Registration now open for Summer Grant Writing Workshops
The 2013 USF Summer Grant Writing Workshops has been re-designed and enhanced to deliver grant writing workshops, each offered in a two-day format and is focused on the funding opportunity. These workshops target specific grant opportunities that are prestigious, raise the profile of the university, and speak specifically to the faculty strengths at the University of South Florida.
CAS student receives prestigious place on Fulbright Summer Institute to the UK
Shelby Thomas, a student from the University of South Florida has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities in Wales on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.
CAS student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Lazaro Silva of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in the United Kingdom during the summer 2013 semester. He will be studying international law at the University of Exeter. Silva is one of just 700 students to study abroad during the summer with the Gilman scholarship.
CAS student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Zachary Tomlinson of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Rabat, Morocco during the summer 2013 semester. He will be studying the Arabic language and doing community service with SIT Study Abroad. Tomlinson is one of just 700 students to study abroad during the summer with the Gilman scholarship, and one of just 100 students to receive the Critical Need Language Award from Gilman for the 2012-2013 academic year.
CAS student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Tamara Sine of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Moscow, Russia during the Summer 2013 semester. She will be studying Russian language and culture with the USF in Russia program as well as doing independent research in music education. Sine is one of just 700 students to study abroad during the summer with the Gilman scholarship.
CAS student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Camille Mourant of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Florianopolis, Brazil during the summer 2013 semester. She will be studying sustainability with the University Studies Abroad Consortium. Mourant is one of just 700 students to study abroad during the summer with the Gilman scholarship.
CAS student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Grace Jean-Pierre of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the summer 2013 semester. She will be studying Spanish language and Argentine literature with the USF Imagining Argentina program. Jean-Pierre is one of just 700 students to study abroad during the summer with the Gilman scholarship.
CAS student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Monica Velasco of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Beijing and Qingdao, China during the summer 2013 semester. She will be studying Mandarin and Chinese culture with USF’s Chinese Learning in the Culture Tier 1 program. Velasco is one of just 700 students to study abroad during the summer with the Gilman scholarship.
CAS student receives prestigious place on Fulbright Summer Institute to the UK
Andrew Krajewski from the University of South Florida has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at Queen’s University Belfast on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship program operating worldwide.
USF student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Clifton Garrison of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad and intern in China during the summer 2013 semester. He will be studying Chinese language and culture with USF’s Chinese Learning in the Culture Tier 2 program and is one of just 700 students to study abroad during the summer with the Gilman scholarship.
SMC holds annual Honors and Awards Banquet
More than $86,000 in scholarships were awarded this year to mass communications students by non-university organizations and individuals during the School of Mass Communications annual Honors and Awards Banquet, held on Thursday, April 25, at the Busch Gardens Colony House. The School also recognized retiring faculty and outstanding alumni for their hard work and contributions.
CAS student receives Fulbright Award
Shahnaz Rashid of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grant to Bangladesh. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsor the Fulbright ETA program. The Fulbright grant will cover the costs of round-trip transportation to Bangladesh and maintenance for the academic year.
CAS student receives Boren Scholarship
Shaza Hussein of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to fund her study of Arabic abroad in Oman during summer 2013. Hussein is one of only 161 U.S. citizens who will study abroad during the 2013-2014 academic year through the Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholarship will cover the costs of round trip transportation to Oman and maintenance for the summer 2013.
Online MPA Degree to launch in August
For people who are experienced in the public service or nonprofit worlds and want to advance in their careers, the University of South Florida is launching an Online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. Classes start this August. The deadline for applications is July 15.
USF student receives admission to top physics program
University of South Florida physics major Ramon Alejandro Ruiz is headed off to California this summer to pursue his doctorate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, one of top physics programs around.
USF student to bike for veterans
Kiersten Downs is a veteran, activist and athlete and her passion for encouraging and inspiring fellow student veterans is a powerful force in her next mission: pedaling her road bike across the country, from San Francisco to Washington D.C., in a momentous effort to support the veteran transition from military to university life.
CAS student receives two prestigious scholarships
Hiram Rios of the University of South Florida has been awarded both a Boren Scholarship and a Gilman Scholarship to fund his study of Mandarin Chinese abroad in China during summer 2013. Hiram is one of just 700 students who received a Gilman Scholarship for summer and one of only 161 U.S. citizens who will study abroad during the 2013-2014 academic year through the Boren Scholarship. The Boren and Gilman Scholarships will cover the costs of round trip transportation to China and maintenance for the summer 2013.
History student receives Fulbright Award
Brittany Vosler of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to continue her doctoral dissertation research at the University of the West Indies -- Cave Hill in Barbados. Vosler is one of only two students to receive a full grant to Barbados under the Fulbright program this year.
CAS student receives finalist status for Presidential Management Fellowship
Lizette Howard of the University of South Florida has been selected as a Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist. Sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the PMF Program recruits outstanding graduate students for leadership and development in federal government. It provides leadership training, job rotations and the potential for accelerated promotions. Fellows in the program receive full Federal employee salary and benefits.
Chemistry professor named Distinguished University Professor
Michael J. Zaworotko, Ph.D., who has been named one of this year’s Distinguished University Professors (DUP). DUP is an honor given to individuals exhibiting an outstanding scholarly record while making significant contributions to USF and his or her profession.
Win prizes for decorating your graduation cap
Another semester is coming to a close, so that can mean only one thing: Commencement is almost here! Once again, the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring a fun contest for all of the USF Bulls graduating in May. We want to see your creativity and school pride displayed on your graduation cap. Photos must be uploaded to Instagram or posted to Twitter by 11:59 p.m. on May 6, 2013, to be eligible for the contest.
Poetry contest on Twitter ends April 30
Are you a poet and you know it? Enter the College of Arts and Sciences’ Haiku Contest in honor of poetry month.
Deadline approaching for Dean's Office Internship Program
The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office Internship Program is looking for interns for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 19 to CPR 107. Interviews will take place on campus sometime between April 25-May 3.
Ghanaian/British philosopher to discuss cosmopolitanism
Postmodern theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ph.D. will deliver the next lecture in the Frontier Forum series at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Patel Center (CGS) Auditorium.
Dean's Annual Report
Dean Eric Eisenberg released the College of Arts and Sciences Annual Report on Monday.
USF researchers publish findings in Biology Letters
Andrea Liebl and Lynn (Marty) Martin’s research was published in the journal Biology Letters. In the newly released paper, the authors measured hippocampal mRNA expression of glucocorticoid receptors in eight house sparrow (Passer domesticus) populations varying in age.
Miller wins two Mark of Excellence awards
Most students who enter into a competition hope to win an award or even place, but for Christina Miller the possibility of winning two first-place awards never crossed her mind. The 21-year-old mass communications senior was surprised she placed in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence competition. Her stories, “Bowling in the 21st Century” and “Twice Read: A Story About Letters,” won first place for Online Sports Reporting and Online Feature Writing, respectively.
USF partners with Colloquy to support new Online Master of Public Administration degree
The University of South Florida is proud to announce a new partnership with Colloquy, a division of Kaplan, Inc. and The Washington Post, to support its new Online Master of Public Administration degree. The new program will launch in August 2013 and will be managed in collaboration between USF's University College and the School of Public Affairs within the College of Arts and Sciences.
USF student receives Fulbright award to study law in Liverpool
Joanna Rozpedowski of the University of South Florida received a Fulbright Study Grant to study law at the University of Liverpool School of Law in Liverpool, England. Rozpedowski is one of 46 students to study under the Fulbright program in the United Kingdom this year.
USF student selected as regional finalist for White House fellowship
University of South Florida student Terry-René Brown was selected as a regional finalist in the White House Fellows Program for leadership and public service. Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology, and is also a graduate teaching assistant for Biology II lab.
French government to honor USF professor
University of South Florida Professor of French Literature Christine McCall Probes will be recognized by the French government with the l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques award at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, April 10 at the CGS Auditorium at the Patel Center for Global Solutions.
Distinguished poet visits USF
Poetry fans were poised for a rare treat Tuesday evening. Jorie Graham, one of America’s premiere poets would read from her latest work and autograph their books. To a hushed and appreciative audience Graham delivered selections from her critically acclaimed PLACE accentuating her words and phrases with graceful yet emphatic hand gestures -- the urgency in her voice conveying the gentle command to pay attention to the details in her stream of imagery. She transported her listeners into as many emotions and time periods as geographic places and left them deeply moved.
Sen. Nelson tours Dozier site
During a visit Wednesday to the shuttered Dozier School for Boys, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson praised the work of University of South Florida researchers who are trying to find answers to some of the questions surrounding the deaths of children at the school. More than a dozen reporters and state officials gathered near rusted crosses at the Boot Hill cemetery to see first hand what the report issued by USF researchers confirms.
USF’s IB professor to speak at the European Society for Evolutionary Biology
University of South Florida’s Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology Gordon Fox, Ph.D., has been invited to be a speaker at the 14th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 19-24, 2013. He will be presenting on "Demographic heterogeneity, phenotypic correlation structure and natural selection.”
CAS Dean's Office to host internship information session
The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office Internship Program is now recruiting for new interns for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. There will be two separate information sessions. The first session will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 in ISA 5020 and the other will be at noon on April 3 in ISA 5020. Interested students should attend only one session.
