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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 istockphoto.com / 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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University Beat
11:22 am
Wed December 18, 2013

USF Makes the Holidays Bear-a-Bull for Sick Children

USF College of Nursing Dean Dr. Dianne Morrison-Beedy, and USF student Krista Karlsen are flanked by nursing students.
USF College of Nursing / Florida Hospital Tampa

The holidays may be just a bit happier for some children thanks to the USF College of Nursing’s B.E.A.R.S. program.

Participants in B.E.A.R.S., which stands for “Bulls Encouraging and Assisting Research and Scholarship,” handed out 500 teddy bears last year – and they topped that this year, delivering 800 bears to young people at six Tampa Bay area hospitals.

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University Beat
5:36 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

USF Health Heart Institute Promises Cardiac Treatment on Genetic Level

USF President Judy Genshaft checks out some of the construction equipment
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

University Beat report from January 7, 2014 on the USF Health Heart Institute.

Despite not having all the funding accounted for yet, ground was broken Tuesday (December 17th) on the USF Health Heart Institute.

The five-story, 100,000 square-foot facility will sit in the middle of the USF Health campus -- Moffitt Cancer Center and the USF Health Morsani Center take up the other three corners of the intersection where the new Institute will be based.

The Institute is expected to cost $50 million to build. However, the state and Hillsborough County have awarded USF about $21.4 million so far. House Speaker Will Weatherford says he'll fight for the portion of the remaining funding from the state.

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University Beat
4:02 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

SRI Boss: Marine District Boon for St. Pete

SRI St. Petersburg director Larry Langebrake talks to a group of business people and researchers about the St. Pete Marine District last Friday at Franklin Templeton.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Located around St. Petersburg's waterfront are a number of research institutions that would be the envy of most coastal cities: the Florida Institute of Oceanography, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and  both USF St. Petersburg and the USF College of Marine Science, just to name a few.

That collection of institutions, which some are calling St. Pete's Marine District, is drawing worldwide attention, including the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, which is bringing more than 100 ocean films, as well as big money sponsors like Google, to town in November 2014.

Among those who see bright days ahead for the Marine District is Larry Langebrake.

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University Beat
7:59 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Florida State QB Jameis Winston Wins Heisman Trophy

Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston won the 2013 Heisman Trophy as college football's best player. He's shown here in a Nov. 2 game against Miami.
Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 9:17 pm

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the nation's top-rated passer who led his team to college football's title game in his first season, was named the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Saturday as the country's best collegiate player.

Winston, 19, became the youngest player and second straight redshirt freshman to win the award, following Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Winston completed nearly 68 percent of his passes for 3,820 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Undefeated Florida State plays Auburn in the Jan. 6 Bowl Championship Series title game.

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University Beat
5:21 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Rape Accusation Still Shadows Heisman Finalist

Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston faced an accusation of rape, but the state of Florida decided not to press charges following an investigation.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 3:22 pm

On Saturday night, there's a very good chance Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will win the Heisman Trophy, awarded each year to the best college football player in the country.

For Winston, family, friends, teammates and Seminole fans, undoubtedly it'll be a shining moment, but a discordant note continues to run through this tale of football glory.

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University Beat
6:57 am
Fri December 13, 2013

USF Commencement: 50th Anniversary of 1st Grads, Honor for Baker

Members of the first graduating class at USF march at their ceremony, held in a campus parking lot, on Dec. 22, 1963.
Credit USF file

Among the highlights of the University of South Florida's Fall 2013 commencement ceremonies this weekend are an honor for former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker and the 50th anniversary reunion of members of USF's first graduating class.

In addition, more than 4,200 degrees will be awarded to current students at ceremonies for the three campuses of the USF System.

When USF opened to students in 1960, some of the first 2,000 enrollees already had college credits, enabling them to graduate in about three years.

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University Beat
5:21 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

USF Greeks Answer the Bell in the Fireman Challenge

A hose drag was one of the five events in the USF Pi Kappa Alpha Fireman's Challenge
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Members of USF’s Greek system recently braved a wet, dreary November afternoon to show off their firefighting skills. Don’t worry - they weren’t putting out any real fires during the first annual "Fireman's Challenge."

“We have five obstacle courses. All the obstacle courses mimic what firefighters go though in order to become a firefighter—their physical examination," said Jordan Romero, a member of the USF chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

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