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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

University Beat report on USF St. Petersburg student Dwayne Scheuneman's visit to the West Bank to teach dance to disabled and able-bodied Palestinian teachers and students.

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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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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8:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Tales from the Border: USF Professor Visits Texas & Mexico

Migrants ride trains known as "La Bestia," or "the Beast," through Mexico to reach the U.S. border.
Credit John Moore / Getty Images/courtesy NPR

If things had gone as planned, USF Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Heide Castañeda would have spent the last two months in Texas and Mexico on a pair of research projects. She was going to talk to "mixed status" families on both sides of the border - families who have both legal and undocumented immigrants living in the United States - as well as meet with immigrants returning to Mexico.

Instead, she arrived just as the world's attention turned to the increasing number of Central American migrants fleeing their homes for what they thought was the promised land of the U.S.

Castañeda talked to University Beat on WUSF 89.7 about her visits to Sinaloa, Mexico, and McAllen, Texas, and what she saw there.

An extended University Beat interview with USF Department of Anthropology Assoc. Professor Heide Castañeda on her trip to Mexico & Texas and the Central American immigrants she encountered there.

Here are some highlights from that interview:

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1:58 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Florida Colleges Make Princeton Review Rankings

The Princeton Review's new book, The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition, ranks schools in 62 different categories.
Credit Random House

Alcohol is apparently pretty popular at the University of Florida, students at New College are active in politics but not so much in sports, and studying isn't necessarily a priority at some Florida universities.

Those are just some of the conclusions that one might draw looking over the Princeton Review's new book, The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 edition.

Schools are ranked in 62 categories, ranging from best financial aid and best party school to colleges with the worst libraries and least politically active students. The rankings are based on surveys of 130,000 students at the 379 schools (read more about the rankings here).

While the University of South Florida didn't place in the top 20 of any of those categories, its overall performance was enough to make Princeton Review's list of the Best 379 Colleges.

Four Florida schools posted second place finishes in a variety of categories, the best performances of state schools.

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University Beat
9:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Meet the New Boss of USF Health

Dr. Charles Lockwood, the USF Health Senior Vice President and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, shared a number of thoughts with WUSF's University Beat.
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Since becoming the new senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine in early May, Dr. Charles Lockwood has sat down with every department he oversees at the University of South Florida.

The former Dean of the Ohio State University's College of Medicine is plotting a course for one of USF's flagship divisions as he takes over from Dr. Stephen Klasko, who led USF Health for nine years before leaving last June to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System.

WUSF's Mark Schreiner talks with USF Health Sr. VP Dr. Charles Lockwood in this extended University Beat.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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