University Beat

University Beat
7:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

3 Things You May Not Have Known About Beer

John Arthur (front) explores the Ochollo Borada site, the original historical settlement of the Borada Gamo people in Ethiopia
John Arthur USF St. Petersburg

The U.S. is home to ubiquitous ads touting Miller Lite and Budweiser, not to mention a burgeoning microbrew industry. However, beer, in developing regions of the world, plays a much different role.

It's a role that John Arthur has been examining for years - one that the USF St. Petersburg associate professor of anthropology says may just change what we think about the development of mankind.

University Beat's extended interview with USF St. Petersburg associate professor of anthropology John Arthur on his research into the role beer had in the development of civilization - a role it continues to play in some countries.

Read more
University Beat
3:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

USF Boosts Fund-raising Goal to $1 Billion

USF System President Judy Genshaft at the USF: Unstoppable launch event in Fall 2009.
Credit Jorge Cunha / WUSF

In late 2009, the University of South Florida formally announced its USF: Unstoppable Campaign, with a goal to raise $600 million dollars to fund the future needs of the school. Earlier this year, USF System President Judy Genshaft announced that the goal was surpassed with over $621 million raised.

Read more
University Beat
3:22 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Dueling Claims in FSU QB Sexual Assault Case

FSU QB Jameis Winston dodges a tackler in a game earlier this season.
Credit Streeter Lecka / Getty Images for the NY Times

The sexual assault case involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has devolved into a series of conflicting claims, first with a statement Wednesday from the alleged victim's family strongly criticizing how Tallahassee police have handled the investigation.

Read more
University Beat
7:01 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Criser Becomes Head Of Florida's Public University System

Marshall Criser
University of Florida

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 2:58 pm

The Florida Board of Governors has officially designated Marshall Criser to head the state’s public university system. Criser’s appointment comes after a committee of the board recommended him for the job last week.

“One candidate rose to the top as the person who could best be able to articulate this board’s priorities and understand the specific challenges the system faces. That person is Marshall Criser," said Board member Mori Housseini, who oversaw the search process.

Read more
University Beat
4:52 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

3 Internal Candidates in Running for USF Health Top Job

There's no rush to pick the new leader for USF Health, but three internal candidates have been named.

The Tampa Bay Times reports search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer is still looking for candidates from outside USF, but has named three current USF Health executives, who are scheduled to be interviewed this Friday.

Read more
University Beat
5:07 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

USF Authors Ready for Festival of Reading

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
Credit USF St. Petersburg

More than forty authors will appear at this Saturday's 21st Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. While some of them will come from around the country, a number with ties to the University of South Florida will have a much shorter trip to the USF St. Petersburg campus.

Times Book Editor Collette Bancroft, who assembles the roster of authors, calls the university "a rich resource of talent,” adding that by inviting local authors, the Festival truly becomes a community event.

University Beat speaks with a trio of USF instructors/authors who will appear at this Saturday's Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading at USF St. Petersburg.

Read more
University Beat
4:34 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

USF Hopes to Turn Talk on Poverty & Education Disparity into Action

Community activist Marilyn WIlliams speaks at "Poverty and Inequality: A Forum on Research, Action, and Community Engagement" held recently at USF
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Poverty, economic inequality and the education disparity that affects children in poor neighborhoods—they’re three hugely complex and important issues, and some people at the University of South Florida want to do something about them.

Such action has to start with conversation first, which is what about sixty interested faculty, researchers and students engaged in at a recent event, "Poverty and Inequality: A Forum on Research, Action, and Community Engagement."

Read more
University Beat
4:50 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

USF Inventors Shut Out by Gov't Shutdown

USF graduate Alexei Novitzky with his SkateCase invention--a skateboard that opens up to hold small items like keys, cell phone or tablet. Novitzky is one of a pair of USF inventors who has had 2 trips to speak at the Smithsonian postponed by impasses with the federal government.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

The ongoing inertia in Washington, D.C., is keeping a pair of University of South Florida inventors from appearing at a Smithsonian Institution event--and it isn't the first time it's happened to them.

Read more
University Beat
4:48 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

USF Student Govt. Encourages Classmates to Sound Off to Lawmakers

USF Student Govt. Senator Colton Canton (left) delivers a plea to Florida lawmakers on education funding as fellow Senator Christopher Cano records.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

The next time Florida legislators propose raising tuition or cutting budgets for higher education, members of the University of South Florida Student Government want to respond quickly.

