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2:31 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

USF Makes Princeton Review's "Green Rating Honor Roll"

Solar pavilion outside USF Marshall Student Center, one of the environmentally friendly factors that helped USF make the Princeton Review “Green Rating Honor Roll”
Credit USF Patel College of Global Sustainability

The University of South Florida is one of only 22 colleges to receive the highest score possible in The Princeton Review's "2014 Green Rating Honor Roll."

The Princeton Review, which is known primarily for its college prep programs and its ratings of colleges' educational performance, rated 832 schools based on data concerning their sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings.

Schools received scores between 60 and 99, with USF among 22 colleges getting that top mark and making the "Honor Roll."

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University Beat
9:27 am
Tue August 6, 2013

USF Health Needs Volunteers for Study of Caregivers' Heart Health

USF College of Nursing's Dr. Meredeth Rowe (left) shows one of the CareAlert room monitors
USF Health

Lori Stanton’s 89-year-old mother, Elli, has a neurological disorder where fluid builds up in the brain. In many cases, including Elli’s, it’s accompanied by severe dementia. Until recently, Stanton cared for her mom in her New Tampa home.

“It’s all-consuming, it’s morning to bedtime and then all night,” Stanton said.

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University Beat
4:31 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

USF Replies to State: You Do Have Authority on Dozier School Gravesites

Anthropologists Dr. Christian Wells (left) and Dr. Erin Kimmerle (right) explain the five-page letter response to State Secretary Ken Detzner.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

The University of South Florida has sent a five-page, strongly-worded letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner, asking him to reconsider his decision not to allow the school to exhume bodies at a former state reform school, the Dozier School for Boys.

Detzner denied the request because human bodies are not objects to be dug up for research.
The university's general counsel pointed out in a letter sent Monday that USF does not want to dig up the bodies for research, they just want to return the remains to their families.

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University Beat
6:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

USF Researcher Fights Worldwide Battle vs. River Blindness

A small child leads a blind man in Africa.
Bill Vanderdecker Merck & Co., Inc.

While onchocerciasis, or “river blindness,” is virtually non-existent in the United States, the parasitic disease affects around 18 million people worldwide. Before a drug treatment was developed in the mid 1990's, over half the adult populations of some remote villages of sub-Saharan Africa reportedly contracted the disease and lost their eyesight.

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University Beat
7:34 am
Mon July 15, 2013

USF Shows Students Promise of Occupational Safety & Health Fields

The class of the 2013 USF Summer Institute in Occupational Health & Safety
Ellen Kent USF College of Public Health

USF's University Beat report on the USF Summer Institute in Occupational Health & Safety

When most people hear the phrase "occupational health and safety," they probably think of OSHA, the federal government organization that regulates workplace health and safety. Others may just think of researchers in huge moon suits, breathing through respirators like Darth Vader while they investigate some on-the-job mishap.

René Salazar wants students to think differently about the kinds of careers they can find under the occupational health and safety umbrella.

According to the assistant professor in USF’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, “You might be working for a sheriff’s office, you might be working with risk management, you might be working for a chemical facility, you might be working as a consultant on your own, you might be working for an energy generation facility.”

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University Beat
10:23 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Coach Meyer: Blaming UF for Hernandez Murder Charge Is 'Wrong and Irresponsible'

After New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested on murder charges last month, the team let him go.
Credit Steven Senne / AP

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said it is "wrong and irresponsible" to connect him or his former University of Florida staff to the murder charge facing Aaron Hernandez.

In texts to the Columbus Dispatch and the Gainesville Sun on Saturday, Meyer said there was no cover-up of drug tests during Hernandez's time at Florida. Meyer coached Florida from 2005 to 2010.

These were Meyer's first comments about Hernandez after he declined to comment earlier this week.

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University Beat
5:44 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

"Laughter is the Remedy" at Moffitt Cancer Center Comedy Show

Comedian Thomas Brown headlines "Laughter is the Remedy"

WUSF's University Beat report previewing Moffitt Cancer Center's "Laughter is the Remedy" event

Laughter -- it's good for what ails you.

That was the conclusion of a 2010 study by researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. For seven years, they followed over 53,000 Norwegians, and found those with a sense of humor tended to be healthier and more likely to reach the age of 70.

