University Beat
3:46 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

USF Inventors Head to Smithsonian - Finally

USF inventors Merry Lynn Morris & Alexei Novitzky are scheduled to speak at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, this weekend.
Credit USF School of Theatre & Dance (left) / WUSF Public Meida (right)

The third time will hopefully be the charm for a pair of University of South Florida inventors who are scheduled to speak in Washington, DC, this weekend.

USF graduate Alexei Novitzky and School of Theatre and Dance academic advisor Merry Lynn Morris had their appearances at two previously scheduled Smithsonian Institution conferences on innovation canceled -  the first due to the federal government sequestration, the second because of the government shutdown.

Now, barring bad weather, the pair will be among the speakers at “Innovation: Brainstorms, Big Ideas and the Creative Future,” a day-long program Sunday in the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center.

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University Beat
12:25 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

USF Jumps in National Research Rankings

On-campus sign touts USF's success as a research university.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

While research spending at public and private universities across the country remained relatively stagnant from the previous year due to economic uncertainty, grants and contracts at the University of South Florida grew to a record level.

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USF Athletics
11:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

USF AD has Tires Slashed at USF-UCF Rivalry Game

USF AD Doug Woolard
Credit USF

USF Athletic Director Doug Woolard went to his car after a 23-20 loss to rival UCF Friday night and discovered all four of his tires had been slashed.

UCF officials provided him a complimentary car to drive back to Tampa.

UCF Athletic Director Todd Stansbury, who personally returned Woolard's car to him Saturday morning, expressed regret over the apparent vandalism.

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2:59 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Grand Reopening Draws Crowd for Free Chick-Fil-a for a Year

Akash Patel(Left) and Ethan Morency(Right) camp out in the Chick-fil-A parking lot to get free Chick-fil-A for a year
Credit Nathan Powell

The Chick-fil-A on Fowler by the USF Tampa campus is having its grand reopening Thursday morning.

This means people are already camped out in the Chick-fil-A parking lot for their chance to win one of 100 "Chick-fil-A for a year" prizes which will be given to the first 100 customers tomorrow morning.

This afternoon the Chick-fil-A parking lot was filled with eager customers waiting for their chance to win free Chick-fil-A for a year.

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Health News Florida
12:32 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

'Undocumented' Immigrant Tuition Bill Passes Key Senate Committee

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:05 pm

Allowing illegal - or undocumented - immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates cleared what was expected to be a major hurdle in the Senate, with the Judiciary Committee giving overwhelming approval Tuesday to the election-year proposal that has divided Republicans.

After impassioned pleas on both sides of the issue, the committee signed off on the proposal (SB 1400), a top priority of House Speaker Will Weatherford, in a 7-2 vote.

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6:13 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Florida Women Veterans Will Gain Advocate

Speakers at the USF Veterans Day Ceremony
Credit Photo courtesy of Kiersten Downs member of the USF Student Veterans Association.

The fourth annual USF Veterans Day Ceremony came with some good news for women veterans in Florida.

Mike Prendergast, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, announced the appointment of Cynthia Brown to a newly-made position within the department, which will start in January.

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Health News Florida
11:35 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Where to Get Flu Shot, and Why

A USF nursing student at the free flu shot fair.
Lottie Watts WUSF

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 10:05 am

In 2014, health insurance plans will have to include, among many other preventive health benefits, a flu shot free of charge.

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University Beat
4:52 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

3 Internal Candidates in Running for USF Health Top Job

There's no rush to pick the new leader for USF Health, but three internal candidates have been named.

The Tampa Bay Times reports search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer is still looking for candidates from outside USF, but has named three current USF Health executives, who are scheduled to be interviewed this Friday.

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University Beat
4:34 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

USF Hopes to Turn Talk on Poverty & Education Disparity into Action

Community activist Marilyn WIlliams speaks at "Poverty and Inequality: A Forum on Research, Action, and Community Engagement" held recently at USF
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Poverty, economic inequality and the education disparity that affects children in poor neighborhoods—they’re three hugely complex and important issues, and some people at the University of South Florida want to do something about them.

Such action has to start with conversation first, which is what about sixty interested faculty, researchers and students engaged in at a recent event, "Poverty and Inequality: A Forum on Research, Action, and Community Engagement."

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University Beat
4:50 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

USF Inventors Shut Out by Gov't Shutdown

USF graduate Alexei Novitzky with his SkateCase invention--a skateboard that opens up to hold small items like keys, cell phone or tablet. Novitzky is one of a pair of USF inventors who has had 2 trips to speak at the Smithsonian postponed by impasses with the federal government.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

The ongoing inertia in Washington, D.C., is keeping a pair of University of South Florida inventors from appearing at a Smithsonian Institution event--and it isn't the first time it's happened to them.

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Health News Florida
3:28 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

USF To Host Human Trafficking Summit


A statewide human trafficking summit focusing on labor and sex trafficking will take place Thursday at the University of South Florida.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Interagency Human Trafficking Work Group is hosting the summit.

Invitees include advocates, law enforcement, members of the medical community, as well as the legal community.

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University Beat
5:46 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

USF Researcher is One of the 'Brilliant Ten'

USF College of Marine Science biological oceanographer Mya Breitbart in her lab
Amie Blodgett USF News

Mark Schreiner's extended interview with USF College of Marine Science Associate Professor of biological oceanography Mya Breitbart and Dean Jacqueline Dixon

Ground-breaking scientist, mentor to students, role model to young girls -- all by the age of 35.  Such dedication has earned Mya Breitbart a prestigious honor.

Popular Science magazine has named the University of South Florida Associate Professor of biological oceanography as one of its "Brilliant Ten," its annual list of some of the country's brightest young scientific minds.

Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class are dramatically reshaping their fields--and the future. Some are tackling pragmatic questions, like how to secure the Internet, while others are attacking more abstract ones, like determining the weather on distant exoplanets. The common thread between them is brilliance, of course, but also impact. If the Brilliant Ten are the faces of things to come, the world will be a safer, smarter, and brighter place.--The Editors

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Law & Order
6:30 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Search for Armed Suspect on Tampa Campus Over

Employees stand outside the USF Nursing building after being evacuated for reports of a suspicious man.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

The alert for a supposedly armed man on the USF Tampa campus is over. Here's our updates in chronological order:

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University Beat
2:42 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Raises and Cuts Part of USF's 'New Normal'

President Judy Genshaft makes her Fall Address to the USF System Wednesday afternoon in the Marshall Student Center.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

While staff and faculty at the University of South Florida have $8 million in raises to look forward to, the looming specter of a $12 million budget cutback is casting a pall on the school's outlook.

The two conflicting themes came out of Wednesday, when President Judy Genshaft made her annual Fall Address to the USF System before speaking to the Faculty Senate.

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University Beat
11:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Bed Bugs are Back at USF College of Business

Three classrooms in the newer USF College of Business Administration building will be closed until Monday for treatment to rid them of bed bugs
Credit University of South Florida

Bed bugs continue to plague the University of South Florida College of Business, but school officials are hoping they'll have the problem stamped out soon.

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