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10:57 am
Thu February 27, 2014

USF Conference Examines 'Human Side' of Modern Warfare

Poster for the USF Citizenship Initiative conference, “Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension.”
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

With the war in Afghanistan possibly winding down, at least when it comes to U.S. involvement, but the situation in Syria remaining in question, the timing of a recent conference at the University of South Florida on the nature of warfare was impeccable.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Derek Harvey is Director of Research and Strategy for USF’s Citizenship Initiative, which organized the conference, “Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension.”

“The purpose of the conference is to bring academics, think tanks, military officials, non-governmental organizations and others together who deal with conflicted societies where conflict exists or might exist, and make sure that we are learning the right lessons from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Harvey said.

University Beat report on “Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension.”

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5:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

USF Wind Ensemble Needs $ to Play Carnegie Hall

USF Director of Bands John Carmichael rehearses with the Wind Ensemble in preparation for their March 4 performance at Carnegie Hall.
Credit Aimee Blodgett / USF News

USF Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting John Carmichael's extended interview with WUSF's Mark Schreiner about the USF Wind Ensemble's trip to play at Carnegie Hall next week.

You know the old adage, "What does it take to get to Carnegie Hall?"

The USF Wind Ensemble is finding out that not only does it take "Practice, practice, practice," it also takes "Money, money, money!"

The ensemble is one of only three bands scheduled to perform at the sold-out 12th Annual New York Wind Band Festival showcase concert March 4th. It takes place at Carnegie Hall, which USF Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting John Carmichael calls the "most prestigious concert venue in America."

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University Beat
6:45 am
Fri February 14, 2014

St. Pete Welcomes World Affairs Forum

Credit USF St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs

For the second year in a row, St. Petersburg is hosting foreign affair specialists to talk about some of the most important international issues of the day, ranging from the United States' role in the Middle East, cyber-terrorism, and climate change.

The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, which began Thursday, is taking place at the USFSP University Student Center today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon. 

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University Beat
3:42 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

USFSM Graduate Killed in Car Accident

USF Sarasota-Manatee graduate James Dylan Proctor, 42, was killed in a car accident near Tampa Wednesday. He's the fifth member of the USF family killed in vehicle accidents this week.
Credit USF Sarasota-Manatee

For the second time in less than a week, a member of the University of South Florida family has been killed in a car accident. 

James Dylan Proctor, a recent graduate of USF Sarasota-Manatee, was killed in a car accident near Tampa early Wednesday.

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USF Athletics
7:36 am
Wed February 5, 2014

USF Ice Bulls Play for Fun but Seek Fans

The USF Ice Bulls (dark jerseys) prepare to face off against UCF at a recent game.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

When Matthew Meyer tells people he plays hockey for the USF Ice Bulls, he usually gets the same questions.  

"'Does USF really have a hockey team?' or 'How do you play hockey in Florida?' Something of that nature," the senior accounting major and team captain said. "Usually my answer is, you know, 'Hockey can be played anywhere, and it’s not like you’re playing outside.'"

As a matter of fact, the Ice Bulls have been playing for 25 years.

But the reason you probably haven’t heard of the team is because, at USF, hockey is classified as a "club sport."

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University Beat
7:21 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Concert, Art Exhibition: Guns Turned Into Musical Instruments

Artist Pedro Reyes with a guitar made out of guns & gun parts
USF Contemporary Art Museum

In 2008, Mexican artist Pedro Reyes took the concept of turning swords into plowshares literally and created an art campaign called Palas por Pistolas. People voluntarily gave up more than 1500 weapons, which he first melted down to turn into the same number of shovels, then used them to plant a corresponding number of trees.

Shortly after that, government officials pointed out there was a similar gun return policy in the city of Juarez and asked Reyes if he wanted to use those weapons in his art. He said yes, and in return, received more than 6700 firearms.

But instead of shovels, this time Reyes broke them down and turned their components into musical instruments.

“Same as a shovel plants a tree, a musical instrument is also something that is alive," Reyes says. "Every time you use it, you generate a new sound, a new event and people can gather around the music and I believe that just instruments are kind of the diametrically opposite to what a gun is - like, the guns are the rule of fear and music is the rule of trust.”

Some of those musical instruments are currently on display at the USF Contemporary Art Museum as part of the celebration of its 25 anniversary, CAM@25: Social Engagement.

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University Beat
12:54 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

USF Fraternity Gives Almost $9000 to Tampa Fire Memorial

Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward & Pi Kappa Alpha external VP Jordan Romero with the check for more than $8600 raised by the Fireman's Challenge
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Last November, the USF chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity held its first annual Fireman's Challenge.

More than 400 members of USF's Greek system competed in a number of contests that mimicked the training of real firefighters, as well as a fire truck pull.

