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Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

If the success of the last two winners of the USF Center for Entrepreneurship's Fintech Business Plan Competition is any indication, the future may be promising for Casey Henry and South Tampa Paintball.

The 21-year-old USF finance senior's paintball field topped half a dozen other teams in the fifth annual competition, which was held at the College of Business in early April.

USF Communications & Marketing

Students at USF's Tampa campus got an unexpected - and likely unwelcome - break from final exams when power went out over much of the university Wednesday morning.

WUSF Jazz Director Bob Seymour featured an extensive conversation with Chuck Owen in debuting ‘River Runs’ on All Night Jazz, and prepared this piece for All Things Considered.

 Click HERE to listen to the full, uncut interview that aired on WUSF's All Night Jazz.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

WUSF News picked up a number of awards, including three first place honors, at the Associated Press Florida Broadcasters Awards Ceremony in Orlando this past weekend.

The WUSF News Team won First Place in the categories of "Continuing Coverage, Large Market Radio" for its coverage of the Republican National Convention and "Election Coverage, Large Market Radio" for its work on the 2012 Elections.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

To take some liberties with an old adage, this is a case where both the squeaky AND the speedy wheels get the grease.

Students, staff and the community have been raising their voices about a dangerous stretch of U.S. 41 in front of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus after a series of deadly accidents -- and it looks like their complaints are finally being heard.


Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Imagine: you're a college student. You need a job. You get on an elevator, and there's the hiring director for the company you want to work for. You have one minute, just sixty seconds, to say the right thing to get that elusive job interview. What do you do?

That's the situation some USF Business students recently faced - but the prize wasn't a job interview - it was $1,000 and an Amazon Kindle.

USF, Moffitt Researchers Feel Bite of Automatic Cuts

Apr 23, 2013

University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center say sequestration budget cuts are hurting their work, since most of their grants come from the National Institutes of Health, the Tampa Tribune reports. Moffitt, which expects to lose more than half its budget for cancer research, says it expects delays and layoffs.

Pet Therapy at USF

Apr 19, 2013
Vickie Chachere / USF News

Last semester, USF St. Petersburg students stressed out by final exams got a chance to unwind with a visit from therapy dogs.

With finals approaching once again, a group at USF Tampa is trying something similar - with a little extra horsepower.

Wellness USF launched a "Save Your Sanity, Save Your Grades" campaign Thursday by welcoming five small dogs, along with "Scooby Boo" - a miniature horse wearing sneakers (for a combination of safety and style, we're told).

According to USF News, Tampa-based Therapy Pet Connection brought their animals to campus to help students reduce stress. 

Stetson

The University of South Florida can finally compete with the state’s other large public universities that have law schools (University of Florida and the Florida State University).

The state's first law school, Stetson University College of Law, has joined with USF to offer a “3+3” program to students who want to earn a Juris Doctor law degree as well as a bachelor's.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

From October to May, the Downtown Tampa Partnership's "Do the Local Motion!" program holds theme walks that take people around the heart of the city. Coordinator Vicki Anzalone says at noon, every other Friday, people are encouraged to skip lunch and learn more about Tampa.

“We believe that there’s so much history here in the downtown corridor, and we’ve seen every walk we’ve had, people that have lived here for years have said, ‘Wow, I never knew that!’" said Anzalone.

But this month, they’ve brought in some experts—graduate students from USF Professor Barbara Berglund's “Urban Public History” class.

While USF researchers, along with former occupants of the Dozier School for Boys, continue to try to find out what lies under the ground of the closed facility, some Marianna residents are voicing their opposition. A number say that their town is being unfairly demonized by the investigation, others wonder who is going to pick up the cost.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

The debate over allowing concealed weapons on college campuses is heating up at USF's Tampa campus this week.  We visited the Bull Market, where opponents to the ban set up shop... but they weren't alone.

Ryan Dillow / WUSF

USF and its Patel College of Global Sustainability have made water one of their priorities through research into such efforts as turning wastewater into a clean, usable product or the rapid detection of contaminants.

Now that work is getting the attention of the federal government, which in turn could lead to a new stream of revenue for the University.

This week's University Beat report on WUSF Public Media takes you along as Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator of water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, tours laboratories at USF’s Tampa and Lakeland campuses to see the research firsthand.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

There's an unusual sight on USF's Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses this week: a number of students are wearing empty gun holsters over their clothes to protest Florida's ban on concealed weapons on campus.

It's part of a nationwide protest organized by the group Students for Concealed Carry, which is encouraging members to wear empty gun holsters on college campuses this week to start a conversation about schools' bans on concealed weapons.

Although USF doesn't have a chapter, a number of other student groups are joining together in the effort, led by the USF College Republicans.

Daniel Wallace / Tampa Bay Times

The University of South Florida is normally home of one 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year--USF Mechanical Engineering Professor Autar Kaw--but on Wednesday, it welcomed all four winners.

It's the first time the group had been together since they received their awards from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Demelza Hays

University of South Florida graduate and Fulbright Scholar winner Demelza Hays, who was profiled on WUSF's University Beat last year, recently traveled through South and Central Asia. She is now sharing her stories with USF World.

Katy Hennig / USF News

While researchers from USF continue to wait for permission from a judge to begin exhumations at the closed Dozier School for Boys -- as well as wait for word on how that work will be funded -- the University has released a trio of videos from this past Wednesday's tour of the grounds by a contingent that included U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

Peter Foe / USF Contemporary Art Museum

The healing power of art is on display at the Moffitt Cancer Center through September, and it's also the topic of a symposium there tonight.

Megan Hildebrandt was just 25 years old when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2009. She began receiving treatment at Moffitt, and went into remission in 2011. She graduated from USF with her Master of Fine Arts degree last year, and now lives in Texas.

Now, a collection of her drawings reflecting on her time as a patient is on display in the lobby of the Moffitt Stabile Research building, where she'll speak at a symposium called "Witnessing Cancer: Communicating Illness through Visual Art and Narrative" tonight at 6 p.m.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Work by USF researchers into what Nancy Stoner calls "real-world problems" -- like detecting contaminated water supplies and turning wastewater into useable clean water and energy -- brought the Environmental Protection Agency official to the University Wednesday.

Stoner, the EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, visited the Patel College of Global Sustainability and a trio of labs at the Tampa and Lakeland campuses.

stpetersburgintheworld.com

The University of South Florida St. Pete will host the first annual St. Petersburg in the World Conference on World Affairs.

Speakers at the two-day conference will include professors, journalists and former government officials from the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Panels will cover topics like a post-Castro Cuba and a post-Chavez Venezuela, the United States' role during a worldwide recession, and the ever-expanding issues surrounding the Middle East.

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