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University Beat is a radio and television program that focuses on the research and work at the University of South Florida and how it benefits the Tampa Bay area, Florida, and the world around us.

Each week, reporter Mark Schreiner looks at the latest USF efforts in medicine, engineering, education, arts and sciences and explores other programs that reach out to both students and the community.

Wanda Blanchett, right, interim provost of Rutgers University - New Brunswick, spoke to about 60 people during her USF presidential candidate "fireside chat" at USF St. Petersburg on Thursday.
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The four people vying to become the next president of the University of South Florida are arguing their case today to the people who study and work at each of the three campuses.

The USF Presidential Search Committee prepares to interview the four finalists Wednesday on the Tampa campus.
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The four finalists in the University of South Florida presidential search are beginning a three-day whirlwind of interviews that should culminate with Friday's selection of Judy Genshaft's successor.

The four finalists for USF President, Wanda Blanchett, Steven Currall, Debasish "Deba" Dutta and Jeffrey Vitter.
Rutgers (Blanchett & Dutta), SMU (Currall), University of Mississippi (Vitter)

The new president of the University of South Florida will come from four finalists named by a search committee Monday.

Front entrance of USF
USF Communications and Marketing

(updated Sunday 10:00 p.m. with latest applicant)

Friday was the deadline for people to submit their applications to become the next president of the University of South Florida.

As of Sunday night, 33 names were listed on the USF Presidential Search Committee website

Erin Stewart Mauldin of USF St. Petersburg with her new book
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Burned fields. Cut down trees. Obliterated fencing. Thousands upon thousands of muddy tracks from foot traffic. A small-scale drought.

Those were just some of the changes that affected the rural South’s landscape post-Civil War. The environmental changes after the conflict had lasting economic impact, and yet, those changes have been largely unexplored until now.

Statues of bulls outside USF Marshall Student Center
USF Communications and Marketing

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees is expected to make its choice for the school's next president within a matter of days.


USF Health

Long before the University of South Florida began efforts to consolidate the accreditations of its three campuses and offer programs system-wide, USF St. Petersburg wanted a nursing program to call its own.

Lawmakers Eye ‘Systematic Problem' On University Spending

Feb 27, 2019
News Service of Florida

As financial scandals cloud three state universities, two powerful House Republicans say legislative action, geared toward fixing structural and cultural problems in the university system, will likely be in play this year.

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The proverb “necessity is the mother of invention” is especially true in the case of Colette Glover-Hannah.

The latest entry into University Beat's series on entrepreneurs with ties to the University of South Florida – in this case, a self-proclaimed “mompreneur” – came up with the idea of her company, Hannah’s Shoebox  because of the needs of her own daughter, Elois, when she was a pre-teenager.

USF Marketing and Communications

Eleven people have applied so far to become the next president of the University of South Florida, a spokesman said Wednesday.

USF College of Public Health

With Florida being an international travel destination, there could be a risk for infectious diseases from foreign countries. And the risk of bioterrorism remains a possibility as well.

These and other topics will be the focus as the University of South Florida hosts the first ever Global Health, Diplomacy and National Security Symposium Feb. 28 in Tampa.

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The University of South Florida is the 2018-19 top producer of Fulbright Scholars with 12 recipients, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The accomplishment places the institution among top research schools like Michigan State University, UCLA, and Notre Dame.

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A University of South Florida music composition professor's latest work is getting a high-profile debut this week at the hands of the Florida Orchestra

Baljinder Sekhon’s “Stars” will open a trio of Masterworks Series concerts that also feature Holst’s “The Planets” and Debussy’s “Nocturnes.”

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A University of South Florida Board of Trustees committee received a report on the consolidation of the school's accreditation Tuesday, and much of it is what many people wanted to hear.

UMBC

During his 27-year tenure as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Freeman Hrabowski III has helped convert the school into one that’s recognized for its success in research and instruction. In particular, UMBC been noted in helping students from diverse backgrounds graduate and find careers.

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When Adriana Florez’s family came to the U.S. from Colombia a little over a decade ago, each family member was only allowed to bring two bags. The night before they set off, she caught her mother packing an empanada maker. 

USFSP News

Officials at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg are apologizing after more than four hundred applicants mistakenly received acceptance emails.

Eric Younghans / USF Health Communications & Marketing

USF Health is continuing to strengthen its offerings in both research and treatment of diseases by recruiting high-profile scientists and physicians from around the world. One of their latest additions is Dr. Christian Bréchot, the former president of France’s renowned Pasteur Institute.

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University of Central Florida President Dale Whittaker on Friday has acknowledged a “broken culture” at his school, after receiving an investigative report on the improper use of state funding to construct a major campus building.

As USF St. Petersburg works to set new sustainability standards, the campus continues to implement eco-friendly projects.

In 2016, USFSP adopted a Climate Action Plan and pledged to achieve two goals: to reduce its baseline greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2035 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Bethany Tyne / WUSF Public Media

On a Monday night at the University of South Florida, 14 honors students and their professor filled a conference room in the school’s John and Grace Allen building. Their days were almost over, but for the other students who were about to join them, theirs were just beginning.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

If your New Year's resolution is cutting down on sweets and other foods that aren't good for you – you may want to follow your nose.

University of Central Florida

Amid increased scrutiny about the financing of university building projects, House panels in January will discuss improper spending at the University of Central Florida and oversight issues in the higher-education system.

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If what he says is true, Samuel Little would be one of the worst serial killers in U-S history.

The 78-year-old claims that between 1970 and 2005, he murdered 90 people, mostly women, around the country. That includes some in Tampa, Plant City, and elsewhere around Florida.

Now investigators, including University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle, are trying to determine the validity of Little’s claims, as well as the identities of some of his victims.

USF St. Petersburg

The University of South Florida will award almost 5,000 degrees during seven commencement ceremonies this weekend, as well as honor Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and entrepreneur Kate Tiedemann.

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When the first Publix grocery store on a college campus in the country opens at the University of South Florida in Tampa Thursday morning, customers will notice a few differences.

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The University of South Florida will see some major changes over the next 20 months.

First, it has to replace Judy Genshaft, who retires as President effective July 1, 2019. Then, the state-mandated deadline for USF to consolidate its three campuses under a single accreditation falls exactly a year later.

Both issues were on the minds of the USF Board of Trustees at their final meeting of 2018 in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

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A team from the University of Central Florida has won a national cybersecurity competition.

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Near the start of the school year, the University of South Florida held a volunteer fair in the Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus.

While dozens of different clubs and organizations used whatever methods they could to get students’ attention, all four furry members of the Puppy Raisers Club had to do was sit there and wag their tails.

GoUSFBulls.org

While five Florida universities are going to football bowl games this year, perhaps the bigger story is their collective missed opportunities.

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