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The University of South Florida is holding a series of town hall meetings to gather opinions about how to best consolidate the separate accreditations of its three campuses under one umbrella.

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Martin Tadlock, the interim Regional Chancellor for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, is removing the "interim" part of that title.

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The University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum is piloting a five-week photography program that has a unique group of students.

The class, called "Breaking Barriers," is small with just 15 participants, but they all have something in common - each student is a veteran.

Federal documents show a University of Florida research unit killed more than 150 birds in the past 10 years to protect plant science work.

In a move it said was to address the large cost of entering a career in medicine, New York University's School of Medicine said Thursday that it will offer full scholarships to all current and future students in its doctor of medicine program.

NYU said it was the "only top 10-ranked" medical school in the U.S. to offer such a generous package.

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In recent months, journalism groups have been recognizing news outlets across the country for outstanding work done in 2017, and WUSF has garnered multiple awards.

This week on Florida Matters we highlight some of the award-winning journalism produced by our WUSF news team.


Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honor society in America – almost as old as the United States itself – as it was founded at the College of William and Mary in December of 1776.

In its lengthy history, PBK has had more than half a million members, including 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 Supreme Court Justices and around 140 Nobel Laureates.

Researchers at the University of South Florida say reducing your risk of dementia can be a mouse click away.  

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The first thing you notice when you walk into Michael Kelly’s office in the Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center on the University of South Florida Tampa campus is a table full of football helmets.

“I’ve got to get a shelf,” the new Vice President of Athletics says with a smile.

It's August. And as we approach the most intense period of the hurricane season, a lot of us are thinking: How warm are the waters in the Atlantic and the Caribbean? How much fuel is out there for hurricanes to feed on?

What most of us don’t know is that the ocean waters here have an unusual feature that can actually help fuel hurricanes. We’re learning more about that now thanks to researchers like Johna Rudzin at the University of Miami.

Florida "medallion scholars" will be among the biggest beneficiaries this academic year of the state's efforts to expand financial aid for university and state college students.

The U.S. Education Department is going back to the drawing board on some basic rules of higher education, including one concept that has been in place for 125 years.

The goal? Unleash innovation to better serve students.

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While the growth of some industries is measured in years, the growth of cybersecurity can seemingly measured in days, if not minutes.  With that rapid growth comes the need for training professionals to fill the jobs of today and the future. 

For Many College Students, Hunger 'Makes It Hard To Focus'

Jul 31, 2018

As students enter college this fall, many will hunger for more than knowledge. Up to half of college students in recent published studies say they either are not getting enough to eat or are worried about it.

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A trio of degrees and a career as an anesthesia provider seemed to have put Jacqueline Darna on one path.

But complications following the birth of her second child led to an invention that has made the 2007 University of South Florida graduate one of the Tampa Bay area's up-and-coming businesswomen.

USF Athletics

When the University of South Florida football radio broadcast signs on for the season opener in September, it will do so without the voice of color analyst Mark Robinson.

That's unusual because Robinson has been on every USF football broadcast in school history -- 21 years and 251 games.

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Florida’s 28 state colleges will receive $60 million in performance funding during the academic year that started this month.

Florida elections officials were wrong to block on-campus early voting sites in Gainesville and Tallahassee, lawyers for the League of Women Voters of Florida told a federal judge Monday.

After much debate and controversy, Florida State University will change one building’s name, keep another building’s name as is and relocate a founder’s statue.

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Twenty-five years after his death, famed African-American tennis player Arthur Ashe has yet to have his biography written.

This August, that changes when USF St. Petersburg professor Ray Arsenault's newest book, “Arthur Ashe: A Life,” is published by Simon & Schuster. The 700-plus-page book will be the first extensive biography of Ashe.

Besides its beautiful beaches, the Tampa Bay area boasts a rich collection of art museums -- and it's growing. This week on Florida Matters we feature stories about museums and galleries in the region, part of WUSF’s occasional Art Populi series.


The Chronicle of Higher Education

University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft's salary during the 2016-17 fiscal year placed her among the nation's top 10 highest paid presidents at public universities, based on data released from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The University of Central Florida received more than $180 million in research dollars this year. 

Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will be offering graduate-level certificate programs in medical marijuana.

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As sea levels continue to rise in Florida, repeated flooding and storm surge are major concerns for Tampa Bay.

David Hastings, a climate scientist at Eckerd College, said the region could experience some of the most severe effects of climate change. He told the civic group Cafe Con Tampa on Friday that in the next 30 years, sixty-five thousand homes in Florida will flood twice a month affecting 100,000 Florida residents.

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A lot of people would walk into the Contemporary Art Museum on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, look in one corner of a gallery and see a chair -- a long, wooden, wavy, not particularly comfortable-looking chair and ottoman, colorfully flecked with blue paint.

But an art fan would look at it and probably recognize it immediately as a work of 1960s pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

USF College of Marine Science

Eight years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there still is a lack of knowledge on the complex ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.

But new research may soon be developing along the Gulf Coast. University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Innovation District will discuss a proposal for a Joint Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Wednesday.

USF College of Marine Science

A study seven years in the making by University of South Florida researchers has created a map of how many species live in the Gulf of Mexico. This will give experts an idea of how much damage would take place from a future oil spill.

Florida Looks To Boost College-To-University Pipeline

Jul 6, 2018

Last fall, more than one out of every four students enrolled at state universities came from the Florida college system.

Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET

The White House is withdrawing Obama-era guidance documents that encouraged schools and colleges to promote diversity through their admissions process.

The departments of Justice and Education announced on Tuesday that they have retracted several letters and memos that advised schools on how they could legally consider race in admissions and other decisions.

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