University Beat

Loose Ends Remain After USF Issues Report on Dozier

Jan 22, 2016
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University of South Florida researchers presented their final report on the Robert G. Dozier School for Boys to the state cabinet Thursday, and even though this closes one chapter in a lengthy saga, a number of loose ends remain.

Florida's Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys was a horror tale come to life.

"There's just too many stories," Roger Kiser, who was at the school in the 1950s, told NPR in 2012. "I know of one [boy] that I personally saw die in the bathtub that had been beaten half to death. I thought he'd been mauled by the dogs because I thought he had ran. I never did find out the true story on that. There was the boy I saw who was dead who came out of the dryer. They put him in one of those large dryers."

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Shopping will soon be a pleasure for University of South Florida students, faculty and staff who will be able to stop at a new Publix Supermarket going up where the Andros student living complex currently is. 

The Florida Board of Governors - the head of  the State University System of Florida - approved the plan to build the store Thursday.

The contract with the Lakeland-based chain would run for 21 years, with six five-year renewals available for a 50-year total term. 

Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer Center is pairing with the state to see if making fruits and vegetables available to children in areas with limited access to them can decrease their risk of cancer.

USF Department of Anthropology

The Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle town of Marianna closed in 2011, after allegations by former inmates of decades of torture and abuse.

University of South Florida researchers have been working for years to identify dozens of remains found in unmarked graves on the site, and they've just released their final report.

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One of the hottest gifts this past holiday season - figuratively and literally - was hoverboards.

And while more than 30 colleges around the country have banned them in residence halls or otherwise restricted their use because of reports that the self-propelled devices caught fire while being charged, the University of South Florida is not one.

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The University of South Florida was listed as the most veteran friendly college in the nation by Money Magazine in 2015. But it’s not looking so “friendly” after refusing to re-admit a student veteran expelled because of a PTSD-related incident.

Cabinet To Get Final Report On Dozier School

Jan 14, 2016
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University of South Florida researchers next week will present a final report to Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet about work at the shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

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In its previous two editions, the University of South Florida Sport and Entertainment Lecture Series has featured a variety of guests from both worlds, ranging from agent David Falk and BET co-founder Sheila Johnson to ESPN analyst Andrew Brandt and Women's Tennis Association CEO Stacy Allaster.

This year is no different, as the series welcomes a trio of speakers, including executives from the NBA and WNBA and pizza magnate "Papa John."

There are few issues that find more support among the Republican Party than guns, and Florida’s GOP dominated statehouse is no exception.  When lawmakers return to Tallahassee for the 2016 regular session, they’ll be coming back loaded for bear.

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More than sixty student groups showed off their ethnic pride at the University of South Florida’s recent International Festival. The event exposed students to music, culture, games and food from around the world.  Find out more on this week's University Beat.

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The University of Central Florida will look at possible limitations on its planned downtown Orlando campus this week.

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An idea that’s been percolating on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida for a decade is now being applied halfway across the world, just as its inventors imagined.

The holidays can be a stressful time. The University of Central Florida has a new online therapy program to help students over the break.

A University of Central College of Nursing professor has landed a nearly $500,000 grant to study chemotherapy side effects in older adults.

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University has taken steps to fire a professor who has repeatedly raised questions about the shooting deaths of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and other mass killings.

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The University of South Florida football team is headed to its first bowl game in five years next week, and some students will be going along as a result of head coach Willie Taggart's generosity.

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Frank Morsani's family name graces dozens of buildings and projects throughout the Tampa Bay area,  including the soon-to-be-built University of South Florida medical school in downtown Tampa, as well as at his alma mater, Oklahoma State University.

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It's a busy three-day weekend for the University of South Florida system as the school confers almost 4,200 degrees during the fall 2015 commencement ceremonies.

According to USF officials, the Tampa campus will award 2,467 bachelor’s, 920 master’s and 130 doctoral degrees during four ceremonies Friday and Saturday.

Tom Kramer

Breakdancing - or any kind of dancing for that matter - is a challenge for most of us.

But "b-boy" Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli makes spinning his entire body on one hand look easy, despite the fact that the 31-year-old has lived his entire life with arthrogryposis.

"Basically it’s a neuromuscular disorder. It affects the bones and the joints in your body," he said, baseball cap turned to one side. "For me, it primarily affects me in my legs, so I have very little muscles in my legs, but it also affects me in my shoulders, so I’m limited in the level of how I can raise my hands."

But that hasn’t slowed him down. Patuelli incorporates his crutches into his breakdancing, using them as equal parts propulsion and prop.

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