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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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The University of South Florida has brought a former executive back to run its athletic department.

Michael Kelly has been named the new vice president of athletics. He previously served as associate athletic director for external affairs at USF from June 2001 - July 2002.

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A USF professor rewrote a tasty part of Italian history after running tests on the inside of a 4,000 year-old jar found in a prehistoric settlement in Castelluccio, Italy.

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The freshman fifteen: it’s a phenomenon where college students gain fifteen pounds the first year away from home. However, a growing number of students don’t add weight — they lose it.

According to a new study conducted by Temple University and the Wisconsin Hope Lab, 36 percent of U.S. college students experience food insecurity – the limited availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.

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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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The building currently known as the University of South Florida Sun Dome will soon have a new name - one that's well-known to Tampa Bay area beer drinkers.

Under a 10-year deal announced Tuesday, the home of the USF basketball and volleyball teams - as well as other events like concerts and graduation ceremonies for USF and local high schools - will soon be known as the Yuengling Center.

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Minh Duong Dinh was born to Vietnamese parents in the Netherlands, before the family moved to Cape Coral six years ago. His father works for a furniture company, his mother in a nail salon. But Dinh had a dream of being the first in his family to go to college and chose the University of South Florida.

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The Young Universities Summit wrapped up at the University of South Florida Thursday. But before that, the United Kingdom-based publication sponsoring the summit, Times Higher Education, released its annual list of the best "young universities."

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The inventive prowess of University of South Florida faculty, researchers and students was on display once again in 2017, as the school placed fifth in the country - and 12th worldwide - among public univerisities in producing new U.S. utility patents. 

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The University of South Florida turns 62 this year -- old enough to retire if it were human, but a veritable infant compared to other institutions of higher education, like the nearly 400-year-old Harvard University or Oxford, which was founded more than nine centuries ago.

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University of South Florida athletic director Mark Harlan, who had been the subject of rumors he was moving on to other jobs almost since the day he was hired four years ago, is taking the same job at Utah. 

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Scientists say that climate change is having an effect on the levels of the world’s oceans.

But it’s also apparently affecting the oxygen levels throughout the oceans, as well as our coastal waters including the Gulf of Mexico.

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One thing would-be homeowners in Florida have to worry about is if their potential property might be affected by flooding in a hurricane. Now, a pair of USF graduate students have created a database that helps tell people if that might be the case. 

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The University of South Florida has been named one of the top public universities in the country at serving low-income students.

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For most college students, Friday nights are a time to wind down and enjoy their youth. But for one group at the University of South Florida, it’s a time to give back to their community.

Project Downtown Tampa is a student organization that prepares and distributes food to the homeless once a week.

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Cue "Pomp and Circumstance," as graduation season is once again upon us.

Spring Commencement begins for the University of South Florida Thursday, and by the time Monday night comes around, more than 7,000 students at USF's three campuses will have received their degrees.

That includes the oldest graduate, who's not done learning just yet.

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When she finished high school, Radhika Dang wanted to go to the University of South Florida, but got turned down from the Tampa campus.

The American-born Indian student, who grew up in Queens, was denied because her grades were too low. But she could go to USF St. Petersburg.

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In the next 30 years, figures show the fastest growing demographic in the Sarasota-Manatee region will be people 80 or older. In addition, just 31 percent of the nurses currently there have baccalaureate degrees.

The University of South Florida Health College of Nursing hopes to remedy both of those issues by offering its program at its Sarasota-Manatee campus.

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Just in time for final exams, a pair of University of South Florida sophomore engineering students have come up with an app that allows people to match with the ideal study partner -- think "Tinder for study groups."

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The University of South Florida is asking students, alumni, faculty and staff for their feelings about an on-campus football stadium.

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Even though Jane Austen died in 1817, the English author’s works – like “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice” – have lived on for more than two hundred years.

Laura Runge, the chair of the University of South Florida Department of English, thinks she knows why.

Defense attorneys for two of the nine men charged with felony hazing in the death of Florida State Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey say they have evidence that could potentially upend the prosecution’s case.

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When the hull of a ship believed to be from the 1700's or 1800's washed up on shore on Ponte Vedra Beach Easter weekend, one of the first groups to be called in to help preserve it was the University of South Florida Libraries Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections.

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About three years ago, Kristin Steffen was in a car being driven by her husband when he suffered a seizure and drove off the road.

State Report: More Women Look To Online Classes To Earn Degrees

Mar 27, 2018

More women than men opt to take only online classes to earn bachelor’s degrees in Florida’s state university system, according to a new report from the system’s Board of Governors.

Florida State University has lifted a ban prohibiting alcohol at sanctioned Greek life and student organization events. 

Justified Films

In 2010, Ryan Justice was a University of South Florida student whose short film, "Scoops," was named best movie during USF's version of the Campus Moviefest. 

Fast forward eight years, and Justice's newest creation, a full-length feature film called "Followers," is currently out in theaters worldwide and is also available on all digital platforms. 

Magdalena Roeseler

Are you a ‘dog person,’ yet you own a cat? Is there a way to increase the emotional connection with your pet? Can overindulging your pet encourage them to misbehave?

A researcher at USF Sarasota-Manatee is looking at how the interactions between humans and their animals contribute to the physical, social and psychological well-being of both sides of such a relationship.

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Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack received two important text messages before her 11th-seeded team faced No. 6 seed South Florida in the women's NCAA Tournament.

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After a lengthy battle with school administrators, University of South Florida adjunct faculty -- part-time employees who are paid on a per class basis -- have voted to form a union.

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For some students at University of South Florida St Petersburg, there’s no such thing as taking a break.

Twenty students are currently participating in the Ex Labs business boot camp instead of relaxing over the school’s spring holiday.

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