USF to host second Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Jorie Graham
The University of South Florida Humanities Institute welcomes its second Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence for the first week of April -- Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham. Graham will lead off the Humanities Institute’s month-long celebration of National Poetry Month.
School of Information to hold lecture on library careers
The University of South Florida School of Information will host a lecture entitled “Practical Pathways in Library Land: Making the Transition from the Classroom to Careers in Cultural Heritage Institutions” at 4 p.m. on April 12, 2013 in the Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room at USF St. Petersburg.
Aranda named top 20 Hispanic professor in Florida
For University of South Florida Associate Professor Elizabeth Aranda, teaching has been her passion. Since her days at the University of Florida where she started teaching as a grad student, Aranda has always wanted to inform people about inequality. That passion has led her to being named one of the top 20 Hispanic Professors in Florida by Online Schools Florida. The list honors professors who were awarded for their excellence in the classroom, on campus, and/or the community, which Aranda won an award for “Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching” in 2012.
USF faculty publish work in Journal of Herpetology
Three faculty members from the University of South Florida Department of Integrative Biology recently published work in the Journal of Herpetology. Stacy Heath, Aaron Schrey, Henry Mushinsky and Earl McCoy all contributed to the paper titled, "Contrasting Genetic Differentiation of a Poorly Dispersing Lizard in Connected and Fragmented Scrub Habitats."
USF IB faculty publish work in the journal Fire Ecology
Faculty from the University of South Florida Department of Integrative Biology Earl McCoy and Henry Mushinsky and co-authors Joseph Styga and Carol Rizkalla recently published an article in the journal Fire Ecology.
Spanish Fair 2013 highlights Hispanic, Latino culture
The University of South Florida Department of World Languages is hosting the sixth annual Spanish Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 19, 2013 in the USF College of Education TECO Room.
Insta-Madness Bracket Challenge begins Monday
What happens if you cross Instagram with March Madness? Why, Insta-Madness of course! We’ve got a bracket challenge that’s open to all University of South Florida students, faculty, staff and alumni.
CMMB student receives prestigious scholarship
Kenyaria Noble is committed to medical research, and her hard work and dedication is being recognized in the form of a prestigious scholarship. The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences junior is one of 15 students nationwide to receive a $30,000 United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Merck Science Initiative Scholarship to support her research studying the basic mechanisms of aging and aging-related disorders, such as Alzheimer’s.
Paola Gianturco to speak at USF Grandmother Power
The University of South Florida’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in conjunction with the Women’s Status Committee will welcome acclaimed photojournalist and activist Paola Gianturco to lecture on her fifth book: “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon.” The event will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the Gibbons Alumni Center.
USF professor earns membership with the Institute
University of South Florida Associate Professor Colin Heydt of the Department of Philosophy has earned a membership with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., for the 2013-14 academic year. His tenure there will be funded by the Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Physics professor selected for research fellowship
University of South Florida Assistant Professor Jiangfeng Zhou of the Department of Physics has been selected for the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He will be joining 125 researchers from different universities, 23 that are coming from the physics department across North America.
ESP to lead study abroad program in United Kingdom
Jennifer Collins, associate professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning, will lead a two-week study abroad excursion in England this summer. Collins encourages all students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities during college.
Levy explores Ferry Farm, writes a book about Washington
It started with an archeological trip in 2001 when University of South Florida Associate Professor Philip Levy traveled to Fredericksburg, Va., to learn about George Washington’s Ferry Farm, the late president’s childhood home. Working with his long-time collaborator David Muraca, director of archeology at the George Washington Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation that owns the Stafford County, Va., site, the two researched the site’s history and archaeology.
CAS faculty and alumni to speak at TedxUSF
TedxUSF, an independently organized TED event, will be coming to the University of South Florida on Friday, Feb. 22. The event, titled “On the Edge of the Future,” will showcase various guest speakers who will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the local community.
How to get your question answered at the Helen Fisher event
On Feb. 21 USF will be hosting Helen Fisher, Ph.D., at the MSC Oval Theater to talk about “Gender Differences in the Brain” and her latest book “Why Him? Why Her?” After the lecture there will be a Q&A session moderated by Dean Eric Eisenberg.
Visiting scholar to lecture about the history of white people at USF
One of the nation’s top historians, Nell Irvin Painter, Ph.D., asks a provocative question -- Can a black scholar write about white people? Painter’s lecture will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Patel Center for Global Solutions Auditorium (CGS), followed by a wine-and-cheese reception. This will be Painter’s first talk she will offer as the Humanities Institute’s inaugural Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence.
USF to host lecture about gender differences in the brain
Why can’t a man be more like a woman? Why can’t a woman be more like a man? Helen E. Fisher, Ph.D., a biological anthropologist and human behavior researcher, will be at the University of South Florida to answer these questions. Fisher will give a lecture entitled “Gender Differences in the Brain” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the MSC Oval Theater.
Scholar to discuss "When Gen. Grant Expelled the Jews"
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the USF Humanities Institute, the Departments of Religious Studies and History, and the Tampa Jewish Book Festival, will present the fourth June Baumgardner Gelbart Lecture in Jewish Studies. “When Gen. Grant Expelled the Jews” will be presented by Jonathan D. Sarna, professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Traditions Hall in The Gibbons Alumni Center.
CAS seeking picture-perfect images of campus
The College of Arts and Sciences wants to see campus through the eyes of its students. Photograph your favorite spot on campus and enter it into the College’s inaugural photo contest. The contest will begin on Monday, Feb. 11 and will end Feb. 22. The winners of the contest will receive USF Bulls swag, including a Keep Calm and Go Bulls poster.
Darwin Day speaker to address evolutionary roots of altruism
Ground squirrels stand upright and squeal to warn others of predators, even though it puts them at risk. Humans risk their own lives and safety to save others. Such altruistic behaviors have long fascinated scientists like Lee Dugatkin, who ponders the evolutionary roots of caring -- perhaps fittingly on St. Valentine’s Day!
At 6 p.m. on Feb. 14, in the TECO Room in the Education building, Dugatkin will address “The Evolution of Altruism: From Darwin to Today.”
Outstanding CAS faculty members recognized
The University of South Florida will honor 25 outstanding faculty members for their recent professional recognitions by many of the world’s top scholarly and research organizations with a dinner and formal award ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. in Lifsey House on the USF campus. Of the 25 honorees, 10 faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences will be been recognized.
USF history professor receives “Best New Journal” award
Brian Connolly, a history professor at the University of South Florida, is one of six editors of “History of the Present: A Journal of Critical History,” a journal awarded the title “Best New Journal” by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. The award was presented at the 2013 meeting of the Modern Language Association, and Connolly said receiving the award was both exciting and gratifying.
USF research at closed school praised
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is supporting the work of University of South Florida researchers to locate and identify gravesites at a closed reform school in Florida’s Panhandle. On Friday, Nelson was briefed on the project by Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist at USF and one of the lead researchers on the project examining burial sites at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. Nelson had asked Gov. Rick Scott to grant the researchers’ request to remain on the state-owned land until their work is concluded.
USF professor making strides in cancer research
At the University of South Florida, one of the top research universities in the country, important work is being done on mutations in the BLM gene, which lead to a disorder called Bloom Syndrome.
USF to host international expert on “Arab Spring”
From its beginnings at the end of 2010, the “Arab Spring” has inspired both hopes and fears about dramatic social change throughout the Middle East. The USF Humanities Institute will host Tamara Sonn, Ph.D., to speak at the college. The lecture will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the auditorium at the Patel Center for Global Solutions (CGS), with a reception and book signing to follow.
University of South Florida Distinguished Professor of Political Science Susan MacManus’ take on the 2012 election and its impact on future campaigns is a featured chapter in one of the first new books analyzing the contentious election, Barack Obama and the New America: The 2012 Election and the Changing Face of Politics.
Bridging the Immigration Divide
An anthropology research project leads to a book, a website and a job for a recent USF graduate. Recent immigrants and people descended from earlier immigrants -- whether voluntary or forced -- often eye each other warily, sometimes finding them at odds.
“Outlaw Novelist” James Carlos Blake returns to USF
James Carlos Blake, author of many acclaimed novels, essays and short stories is returning to USF on Wednesday, Jan. 23, when he will speak at a public event and receive the USF Distinguished Humanities Alumnus Award. The event and award presentation will be in Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISA) Campus View Room, 7th Floor, starting at 6 p.m.
Kudos for new "Mailer Review"
When “Vanity Fair” columnist James Wolcott described the latest issue of “The Mailer Review” as, “No dry academic exercise in critical analysis and placement, The Mailer Journal is rich in its variety of styles and approaches…,” Phillip Sipiora felt he had fulfilled his mission as editor.
14 USF students receive CMMB awards
On Friday, Dec. 14, the University of South Florida’s Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology (CMMB) held an award ceremony recognizing their outstanding graduates.
USF researchers tracking deadly fungus
New research from University of South Florida biologists has found the deadly chytrid fungus, which is implicated in the decline of frog populations worldwide and was thought to only infect amphibians, can also infect crayfish. The research from USF biologists Taegan McMahon and Jason Rohr was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.
