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Steven Currall speaks in Tampa shortly after being voted the next USF System president.
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The University of South Florida received approval Friday for its academic plan to consolidate its three campuses under one umbrella - a "historic milestone," according to USF System President Steven Currall.

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The number of new COVID-19 cases has gone up in Florida in the past week, with the state and Tampa Bay area reporting some of their highest figures since the pandemic began. This comes a month after the state began reopening for business and recreation.

But data on new cases alone doesn't paint a complete picture about coronavirus in Florida.

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Researchers and elected officials are demanding answers from the state amid reports that it fired a scientist who was managing Florida's COVID-19 dashboard for "refusing to manipulate data."

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With summer classes starting online Monday, University of South Florida officials continue to work on plans for the fall – and there is at least one surprising statistic they are keeping in mind when making any decisions.

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This weekend, more than 7,000 University of South Florida students joined the ranks of the school's alumni. But they did it in a way that had not been done before.

Students in graduation regalia on the floor of the Yuengling Center.
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The University of South Florida is holding perhaps the most unusual commencement in the school’s more than 60-year history this weekend.

At the same time, there will be gestures of support for the class of 2020 around the Tampa Bay area.

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While Florida businesses and institutions are trying to figure out how - and how fast - they'll reopen under Gov. Ron DeSantis' plan, universities are also discussing how they will bring students back to campus.

Like many others, the University of South Florida is looking at a phased approach.

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Hillsborough and Pinellas County residents will be able to view areas where people are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 with a new online program from the University of South Florida.


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As students begin to adjust to a new normal in the world of COVID-19, many have begun to experience difficulties regarding their financial wellbeing.

In response to this, the University of South Florida has created a fund to help provide financial relief to these students.

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The University of South Florida is reporting that a student and an employee at its Tampa campus have tested positive for COVID-19.

The student had been traveling abroad and tested positive upon returning to the U.S. The student has not been on campus during the spring semester and is self-isolating in another state.

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State officials made the decision to cancel all in-person classes for the remainder of the school term.  

Schools and universities across the Tampa Bay area are now having to gear up for the transition to online instruction.

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A member of the University of South Florida’s Counseling Center in Tampa has tested positive for coronavirus.

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A proposal to decrease the number public universities in Florida from 12 to 10 continues to generate conversations in the legislature. New College and Florida Polytechnic are fighting to stay independent as lawmakers consider merging them into Florida State, and the University of Florida respectively. A third option has emerged: consolidating Polytech and New College into the University of South Florida.

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.  

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.

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.

President Steven Currall and the USF Board of Trustees
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At Tuesday’s University of South Florida Board of Trustees meeting, President Steven Currall presented an update on the consolidation process between the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses. 

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After failing in past years, a proposal to allow people to care concealed weapons on campus will go before legislators again during the 2020 session.

Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills filled HB6007 on Thursday. 

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A phase III clinical trial is underway at the University of South Florida for a drug that targets the genetic cause of Huntington’s Disease, or HD, which is described as having a mix of Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.

Health New's Florida's Daylina Miller talked with USF Health neurologist Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos about what that means for a disease that has a 50%  chance of being passed down to children.

Students in graduation regalia on the floor of the Yuengling Center.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Steven Currall will oversee his first commencement exercises as the President of the University of South Florida this weekend.

More than 3,200 degrees will be conferred during three ceremonies in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

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University of South Florida psychologists are using a new $375,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to teach Pasco County teachers how to better identify mental health risk in their students.

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When Robert Bertini was a graduate student at Berkeley, he received a fellowship from a University Transportation Center, or UTC.

Today, he's the director of the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research, which recently received $7.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to open its own UTC.


Tampa General President and CEO John Couris and USF Health VP Chatles Lockwood address the USF Board of Trustees.
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University of South Florida Health and Tampa General Hospital announced at Thursday's USF Board of Trustees meeting that they will be strengthening their partnership.

The two have been working together since the College of Medicine's creation in the early 1970’s, and TGH already serves as the official teaching hospital for USF. 

Sarasota County School Board Member Bridget Ziegler at a meeting Tuesday night
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The Sarasota County School Board has approved a deal for some University of South Florida college courses to be offered at local high schools.

Drew Falkowitz, 16, will become the youngest person to ever graduate from USF when he receives his Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology this weekend.
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Spring is in the air--and so are graduation caps.

The Spring 2019 graduates from the University of South Florida will make their mark as the largest graduating class in school history. An estimated 7,500 degrees will be handed out during the May commencement ceremonies, but one stands out among the rest.

Students at Take Back the Night write messages for survivors of sexual assault.
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One in three women and one in six men in the United States experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Throughout April, events at the University of South Florida will bring attention to the issue as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Lawmakers Eye ‘Systematic Problem' On University Spending

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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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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.

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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.

Look up "keto cookbooks" and you find a plethora of options: Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking, Southern Keto, Ketogenic Cleanse, Keto Comfort Foods… it’s fair to say this is a diet craze. But does it really work?

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