So to make sure politicians in Tallahassee hear their concerns, student senators and other representatives were out on campus Tuesday signing up classmates for a "rapid response team" that can be put into action calling and emailing legislators when an issue arises.

Read more
University Beat
5:31 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

USF Health Service Corps Helps Students by Helping Migrant Farmworkers

USF Health Service Corps members demonstrate the danger of germs with the "Germ Monster" at the Health Fair Fiesta at Farmworkers Self-Help in Dade City
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

University Beat report on the USF Health Service Corps and its work with Farmworkers Self-Help

When members of USF Health Service Corps help their community, they’re also helping hone their own skills.

The group, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is made up of students from across USF Health, including the Morsani College of Medicine, the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health and the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences.

“The beauty is that the students get to volunteer together, they get to learn from each other, from their faculty preceptors, and from the community," said Service Corps Coordinator Ellen Kent. "They get to see that when they go out there and they’re working out there in the community that they really will be able to learn from each other and they have to work together, they have to learn how to collaborate together, and so they can’t be isolated, they learn that they’re together.”

Read more
University Beat
5:46 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

USF Researcher is One of the 'Brilliant Ten'

USF College of Marine Science biological oceanographer Mya Breitbart in her lab
Amie Blodgett USF News

Mark Schreiner's extended interview with USF College of Marine Science Associate Professor of biological oceanography Mya Breitbart and Dean Jacqueline Dixon

Ground-breaking scientist, mentor to students, role model to young girls -- all by the age of 35.  Such dedication has earned Mya Breitbart a prestigious honor.

Popular Science magazine has named the University of South Florida Associate Professor of biological oceanography as one of its "Brilliant Ten," its annual list of some of the country's brightest young scientific minds.

Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class are dramatically reshaping their fields--and the future. Some are tackling pragmatic questions, like how to secure the Internet, while others are attacking more abstract ones, like determining the weather on distant exoplanets. The common thread between them is brilliance, of course, but also impact. If the Brilliant Ten are the faces of things to come, the world will be a safer, smarter, and brighter place.--The Editors

Read more
University Beat
2:42 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Raises and Cuts Part of USF's 'New Normal'

President Judy Genshaft makes her Fall Address to the USF System Wednesday afternoon in the Marshall Student Center.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

While staff and faculty at the University of South Florida have $8 million in raises to look forward to, the looming specter of a $12 million budget cutback is casting a pall on the school's outlook.

The two conflicting themes came out of Wednesday, when President Judy Genshaft made her annual Fall Address to the USF System before speaking to the Faculty Senate.

Read more
University Beat
11:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Bed Bugs are Back at USF College of Business

Three classrooms in the newer USF College of Business Administration building will be closed until Monday for treatment to rid them of bed bugs
Credit University of South Florida

Bed bugs continue to plague the University of South Florida College of Business, but school officials are hoping they'll have the problem stamped out soon.

Read more
University Beat
12:22 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

USF Business Scholarships Mean More than Money

USF College of Business Dean Moez Limayem speaks at the Business Scholarship luncheon
USF College of Business

This week's University Beat takes us to the recent USF College of Business Scholarship Luncheon, where the recipients of 190 scholarships were honored.

WUSF's Mark Schreiner reports on the USF College of Business Scholarship Luncheon

The scholarships come from a range of donors: families honoring deceased college alumni and faculty, USF graduates looking to "pay it forward," and local corporations and service organizations looking to assist the next generation of Bay area business leaders.

Some honor 'first generation' scholars -- students who are the first in their families to go to college. Others honor participants in college activities like the Corporate Mentor Program, where students receive advice through both workshops and an adviser who works for a Bay area corporation.

One, the John J. Saunders Memorial Fellowship, named for the late owner of the Saunders Advisory Group, a Tampa-based financial services provider, even comes with a reserved parking space!

Read more
University Beat
1:55 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

USF Receives Most $ in Gov.'s Performance Reward Program

Step aside, Seminoles, and get out of the way, Gators. The University of South Florida was the one of the top two schools in Governor Rick Scott's first performance-based fund giveaway to the state's universities.

Read more