CAS research innovation
Lindsey "Les" Shaw was captivated by bacteria, so much so that he devoted his high school science project to finding ways to kill the ubiquitous microorganisms. Today Shaw is a molecular biologist and associate professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology at University of South Florida. He is a preeminent researcher in the field of bacterial pathogenesis, and one of only 3 percent of NIH awardees to serve as principal investigator on an R01 research grant before the age of 36.
Daughter of Holocaust survivor speaks at USF
The daughter of a death camp survivor Avital “Tali” Nates of South Africa visited the University of South Florida on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, and lectured on the topic of “Holocaust and Genocide Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Nates’ father and uncle were both Holocaust survivors; their names were included on Oskar Schindler’s famous list, which inspired Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List.”
USF instructor to host Outback Bowl preview show
University of South Florida Telecommunications Instructor Travis Bell has been selected to host the preview show for the 2013 Outback Bowl on the ESPN networks. The Outback Bowl matches two of college football's best teams from the SEC and Big 10 Conference.
USF history professor selected as ANVUR finalist
Professor Fraser Ottanelli from the Department of History at the University of South Florida has been selected as a finalist to sit on the National Committee of the Italian Agency for the Evaluation of University and Research Institutes (ANVUR).
Educating against genocide
USF Professor Edward Kissi is involved in an effort to implement Holocaust and genocide education for nations across the globe. Kissi, an associate professor in the Department of Africana studies, wants to help nations avert such tragedies everywhere in the world, especially Africa.
Additional graves found at former reform school
A team of University of South Florida anthropologists and archaeologists have found at least 19 more graves at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. Once the largest reform school in the nation, the century-old institution has been the subject of numerous investigations into abuse allegations and suspicious deaths of children held there.
The so-called Maya doomsday "End Date" nears
Dozens of television shows and news reports talk about it. There is an “official” countdown clock recording it. And, some companies are offering up bunkers to ride it out. With the date of the ancient Maya prediction for global calamity fast approaching, Christian Wells expects the reports and coverage will only get more frenetic. Tourism is booming at Maya sites, and he’s hearing rumors that Bono will be singing at the Kukulkan Pyramid at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan on Dec. 21.
USF students compete for "Bullitzer" Prize
It may be the only course at the University of South Florida offering the opportunity to win a prize, but everyone taking the course can come out a winner. The course is First Year Composition (FYC) in USF’s Department of English. It offers the opportunity for poor writers and strong ones alike to improve. Going through FYC prepares either type for a chance to win -- the Bullitzer Prize.
USF to participate in Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
The University of South Florida’s Ethics Team is competing in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl for the southeast region on Nov. 10, a "super" bowl event where the sport revolves around words rather than footballs.
USF alumna to compete in Miss America Pageant
Aniska Tonge won the title of Miss Virgin Islands 2012 this past August, only three months after her graduation from the University of South Florida.
CAS Dean's Office seeking interns for Spring 2013
Do you love being behind a camera? Would you consider yourself a social media whiz? Do you love to write? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should apply for the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office Internship Program. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 to CPR 107.
CAS Dean's Office to host internship information session
Do you love being behind a camera? Would you consider yourself a social media whiz? Do you love to write? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should check out the information session for the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office Internship Program at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in Cooper Hall (CPR) 355.
Cirque Italia offers discounts to USF
Would you be interested in seeing Cirque Italia at a discounted price? Well, then you’re in luck! Through the USF Italian program, students with a valid USF Student ID can receive tickets at a discounted price of only $10. USF System faculty and staff with a valid ID also receive a discounted price of $20 for regular seating.
Lecture on famed philosopher to be presented at USF
Luis Ortega, editor of Antigona and member of Fundación María Zambrano in Spain, will be presenting a poster and video exhibition on María Zambrano from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, at the USF Main Library, 4th floor, in the Grace Allen Room. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
5 questions with Rory Kennedy
Emmy award winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy will be at the Tampa Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 for a screening of her latest work, "Ethel." We asked Kennedy five questions about the making of "Ethel."
Come celebrate Rafters’ birthday at the USF Botanical Gardens
The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens and the College of Arts and Sciences are throwing a birthday party for Rafters, the sassy cat who lives in the gardens. The birthday party will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 1-3 p.m. in the Botanical Gardens and is an invitation-only event.
Submit a question to Rory Kennedy
On Nov. 8 the University of South Florida is hosting Rory Kennedy at the Tampa Theatre where she will show her latest documentary, “Ethel.” After the screening, there will be a Q&A session. There will be a variety of different ways to send in a question prior to and during the event.
Prominent Norwegian academic to speak at USF
The effects of globalization are widely debated, but the perspectives from local communities worldwide are often overlooked. On Thursday, Nov. 8, University of Oslo anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen will address that neglect. Eriksen will speak on “Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalization,” using an anthropological perspective to address these crises: finance/the economy; climate/the environment; and identity/culture. His talk begins at 7 p.m. in CWY 202 (Military Science Building), with a wine and cheese reception continuing after the talk.
USF to host lecture on Judaism
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Institute and the Departments of Religious Studies and Philosophy will present the third June Baumgardner Gelbart Lecture in Jewish Studies. “Is Judaism Really Monotheistic? A Maimonidean Inquiry” will be presented by Kenneth Seeeskin, professor of philosophy, Northwestern University. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in the Campus View Room at the Interdisciplinary Science Teaching and Research Facility (ISA) on the seventh floor.
Win VIP passes to Rory Kennedy's “Ethel” screening
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences is giving away two free VIP passes to “An Evening with Rory Kennedy.” The passes include access to a reception with food and drinks, and reserved seats at the film screening.
Oktoberfest spurs great collaborations
Faculty members love it. Students love it. The University of South Florida’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Oktoberfest is a fun event, but it’s more than a festive get-together. It’s where great collaborations are born. That’s why this annual event has been growing from year to year since its inception in 2006.
World Languages to sponsor Think Transatlantic
“China isn’t the only economic powerhouse on the scene,” says USF Associate Professor Margit Grieb. “Germany is playing an important role in resolving the European economic crisis and there’s a lot to learn about the great strides this nation is making on so many levels.”
Professor creates "Writing Commons" to help students
To Joe Moxley, words are sacred. Good writing not only tells a good story, but is important in shaping how people learn, how they approach topics and issues with critical thinking, how they convey their thoughts and analyses to others.
CAS professor appointed to regional ethnographer
A prestigious appointment will have the University of South Florida’s Associate Professor Antoinette Jackson spending a lot more time at national parks over the next couple of years.
CAS to host annual Oktoberfest
The 2012 College of Arts and Sciences Oktoberfest, featuring research poster presentations and a reception, will be held Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida.
USF to host an evening with Rory Kennedy
Rory Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and Emmy-winning independent documentary filmmaker, is coming to Tampa to talk about her newest film, “Ethel,” which offers a personal look inside the life and political dynasty of the Kennedy family.
Enter the "Where's Rocky?" contest
Oct. 22 kicks of the week of Homecoming for the University of South Florida, and the College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a contest featuring our favorite bull! CAS will be posting pictures of Rocky in different places around campus and students, faculty, staff and alumni can win a homecoming prize by submitting their guess, once a day, on the College of Arts and Science’s Facebook page.
New class examines the food industry
It’s not a good idea to get between a hungry animal and its food. This can apply to humans, too, especially when it comes to their favorite dishes. So it was with a little fear and trepidation that University of South Florida Visiting Instructor Sara Dykins Callahan offered her new course, The Ethics of Food Production that concluded its pilot outing last semester.
2012-2013 Frontier Forum Lecture Series
The College of Arts and Sciences will be hosting an exciting guest speakers throughout the year.
Keep calm and buy the new shirt from CAS
Show your school spirit with the latest shirts from the College of Arts and Sciences!
Evolving field of behavioral epigenetics
A plant that is unremarkable in one environment becomes an invasive species in another, pushing through house foundations and sprouting up through roads. A house sparrow that’s a perfectly charming resident of the English countryside is transported around the world, where it wipes out other bird species with aggressive behavior and harbored diseases.
USF Botanical Gardens to host 22nd Annual Fall Plant Festival
The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens will host its 22nd Annual Fall Plant Festival on Oct.13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct.14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
USF to host lecture on supernatural and paranormal claims
If you’ve ever wondered about the truth behind claims of the supernatural and paranormal, you should join writer and scientific paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford as he explores unexplained mysteries at the University of South Florida on Oct. 16, 2012, at 7 p.m.
Tampa community fills MOSI auditorium to see famed physicist
More than 1,200 fans showed up to the MOSI auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 26 to see futurist and theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, Ph.D., explain his predictions of reality in the year 2100.
USF students obtain once-in-a-lifetime work experience at RNC
From planning concerts and events to working with “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” University of South Florida mass communications students gained hands-on experience at the Republican Convention in August.
New technology innovates the field and the classroom
Lori Collins and Travis Doering, research assistant professors at the University of South Florida and co-directors for the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technology, stand at the front of a banquet room in one of the high-rises in downtown Tampa. On the projector, a digital 3-D image of a huge stone sculpture, dating back to the late Preclassic era, spins 360 degrees, vertical and horizontal, in front of the audience.
