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Located around St. Petersburg's waterfront are a number of research institutions that would be the envy of most coastal cities: the Florida Institute of Oceanography, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and  both USF St. Petersburg and the USF College of Marine Science, just to name a few.

That collection of institutions, which some are calling St. Pete's Marine District, is drawing worldwide attention, including the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, which is bringing more than 100 ocean films, as well as big money sponsors like Google, to town in November 2014.

Among those who see bright days ahead for the Marine District is Larry Langebrake.

John Arthur / USF St. Petersburg

The U.S. is home to ubiquitous ads touting Miller Lite and Budweiser, not to mention a burgeoning microbrew industry. However, beer, in developing regions of the world, plays a much different role.

It's a role that John Arthur has been examining for years - one that the USF St. Petersburg associate professor of anthropology says may just change what we think about the development of mankind.


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More than forty authors will appear at this Saturday's 21st Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. While some of them will come from around the country, a number with ties to the University of South Florida will have a much shorter trip to the USF St. Petersburg campus.

Times Book Editor Collette Bancroft, who assembles the roster of authors, calls the university "a rich resource of talent,” adding that by inviting local authors, the Festival truly becomes a community event.


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WUSF's Mark Schreiner recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Sophia Wisniewska, the new Regional Chancellor for USF Saint Petersburg.

During the interview, Wisniewska, a scholar of Russian language and literature who comes to USFSP after eight years as chancellor of Penn State Brandywine, shared her vision for the future of the second largest campus in the USF System.

Startup Weekend Tampa Bay

For 54 hours starting Friday night, local entrepreneurs, developers and designers will match wits to see who can create the best new business at Startup Weekend Tampa Bay.

It's the fourth local version of an international event that's been held in over 200 cities around the world, but the first time it's taking place in St. Petersburg.

Ryan Dillow / WUSF 89.7 News

Give Reuben Pressman and Hunter Payne enough rope and they'll put up a swing for you, pretty much anywhere you want - and some places you never even thought of!

But now the pair of students behind Swings Tampa Bay need some help from the public - they're literally running out of rope just as they're planning to take their show on the road.

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Over six thousand students will pick up their diplomas at a series of graduation ceremonies around the USF System over the next week.

According to USF News, the Tampa campus will hand out 3,924 bachelor's degrees, 1,018 master's and 198 doctoral and specialist degrees. USF St. Petersburg graduates 454 students, while USF Sarasota-Manatee will award 290 diplomas.

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The University of South Florida St. Pete will host the first annual St. Petersburg in the World Conference on World Affairs.

Speakers at the two-day conference will include professors, journalists and former government officials from the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Panels will cover topics like a post-Castro Cuba and a post-Chavez Venezuela, the United States' role during a worldwide recession, and the ever-expanding issues surrounding the Middle East.

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Sophia T. Wisniewska, the chancellor of Penn State Brandywine, has been named the new regional chancellor of USF St. Petersburg.

According to a press release from USF News, the scholar of Russian language and literature held a number of leadership positions in the Penn State System. She also served as dean and CEO at Temple University Ambler for six years.

Kathleen Cabble / Tampa Bay Business Journal

The University of South Florida Saint Petersburg's campus continues to grow. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports the College of Business will be built on the College's current location, the Piano Man building on 7th Avenue South.

The Journal reports that the university had been planning to use a parking lot across from the University Student Center, but that site was ruled out after officials decided they might use it instead to expand the nearby Science and Technology Building.

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Three finalists have been named to become USF Saint Petersburg's regional chancellor, and the man currently filling the seat is not among them.

The Tampa Bay Times reports interim Chancellor Bill Hogarth was among the six candidates interviewed for the position this week. However, the director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography did not receive enough votes from the advisory committee.

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Less than three years after its formation, the USF St. Petersburg Entrepreneurship Program has been named the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program in the United States.

The program, based in USFSP's College of Business, received the award this past weekend at the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship's annual conference in San Francisco.

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USF St. Petersburg is one step closer to finding its next regional chancellor, as the pool of candidates is now down to six.

According to USF St. Pete News, the Search Advisory Committee will interview the remaining candidates in person at Tampa International Airport January 28th & 29th.

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Over 2,900 students across the USF System received their diplomas this past weekend, and like most graduating classes, there were a few individual stories worth noting:

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USF St. Petersburg students got a little extra help dealing with the stress of Finals Week in the form of wet noses and fuzzy faces.

Dogs from the Pinellas County chapter of Therapy Dogs International stopped by the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library Wednesday afternoon to give the students a furry study break.

USFSP News

Until recently, USF Saint Petersburg has been the definition of a “commuter school.” With no place for students to live on campus, many would come to class and then leave. That’s slowly been changing. First, a 370 bed residence hall was built a few years ago. And now, another 200 bed residential tower—along with a central gathering area for students—is in place, in the form of the new Student Center.

“Before this building, we really didn’t have a place to meet,” said USF St. Pete Student Body President Mark Lombardi-Nelson. “There wasn’t that central location for people to hang out, and this provides that, and that’s why you’ll see the energy, it’s just crazy.”

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USF President Judy Genshaft has named William Hogarth as interim regional chancellor of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and appointed Frank A. Biafora, dean of the USFSP College of Arts and Sciences, to lead a search committee for a new regional chancellor.

Hogarth, currently director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, will assume duties at USFSP on Aug. 6 while continuing his leadership of the marine science consortium. A national search is underway for a new regional chancellor following the resignation of USFSP Regional Chancellor Margaret Sullivan.

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The leaders of the University of South Florida's Saint Petersburg and Polytechnic campuses are both stepping down, but under somewhat different circumstances. 

David Touchton, the interim chief of USF Polytechnic for the past six months, is leaving as the campus prepares to close. USF Associate Vice President Kathleen Moore will lead USF Poly through its planned "teach out" of the students who remain after the state approved its transition to an independent university. Touchton's last day will be Friday. 

USF Sun Dome

Four days of pomp and circumstance start today as over six thousand students across the University of South Florida system receive their diplomas. 

University of North Florida

The Florida Studies Program at USF St. Petersburg is adding one of the country's leading experts on the history of the Spanish colonial experience in Florida.

On August 1st, Dr. J. Michael Francis, chairman of the History Department at the University of North Florida, will take the newly created Hough Family Endowed Chair in Florida Studies.

Some USF St. Petersburg students are learning the nuts and bolts of presidential campaigns by volunteering for them in a political science class called “Road to the White House.” 

This week's University Beat on WUSF Public Media introduces you to Professor Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan and some of her students, and tells you about some of the experiences, from meeting the candidates to debating reality TV stars.

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