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9:30 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

USF Tillman Scholar to Appear on Super Bowl Pregame

USF Morsani College of Medicine student and retired U.S. Air Force Captain Ed Woodward appeared on NBC's Today Show Saturday morning. He's also scheduled to appear on the Super Bowl pregame show starting at noon Sunday.
Credit NBC

While the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks prepare to face off in Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, a University of South Florida student who is living out his twin brother's dreams will appear on NBC's pregame show.

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11:11 am
Wed January 28, 2015

USF Under Federal Investigation for Handling of Rape Case

The accuser, a 22-year-old woman who spoke with the Tampa Bay Times this month, said the university failed to properly investigate her case, which she said happened last February when she was still a student. The woman did not report the incident to the police. She said she feared they wouldn't believe her because she was dating the man and also worked with him on campus. However, she reported it to university officials, who conducted an investigation and an appeal, both times finding insufficient evidence.
TAMPA - The University of South Florida is under federal investigation for possibly mishandling a sexual assault case, making it the second Florida school to face scrutiny since the White House created a task force on campus rape last January.
University Beat
5:16 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

USF, MOSI Strike Up 'Innovative Partnership'

Rocky the Bull and MOSI's "steampunk scientist" Sky Captain Fallwind pose after the signing ceremony

Previously, the main connection between the University of South Florida and MOSI was a physical one - a walkway over Fowler Avenue that joined USF's campus to the museum.

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University Beat
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Board of Governors Pauses USF Med School Plan

An architect's rendering of the proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine and USF Health Heart Institute in downtown Tampa.

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:50 pm

Even with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik voicing their support for the plan, the Florida Board of Governors put the University of South Florida's proposed downtown Morsani College of Medicine on hold for the moment.

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University Beat
5:08 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Tampa Innovation Alliance Aims to Redevelop USF Area

Map of area covered by the Tampa Innovation Alliance
Tampa Innovation Alliance

The 15,000 acre area surrounding the University of South Florida's Tampa campus has been called "the University Area", "University West," and, derisively, "Suitcase City," due to the number of transients.

But no matter what you call the region, which is bounded by Interstate 275 to the west, I-75 to the East, Busch Boulevard to the south and Bearss Avenue to the north, it's home to thousands of residents, hundreds of businesses, and a few dozen of Tampa’s most recognizable organizations and sites.

To the members of the Tampa Innovation Alliance, however, it's is an untapped gold mine of potential.

"The purpose (of the Alliance) is to make this location recognized around the world as the destination for innovation, creative activity, business enterprise," said Alliance Executive Director Mark Sharpe. "It’s to make this place a place you want to live, work and play."

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University Beat
5:36 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

USF Conference Examines Middle East Extremism

Militants of the Islamic State stand with a captured Iraqi army Humvee outside Baiji oil refinery, north of Baghdad, in June 2014.
Credit AP Photo / NPR

In just the last two weeks, members of terror groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS allegedly took part in a number of deadly attacks in France, as well as the hacking of social media sites for U.S. Central Command, based at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base.

The growing reach of these extremist groups is the subject of a conference taking place Thursday at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Mohsen Milani, the Executive Director of the USF Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, said the conference will focus on extremism in the Middle East and how it's effecting the policies of the U.S. and many other countries.

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University Beat
5:17 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Lecture Series Looks at Dollars & Cents of Sports & Entertainment

Credit / NPR

The dollars and cents of the sport and entertainment industries will be the topic of discussion during a series of free lectures taking place at the University of South Florida this week.

The second annual USF Sport and Entertainment Lecture Series, presented by Fox Sports Florida and the Tampa Bay Lightning, features an all-star lineup of speakers:

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University Beat
10:02 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Shooting Victim Headed Back To FSU

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:41 pm

Florida State University President John Thrasher said Monday that campus shooting victim Farhan “Ronny” Ahmed should be ready to return to classes in February or early March.

Administrators are doing everything they can to ease his transition, Thrasher told the FSU board of trustees on Monday.

“We’re working on ways in which we can accommodate him in terms of his transportation, in terms of his place to stay on campus, doing something for his mother who plans to be here with him for a while and certainly some other things involving fundraising,” Thrasher said.

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University Beat
9:52 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

FSU Counters Bad Ink

FSU President John Thrasher

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:45 pm

Florida State University officials say they’re pushing back against recent bashing in the national media. Top administrators are developing a strategic marketing campaign to polish the school’s image.

Board of Trustees Chairman Allan Bense said he’s ready to send fellow trustees, armed with positive talking points, on speaking tours to spread the good news.

“I think it’s time for us to tell the world about how great FSU is. We’ve taken a few shots. I get it. I understand that," Bense said.

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University Beat
10:47 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Award Entry Continuing Coverage: USF Dozier Investigation

This is a compilation of WUSF's coverage of the University of South Florida investigation into the Dozier Reform School for Boys and the unmarked graveyard on the school's grounds:

USF Researchers Dig for Answers at Dozier, Find More Questions:

Giving Dozier Victims Their Names Back:

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University Beat
9:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Award Entry Best Writing: STEM Superheroes the Sequel

This is University Beat; I'm Mark Schreiner.

It seems like a normal day at Tampa’s Woodbridge Elementary School…but something is in the air.

In one classroom, students sit on the floor and restlessly wait.

(sound of heroes entering room under)

Then, faster than a speeding bullet, the Scientific League of Superheroes is here!

"I need some excitement, you guys want to mess around with this?" (students yell and cheer)

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University Beat
5:38 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Getting People Moving with A High-Tech Simulator

Dr. Stephanie Carey (right) of the USF Dept. of Mechanical Engineering monitors veteran Gordon "Skip" Beadle as he tries out the CAREN (Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) system.

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:48 pm

Gordon "Skip" Beadle has a prosthetic right leg, the tenth such device he’s depended on since the retired U.S. Marine was wounded during the Vietnam War 50 years ago.

"It’s a symbiotic leg. It has a microprocessor in the knee and also the ankle," he said. "This leg in particular gives me a huge amount of balance. Before this leg, I pretty much had to use a cane cause I’d lose my balance. (Now) I can walk without a cane; I can walk uphill, downhill."

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University Beat
4:50 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Nearly 4,500 Degrees Awarded at USF This Weekend

USF commencement ceremony from May 2014 in the Sun Dome on the Tampa campus.
Credit GradImages

The fall semester is coming to a close at the University of South Florida with almost 4,500 degrees scheduled to be awarded at half a dozen commencement ceremonies this weekend.

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University Beat
11:30 am
Tue December 9, 2014

USF President Genshaft Receives Bonus

USF System President Judy Genshaft delivers her Fall Address in September 2014.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

UPDATED 12/9 11:30 a.m.:
Some information in the original post about the pay of other state university presidents was incorrect and has been removed.

Relocating the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine to Jeff Vinik's proposed redevelopment zone in downtown Tampa wasn't the only big story to come out of last week's USF Board of Trustees Meeting.

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University Beat
8:05 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Betty Castor to Lead Fulbright Scholarship Board

Former USF President Betty Castor and Sam Bell
Credit USF

Former University of South Florida President Betty Castor has been elected chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Tampa Tribune reports Castor will supervise the State Department's international exchange program, which gives out around 1,700 Fulbright Scholarships a year.

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