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Win Michio Kaku’s book, “Physics of the Future”
Michio Kaku Ph.D., a futurist, theoretical physicist, television personality and author, will be speaking at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the MOSI Auditorium, across from the University of South Florida.
Famed physicist to share futuristic insights
He’s the most interesting man in the world. He’s a futurist, physicist and television personality. He’s Michio Kaku, Ph.D., and he will be speaking near the University of South Florida at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26.
Investigating invasive species
A new University of South Florida study of house sparrows, which have become one of the world’s most common invasive species, is providing scientists with physiological and behavior markers that could help keep them a step ahead of the next animal invasion.
"Homegrown Humanities" series to feature books by USF faculty
A new faculty book series sponsored by the Humanities Institute called “Homegrown Humanities” kicks off this fall in an effort to bring more attention to new books published by University of South Florida faculty.
Italian food for thought
It’s easy to say that food powers both the University of South Florida’s Italian Program in the Department of World Languages and its director, Associate Professor Patrizia La Trecchia.
School of Mass Communications and Nielsen to host Industry Connections
The University of South Florida and The Nielsen Company will host the Industry Connections event on Sept. 13, 2012, from 1-4 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center. The event will showcase bright talent and networking opportunities through a discussion of business-related topics with the help of the USF student groups from the College of Business, College of Engineering and School of Mass Communications student groups.
USF study: Frogs getting sick from climate change
Scientists studying the rapid decline of the world’s frog populations have suspected that fluctuating temperatures brought on by climate change might make frogs vulnerable to disease.
History student works with librarian on special collection
Once meant to attract and amuse audiences, the images are disturbing -- ridiculously exaggerated eyes, lips, noses, faces and gestures. USF Tampa Library Special and Digital Collections Librarian Andy Huse and undergraduate history major Simone Sanders want people to see them.
USF's Outstanding Graduate 'proud to be a Bull'
Demelza Hays lost her mother when she was 12 years of age and her father had to hold down two jobs to keep their family together. Such circumstances could easily have sent her life into a downward spiral. Instead, Hays has soared to the great heights, achieving recognition from the University of South Florida Alumni Association as the summer 2012 graduating class’ Outstanding Graduate.
USF professor teaches gender studies in post-Soviet countries
Sara Crawley, associate professor of sociology at USF, has been working on a project to teach feminist and queer theory, subjects not easily accessible, to scholars from post-soviet countries including Russia, Albania and Armenia.
From homeless to USF graduate
Looking at John Strasser now, you wouldn’t know he flunked out of college the first time around. With sheer determination, Strasser has turned his life around and will receive his bachelor’s degree in religious studies on Aug. 4 from the University of South Florida.
CAS announces grad cap design contest on Instagram
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences would like to announce an Instagram contest for all of the USF Bulls graduating this summer. Photos must be uploaded to Instagram by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2012.
USF Botanical Gardens conducting rap contest
The USF Botanical Gardens is seeking submissions of rap songs containing information about the gardens and Rafters, the cat who lives there. The contest is open to USF students, faculty, staff and alumni. The grand prize winner will receive a $25 iTunes gift card and the chance for their rap to be used in Botanical Gardens promotions. One second-place winner will receive a $15 Starbucks gift card.
Ph.D. student participates in new teaching program
Henry W. Custin stands at the front of the classroom at Hillsborough Community College in jeans and a pastel-colored shirt, collar unbuttoned.
Grad student receives Florida Gubernatorial Fellowship
University of South Florida student Samantha Stratton has been awarded a Florida Gubernatorial Fellowship and will spend nine months in Tallahassee interning in Gov. Rick Scott’s office.
USF professor gains national attention after nutrition myths video goes viral
Sometimes it only takes one man with a singular thought and a bunch of questions to bring about change in society. David Diamond, a professor and neuroscientist at the University of South Florida Department of Psychology, became an overnight sensation after his 2011 lecture debunking the myths about saturated fat being unhealthy was posted by the College of Arts and Sciences on YouTube.
Biology student to compete for Miss Florida crown
Bionqua Lynch never thought about entering a pageant until her friends encouraged her to compete in the 2012 Mr. & Miss University of South Florida Scholarship Pageant last April.
Physics Ph.D. students represent USF at Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
This week, three University of South Florida physics graduate students are in Lindau, Germany for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, a series of discussions and events that bring together hundreds of young researchers and more than 25 Nobel Laureates.
Preschoolers learn about weather systems from USF professor
Children at the University of South Florida Preschool for Creative Learning had lots of fun Wednesday experimenting with different types of weather systems.
History major named Tillman Military Scholar
Stephen Naylor, a senior majoring in history at the University of South Florida, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Pat Tillman Foundation. Tillman Military Scholars are selected based on a desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact in their community.
USF finishes second in national public relations competition
On May 24, students representing last semester’s Advanced Public Relations class placed second in America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Collegiate Energy Challenge in Washington, D.C. Due to the outstanding job by all three finalists, ANGA chose to award each school the $5,000 grand prize. The money will benefit the USF School of Mass Communications.
CMMB honors students, teachers at annual convocation
The University of South Florida Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology held its annual Honors Convocation on May 4, to celebrate the accomplishments of its students and educators.
USF Botanical Gardens to host butterfly and plant fair
The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens is hosting its 14th annual Butterfly, Herb and Native Plant Fair June 9-10.
USF launches Weather Center
USF News, working in conjunction with the Botanical Gardens and Jennifer Collins, associate professor of geology whose research focuses on weather and climate, has launched a new weather center to provide faculty, staff, students and visitors a snapshot of current weather conditions on the Tampa campus.
USF student awarded scholarship to study in Africa
University of South Florida student Lauren Richardson was recently awarded a Boren Scholarship through its African Languages Initiative. Richardson will spend the 2012-2013 academic year studying Swahili and East African history, arts, culture and political science in Tanzania, Africa.
Africana studies student awarded Boren Scholarship
Alecia Belnavis, a senior majoring in Africana Studies at the University of South Florida, has been awarded a Boren Scholarship for summer and fall semesters. She will be studying Swahili at the University of Florida this summer and at the State University of Zanzibar in Tanzania in the fall.
Ph.D. student wins prestigious NSF fellowship
A University of South Florida alumna has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship grant, which will provide a $30,000 stipend and tuition for a maximum of three years.
USF public relations team finalists in national competition
A team of public relations students at the University of South Florida has been recognized with a Scholastic Achievement Award and will be competing in the final round of the ANGA Collegiate Energy Challenge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to determine their final placing.
USF professor teaches middle school class about science
At 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 13, the gifted science class from Dr. John Long Middle School in Pasco County was taken on a guided tour of the new Interdisciplinary Sciences building on the University of South Florida campus. This tour included science-related lectures and demonstrations, as well as a pizza lunch afterward.
Common fungicide wreaks havoc on ecosystems
Chlorothalonil, one of the world’s most common fungicides used pervasively on food crops and golf courses, was lethal to a wide variety of freshwater organisms in a new study, University of South Florida researchers said Wednesday.
Uncovering new perspectives on ancient naval warfare
Shipping and Greek culture connect University of South Florida Professor William Murray and Aristotle Onassis, a legendary titan in the shipping industry -- a connection born of Murray’s lifelong love of sailing and the Onassis legacy.
Researchers show how to 'set' the spin for spintronics applications
A team of physicists from the University of South Florida and the University of Kentucky have taken a big step toward the development of practical spintronics devices, a technology that could help create faster, smaller and more versatile electronic devices.
If you build it, they will grow
In the distance, it rises like Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro. As you approach, it takes on the shape of a dormant volcano. Suddenly, a familiar aroma engulfs your nostrils and stimulates your senses. Standing next to it is quiet surreal; one might even say it’s a metaphysical experience. What is it?
USF to celebrate poetry month at the gardens
April has been celebrated as National Poetry Month since 1996 and this year, the University of South Florida has been hosting many activities to recognize the importance of poetry. On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the USF Botanical Gardens, USF will hold an event entitled “The Future is Sustainable: Poetry, Food and Place.”
USF physicists discover “new recipe” for solid state refrigeration
Physicists from USF have discovered a potential new way to advance solid state refrigeration technology, making the evolving field of environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient alternative to conventional refrigeration more efficient.
World Languages to host annual WLE Research Colloquium
The Department of World Languages and Phi Sigma Iota are proud sponsors of the annual World Languages Research Colloquium event that will take place Friday, April 20, 2012. This year, ResearchOne will be a part of the colloquium. All sessions will be held in the University of South Florida’s library media rooms.
Religion and Food course visits organic farm
What do elephants, giraffes and zebras have in common with a great tasting salad? Just ask the students of University of South Florida’s Religion and Food course. The class, taught by William Schanbacher, Ph.D., took a field trip on March 7, to Sweetwater Organic Farms in Hillsborough County.
Living below the poverty line
When Robyn Sagal spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Tasmania in Australia, she never imagined that what she learned there would lead to her spending five days putting herself in the shoes of those in extreme poverty.
