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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.

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If what he says is true, Samuel Little would be one of the worst serial killers in U-S history.

The 78-year-old claims that between 1970 and 2005, he murdered 90 people, mostly women, around the country. That includes some in Tampa, Plant City, and elsewhere around Florida.

Now investigators, including University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle, are trying to determine the validity of Little’s claims, as well as the identities of some of his victims.

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The University of South Florida will award almost 5,000 degrees during seven commencement ceremonies this weekend, as well as honor Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and entrepreneur Kate Tiedemann.

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When the first Publix grocery store on a college campus in the country opens at the University of South Florida in Tampa Thursday morning, customers will notice a few differences.

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The University of South Florida will see some major changes over the next 20 months.

First, it has to replace Judy Genshaft, who retires as President effective July 1, 2019. Then, the state-mandated deadline for USF to consolidate its three campuses under a single accreditation falls exactly a year later.

Both issues were on the minds of the USF Board of Trustees at their final meeting of 2018 in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

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A team from the University of Central Florida has won a national cybersecurity competition.

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Near the start of the school year, the University of South Florida held a volunteer fair in the Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus.

While dozens of different clubs and organizations used whatever methods they could to get students’ attention, all four furry members of the Puppy Raisers Club had to do was sit there and wag their tails.

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While five Florida universities are going to football bowl games this year, perhaps the bigger story is their collective missed opportunities.

Michelle Guitard

With sea level rises, global warming and more, the Earth has been affected a lot by climate change in the last few decades.

For example, NASA reports that Antarctica lost about 119 billion tons of ice between 1993 and 2016 -- a rate that continues to grow exponentially.

Michelle Guitard, a PhD student at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, is going to see these changes first-hand on a two-month expedition to Antarctica.

Neighborhood News Bureau

African-American history in South St. Petersburg dates back over 150 years. The area known today as Midtown is a community full of native residents who have passed down stories from generation to generation. But, as people pass and memories fade, so can the rich history which lies there.

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Vernice Gumbs-Crunk is making a career change. After two decades as a call center manager, the 49-year-old native of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is doing an internship at Sarasota-based Informa in their payables department.

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee senior says the last few years at her job weren’t a lot of fun – something she’s experiencing at her new position.

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The University of South Florida Muma College of Business is home to a new laboratory that doesn’t consist of beakers and microscopes. Instead, it’s a high-tech virtual lab where students are learning the latest techniques in the fast-evolving, fast-growing world of cybersecurity.

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University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft is scheduled to retire next summer. But before that happens, the school's Board of Trustees is deciding on her annual bonus. 

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If you've ever dined out and wondered why you chose a cheeseburger over the salad, the choice may not have entirely been your own -- you might have been influenced by the music the restaurant was playing. 

That's one of the findings from a study by a University of South Florida researcher. 

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Florida Polytechnic University is announcing their vision for the future -- a five-year plan that includes a research park, an expanded curriculum and new scholarships.

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The University of South Florida wrapped up its third and final town hall last week to discuss consolidating the separate accreditations of its three campuses.

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A $145 gift from the country’s oldest and largest study abroad organization could make a huge difference for 175 University of South Florida students.

The present - a free passport - is giving them the opportunity to travel, study or even take a job in a foreign country.

UCF's Improper Spending Triggers Scrutiny At Florida's Other Universities

Oct 1, 2018

Following the revelation that the University of Central Florida improperly used operating funds to construct a campus building, the Florida Board of Governors is asking all universities to review projects built over the last decade and report on how they were funded.

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While Professor Yogi Goswami holds 22 U.S. patents, including many related to solar energy, it’s his creation of a device driven by the health of his children that he might end up as his most lasting legacy.

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Chris Price stands in the backroom of Dissent Brewing in St. Petersburg. He’s among steel tanks full of beer lining the walls.

But instead of drinking beer, he’s dissecting it, trying to reduce the carbonation – the foamy bubbles you get when you pour one. To do that, he transfers a sample back and forth between a pitcher and a measuring cup over a sink.

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The Florida House will investigate the misuse of $38 million in state funding for a building project at the University of Central Florida, House Speaker Richard Corcoran said.

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The University of South Florida has named the committee that will look for President Judy Genshaft's successor. 

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When Phillip Furman received his masters degree in microbiology from the University of South Florida in 1972, he didn't realize he was starting on a path that would lead him to developing antiviral drugs that treat diseases like HIV and hepatitis B and C. 

He also didn't realize that path would eventually put him in the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

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The pending retirement of University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft has started what will likely be a nationwide search for her successor. Genshaft's predecessor - Betty Castor - says that person will have to have equal experience in the academic and business communities. That's because much of the president's time is spent on fundraising.

After 18 years in charge of the University of South Florida System, President Judy Genshaft announced her retirement Monday.

“It’s really important to see the university reach all these heights and to move forward,” she said at a news conference on the Tampa campus. 

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University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft delivered her 18th "State of the University" address Wednesday, which included unveiling a new academic logo for the school.

Octavio Jones

Over the summer, Justice Powe was in her first semester at the University of South Florida when she went home to Riverview to celebrate her birthday and the Fourth of July holiday.

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Hillsborough County is adding another location to its list of 20 Early Voting Sites for November's General Election -- and it's one that might make many Bulls happy. 

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The University of South Florida is holding a series of town hall meetings to gather opinions about how to best consolidate the separate accreditations of its three campuses under one umbrella.

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Martin Tadlock, the interim Regional Chancellor for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, is removing the "interim" part of that title.

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The University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum is piloting a five-week photography program that has a unique group of students.

The class, called "Breaking Barriers," is small with just 15 participants, but they all have something in common - each student is a veteran.

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