And of the more than 2,000 study participants with cancer, those with a sense of humor were 70 percent more likely to survive than those more humor-challenged.

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University Beat
12:17 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

FAMU Lifts Marching 100 Band Suspension

The interim president of Florida A&M University has lifted the suspension of the renowned Marching 100 band a year and a half after a drum major was beaten to death with fists and band instruments in a hazing incident.

The Associated Press reports FAMU's Interim President Larry Robinson announced the band's reinstatement Thursday. The scandal that followed the November 2011 hazing death of drum major Robert Champion led to the retirement of famed band director Julian White and also played a role in the resignation of former university president James Ammons.

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University Beat
5:14 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Klasko is Leaving USF Health with No Regrets

Dr. Stephen Klasko will leave USF Health for Thomas Jefferson University in September
Credit Eric Younghans / USF Health

WUSF's Mark Schreiner's extended University Beat interview with USF Health CEO, Dr. Stephen Klasko

When USF Health CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko leaves Tampa in September, the longest-serving dean in the history of the USF Morsani College of Medicine will return to his hometown to take his dream job -- and he says he's doing it with no regrets.

Klasko, who announced last week he's leaving USF Health to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System, spoke to WUSF's University Beat about his decision to move on.

Here are three highlights from the conversation:

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6:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Univ. Board of Governors Declines Fee Increase

Lead in text: 
While most of Florida's public universities bucked Governor Rick Scott's wishes and accepted an automatic 1.7 percent tuition increase dictated by state law, the state Board of Governors agreed with Scott and decided to decline a request from some of the schools to increase one fee.
TAMPA - The board that oversees the state university system mitigated a slight tuition increase for most schools on Thursday when it rejected a series of proposed fee hikes. Members of the Florida Board of Governors agreed with Gov. Rick Scott to "hold the line on fees" and turned down requests from nine schools to increase a Capital Improvement Fee.
University Beat
2:32 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Klasko Leaving USF

Dr. Stephen Klasko will leave USF Health for Thomas Jefferson University in September.
Credit USF Health

Stephen Klasko, the longest-serving dean in the history of the USF Morsani College of Medicine and CEO of USF Health, has been named the new president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the TJUH System.

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University Beat
9:15 am
Wed June 19, 2013

4 Notes from the Students with Diabetes Conference

Students With Diabetes creator Nicole Johnson addresses participants at the group's National Conference
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

For the third year, young people from around the country gathered in Tampa for the Students With Diabetes National Conference -- a chance for them to find out what they need to do to handle the challenges of growing up with a disease that can take up a good portion of their time and energy.

More than 120 people from 23 states and three countries attended the three-day event hosted by USF earlier this month at the Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore.

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University Beat
10:57 am
Tue June 18, 2013

USF Latest School to Use Inflation to Raise Tuition

Front entrance of the USF Tampa campus
Credit USF Communications & Marketing

While Governor Rick Scott vetoed a three percent tuition increase for the state's public universities, the University of South Florida is the latest school getting around that by using inflation to raise tuition for the coming school year.

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University Beat
12:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Klasko Withdraws from Consideration for Univ. of Nebraska Job (Updated)

Dr. Stephen Klasko, dean of the USF Morsani College of Medicine & CEO of USF Health, speaks at a May 2013 conference in Tampa.
Credit Eric Younghans / USF Health

Updated story posted at Midnight June 13:

Did Dr. Stephen Klasko pull his name from consideration for the position as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center due to questions about discrepancies on his resume?
That seems to be the theory proposed by newspapers in both Tampa and Omaha.

And the issues aren't related to his education or his work experience - they appear to be over when exactly he ran a number of marathons.

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University Beat
3:13 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

USF Geologist: Substance in Meteorite Could Have Started Life on Earth

Here's a rock from the Archean eon (around 3.5 billion years ago) found in Australia and analyzed for phosphorus.
Credit Matthew Pasek / USF Dept. of Geology

Even though Matthew Pasek is an assistant professor of geology at the University of South Florida, he thinks he's figured out an interesting equation: 

Phosphorus from a meteorite that crashed to Earth 3.5 billion years ago + water = the earliest life on the planet.

The findings were recently published in the June edition of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

University Beat on WUSF's long-form interview with USF Asst. Prof. of Geology Matthew Pasek

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