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6:45 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Stone Named Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee

Dr. Sandra Stone has been named regional chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee
Credit USF Communications & Marketing

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has a new leader.

Dr. Sandra Stone has been named the new regional chancellor, replacing Dr. Arthur Guilford, who retired this past July.

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4:09 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

USF to Announce Names of Two More Dozier Remains

Thomas Varnadoe (right) in an undated family photo. Varnadoe died in 1934 at the age of 13 at the Dozier Reform School for Boys.
Credit USF Dept. of Anthropology

University of South Florida researchers will announce Thursday afternoon that they've determined the identities of two more sets of remains buried on the grounds of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

The Ledger and a release from Senator Bill Nelson's office say that one is Thomas Varnadoe, 13, who died in 1934, a month after arriving at Dozier.

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4:51 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

WATCH: USF President Judy Genshaft joins Red Sofa Tour

USF President Judy Genshaft (center) takes a selfie with Ashley Furniture Founder Ron Wanek (left), and Lily Reisman of the American Heart Association
Lucielle Salomon WUSF News

The American Heart Association's Tampa Bay Red Sofa Tour stopped by the University of South Florida to encourage people to take a seat and talk about heart disease.

The campaign is an effort to bring awareness to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Ashley Furniture Home Store is a sponsor of the campaign and they donated a custom-made red sofa, which will tour around the Tampa Bay area until Oct. 3.

University Beat
6:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

USF Professor Teaches While at Sea

USF geochemist Dr. Jeffrey Ryan talks to his class via video feed from a research vessel in the Pacific Ocean
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Geology 3311, “The Solid Earth,” is a required course for University of South Florida students pursuing an undergraduate degree in geology.

This semester, it’s being taught by Assistant Research Professor, Zachary Atlas.

"This course is really geared towards trying to get them to know minerals, mineral formation, the chemistry of minerals and how all of that comes together to form rocks," Atlas said after a recent class.

It's also being taught by the Chair of the USF School of Geosciences, Dr. Jeffrey Ryan - when they can dial him up.

You see, Ryan is currently halfway across the globe on board a ship in the Pacific Ocean.

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University Beat
7:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Florida's Public Universities Push For More Performance Funding

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:06 am

Florida’s public universities will risk more money this year in an effort to convince Florida lawmakers to give them additional funds. The state university system governing board wants the legislature to increase the public university budget by more than $200 million,  half of which would be awarded based on individual schools’ performance.

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University Beat
4:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

USF Entrepreneurship Program, Graduate Pick Up Honors

USF was ranked the 13th best entrepreneurship education graduate program by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
Credit USF College of Business

The University of South Florida's efforts to give students the skills they need to start their own businesses continue to gain attention, with both the College of Business and a nonprofit started by a graduate in his dorm room receiving separate national honors this week.

First, the Princeton Review ranked USF's graduate program 13th among the nation's best entrepreneurship education programs.

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University Beat
10:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

With Many Groups Ranking Schools, The University System Governing Board Weighs Which Is Best

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:07 pm

The Florida Board of Governors is weighing how national rankings should impact the state’s public universities. When it comes to evaluating schools, the board agrees metrics should matter, but how much?

Florida’s state university system governing board wants the public universities to climb in the national rankings. But which one? Several groups rank schools. U.S. News and World Report is the most popular,  but there’s also Newsweek, and Kiplinger. The Princeton Review. And none of the outlets ranks the schools the same way. s

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8:05 am
Tue September 16, 2014

John Thrasher First Up In Final Round Of FSU Presidential Interviews

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 9:03 am

State Senator John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) fielded questions Monday from students and staff during an on campus interview for  Florida State University’s  top job.  Thrasher  is one of four finalists vying to be FSU's next president.

During Monday’s forum questions centered around how Thrasher would push FSU into the nation’s top 25 public universities. The senator's answer? Fundraising.

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University Beat
7:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Iran's Nuclear Program, ISIS Focus of USF Event

Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, will speak at USF Monday night.
Credit NPR / Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The dangers of Iran's nuclear program, as well as the possibility the militant the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, could get their hands on a nuclear device will be the focus of a University of South Florida conference Monday night.

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University Beat
3:59 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

USF Rises in Latest U.S. News 'Best University' List

Credit U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report has tallied up the data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities around the country and issued its 2015 Best College Rankings. While there's little movement at the top, schools in the Sunshine State are seeing some changes.

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University Beat
12:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Thrasher In, Stokes Out—Search Committee Whittles FSU Presidential Candidates To Four

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 1:24 pm

Two of the most prominent candidates hoping to lead Florida State University, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) and FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes took their turns in front of the presidential search committee Tuesday. But one of them hasn’t made it to the final list.

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9:40 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Innovation Honored with First Class of Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

The first class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (clockwise from top left: Robert Cade, Thomas Edison, William Glenn, Shin-Tson Wu, John Gorrie and Shyam Mohapatra)
Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Innovation will be honored Wednesday night as the inaugural class is inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame at a private ceremony in Tampa.

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University Beat
2:01 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

UF Students Rally To Pledge ‘Solidarity’ After Campus Assaults

University of Florida students sign the "No Gator Walks Alone" banner to pledge to support and look out for fellow Gators after a series of assaults on and near campus.
Credit Cresonia Hsieh / WUFT News

A plea for solidarity and strength rang out at the "No Gator Walks Alone" rally held in the Plaza of Americas at the University of Florida on Monday night.

The event, which was planned in less than 24 hours, came about after Nikki Steinberger, a second-year graduate student at UF, was online Sunday evening talking to friends about the recent assaults that have taken place on or near UF’s campus.

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1:47 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Fourth Woman Attacked on University of Florida Campus

University of Florida campus police released surveillance video Monday showing a possible suspect in a string of campus assaults.
Credit University of Florida Police

Four separate but similar attacks on women on or around the University of Florida campus over the past nine days has the school on edge and police searching for a man they believe is responsible for all of them.

The most recent attack happened Sunday evening, just before 9 p.m., when a man tackled a woman walking on campus. The victim, a 20-year-old, kicked the suspect in the groin before he ran away.

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4:43 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

What Happened to USF's Drones?

A demonstration of one of two aerial drones the USF Library would like to lend to students - once issues with the federal government are ironed out.
Credit USF Oracle/ Courtesy Eileen Thornton, USF Library

Earlier this year, the University of South Florida Library bought two remote-controlled aerial drones for $1,500 apiece, with plans to lend them to students working on class projects.

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