USF grad student receives Fulbright Award
Anne Pfister of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Research Grant to Mexico. Pfister is one of 18 students awarded Garcia Robles Research grants to Mexico. The Fulbright grant will cover the costs of round-trip transportation to Mexico, and maintenance for the academic year.
Chemistry holds annual awards banquet
Some say they’re nerds; some say they’re quirky. Nevertheless, they are often admired for their above average GPAs. But according to Michael Mormino, a senior at the University of South Florida majoring in chemistry, they’re just cool.
Making a career out of a hobby
Several days a week, you’ll find communication student Kelly Will out on the fields by Juniper-Poplar or over by Sycamore Drive signing in intramural sports players, training officials and handling minor injuries.
Alumni Spotlight: Marnie Williams
Marnie Williams graduated from the University of South Florida in 1997 with a degree in mass communications, and now is a technical director and associate marketing manager of social media at The Weather Channel in Atlanta, Ga.
USF student receives prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
Christie Campla of the University of South Florida has been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Campla is one of only 302 United States students to receive the scholarship. The one-year scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
USF student receives competitive NOAA scholarship
Sarah Seabrook of the University of South Florida has been awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings scholarship. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides undergraduate students with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year and a 10-week, full-time internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility.
Lecture to unravel the mysteries of DNA folds
The University of South Florida has invited Erez Lieberman Aiden, Ph.D., as the speaker for the 2012 R. Kent Nagle lecture. Aiden will speak about his use of innovative 3D imaging technology to study the folding structure of the human genome. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in ISA 1061 on the Tampa campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
USF to hold second annual SASS event
The second Science and Society Symposium event will be on April 11, 2012, from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Oval Theatre and a reception to follow with free refreshments in the MSC Amphitheatre. The symposium will include guest speakers discussing different topics relating to science and society.
Author of “Freakonomics” talks economics, human behavior
Stephen Dubner, award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality, spoke about data, economics and human behavior at the Tampa Theatre on Feb. 16, 2012.
Cultural anthropologist to speak at USF
Life is a relationship of mixed feelings. As we learn and grow, we also age and, in the opinions of some, decay.
USF to host prevention expert on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
The University of South Florida will host Janet Hankin, Ph.D., from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., as part of the sociology department’s 2012 Colloquium Series. The event, titled “A Pregnant Woman Never Drinks Alone: Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,” will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012, in room 408A of the Education Building.
CAS announces Instagram contest
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences will be starting an Instagram contest for all current students as well as incoming freshman, beginning April 4, 2012. During the month of April, students will be competing for a USF Snuggie.
Humanities Institute launches Poetry Matters at USF
Learn a person’s favorite poem and you might get to know that person a little bit better.
Last Lecture Series to feature CAS professor
The University of South Florida Housing and Residential Education will host the 2012 Last Lecture Series featuring Christian Wells, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. on April 5, 2012, in the Marshall Center Oval Theatre. Wells will discuss “My Career in Ruins: Confessions of an Archaeologist.”
Interns needed for the College of Arts and Sciences
Are you a great writer? Do you love working with social media or behind a camera? The University of South Florida’s College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office is looking for enthusiastic and motivated students for their summer and fall internships. There will be an information session on Wednesday, April 4 at 5 p.m. in Cooper Hall (CPR) 471.
USF to host seminar about protein functions
An interdisciplinary research seminar on probing the biomedical properties of single protein molecules will be presented at the University of South Florida by Frank Zhang, assistant professor of the biophysics and bioengineering program at Lehigh University. The seminar will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012, in the Interdisciplinary Research Building (ISA) in room 5021.
Distinguished economist to discuss “markets and morality” at USF
The University of South Florida Department of Economics will present economist Dwight R. Lee, Ph.D., the William J. O’Neil Professor of Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, to give a presentation entitled “Markets and Morality” at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012, in BSN 1401.
USF to celebrate National Poetry Month
If National Poetry Month at the University of South Florida is not the largest event of its kind this year -- in Florida or the nation -- USF Professor Jay Hopler will be surprised. All the ingredients are there.
Renowned philosopher to discuss immigration issues
The University of South Florida’s College of Arts and Sciences Frontier Forum will host award-winning author Seyla Benhabib, Ph.D., for a discussion entitled “The Great Immigration Debate: At Home and Abroad.” The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, in the Patel Center for Global Solutions building (CGS Auditorium).
World’s only stand-up economist to perform at USF
Economics Scholars Society and USF Student Government are proud to present Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., “The World’s First and Only Stand-Up Economist” at 6:30 p.m., April 5, 2012. Doors open at 6 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Ballrooms A and B.
USF faculty, students react to national story
The killing of an unarmed teenage boy in Sanford, near Orlando, moved Crystal Wilson, a USF senior majoring in Africana Studies, to demonstrate her outrage.
USF to host Nanotechnology discussion
IPod nanos are everywhere, and everyone knows that ‘nano’ means “small.” But how small? There are about 100,000 nanometers in the width of a human hair. Who besides a few scientists should care about that? The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor an all-day discussion forum about the importance and impact of nanotechnology, led by top experts. The forum will begin at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in the USF Marshall Center Ballroom.
AIST digs deep into 3D
Last week, the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies at the University of South Florida really got to strut their stuff: Students, faculty and area looky-loos were invited to an open house at the new Advanced Visualization Center, a USF 3D mecca, with a high-definition 3D projection wall, haptic devices for controlling 3D models, and 10 workstations loaded with Geomagic and other 3D software. Soon there will be Kinect integration for creating gesture-based controls and even some 3D printers.
Conference to feature leading WWI experts
The legendary battles of World War I continue to teach a great deal about modern warfare in ways that still hold surprises.
Life on Jupiter's moon?
Those speculating on whether Jupiter’s moon, Europa, might be harboring life in a vast ocean underneath a thick layer of ice might now have the answer: probably not, according to a new study co-authored by a USF astrobiologist.
World Languages hosts Spanish Fair
Last week's Spanish Fair at the University of South Florida made a very strong case for why learning Spanish makes sense -- now more than ever.
Students invited to prestigious Nobel meeting
Three University of South Florida physics students have been invited to attend the 62nd Nobel Laureates Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
USF professors, fiction writers to discuss apocalypse theories
For the last few years, the blogosphere has buzzed with dire predictions that the end of the world is at hand -- either at the hands of God, ancient Maya prophecies, or human beings’ capacity to destroy ourselves or our environment.
Lecture to discuss Kafka’s literary works
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences Departments of Religious Studies and World Languages will present the second June Baumgardner Gelbart Lecture in Jewish Studies at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISA) Room 1051 on the Tampa campus. Stanley Corngold, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at Princeton University, will discuss “Franz Kafka and the Poetry of Risk Insurance.”
AMS sectional meeting to be held at USF
For the first time, the American Mathematical Society (AMS) will be conducting its Southeastern Sectional Meeting at the University of South Florida. The conference, coordinated by Sherwin Kouchekian, will be held the weekend of March 10-11 in the Business Administration Building.
Interdisciplinary Sciences building receives Gold Standard
The new Interdisciplinary Science Teaching and Research building has attained LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council, the national organization which has set the standard for sustainable buildings.
New addition to Botanical Gardens just for kids
A new children's section has opened at the University of South of Florida's Botanical Gardens in an attempt to grow curiosity about nature in young visitors.
USF to host conference on new religions, globalization
The University of South Florida will be hosting the “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on New Religions: Globalization & Sustainability” conference on Thursday, March 1, 2012. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in MSC 3707 and MSC 2709 as well as at the Patel Center.
Lecture to discuss search for Atlantis
The University of South Florida’s Department of Geography, Environment and Planning is sponsoring a lecture entitled “Atlantis Found? The Search for the Lost City.” The lecture, which will feature Richard Freund, Ph.D., of the University of Hartford, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 29, 2012, in the Interdisciplinary Science Teaching & Research Facility (ISA) room 1061.
USF alumna to share "Green Card Stories"
Though certainly not for the first time in history, this nation of immigrants and descendants of immigrants is reacting strongly to the latest waves of people seeking to start new lives in the United States.
USF professor to lead discussion about Black History Month
How does Black History Month make Blacks and Whites feel about themselves? Shukree Hassan Tilghman aimed to find out as he posed the question, “Should Black History Month be ended?” The results are in his documentary “More Than a Month” that will be shown at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Pinellas County African American History Museum and Resource Center. The museum is located at 1101 Marshall St. in Clearwater, Fla.
Biology Ph.D. student wins Guy Harvey Scholarship
University of South Florida biology doctoral student Laura Habegger has won one of five Guy Harvey Scholarships to continue her research on how the principles of physics and engineering might explain how fish and sharks function and lead to better management strategies.
College of Arts and Sciences seeking bloggers
In March, the College of Arts and Sciences will launch its freshman website for the class of 2016 and is seeking some outstanding students to blog for the site. The website is aimed for incoming freshmen who will be pursuing a major within The College of Arts and Sciences.
USF to host colloquium about legal, ethical issues of abortion
The University of South Florida’s Department of Philosophy will be hosting a colloquium entitled “The Fetus and Fundamental Rights” at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, 2012, in FAO 248.
USF to host award-winning author of “Freakonomics”
The University of South Florida is hosting award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality Stephen J. Dubner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at the Tampa Theatre.
