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Who Will Have the Bomb in 2020 in the Middle East?

Mar 17, 2014
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Over a two-day conference that started Monday at the University of South Florida, experts are looking into the future of the Middle East and Central Asia in the year 2020 and what implications that has on American foreign policy.

One of the big "what if" questions at this conference was "who will have the bomb in 2020?" In other words, what are the possibilities of a Middle Eastern country getting a nuclear weapon?

One of the most powerful questions that can be asked is "What if?"

What if America lowers its troop presence overseas? What if there's another Arab Spring? What if a new country or even terrorists get their hands on a weapon of mass destruction?

As Dr. Mohsen Milani explains, those kind of scenarios are the focus of a conference, The Greater Middle East and Central Asia in 2020 and Its Implications for American Foreign Policy, taking place at the University of South Florida next Monday and Tuesday.

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When it comes to the new Florida Center for Cybersecurity at USF, managing director Sri Sridharan isn’t afraid to aim high.

“If someone has a question a couple of years from now in Billings, Montana, and says, ‘I have a question on cybersecurity,’ the answer should be, ‘Hey, go to those guys at University of South Florida, they’ll have the answer for you,’” Sridharan said.

Beginning this fall, the center will offer a master’s degree in cybersecurity through a program that goes well beyond typical information technology (IT) offerings.

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On Wednesday, Dr. Mohsen Milani's boss came to him with an idea.

USF Provost, Dr. Ralph Wilcox, wanted Milani, the Executive Director of the USF Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, to organize an event focusing on recent events in Ukraine, including Russia's military intervention in Crimea.

"His argument was that as a globally engaged university, it is one of the responsibilities of our university to inform and educate our students as well as the community about important and developing news," Milani said.

So, between USF faculty and Milani's contacts in the world of foreign affairs, he had three experts lined up to take part in a 'campus conversation' Thursday afternoon - barely 26 hours after Wilcox's initial request.

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Charlie Crist has been somewhat quiet on the campaign trail, preferring to hawk his new book rather than take his message to the corners of the state. Today, he campaigned in Tampa for the first time since announcing his candidacy for governor.

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With the war in Afghanistan possibly winding down, at least when it comes to U.S. involvement, but the situation in Syria remaining in question, the timing of a recent conference at the University of South Florida on the nature of warfare was impeccable.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Derek Harvey is Director of Research and Strategy for USF’s Citizenship Initiative, which organized the conference, “Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension.”

“The purpose of the conference is to bring academics, think tanks, military officials, non-governmental organizations and others together who deal with conflicted societies where conflict exists or might exist, and make sure that we are learning the right lessons from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Harvey said.


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Dr. Charles Lockwood is changing from a Buckeye to a Bull.

The current Dean of the Ohio State University's College of Medicine has been named the new senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine.

Lockwood, 59, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and an internationally known researcher in obstetrics and gynecology, will take the helm at USF on May 5th.

He replaces Dr. Stephen Klasko, who left last September after nine years leading USF Health to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System.

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Wearing black shirts and green ties, members of Sigma Beta Rho fraternity said goodbye to Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias, Jobin Kuriakose, Ankeet Patel and Dammie Yesudhas Thursday at the University of South Florida.

The four men were killed in a collision early Sunday morning when their car was struck by a driver going the wrong way on Interstate 275.

Family and several hundred USF students were in attendance, many wearing their own Greek letters.

Patel's sister, Krupa, says his fraternity nickname fit.

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Good news for broke college students -- which, last time we checked, was every college student. The price of attending the University of South Florida could actually decrease a bit next year.

This morning, the USF Board of Trustees voted to freeze most student fees and lower others, 10 News reports.

Two Wrong-Way Crashes Kill 11 in Florida, California

Feb 10, 2014
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A Ford Expedition was heading south in the northbound lanes of I-275 in Tampa at around two in the morning until it crashed into the car carrying four USF fraternity Sigma Beta Rho students.

The crash left all five dead. Officials know who the Expedition belongs to but haven't confirmed if the owner was the driver. It could take more than a month before officials know if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

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This Sunday was a tragic day for many, with at least eight people dying overnight in crashes in Hillsborough County. Among them were four young students from the University of South Florida, who perished after their car was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275, as reported on tbo.com.

Capital One

While the University of South Florida football team struggled to a 2-10 record this season, another USF competitor came out on top on New Year's Day, as Rocky the Bull beat 15 other mascots from around the country to win the 2013 Capital One Mascot Challenge.

The announcement of Rocky's victory came from Capital One Chairman & CEO Rich Fairbank during halftime of Wednesday's Capital One Bowl.

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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?

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Among the highlights of the University of South Florida's Fall 2013 commencement ceremonies this weekend are an honor for former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker and the 50th anniversary reunion of members of USF's first graduating class.

In addition, more than 4,200 degrees will be awarded to current students at ceremonies for the three campuses of the USF System.

When USF opened to students in 1960, some of the first 2,000 enrollees already had college credits, enabling them to graduate in about three years.

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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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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.

USF AD has Tires Slashed at USF-UCF Rivalry Game

Dec 2, 2013
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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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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.

It's open enrollment season for Medicare, the time when beneficiaries can switch plans if they want. Plenty of private insurance companies are competing to enroll them in Medicare Advantage plans.

If you have Medicare, or you're getting close to age 65, your mailbox is likely overflowing with offers. The ads are coming at you on TV, too. 

Florida Women Veterans Will Gain Advocate

Nov 5, 2013
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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