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The history of the Gulf of Mexico is often times relegated to the footnotes in history textbooks.

It’s a wrong that historian Jack Davis said he hopes to make right in his latest book, “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.”

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Cue "Pomp and Circumstance," as graduation season is once again upon us.

Spring Commencement begins for the University of South Florida Thursday, and by the time Monday night comes around, more than 7,000 students at USF's three campuses will have received their degrees.

That includes the oldest graduate, who's not done learning just yet.

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When she finished high school, Radhika Dang wanted to go to the University of South Florida, but got turned down from the Tampa campus.

The American-born Indian student, who grew up in Queens, was denied because her grades were too low. But she could go to USF St. Petersburg.

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University of South Florida officials are not waiting for Governor Rick Scott to sign a higher education bill before they start planning to consolidate their campuses under one accreditation.

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While across the nation the cultural and political tug-of-war over health care rages on, locally, healers keep on healing. But providing care for people can get complicated when they don’t have health insurance.


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This week on Florida Matters we visit the office of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman to talk about his second term in office, which began about a month ago.


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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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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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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.

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When Bill Hogarth was told the Florida Institute of Oceanography's new research vessel was going to be named after him, he had a pretty reasonable - and funny - reaction. 

“I said, ‘Somebody knows something I don’t know!’ I think, it’s (the naming) usually after you’re dead, I said, ‘I’m retired but I didn’t know I was dying at the same time!’” 

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It’s 13 days before the election, and one of the candidates for St. Petersburg Mayor finds himself in front of a class of University of South Florida St. Pete students, explaining what his last six months have been like.

"It has been a far different election that the city has ever seen for mayor, or for that matter, really in some ways, for any other race," said incumbent mayor, Rick Kriseman, who’s in a neck-and-neck race with former mayor Rick Baker.

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When Martin Tadlock got the phone call from University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft asking him to become the interim regional chancellor for USF St. Petersburg, he was sleeping in for the first time all semester. 

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For journalism students, the best lessons don’t always happen in the classroom.

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University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft has made her first public statements following the departure of the leader of USF St. Petersburg.

And while the agreement between the university and former Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska means there's not a lot Genshaft can say, she repeatedly emphasized the university is not looking backwards.

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Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska's split with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg came as a result from how she handled student evacuations in the run-up to Hurricane Irma - and where she said she was during the storm itself.

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University of South Florida St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska is out after four years on the job. 

USF President Judy Genshaft never mentioned Wisniewska in a statement she sent to USFSP faculty and students Saturday afternoon:

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Students are moving in this week to their homes for the school year at the University of South Florida.

While there are a number of new halls in "The Village" opening on the Tampa campus, St. Petersburg is packed beyond capacity, with 104 students living in a nearby hotel and apartment complexes that the university reached agreements with over the summer.

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NPR commentator and Hall of Fame sportswriter Frank Deford died in Key West over the weekend.

In 2008, he spoke to a group of students from the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He also shared his thoughts with WUSF's University Beat on the "24/7" cycle of both news and sports reporting.

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Health News Florida recently reported on how some middle school students at Academy Prep in St. Petersburg conducted tests on the lead levels in their tap water.

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Rep. Charlie Crist spoke out against President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order during a conference on world affairs in St. Petersburg.


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This is the fifth year the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is taking place at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Organizers say interest in the three-day event is close to an all-time high, thanks to how rapidly the world is changing.

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Sridhar Sundaram, dean of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Kate Tiedemann College of Business, says he and other university officials were recently touring the school’s brand new home, the Lynn Pippenger Hall, when he approached two awestruck students.

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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.

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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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The goal, according to school officials, is for USF St. Petersburg to have 10,000 students enrolled by 2025. But to turn the campus from a commuter school to one where students live and study is going to take the addition of residence hall beds - a lot of them.

The school is taking steps towards the addition of a new residence hall by seeking out a suitor who will finance and build a facility under a public-private partnership (P3).

Almost 3,000 students will wrap up the summer - and a major step in their education - by receiving degrees this weekend from the University of South Florida.

The three schools of USF System will confer degrees to approximately 2,924 graduates, with around 1,500 marching in a pair of ceremonies at the USF Sun Dome Saturday.

Recent USF graduates Victor Sims (left) and Frank Cirillo are both running for political office this year.
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This year, while a lot of college students are getting ready to vote in their first presidential election, two recent University of South Florida graduates are running for office.

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Terry Tomalin, the outdoors editor for the Tampa Bay Times, died suddenly Thursday.

Tomalin was also a member of the faculty at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he taught digital journalism and led the Outdoor Leadership Program. He was also a graduate of USF.

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The upcoming end of the school year was the perfect reason for students from USF St. Petersburg and Fairmount Park Elementary School to hit Tampa Bay recently.

The day brought together students from USFSP’s College of Education and Outdoor Leadership Program and about a dozen high-performing fifth graders from the St. Petersburg-based school.

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