USF to hold memorial for Africana Studies instructor
The University of South Florida Department of Africana Studies has lost a gifted instructor, mentor and friend. Daphine Washington, an instructor in the department, passed away on Jan. 27, 2012. A memorial service for Washington will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in the Grace Allen Room on the fourth floor of the USF library.
USF anthropology dissertation named Top 40 in 2011
A dissertation by a University of South Florida alumna was chosen as one of the 40 best in 2011 by Anthropology Works. Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Ph.D., graduated from USF in 2011 with her master’s degree and her doctorate in applied anthropology.
USF hosts human rights conference
Global citizenship has its rewards, such as trade, business, and educational and cultural exchange opportunities. But there’s another side.
Lecture to focus on teaching evolution
In celebration of the birthday of Charles Darwin, the University of South Florida welcomes renowned science educator, Eugenie Scott, who argues that students cannot understand science without grasping the centrality of evolution. Scott will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 in FAH 101 on Florida’s ‘Critical Thinking’ Bills: Creationism du jour?”
Latest issue of The Mailer Review looks at Norris Mailer
An intimate and intriguing portrait emerges of Norman Mailer’s wife, Norris Church Mailer, in writings found in the latest issue of The Mailer Review.
USF postdoc program gives recent grads an edge
It’s still a tight job market, no more so than for humanities and social science scholars with advanced degrees. Although there are fewer of the proverbial “Ph.D.s pumping gas” out there than during previous downturns, thanks in part to new postdoctoral programs at a growing number of U.S. colleges and universities.
USF alumna launches blog dedicated to sports, fashion
The Super Bowl is right around the corner and as fans frantically make plans to host or attend different events, they may be wondering what to wear. Luckily, a University of South Florida alumna helps sports fans avoid fashion penalties through her blog, The Style Ref.
Institute on Black Life announces spring lecture series
The University of South Florida Institute on Black Life has announced its spring colloquium series schedule. The speakers will address such topics as religion, immigration and gender issues.
Alumnus discusses AIDS documentary
University of South Florida alumnus Ed Wolf visited the campus library Tuesday for the showing of "We Were Here," an 89-minute documentary about the AIDS epidemic in San Fransisco during the 1980s.
Diplomats visit USF
The University of South Florida played host Monday to two ambassadors to the United States -- Sir Peter Westmacott, British ambassador to the U.S. and Francois Dellatre of France.
USF remembers inspirational leader, friend
On Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, USF and the Tampa Bay community lost Deanne Roberts, an influential and devoted individual whose life made a significant impact to the area.
USF to host international scholars on violence, memory and human rights
More than 50 international scholars and activists will gather at USF to share research on “Violence, Memory, and Human Rights,” focusing on the never-ending incidents of mass violence that continue to plague the world. The conference will be held Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 in the Marshall Student Center.
USF Botanical Gardens to host Fairy Garden Workshop
The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens will be hosting another Fairy Garden Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. The workshop will include a starter kit, which includes seven pieces of fairy furniture, container and dirt with plants.
URP student receives prestigious national award
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded a 2011-12 Career Development Grant to University of South Florida student Rebekah Brightbill. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning.
USF to show documentary about AIDS epidemic
The University of South Florida is hosting a screening of the documentary “We Were Here” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2011, in the Grace Allen Room in the USF Tampa Library. The film chronicles San Francisco’s response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.
Botanical Gardens to host railway workshop
The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens is offering a workshop that will teach participants how to create their own garden railway. Experts from the Gulfcoast Garden Railroaders will give demonstrations at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at the USF Botanical Gardens.
Beekeeping workshops begin Saturday
Making friends with bees and becoming a beekeeper can be as easy as taking a series of classes at USF’s Botanical Gardens.
Archaeologist to discuss discovery of ancient battlegrounds
The University of South Florida Department of History and The Ancient Studies Center are sponsoring a lecture about the Punic War in Sicily. Jeff Royal, Ph.D., archaeological director for RPM Nautical Foundation, will begin his presentation at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.
USF professor in high demand for political analysis
The morning of Election Day 2000 started for USF Professor Susan MacManus as dozens of other elections days had, with rounds of interviews with newspapers, radio and television stations on what the day might bring.
NSF awards $1.2 million grant to CAS researchers
The University of South Florida has received a nearly $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study a process that will help result in the creation of a highly trained workforce in engineering technology.
USF professor named Leadership Fellow by the American Anthropological Association
Heide Castaneda, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida was recognized as a 2011 AAA Leadership Fellow by the American Anthropological Association (AAA).
USF to honor humanitarian Dr. Paul Farmer
From the slums of Lima, Peru, to miserable Russian jails and the violence of Rwanda to the earthquake-ravaged cities of Haiti, medical anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer has seen the worst and most desperate conditions in which humankind exists.
Psychology student exemplifies determination
When Christopher Lehman rolls across the stage on Friday to accept his newly-minted Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Florida, he will be capping a journey 31 years in the making for him and his family.
Professors place first in Great Floridian Triathlon
The University of South Florida may need to consider adding one more accolade to the growing list of accomplishments by faculty, students and staff. On Saturday, Oct. 22, USF philosophy professors Doug Jesseph, 52, Joshua Rayman, 42, and Michael Morris, 34, competed in the 21st annual Great Floridian Triathlon in Clermont, Fla.
Film legend speaks at USF
An overflowing crowd showed up recently to see German film director Werner Herzog at the Interdisciplinary Sciences auditorium, an event that included a showing of the award-winning filmmaker’s latest documentary “Into the Abyss.”
USF professor receives honorary degree in Romania
University of South Florida professor Pat Rogers recently traveled to the University of Bucharest in Romania in early November to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of the University.
Noted history of medicine professor to speak at USF
The Department of History is pleased to sponsor a noted expert on the history of medicine who will discuss genetic counseling issues. Alexandra Stern, a professor in the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, will be at the University of South Florida at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, in the Grace Allen Reading Room at the USF Library. She will discuss “Quantifying Im/Probabilities: Genetic Counseling and the Development of Genetic Risk in the United States.”
USF students assist on shark expedition
A few University of South Florida marine biology undergraduate students did more than just watch when joining their professor and the Mote Marine Laboratory on a shark expedition.
Professors address security issues in government
Cyber warfare, website attacks, hacker pranks -- minor and major -- Internet thieves and their ilk give the strong impression that personal data is at risk on the Internet. Should we worry when such information is in the possession of local governments?
5th annual Oktoberfest celebrates CAS research
More than 300 people attended the University of South Florida’s College of Arts and Sciences Fifth Annual Oktoberfest. The event took place on Friday, Oct. 21 and highlighted some of the research and scholarship projects by faculty and students.
USF Botanical Gardens presents Food for All Seasons Day
On Nov. 19, 2011, the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens is having a special day of workshops and edible plant sales from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance into the Gardens will be free.
Academy Award winning director to speak at USF
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences is hosting Werner Herzog, a world-renowned German film director, as he discusses his work. Herzog also will be showing his new film project to attendees. The event is at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in ISA 1051 and is open to USF students, faculty, staff and Tampa Bay cineastes.
Norway anthropologist to discuss Oslo shootings
The University of South Florida Department of Anthropology will host guest speaker Thomas Hylland Eriksen, an anthropology professor from the University of Oslo, from 4-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in MSC 2708 as part of the Purcell Memorial Lecture Series. Professor Eriksen will discuss the anthropology associated with the July 22 shootings in Oslo, Norway.
Academy Award winning filmmaker to speak at USF
The great German filmmaker Werner Herzog comes to the University of South Florida Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. to show and discuss a new work in progress -- a rare treat for Tampa Bay film lovers.
Take an inside peek into the New York Times
The University of South Florida’s School of Mass Communication and the University Film and Video Association, along with the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, will be presenting a film and lecture from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2011, in the USF Oval Theatre.
Professors dissect "Occupy Movement"
The images have been broadcast across the country and the globe, from New York to Tokyo to Toronto to Tampa: groups of people settling into public parks to make a statement, to protest perceived inequities in today’s societies.
USF Botanical Gardens to host stress relief workshop
Stress is something that everyone has to deal with. However, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 3-4:30 p.m., the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens will hold a workshop to help relieve those daily stresses. Gary DuDell, Ph.D. will lead the workshop, entitled “Mindfulness and Stress Reduction.”
Dean’s Office seeking interns for spring semester
The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office is looking for hardworking students to participate in its internship program during the spring 2012 semester. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21 in CPR 107.
Ph.D. student to discuss hurricanes and climate research
The University of South Florida will host the presentation “Analyzing the Variability of Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity during ENSO Neutral Conditions” at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2011, at the Patel Center Room 136. The West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (WCFLAMS) and the Environmental Science Policy Program at USF is sponsoring the presentation.
CAS student selected as Dept. of Energy Ambassador
If you’re interested in an internship or job opportunity with the U.S. Department of Energy, you need look no further than University of South Florida student Stephanie Martell.
USF alumnus to speak on citizenship and immigration
University of South Florida alumnus Emilio Gonzalez, Ph.D. will be speaking at USF as part of the university’s Frontier Forum lecture series, presented by USF Phi Beta Alumni Faculty. Gonzalez’s lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in the Patel Center Auditorium. Gonzalez will discuss the United States immigration policy and security.
