attacks on women on or around the University of Florida campus over the past nine days has the school on edge and police searching for a man they believe is responsible for all of them.

The most recent attack happened Sunday evening, just before 9 p.m., when a man tackled a woman walking on campus. The victim, a 20-year-old, kicked the suspect in the groin before he ran away.

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University Beat
4:43 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

What Happened to USF's Drones?

A demonstration of one of two aerial drones the USF Library would like to lend to students - once issues with the federal government are ironed out.
Credit USF Oracle/ Courtesy Eileen Thornton, USF Library

Earlier this year, the University of South Florida Library bought two remote-controlled aerial drones for $1,500 apiece, with plans to lend them to students working on class projects.

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University Beat
1:41 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Books Out, Digital In with USF Library Renovations

A student studies in the newly renovated Learning Commons on the second floor of the USF Library.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Two days before the fall semester recently started at the University of South Florida, William Garrison was walking through the main Library on the Tampa campus.

As the Dean of USF Libraries, Garrison was nervous about the $1.5 million renovation project that had been done over the summer. Then two students walked past him.

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University Beat
1:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

USF St. Pete Receives $10 Million Gift, Will Rename College of Business

Pinellas County entrepreneur Kate Tiedemann donated $10 million to USF St. Petersburg, which will rename its College of Business after her.
Credit USF St. Petersburg

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is naming its College of Business after a Pinellas County entrepreneur who came to America on a steamship and worked her way up to starting her own internationally-known company.

The USF System Board of Trustees approved the new name - the USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business - at its meeting Thursday.

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9:35 am
Thu September 4, 2014

FSU Interim President Stokes Wants Permanent Job

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 1:11 pm

Florida State University’s presidential search committee will meet Friday to whittle down a list of candidates for the school’s top job. Nearly 40 names includes the school’s interim president, who is looking to make her post permanent.

Florida State University’s former President Eric Barron recruited Stokes. She served as provost and when Barron left earlier this year to head Penn State University, Stokes took over as interim president. She says others encouraged her to apply for the job before she made the decision to jump into the fray.

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University Beat
7:45 am
Thu August 28, 2014

USF Unveils Dr. of Business Administration Degree

USF College of Business
Credit University of South Florida

The University of South Florida College of Business is adding to its Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Executive MBA programs with a degree that focuses on a combination of  researching business practices and putting them into use - the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

While DBA degrees are popular in Europe, they are gaining traction in the United States. Speaking to WUSF's University Beat, program director Grandon Gill said it's actually a return to the way things once were.

"It (the DBA) was the original degree for business professors - before (they) started getting PhDs, they got DBAs. But it's a multi-disciplinary degree that tends to span across all the functions instead of being highly specialized," Gill said.


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University Beat
3:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

USF Student, Palestinians Share the Healing Power of Dance

Dancers from Sareyyet Ramallah perform "Barriers," a piece that highlights the differences
Dwight Scheuneman

In times of strife, people try to find comfort any way they can—and sometimes, it's in art.

The power of dance was on display for a group of Palestinians in the West Bank recently, and they had a University of South Florida St. Petersburg student to thank for that.

Dwayne Scheuneman, 45, is a senior studying education. The retired U.S. Navy veteran was left a paraplegic after suffering a spinal cord injury in a diving accident almost two decades ago.

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University Beat
3:22 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Books, Ancient Stones & A Picasso, Oh My! USF Librarians Show Off 'Favorite Things'

A rare scale model of the Picasso statute planned for the USF campus in the 1970s.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

When I asked Matt Knight, the Coordinator of the University of South Florida Library Special and Digital Collections, how many pieces are held in the archives of the USF Tampa Library – I mean, individual pieces: every book, every oral history, every single piece of minutiae in the dozens of separate, smaller compilations, I got this reply:

"Boy, I wish you didn’t ask me that question - I am not sure, I mean, it’s just…" he said, his voice tailing off with an exasperated sigh.

That’s because the total is most likely in the hundreds of thousands, if not the low seven figures.

So Knight and his fellow Special Collections Librarians Andy Huse and Melanie Griffin really had their work cut out for them when they had to pick just some of those items to put on display for the public at a recent event called “A Few of Our Favorite Things.”

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University Beat
11:24 am
Fri August 8, 2014

USF Plans for Summer Commencement

USF Tampa held graduation ceremonies at the USF Sun Dome in May 2014. A similar crowd is expected at a pair of ceremonies Saturday.
Credit GradImages

Almost 2,800 students at the University of South Florida will wrap up the summer semester the best way possible Saturday - by graduating!

Over 1,600 of the students are expected to receive their diplomas during USF's 103rd Commencement Convocation. According to the university, a pair of ceremonies will be held at the USF Sun Dome on the Tampa campus.

9:00 a.m. ceremony will recognize graduates from:

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8:14 am
Fri August 8, 2014

First of Boys Buried at Dozier Identified

Pool/Edmund D. Fountain Tampa Bay Times

  It's taken University of South Florida researchers more than three years to provide one family with an answer they've been looking for, for more than 70 years.

The researchers uncovered remains from 55 unmarked graves on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna last year.  DNA testing has identified one set as belonging to George Owen Smith, who's believed to have died at age 14 -- shortly after being sent to the Florida Panhandle school in 1940.

USF Anthropologist Christian Wells says Smith was the first body found, but was in the worst shape.

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