University Beat

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The University of South Florida Herd of Thunder is doing some holiday traveling.

More than two hundred members of the marching band are headed to Alabama Tuesday to back the football team at the Birmingham Bowl.

Then, on Wednesday, over a hundred of their fellow band members will be flying to Italy to march in the Rome New Year’s Parade.

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Law enforcement is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to security at the 2017 College Football National Championship, according to Marc Hamlin, Assistant Chief with the Tampa Police Department.

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Even if you're not a college football fan there will be lots to do when the National Championship comes to Tampa on Jan. 9.

Two students from the University of Florida's GRiP program — a club that creates and donates three-dimensional printed prostheses to people with upper limb differences — delivered and strapped prosthetic limbs onto a 13-year-old Palm Beach County boy.


Stephanie Radu

Every semester, the University of South Florida picks an outstanding graduate on each of the system’s three campuses.

This fall, the honoree on the Tampa campus has a curriculum vitae that would make some professors jealous.

Stephanie Radu, 21, was born in Toronto and lived in twelve cities, training as a competitive swimmer and surfer, before settling in Florida.

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Republican Joe Negron was sworn in as the new President of the Florida Senate last month and he recently laid out his priorities for education in the state. That includes more money for higher education and boosting the reputation of Florida's universities.

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Days after he signed a five year, $9.8 million contract, Charlie Strong was formally introduced as the new head coach of the University of South Florida football team Thursday.

Bucs QB Winston, Rape Accuser Settle Civil Lawsuit

Dec 15, 2016
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and the woman who accused him of rape while both attended Florida State University have settled the civil lawsuit she brought against him.

At a meeting for young stroke survivors at the University of Central Florida’s Aphasia House, it’s craft time.

Here, a few of the young people who have had strokes are chatting. They melt peppermints into cookie cutter shapes. But the crafts are really just pretext for hanging out and chatting with people who know what it’s like to survive a stroke at a young age.

Tampa Bay History Center

The Tampa Bay History Center announced an $11 million expansion to their downtown Tampa building, which will begin next month.

The project will add a new wing to the third floor, which will include new galleries and the first cartographic center in the southeastern United States.

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In a world increasingly dominated by social media and cell phones, sometimes a simple letter home can make a difference when it comes to making sure students have their important immunizations.

That's the finding of research conducted by USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Jill Roberts, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

For the third year running Florida’s lawmakers will consider whether concealed weapons should be allowed on college campuses.

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An eventful eight days for the University of South Florida football team saw them accept a bowl game bid, lose head coach Willie Taggart to Oregon and then replace him with a new leader - Charlie Strong.

USF released a statement Sunday afternoon saying the former University of Texas coach would be taking over the Bulls. Strong will formally be introduced as the coach Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the USF Marshall Student Center.

Campus Carry Bill Filed In Florida House

Dec 8, 2016
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A controversial measure that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to pack heat while on college and university campuses was filed Wednesday by state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood. 

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

For the third time in seven years, the University of South Florida is looking for a new head football coach.

Willie Taggart resigned Wednesday, four years to the day he took the USF job. He's been named the new head coach at the University of Oregon.

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(Originally aired Sept. 27, 2016)

Few states have as close a tie to the U.S. space program than Florida, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s a growing number of would-be rocket scientists at the University of South Florida.

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After one of the best regular seasons in team history, the University of South Florida Bulls football team will play the University of South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on December 29.

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The University of South Florida Board of Trustees held its final scheduled meeting of 2016 in Tampa Thursday, and financial matters for students and System President Judy Genshaft were among the biggest items on the agenda.

The trustees approved a $168,875 bonus for Genshaft, which was doled out in two parts.

Missing in Florida

According to law enforcement figures, there are more than 3,200 missing persons reported in Florida and over 84,000 nationwide. But those numbers are likely low estimates because cases are either unreported, mishandled or mistakenly closed.

Now, University of South Florida forensic investigators are teaming up with law enforcement to raise awareness of missing and unidentified persons cases.

"Missing in Florida Day" is modeled after similar events held in other states that have led to positive identifications.

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As part of WUSF's ongoing look at public art around the Tampa Bay area, we decided to examine a place where about 120 works are scattered over 1,700 acres.

It’s the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus, and we recently joined a Friday lunchtime walking tour that examined a handful of the pieces.

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