The event raised money for a planned memorial for Tampa Fire Rescue members who have died in the line of duty.

On Friday, fraternity members presented Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward with a check for more than $8,600.

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University Beat
11:33 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

USF Opens Incubator to Hatch Students' Businesses

Members of the incubator and other USF-backed companies were on display as part of USF CONNECT's S BEAT (Building Entrepreneurship Around Tampa) event.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

University Beat 1/14/13 report on the USF Student Innovation Incubator

What do a Tampa neighborhood grocery store, a watermelon juice maker and an online marketplace for goods from indigenous tribes around the world have in common?

Two things actually: they're all businesses created by USF students, and they're among the fifteen charter members of the USF Student Innovation Incubator.

The incubator is the brainchild of USF students Keosha Poole and Dez Williams (creator of the watermelon juice maker, AquaMelon Water).

"The purpose (of the incubator) is to spur innovation and entrepreneurship on campus, across the different colleges we have; we want to essentially create jobs out of the student ventures we have on campus," according to Poole, a dual Masters student with the Patel College of Global Sustainablity and the College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship.

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University Beat
3:35 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

USFSM's Guilford to Retire in 2015

USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford will retire in January 2015 after 38 years with USF.
Credit USF Sarasota-Manatee

After 38 years with the University of South Florida, Arthur Guilford will retire as Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee next year.

While the 68-year-old Guilford will step down at the end of July 2014, he'll remain on to help with the transition to his replacement, and then officially retire in January 2015.

A national search headed by USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska will be conducted for Guilford's replacement. 

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University Beat
11:57 am
Mon January 13, 2014

USF Lectures Break Down the Business of Sports

Credit / NPR

Doctor Bill Sutton, director of the USF Sport and Entertainment Management Program, talks to WUSF's Mark Schreiner about the USF Sports Lecture Series.

"Show me the money!" may have made an Oscar winner out of Cuba Gooding Jr., but one of the biggest messages of the movie Jerry Maguire was about how much of a business sports has become.

That message is the focus of the USF Sports Lecture Series, a series of discussions this week hosted by the USF Sport and Entertainment Management Program.

Program Director Dr. Bill Sutton says you don't necessarily need to be a sports fan to attend the lectures.

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University Beat
4:59 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Singing Students, Dancing Doctors Raise $ for USF Clinic

USF Health students perform at last year's BANDAids for BRIDGE talent show
Credit Ryan Dillow / WUSF

BANDaids for BRIDGE creator, USF Morsani College of Medicine student Madeline Snyder, talks to WUSF's Mark Schreiner.

From dancing doctors to singing students, members of USF Health will be showing off their talents for a good cause Friday night.

It's the third annual "BANDAids for BRIDGE," benefiting the USF Health BRIDGE (Building Relationships and Initiatives Dedicated to Gaining Equality) Healthcare Clinic

Talent show creator, third-year Morsani College of Medicine student Madeline Snyder, says last year's event was a huge success, bringing in around $25,000 - quite an increase from the $2,000 raised the first year. She's hoping for similar results this year.

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University Beat
7:04 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Unbelieve-A-Bull! USF Mascot Wins National Competition

USF mascot Rocky the Bull won the 2013 Capitol One Mascot Challenge, topping 15 other competitors, including Texas Tech's Raider Red in the finals.
Credit Capital One

While the University of South Florida football team struggled to a 2-10 record this season, another USF competitor came out on top on New Year's Day, as Rocky the Bull beat 15 other mascots from around the country to win the 2013 Capital One Mascot Challenge.

The announcement of Rocky's victory came from Capital One Chairman & CEO Rich Fairbank during halftime of Wednesday's Capital One Bowl.

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University Beat
10:45 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Robot 'Olympics' Test Machines On Human Skills

Atlas, a humanoid robot, is competing against 16 other robots in a Pentagon-sponsored contest this weekend.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 6:46 pm

Under throbbing loudspeakers at a NASCAR track south of Miami, vaguely humanoid robots with two legs, four legs and tank treads take up garages that normally house race cars.

The robots, along with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lockheed Martin, NASA and 13 other teams from around the world, are in Homestead, Fla., for the robot Olympics on Friday and Saturday.

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University Beat
4:24 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

USF Top FL College for Patents

Students in a USF laboratory
Credit USF University Communications & Marketing

When you think of innovative universities - the ones that create new technology or make ground-breaking discoveries - you probably think of Duke, Northwestern, or Ivy League schools like Yale and Harvard. But would you believe the University of South Florida topped all of those schools in terms of the number of patents awarded in 2012?

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University Beat
3:37 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

USF Sarasota-Manatee Going Smoke-Free

Their press release says it's just in time for New Year’s resolutions. The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will become a completely smoke- and tobacco-free campus on Jan. 6.

Here's the details:

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