USF mourns loss of long-time English professor
Alma Green Bryant, a member of the Department of English at the University of South Florida for 39 years, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Born in Elberton, Ga., she grew up in Fort Valley, Ga. Bryant was a graduate of Fort Valley State College in Georgia, where she received a bachelor’s degree with honors, Columbia University (M.A.), and the University of Florida (Ed.D.).
USF Botanical Gardens to host “Don’t be Afraid of the Native Plants” workshop
TAMPA, Fla. -- On Oct. 29, the University of South Florida Botanical Garden is having a special “Don’t Be Afraid of the Native Plants” Workshop by a native plant expert. The workshop will be held at the garden’s conservatory from 10-10:30 a.m. as part of a special Native Plant Day at the Botanical Gardens.
USF assistant professor receives R&D 100 Award
University of South Florida’s Sameer Varma, an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, was recognized by R&D Magazine’s top 100 inventions of the year his work developing a water desalinization membrane.
USF to host CESU meeting
The University of South Florida will be hosting the 2011 Southeast Regional Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Meeting. The conference will take place on the St. Petersburg Campus and at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute from Oct. 25-27.
Representatives from The Washington Center to discuss internship opportunities
Representatives from the Washington Center will be on campus from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in SOC 366 and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center to discuss the internships and academic seminars it offers to university students across the country.
Lecture to discuss politics, racism and the USDA
The University of South Florida Department of Communication will host the Second Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture featuring Emmett Winn, Ph.D. at 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2011 in CIS 3020. Winn will discuss how politics and filmmaking converged in the early 20th century to promote a view of racism in the United States.
USF astrophysicist to speak on origins of the universe
Doug Gobeille, a University of South Florida astrophysicist, will speak at a meeting of the USF Society of Physics Students at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in ISA 1061.
USF to host event to promote safe transportation
The Geography department, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), Bicycle Club and Geographical Society at the University of South Florida will host an OpenStreetMap (OSM) Party on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, from noon to 4 p.m. at the University of South Florida. This party aims at mapping out safe bike and walking paths, bus routes and stops, local amenities, safe zones, cultural and historical spots and other areas of interest on the USF campus and surrounding areas.
USF soil study reveals true diversity of life; new species discovered
Microscopic animals that live in soils are as diverse in the tropical forests of Costa Rica as they are in the arid grasslands of Kenya or the tundra and boreal forests of Alaska and Sweden, according to a groundbreaking University of South Florida study appearing today in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences.
Undergraduate students working on shark research
While some University of South Florida students opt to spend their summer days relaxing, other students like Chelsea Conley and Ryan McKenzie choose to gain hands-on research experience. They spent all summer and the current fall semester working alongside renowned shark expert Philip Motta, a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology.
Oktoberfest to promote faculty research
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences is hosting the Fifth Annual Oktoberfest at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 in MSC 3707.
USF Botanical Gardens to host Beginners Bonsai Workshop
The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens will host the Hukyu Bonsai Society’s presentation of Introduction to Bonsai Workshop. This will be a 2-hour hands-on workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 22.
USF physicists discover super-elastic shock wave
A new and better way to observe how high speed, powerful shock waves move through solids -- and how the solids consequently respond -- has been developed by University of South Florida physicists.
Report calls for a more inclusive oil spill restoration plan
A new report from the Pew Environmental Group on the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico after the epic 2010 BP oil spill recommends a comprehensive restoration plan that addresses the Gulf’s complex role as a natural habitat that also supports human needs.
USF Humanities Institute to host Stampede of Culture
The University of South Florida Humanities Institute is partnering with the Humanities and Cultural Studies Organization (HSCO) to host the annual jazz festival, Stampede of Culture, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the MSC Amphitheater.
USF Botanical Gardens to host Fall Plant Festival
The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens is hosting the annual Fall Plant Festival from Saturday, Oct. 8 to Sunday, Oct. 9.
USF to host Weather and Climate Education Workshop for teachers
The University of South Florida is pairing up with the West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society to host a major educational outreach workshop at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at the Instructional Services Center in Tampa in room 101.
USF to officially open Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
University of South Florida students already have been enjoying the benefits of the brand-new science building on campus, and on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, the public will get a glimpse of the latest addition to USF when the university commemorates the opening of the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in front of the main entrance. This new building is home to interdisciplinary research and state-of-the-art teaching labs for students in physics, biology and chemistry.
Acclaimed cancer researcher to speak at USF
Pulitzer Prize winning author and noted cancer researcher Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee will visit the University of South Florida as part of the Frontier Forum lecture series presented by USF Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Faculty. Mukherjee’s lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in the Interdisciplinary Sciences Auditorium room 1051.
Government Internships Program to host information session
The University of South Florida is hosting an information session on the Government Internships Programs at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19 in MSC 3707. These internship programs give students unique experiences in government at the local, state and national levels.
Panel to discuss broadcast meteorology career opportunities
The West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society is hosting a Broadcast Meteorologist Panel at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in ISA 1051.
For your “honey do” list: Attend annual honey tasting
One of the sweetest events of the year is just around the corner. The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens is getting ready for the second Annual Honey Tasting Event from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the gardens.
Professor to serve on statewide Holocaust task force
There’s a danger in seeing the Holocaust as incomprehensible, unique, mysterious or even as an event, according to Edward Kissi, a professor in the Department of Africana Studies and an expert on the subject.
USF geography professor awarded NSF grant
University of South Florida professor Jayajit Chakraborty received a $389,992 collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation’s Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events Program. The grant will be used to fund a three-year project called “Advancing Environmental Equity Research: Vulnerability to Air Pollution and Flood Risks in Houston and Miami.”
USF grad student awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Graduate student and former USF tennis player Lauren Shumate has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Serbia.
Alumni Spotlight: Braulio Colón
University of South Florida alumnus Braulio Colón has and continues to impact the field of public policy in Tampa, Fla. Using the experience he gained as a participant in Public Policy Internship Program, Colón maintains an active role in the field. Colón is the director of the Florida College Access Network, an institution that strives to promote underprivileged students, first generation college students and under-represented students with exposure, preparation and success for college.
USF alumnus making an impact in The White House
University of South Florida alumnus Ryan Metcalf has made a name for himself in the world of public policy. He currently works as a senior correspondent analyst in the Office of Presidential Correspondence for the Executive Office of the President in the White House.
Alumni Spotlight: Deborah Kuhn, Ph.D.
Every student comes to the University of South Florida with a path, and Deborah Kuhn easily figured out where her path would lead. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology, Kuhn learned that USF has begun a cancer biology doctoral program and immediately applied upon finding that many of the professors were affiliated with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.
For your “honey do” list: Attend annual honey tasting
One of the sweetest events of the year is just around the corner. The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens is getting ready for the second Annual Honey Tasting Event from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the gardens.
Professor to present health economics research
University of South Florida economics professor Gabriel Picone will present his research about estimating the effectiveness of doctor visits when diagnosed with a chronic illness. The presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, in BSN 120.
Professor discusses Libya turmoil
Mohsen Milani, chair of the University of South Florida's Department of Government and International Affairs, talks about the ongoing turmoil in Libya and the Middle East.
USF study: Frequency of volcanic eruptions on rise
Volcanic ash clouds have shut down airports from Northern Europe to Buenos Aires to Sydney in the past two years, disrupting global travel and creating the potential for mid-air disasters.
CAS students receive Genshaft/Greenbaum scholarship
Her name was Maylin; she was 7-years-old and far away from her home in Panama. The little girl with no legs and no parents to care for her made her way to the USF campus where she found a new friend at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
USF researcher discovers details of early human environment
Since the first finds of the early human fossils were recorded during the past century, scientists have debated how these ancient ancestors might have lived as they took their initial tentative steps and developed the attributes that have come to define modern man.
USF’s outstanding graduate overcomes tragedy
This summer’s outstanding graduate from the University of South Florida has experienced, overcome and achieved more than most will ever do in a lifetime.
Research Spotlight: Julia Irwin
Julia Irwin knows what it’s like to face the dilemma of having to choose between two loves and came up with the perfect solution. Simply choose them both and see what happens. In her case the love of history and science led to an exciting blending of the two.
Ph.D. student wins community award from Tampa Bay Bucs
Every year the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gives their Community Quarterback award to deserving citizens who have made an impact in the community through volunteering. Lance Arney, a doctoral candidate in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida, was one of the 2011 award recipients.
Professor presents at Chinese Academy of Sciences
At the University of South Florida, faculty, students and scholars are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to promote academic exchange across borders.
Professor analyzes impact of former MLB player
When HBO showed “The Curious Case of Curt Flood” Wednesday night, one viewer who considers himself one of the foremost experts on the late baseball player was paying close attention with an especially critical eye.
USF professor receives diplomatic history award
Biannually the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations awards the Betty M. Unterberger prize to distinguished writers in the field of diplomatic history. Julia Irwin, an assistant professor of history at the University of South Florida, is this year’s recipient.
Calling all aspiring hosts
The College of Arts and Sciences is looking for USF students to host recruiting videos.
