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Steven Currall was formally inaugurated as University of South Florida’s seventh president Thursday in a ceremony highlighting his career and the university’s successes.

Delegates from all three campuses and universities all over the world were in attendance to hear Currall’s vision for USF’s future.  

From medical professionals to law enforcement to recovering addicts, the opioid crisis has affected people from all walks of life.

At a University of South Florida symposium Wednesday, experts said it will take them all working together to end the opioid crisis.

Sen. Randolph Bracy wants to expand the playing field on proposals that would allow college athletes in Florida to get paid for endorsements.

University of South Florida President Steven Currall is looking forward to his inauguration Thursday, as much for the USF community as for himself.

Thirty years after her first novel, young adult author Lurlene McDaniel has decided her latest book, “The Girl with the Broken Heart,” will be her last.

A graduate of one of University of South Florida’s first classes in 1965, McDaniel will be returning to her alma mater to discuss her career and see an exhibition of her work at the Tampa campus library Thursday.

The origin of the University of South Florida Jabil Innovation Institute is like that of many great ideas thoughout history – drawn up on a cocktail napkin by two people talking over drinks.

According to U.S. Department of Education figures, enrollment at some Florida colleges and universities has decreased in the past five years.

But sometimes those numbers don’t show the full story.

Two Tampa area leaders in education and technology are teaming up, as the University of South Florida Jabil Innovation Institute was unveiled Thursday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
GOVERNOR'S PRESS OFFICE

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who captained his university’s baseball team, backed California-style legislation Thursday that would allow Florida college athletes to cash in on their names and images.

WUSF News is once again seeking student journalists who want to work and learn in a professional newsroom. We're taking applications for a number of internships for the Spring 2020 semester, including the Stephen Noble/WUSF News Internship - a semester-long chance to develop into a public radio reporter.

UPDATE: All internships now taking applications through midnight, Nov. 7.

Researchers examine a clear microplastic thread under the microscope
Kinsley McEachern

A recent joint study conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Eckerd College found over four billion plankton-sized particles of plastic floating in the waters of Tampa Bay.

Under legislation passed last year, the University of South Florida has until next summer to bring the accreditation of its three campuses under one umbrella.

But when System President Steven Currall presented a consolidation plan to the USF Board of Trustees last month, it drew criticism from some students and faculty, as well as lawmakers, who blasted it for giving too much control over USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee to leaders on the Tampa campus.

“Zion Cemetery isn’t lost – Zion Cemetery was erased.”

That was the message from one University of South Florida archaeologist at a recent presentation at the Tampa Bay History Center about Zion Cemetery, which is believed to be the first African American cemetery in Tampa.

While the University of South Florida football team celebrated its Homecoming with a come-from-behind 27-23 victory over BYU Saturday, the USF Athletics program also marked $2.5 million in donor gifts, including $2 million for an on-campus practice facility.

Minority women believe it’s their time to be role models in the male-dominated STEM field and a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation is providing five universities with the resources to help them do it.

Three men from Louisiana are suspected of killing Joshua Brown in a drug deal that turned deadly, Dallas police said on Tuesday. Police have arrested one of the men and are searching for the other two.

FBI: Inmate Is Most Prolific Serial Killer In US History

Oct 8, 2019

The inmate who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country is now considered to be the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Joshua Brown
USF Athletics

A former University of South Florida football player who was a witness in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer has been killed in a shooting, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing authorities.

For most of the last decade, Erin Kimmerle has led a team that has tried to find the bodies of students who were buried at Dozier School for Boys – some of whom died throughout the last century under mysterious, possibly violent, circumstances.

The potential impeachment of a President, like Donald Trump, is a highly partisan affair, where truth can be hard to find.

Political science professor Frank Orlando of St. Leo University is teaching his students to understand it through the lens of both history, and strategy.

House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee wants college student-athletes in Florida to be able to cash in on their names and images, similar to a measure that California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday.

A University of Central Florida researcher has designed technology that allows him to study opioid overdose and the antidotes used to reverse it without human or animal testing. 

Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.

Researchers at the University of South Florida found that one month after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, diabetic seniors living in areas that were impacted by the storms were 40 percent more likely to die than elderly diabetics in unaffected areas.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in any given month about 4,000 Americans will commit suicide. Young people are particularly vulnerable. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-34.

In March, WUSF was the only media outlet invited to join students and agents from the FBI on a visit to a University of South Florida-run facility where researchers learn what happens to the dead when they're exposed to Florida's elements.

But USF will lose its access to the site in a few years, raising questions of both why and what’s next.

In the weeks since Hurricane Dorian, cities in the Bahamas are now housing thousands of people displaced by the devastation.

This past weekend, four USF Health doctors traveled to Nassau to offer medical help to the evacuees.

Each year, approximately 133 billion pounds of food wind up in landfills across the United States.  

Students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg are tackling that problem with a unique solution: their very own biodigester.

Florida education czar Richard Corcoran bristles at being called a disrupter.

Heather Garozzo, a world champion video gamer and vice president of Marketing for the Dignitas gaming organization, speaks with USF business professor Janelle Wells about diversity and growth within eSports.
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

Video gamers and national eSports industry leaders gathered in Tampa Wednesday to talk about gaming as a culture and as a business, across the country and in the Tampa Bay area.

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