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Education
5:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Jill Biden, Annette Taddeo Campaign on Education at USF

Jill Biden presses the flesh with USF students
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

As the race for governor heats up, the Democrats are calling on some big names to help out Charlie Crist. Vice President Joe Biden is in South Florida this afternoon, and his wife Jill appeared today at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She listened to a group of students talking about making college affordable.

Biden says the average college student is weighed down with about $30,000 of debt when they graduate.

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University Beat
12:10 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Mumas Make Mark with $25 Million Gift to USF College of Business

Pam and Les Muma are donating $25 million to the USF College of Business, the largest single gift in USF history. The gift brings the total they've donated to USF to $41 million.
Credit USF Unstoppable

In what they call a "visible thank you" to the school that helped them become successful, local businessman Les Muma and his wife, Pam, have donated $25 million to the University of South Florida College of Business - the largest single gift in USF's history.

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Transportation
9:33 am
Fri October 10, 2014

RR Crossing Work on Fowler Requires Creativity

Map of the FDOT Fowler Ave. RR project
Credit FDOT

For the next week, your usual commute down Fowler Avenue, just east of Interstate 275 will be detoured.  

Take a look at this map. Florida Department of Transportation says drivers will not be able to pass through the intersection where the railroad crosses Fowler, east of Nebraska Avenue.

The work on the tracks begins October 16th at 9 p.m. The construction continues until complete "weather permitting."  

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Education
9:19 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Earl Lennard Named USF 'Distinguished Alumni'

Earl Lennard is receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida's College of Education.

Many people know Earl Lennard as Hillsborough County's Supervisor of Elections, a job he retired from in 2012.

But before that, he spent more than four decades with Hillsborough County Public Schools as a teacher, and eventually as superintendent. Lennard is being presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida's College of Education on Friday.   

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University Beat
7:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

State to USF: Pick Med School Site to Receive $

Architects' rendering of proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine

If the University of South Florida wants more state money to build a new medical school, they first need to decide where they want to build it.

That was the caveat laid down by the Florida Board of Governors' faculty committee at a meeting in Jupiter Wednesday.

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Law & Order
5:59 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Students Weigh In on Midterm Elections

USF students took part in a straw poll Tuesday.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida conducted a straw poll on its Tampa campus to measure students' political opinions ahead of the November 4th midterm election.

92 percent of the 1,096 votes came from students and if the midterm elections were held now, 49 percent of the votes would go towards gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. 

A majority of students preferred George Sheldon for Attorney General. 

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University Beat
3:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

USF Comes Under Fire After Monkey Dies During Research Study

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While University of South Florida consider the matter closed, an animal rights group is pushing both university police and federal officials to investigate the death of a rhesus monkey during a research study.

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University Beat
1:55 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hospitality Management Students Get Hands-on Experience at the Longboat Key Club

Students and faculty from the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership pose with Resort at Longboat Key GM Jeffery Mayers (in dark suit, center left)
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Sometimes the best partnerships are the ones made out of mutual need – take the new arrangement between USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Resort at Longboat Key Club.

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University Beat
4:51 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

WATCH: USF President Judy Genshaft joins Red Sofa Tour

USF President Judy Genshaft (center) takes a selfie with Ashley Furniture Founder Ron Wanek (left), and Lily Reisman of the American Heart Association
Lucielle Salomon WUSF News

The American Heart Association's Tampa Bay Red Sofa Tour stopped by the University of South Florida to encourage people to take a seat and talk about heart disease.

The campaign is an effort to bring awareness to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Ashley Furniture Home Store is a sponsor of the campaign and they donated a custom-made red sofa, which will tour around the Tampa Bay area until Oct. 3.

University Beat
6:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

USF Professor Teaches While at Sea

USF geochemist Dr. Jeffrey Ryan talks to his class via video feed from a research vessel in the Pacific Ocean
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Geology 3311, “The Solid Earth,” is a required course for University of South Florida students pursuing an undergraduate degree in geology.

This semester, it’s being taught by Assistant Research Professor, Zachary Atlas.

"This course is really geared towards trying to get them to know minerals, mineral formation, the chemistry of minerals and how all of that comes together to form rocks," Atlas said after a recent class.

It's also being taught by the Chair of the USF School of Geosciences, Dr. Jeffrey Ryan - when they can dial him up.

You see, Ryan is currently halfway across the globe on board a ship in the Pacific Ocean.

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University Beat
3:59 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

USF Rises in Latest U.S. News 'Best University' List

Credit U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report has tallied up the data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities around the country and issued its 2015 Best College Rankings. While there's little movement at the top, schools in the Sunshine State are seeing some changes.

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University Beat
9:40 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Innovation Honored with First Class of Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

The first class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (clockwise from top left: Robert Cade, Thomas Edison, William Glenn, Shin-Tson Wu, John Gorrie and Shyam Mohapatra)
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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Environment
5:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Jane Goodall: Young People Can Make Difference

Dr. Jane Goodall will speak at the USF Sun Dome.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

Jane Goodall, the scientist behind a landmark study of chimpanzee behavior, spoke Tuesday night at the USF Sun Dome about her environmental conservation efforts and primate research experiences. But before that, Dr. Goodall visited local children at the USF Botanical Gardens.

She spoke to Pizzo Elementary students about her love of animals since childhood and how her mother supported her interests.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

WATCH: Legendary Scientist Jane Goodall Speaks to Children at USF

Dr. Jane Goodall will speak at the USF Sun Dome Tuesday night.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

Legendary scientist Jane Goodall is speaking tonight at the USF Sun Dome at 7 p.m.  She first stopped at the USF Botanical Gardens to speak to children about her experiences in nature and her enthusiasm for botany, sharing simple goals everyone can take to protect nature.

Watch the video of part of her address:

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Health News Florida
1:29 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

FL 'Navigator' Grants Total $6.8M

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:16 am

The University of South Florida has been awarded by far the largest grant in the state to hire "navigators" who help uninsured people sign up for health insurance coverage through the federal Marketplace, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.

Only two other Florida organizations won  navigator grants: the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, $871,275, and the Pinellas County Commission, $535,156. 

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