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Two colossal oyster shells on a person's hand. The top shell is two-thirds the size of the bottom shell.
Jessica Meszaros

Colossal oysters, which once thrived in Florida's northern Gulf Coast, are shrinking in size and in numbers. Scientists at the University of South Florida published a study in the journal Biology Letters on Feb. 5 that examines this loss. 

The Florida House Education Committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would merge the state’s two smallest and youngest public universities with its two oldest ones – and that’s not sitting well with some.

Under Brevard County Republican Rep. Randy Fine's proposal (PCB EDC 20-03), Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland would become part of the University of Florida, while New College of Florida in Sarasota would become part of Florida State University.

A federal judge in Boston has handed down the stiffest penalty yet in the massive college admissions scandal. Douglas Hodge, the former CEO of the global investment giant PIMCO, has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton also sentenced Hodge, 61, to two years of supervised release and 500 hours of community service. He also must pay a fine of $750,000.

‘Sunshine’ Exemption Sought For College And University Presidential Searches

Feb 8, 2020

Two proposals moving forward in the Florida Legislature would make the process of selecting presidents at public colleges and universities more secretive.

The House State Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a leadership-backed bill (PCB SAC 20-04) that would create a public-records and public-meetings exemption for information related to presidential searches.

If there's one good word to describe the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute, it may just be “open.”

When students at the University of South Florida return to school Monday, most members of the Morsani College of Medicine will no longer be attending classes on the Tampa campus.

Instead, they’ll be learning in a new state-of-the-art facility downtown.  

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year in 2019 was a simple four letter word: “they.”

The reason for the choice, according to the dictionary publisher, is that the pronoun – which for hundreds of years was used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun – no longer fills just that role, and has been increasingly used to refer to a person whose gender identity is nonbinary.

Some low-income college students are among the 688,000 food stamp recipients projected to lose benefits as a result of a Trump administration rule announced Dec. 4.

When Michael Fountain retires next May, the founding director of the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship will be leaving behind both a school and field, that have changed greatly in the almost 25 years he’s been there.

FSU Medical School Draws Warning From Accrediting Organization

Dec 14, 2019
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Florida State University’s medical school has received a warning from the organization responsible for accrediting medical schools across the United States and Canada.

Are college and university campuses open markets for ideas or incubators of narrow thought? Some Republican lawmakers want to know what’s really happening in the state’s public higher education classrooms by asking students and professors to take an anonymous survey. But Democrats, and even some of those professors argue that’s a violation of free speech and are suspicious of the motives behind the plan. 

Florida House Revives Controversial Bill On College Surveys

Dec 14, 2019

A controversial proposal that would require state colleges and universities to survey students and faculty members about their viewpoints was approved by a House panel Thursday, just months after the Senate rejected the idea.

More than 5,000 students will receive their degrees during the University of South Florida’s 119th commencement convocation.

Michael Kelly got his man.

Speaking at an event formally introducing Jeff Scott as the new head coach of the University of South Florida football team, the Vice President of Athletics said that Scott was “unequivocally our first and only choice.”

According to Feeding Tampa Bay, over 700,000 people in the region are food insecure, which means they don’t have access to affordable, nutritious food.

Some believe that food sovereignty is the answer.

With legislators in Florida and other states looking at allowing college athletes to get paid for endorsements, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and other members of the U.S. Senate said Monday they want to work on the issue nationally.

Rubio is one of five senators who announced a bipartisan “working group” to delve into the issue. “I look forward to continuing our work to ensure both athletes and college sports can continue to thrive,” Rubio said in a prepared statement.

Jeff Scott welcome to USF
University of South Florida

Jeff Scott has been named as the new head football coach at the University of South Florida.

The selection of the Clemson co-offensive coordinator was announced Monday by Michael Kelly, USF's Vice President of Athletics. Scott will become the fifth football coach in USF's history.

When Heather Howard cut ties with her parents last year, the University of South Florida senior suddenly found herself wondering where she would find her next meal.

“I had like a survival mindset. I felt like I had just been abandoned in the woods, and I had to just make do with what I had,” she said. “I was looking up plants I could forage. I was desperate.”

After posting a 21-16 mark as the University of South Florida’s head football coach over three seasons, USF Athletic Director Michael Kelly said he made the “difficult” decision to fire Charlie Strong shortly after the Bulls’ 34-7 season-ending loss Saturday to Central Florida.

A 10-2 start in 2017, his first season as head coach, had University of South Florida football fans thinking that Charlie Strong was the answer. But a 7-6 second season followed by a 4-8 record this year led athletic director Michael Kelly to fire Strong Sunday afternoon.

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.

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