USF Research & Innovation

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Florida is called the “Sunshine State,” but we don’t really live up to the name when it comes to solar power.

Research by the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that while we’re third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, we’re 14th when it comes to solar capacity that’s actually been installed.

The University of South Florida is trying to change that, with ground-breaking research and solar installations at both the Tampa and Saint Petersburg campuses.

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One of the trademarks of Judy Genshaft's tenure as President of the University of South Florida has been an effort at raising the school's national reputation when it comes to research.

The result of that work was on display Wednesday when she made her annual address to faculty, staff and students.

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Florida is called the “Sunshine State,” but we don’t really live up to the name when it comes to solar power.

Research by the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that while we’re third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, we’re 14th when it comes to solar capacity that’s actually been installed.

The University of South Florida is trying to change that, with ground-breaking research and solar installations at both the Tampa and Saint Petersburg campuses.

WUSF Public Media

As part of the launch of the new half hour weekly program, University Beat on WUSF TV, University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft sat down to talk with show host, veteran Tampa Bay journalist Denise White. 

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The University of South Florida now ranks 25th among the country's public research universities for research spending, up two spots from a year ago.

The rankings, which were put together by the National Science Foundation, also puts USF at 41st in the nation among the 895 public and private research universities surveyed. That's up two spots from 43rd, a ranking the school held the previous two years.

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During his time at the University of South Florida, Ismet Handžic earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering.

But instead of leaving the university and taking his ideas to the corporate world, he joined Moterum, one of the almost fifty startup companies based in the USF Office of Technology Transfer. (see the list of startups here)

Working with principal investigator Kyle Reed and mentor David Huizenga, they are bringing one of those concepts– an adapter for crutches – to the marketplace.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The University of South Florida sits among such intellectual titans as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology on the top ten list of U.S. patents issued to American universities in 2014.

USF's 104 patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ranked 10th nationally and 13th among all public and private universities worldwide. It's the fifth year in a row USF has placed in the top 15 worldwide.

Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Innovation will be honored Wednesday night as the inaugural class is inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame at a private ceremony in Tampa.

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It may be an understatement, but biomedical research is a big business.

The National Institutes of Health has an annual budget of around $30 billion, and since it provides most of the federal funding for research at universities and laboratories, it supports over 400,000 jobs across the country.

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A small laboratory explosion overnight has led authorities to temporarily close the Research and Innovation building on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.

According to Tampa Fire Rescue officials, crews responded to an automatic fire alarm at the building at 3720 Spectrum Blvd. around 2:45 Wednesday morning.

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This one almost snuck past us, but the combination of a cute dog and a local innovator with a cool invention once again caught our eye -- just like it caught the attention of new "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon.

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What do a Tampa neighborhood grocery store, a watermelon juice maker and an online marketplace for goods from indigenous tribes around the world have in common?

Two things actually: they're all businesses created by USF students, and they're among the fifteen charter members of the USF Student Innovation Incubator.

The incubator is the brainchild of USF students Keosha Poole and Dez Williams (creator of the watermelon juice maker, AquaMelon Water).

"The purpose (of the incubator) is to spur innovation and entrepreneurship on campus, across the different colleges we have; we want to essentially create jobs out of the student ventures we have on campus," according to Poole, a dual Masters student with the Patel College of Global Sustainablity and the College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship.

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When you think of innovative universities - the ones that create new technology or make ground-breaking discoveries - you probably think of Duke, Northwestern, or Ivy League schools like Yale and Harvard. But would you believe the University of South Florida topped all of those schools in terms of the number of patents awarded in 2012?