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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.

USF To Host Human Trafficking Summit

Oct 2, 2013

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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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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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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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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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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This week's University Beat takes us to the recent USF College of Business Scholarship Luncheon, where the recipients of 190 scholarships were honored.

The scholarships come from a range of donors: families honoring deceased college alumni and faculty, USF graduates looking to "pay it forward," and local corporations and service organizations looking to assist the next generation of Bay area business leaders.

Some honor 'first generation' scholars -- students who are the first in their families to go to college. Others honor participants in college activities like the Corporate Mentor Program, where students receive advice through both workshops and an adviser who works for a Bay area corporation.

One, the John J. Saunders Memorial Fellowship, named for the late owner of the Saunders Advisory Group, a Tampa-based financial services provider, even comes with a reserved parking space!

Step aside, Seminoles, and get out of the way, Gators. The University of South Florida was the one of the top two schools in Governor Rick Scott's first performance-based fund giveaway to the state's universities.

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U.S. News and World Report's annual list of the country's best national universities is out and, no surprise here, Ivy League schools dominate the top 10.

Tampa Bay Times

Law enforcement officials are continuing a search near the USF Tampa campus and New Tampa area for a suspect in a series of home invasions and violent incidents Thursday night. 

The suspect was reportedly tracked down to the woods north of 42nd Street and south of Amberly Drive in Tampa. Law enforcement said deep water in the woods is making the search difficult, but their dogs can track suspects through the water.

"The thing about the water is you've gotta come out somewhere," Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Major J.R. Burton told the Tampa Bay Times.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials say the incidents began around 11 p.m. when a man forced his way into an apartment at Cambridge Woods Apartments near 42nd Street north of East Fletcher Avenue. He reportedly bound four men and sexually assaulted four women inside the apartment. He told the victims not to call the police for half an hour, which they reportedly did out of fear.

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It would seem like an unlikely location for bed bugs, but the University of South Florida's Business Administration building has been hit by the critters. USF student newspaper, The Oracle, reported that a student was bitten in a first floor classroom early last week.

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For the first time in its almost forty year history, undergraduate freshmen will be attending University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Until last year, USFSM was an 'upper-division transfer university,' offering two-year baccalaureate degrees, as well as master's degrees. In 2012, the school began accepting sophomores, and this year, the campus is welcoming its inaugural batch of freshmen.

Keppler Speakers (Warren); Greater Talent Network (Quince & Matlin)

Fans of author/artist Frank Warren, The Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince and actress/activist Marlee Matlin will be happy to know that they're the speakers for the fall semester of USF's University Lecture Series.

The student-run organization announced the lineup late last week.

Yoselis Ramos

The automated message that blares through the library speakers continuously, 15 minutes to closing, starts going off Thursday night.

"The library is now closed. Please make your way to the first floor main entrance exit. Thank you."

Students starts to gather their things and head for the exit.

This is the first semester since 2010 that University of South Florida students hear this in the middle of the week. The library used to be open 24 hours five days a week. Now it closes at midnight.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Students returned to campus this week at the University of South Florida and among them are an estimated 1,700 student veterans transitioning from active duty military to full-time college student.

At a welcome back barbecue on the Tampa campus, student veteran Victor Benoit collected a free shirt from the Student Veterans Association (SVA). He is a former Army military police soldier and a USF criminology major.

Yoselis Ramos

The Library at the USF Tampa campus has become known to students as "Club Lib" because of the late night hours.  Senior biomedical science/political science major Katharine Orr explains the library as the "hub" of campus. "Everyone is here all the time so it is like a club," she said.

Since the 2009-2010 school year, the campus library has been open 24 hours five days a week. But students starting classes today are facing shortened hours at "Club Lib" as the library is closing at midnight those days.

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Last year's federal Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunity, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) Act made hundreds of millions of dollars in funds available for projects related to the Gulf region's recovery from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Now the University of South Florida is making a concentrated effort to bolster its reputation - and its funding coffers - by planning new research efforts on the effects of the disaster.

Almost 80 researchers, faculty and administrators from over a dozen USF colleges and divisions attended an oceanography summit Friday at the Marshall Student Center.

The 'usual suspects' were there from the Colleges of Marine Science and Engineering, as well as the Florida Institute of Oceanography. But what made this event unique was that representatives also came from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, even the Library.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was on the University of South Florida Tampa campus Thursday afternoon to hand out $7.8 million in grants to help Floridians with the Affordable Care Act. 

The money will be given to eight organizations around the state to hire staff to help consumers enroll in a health insurance plan. Starting Jan. 1, almost all Americans will be required to buy health insurance under the ACA.

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Like birthdays, every graduation ceremony is special for the people celebrating. But today's commencement ceremonies at USF will be extra special, as they're the university's 100th commencement convocation.

About 1,500 students from across the USF system will receive their degrees in a pair of ceremonies taking place at the USF Sun Dome.

Graduates of all colleges from USF St. Petersburg and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business on the Tampa campus will be honored at 9 a.m.

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Students at the University of South Florida will no longer have the option of paying their tuition with a Visa card. 

The Tampa Bay Times reports that, starting next Thursday, Aug. 15, USF won't be able to accept the card for tuition because the school will be charging a 2.5 percent processing fee on all tuition payments made on plastic.  And that doesn't meet Visa's requirements.