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Hackers, beware - the Florida Center for Cybersecurity has unveiled a service to help state universities teach students how to prevent cyber-attacks.

The resource is called the Florida CyberHub and includes a “Cybertown,” in which users monitor a simulated city’s virtual ecosystem and defend the different facilities against cyber-attacks. The CyberHub is designed to mimic a realistic cybersecurity experience.

Brooke Owens Fellowship Program

As a child, Payton Barnwell was fascinated by race cars, but her passion for science came to her in high school with the support of her high school physics teacher.

“He really showed us the applications of the science we were learning,” Barnwell said. “So it wasn’t all theory. He would say, ‘We can do it with this, and we can do it with rockets.’”

Now, the Florida Polytechnic University mechanical engineering junior has been selected for one of the most prestigious aviation and space programs in the country, one specifically designed for women.

Bridges

While social media platforms like Facebook use algorithms to push users towards people and groups that share the same ideas and beliefs, a new platform co-created by a University of South Florida alum encourages communication between people of different mindsets. 

"It's breaks you out of that echo chamber, that bubble," said Will Cohen, one of the brains behind the website Bridges. "You're actually able to connect with others and experience other different forms of opinions and ideologies."

When a gunman killed 17 people on Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, many of their classmates didn't grieve in silence, they spoke out.

Urgent teenage voices filled television interviews, social media, even the hallways of Florida's capitol. They have also sparked a debate over gun laws in the aftermath of another school shooting.

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The Olympic journey of the U.S. women's hockey team ended in South Korea with a gold medal. One of their earlier stops on that trip was in the Tampa Bay area.

Student survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland organized a protest for gun reform outside the Biergarten Restaurant in Boca Raton Thursday morning. It was one of several demonstrations around the country targeting politicians who have accepted donations from the NRA.

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Relations between the U.S. and Cuba are currently strained following a mysterious incident that injured two dozen American diplomatic personnel on the island. In addition, President Donald Trump reversed policies created by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke Tuesday at the Sun Dome on the University of South Florida Tampa campus. While he isn't as famous as Apple's other co-founder, Steve Jobs, Wozniak  did attract an audience of nearly 5,000 people.

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If you love maps, there's a new display at the Tampa Bay History Center that you're going to want to check out.

The museum is working with the University of South Florida to showcase more than 6,000 historic maps and charts of Florida leading back to the 1400's.

Despite high graduation rates and increases in awarded degrees, a bill in the Senate looks to give Florida’s Community College System a governing facelift. This has led many community college leaders to warn of the unnecessary and unintended consequences that may result from such a bill. 

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The University of South Florida Engineering Expo, a free two-day event that gives children a chance to see what it's like to be a scientist, is taking place this weekend. 

Full of hands-on exhibits and shows, the expo allows children to explore research labs, conduct hundreds of experiments, and even meet a robot named Baxter.

South Florida made the cut for Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2). It’s one of 20 finalist cities that submitted proposals based on several metrics, including physical site space, transportation options and access to an educated work force.

 

Florida students who find themselves with excess credit hours might soon catch a tuition break. A move is underway to roll back a policy that could charge them double-tuition.

Lawmakers Debate University Performance Funding

Feb 14, 2018

An education bill is sparking debate about how universities receive performance funding and lawmakers are facing an important decision about the future of the program.

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It's already been one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. Now, you can add a late-blooming, but hard-hitting, allergy season to the list of reasons for some Florida residents' sinus miseries.


Florida Gulf Coast University hosted the president of the American Sociological Association last week for a talk on colorblind racism in the Trump era.

RELATED: Author of 'White Racism' Textbook Comes to FGCU

Bill Would Ban University 'Free Speech' Zones

Jan 31, 2018

Free-speech zones would be banned, and state universities and colleges could be sued for disrupting campus speakers or peaceful protesters under a bill approved Tuesday by a House committee.

State higher education officials directed Florida's public universities to hire more mental health counselors to meet growing student demand — and asked a Florida Atlantic University administrator to help them keep track of the progress.

Florida State University President John Thrasher is rolling back portions of a ban on Greek life after the hazing-related death of a student. Fraternities and sororities will now have to meet stricter rules to stay on campus.

AquaMelon

Dez Williams isn't aiming low when it comes to an ultimate goal for his watermelon juice company, AquaMelon.

"We would like to be the Tropicana of watermelon," he said, referring to the orange juice giant.

Ringling College for Art and Design

Ringling College for Art and Design has received a $15 million donation for the world’s first degree in virtual reality.

The gift from husband and wife Dr. Joel Morganroth and Dr. Gail Morrison Morganroth is the largest donation for the Sarasota university in its 86 year history.

University System Board Backs USF Changes

Jan 26, 2018
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The Florida Board of Governors on Thursday unanimously endorsed a proposal to reunify the University of South Florida with two branch campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

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The University of South Florida Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies and the USF Honors College are hosting a conversation about Brexit – the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

College students in Florida may soon be able to exercise free speech anywhere on a state campus.

The White Racism sociology course being taught at Florida Gulf Coast University this spring has made national headlines since the announcement of it being offered.

RELATED: 'White Racism' Course Begins at FGCU

The controversy surrounding the subject led many to question the course curriculum, including the required textbooks. The main one, chosen by the class' professor, Dr. Ted Thornhill, is "Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America" by Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.

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University of South Florida St. Petersburg alum, journalist Eric Eyre, will be returning to St. Pete later this week to give a lecture.

During the free public event, titled “Sustained Outrage,” Eyre will be discussing his Pulitzer Prize-winning reports on the opioid epidemic in West Virginia.

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When a who’s who of music packs Madison Square Garden for the 60th Grammy Awards Sunday, sitting alongside stars like Jay Z and Bruno Mars will be Tampa’s own Chuck Owen.

The University of South Florida Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies is nominated for four honors for Whispers on the Wind, his 2017 album with his band, the Jazz Surge.

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Tucked away in a higher education bill moving through the Florida House is a modification that would phase out separate accreditation at two University of South Florida campuses.

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A bill under consideration by the Florida House would shake the very foundation of the University of South Florida by revoking the separate accreditations of its St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.

Companies that make interns into employees could get tax credits under a legislative proposal. The Internship Tax Credit Program will help degree-seeking students receive a job after college.  

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