USF professor awarded BP grant
A crucial University of South Florida research project examining the impact of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the often overlooked ecosystem of Gulf beaches will continue after winning a coveted grant from a BP-funded research program.
New course had students brave the wilderness
University of South Florida visiting instructor Sara Dykins Callahan risked the backlash of separating students from their phones for a full 10 days.
IBL event honors founder, highlights research
A display of masks and sculptures from the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum’s collection and a pair of drums in the lobby of the Dr. Kiran B. Patel Center for Global Solutions hinted that the day’s events were focused on Africa.
USF professor wins research grant for his work on human sexuality
Every year since 2002, the Cornell University Library awards the Zwickler Memorial Research Grant to researchers on their work on human sexuality. David K. Johnson, an associate professor of history at the University of South Florida is the 2011 recipient of this grant.
Psychology program receives elite accreditation
Strong training in research is what earns official recognition from the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). Following a thorough evaluation, the University of South Florida’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program in the Department of Psychology met the criteria and received 10 years of accreditation.
USF partners with FARO Technologies
A world-renown team of University of South Florida researchers who have used high-tech scanning devices to unlock the secrets of archaeological sites around the world are set to become the new North American training directors for an advanced generation of laser scanners.
Field school takes a closer look at Costa Rica
Three hours from a major city and off the Pan American Highway on roads that are not entirely paved, Monteverde, Costa Rica is a picture-perfect region of lush vegetation and small communities on the edge of a cloud forest.
USF “manhood” study sparks worldwide debate
“Masculinity, a Delicate Flower”, one headline announced. “It's official: Men hate household chores”, the Times of India exclaimed. ”Males act hostile when asked to do dishes,” Mangalorean.com announced in yet another -- albeit somewhat puzzling -- take in what has become a worldwide cacophony of opinion over the latest publication from University of South Florida psychology faculty members Jennifer Bosson and Joseph Vandello.
Students working on Tampa Bay cold cases
He was just a boy. He might have been as young as 12 or maybe old enough to drive, but by the time his body was found by a man looking for bottles in Palmetto it was too late to know for sure.
USF professor discusses cholesterol, saturated fat and obesity myths
Food and drug companies, as well as the government, have misled Americans to believe that a diet high in cholesterol and fat leads to heart disease and obesity, according to a University of South Florida researcher.
USF researchers ready for hurricane season
For storm experts like Jennifer Collins, what happens between hurricane seasons is just as important as the seasons themselves in predicting and understanding hurricane activity.
Researchers rate RateMyProfessor.com
Every semester, students across the globe log into RateMyProfessors.com (RMP) to get an idea of how challenging a class or professor is, to see whether it’s worth buying the book and to get tips and tricks from former students on how to be successful in the course.
USF student receives Stowers Merit Award
A USF student recently has been awarded the Dr. Dewey M. Stowers Award for Excellence in Meteorology.
VIDEO: Bad science, big business created obesity epidemic
David Diamond, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences shares his personal story about his battle with obesity and what led him to find the myths and misinformation about obesity and heart disease.
USF student looks at value of today’s young adult fiction
For a generation of young readers, it’s werewolves over “The Sea Wolf” and Team Edward over Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”
VIDEO: USF Botanical Gardens
The USF College of Arts and Sciences is the home of one of the University's great treasures, the Botanical Gardens. Home to a wide variety of native flora and fauna, the Gardens serve the dual purpose of providing an oasis for the university and the community it serves, as well as providing a home for important research projects. Classes in disciplines ranging from environmental science to pharmacy use the Gardens to further the research enterprise at USF.
Ph.D. student looks at what fuels deadly rip currents
On a single day -- June 8, 2003 -- eight people drowned in rip currents along Florida’s Panhandle beaches. Now remembered as Black Sunday, the currents claimed both the lives of swimmers caught by surprise and the people trying to rescue them.
SI professor elected president of FAME
Cora P. Dunkley, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida School of Information, has been elected president of the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), the state’s professional organization of school librarians. Her term will begin in 2012.
Professors examine Tampa Bay’s environmental inequities
The Tampa Bay area is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the state of Florida, however, it is not without its share of challenges. A new book written by University of South Florida professors explores racial and socioeconomic inequities associated with various undesirable land uses and pollution sources in Tampa Bay.
Student explores vinegar's benefits
For many undergraduate researchers, it’s easier to immerse themselves in projects that hit close to home. Melanie Kantor, a biomedical sciences senior, uses this reason for her passion toward the undergraduate research she conducted at USF.
USF journal inspires undergraduate writers
Can you reflect on the symbolism of beer-stained carpet? What would happen if all the culture, music and art in the world were stolen? And is there some essential truth to a parent’s eternal question to their malingering college-age child: Are you sick, or just hung over?
USF class examines history of Haiti
Like the prizefighter who won his first championship battle only to be beaten down again and again and again, Haiti always struggles to stand up and fight once more.
USF holds spring commencement
With the USF Sun Dome closed for renovations, family members and friends flocked to downtown Tampa for the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate commencement on May 5. While the location for the graduation ceremony may have been different, the jubilation in the air was happily familiar as graduates headed instead to the St. Pete Times Forum.
Middle East expert discusses death of Bin Laden
An expert on the Middle East, Mohsen Milani, chair of the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida, discusses the death of Osama bin Laden.
16-year-old finishes junior year at USF
On Dec. 14, 2010, Joann Gold turned 16. A few weeks she walked onto USF’s campus as a junior.
Women’s and gender studies department takes big leap forward to address pressing social issues
The University of South Florida Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is being transformed to better address pressing social issues, according to the College of Arts and Sciences.
Earth Day Tampa Bay takes pride at USF Botanical Gardens
Join USF’s Office of Sustainability and the Tampa Bay Sierra Club for Earth Day Tampa Bay 2011, on Saturday, April 23 at the USF Botanical Gardens. This year makes the 41st celebration of Earth Day Tampa Bay, and the theme, Pride of Place, encourages taking pride in our communities and environment. The free event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
Students enjoy the fruit of their labor
Students from the Ethics of Food Production class gathered under a tent at the USF Botanical Gardens to gorge themselves on organic produce and vegan meals. This potluck, held on April 14, was a result of a semester-long process of maintaining their own vegetable garden where they finally got a chance to enjoy the harvest.
USF’s chemistry professor ranked 20th in the world
Along with 2011 being designated the Year of Chemistry by the United Nations, Mike Zaworotko, professor of chemistry at University of South Florida, found out that it was his year as well. On Feb. 10, 2011, Thomas Reuters released the Top 100 Chemists for 2000-2010, and it was on this list that Zaworotko found himself ranked as the 20th top chemist in the world.
USF history student selected for Fulbright teaching assistantship
With graduation day looming, Ryan Walsh received some news that removed a cloud of uncertainty from his immediate future.
Students participate in CSI research
Forensics isn’t just popular fodder for television these days; it’s gained ground with real research done by students.
USF to unveil poetry garden
The garden is a winding path through pine trees and palms. A pavilion made of wood and thatched with palm leaves is available among the poems posted along the path for visitors to stop, sit, and create their own sense of place.
USF study finds common fungicide lethal for frogs
Chlorothalonil, a common fungicide used around the world on farms and golf courses, has been found to be lethal to frog tadpoles at levels below what regulators have said are safe environmental concentrations, according to a University of South Florida study published in one of the nation’s leading environmental journals.
Studying abroad in China
Samantha Ashworth, a senior at the University of South Florida, is spending the year in study abroad in Tianjin, China, at Nankai University. She recently sent an email to faculty and her world language peers discussing her travels and studies so far.
USF professor explores the role of men as feminists
University of South Florida English Professor Gary Lemons is all too familiar with the “f” word that can put lots of people on edge -- feminism.
USF research included in Encyclopedia Britannica
Important findings from a University of South Florida research study on sea slugs have been included in the Encyclopedia Britannica’s “Book of the Year,” which highlights the most important scientific discoveries from 2010.
Historian, poet explores Black Cuban life
Cigars and maids may not have much in common, but Havana is the connection when British historian Jean Stubbs and Cuban author and journalist Pedro Perez Sarduy team up for a presentation at the University of South Florida April 14 at 4:30 at the Patel Center for Global Solutions building, room 136.
USF student wins international competition
USF Student Body President Cesar Hernandez went to Dubai last week determined to make a powerful statement about American immigration policy not fully realizing that he was in the midst of a prestigious international competition that would pit him against great young minds from universities like Cambridge and Yale.
USF study looks at invasive species
Worldwide, invasions threaten native species and communities, degrade natural areas, decrease crop yields and cost billions to eradicate. Notorious invasive species such as Burmese pythons, Melaleuca, Cuban tree frogs and fire ants, have consumed the attention -- and substantial resources -- of Florida and elsewhere.
Forensic Science Symposium to present new research findings
The University of South Florida Department of Anthropology and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will be hosting the upcoming Forensic Sciences Symposium: Research and Collaboration in Hillsborough County. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office at 11025 N. 46th St.
USF student receives regional award for meteorology
A USF student recently has been awarded the Dr. Dewey M. Stowers Award for Excellence in Meteorology from the West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
Searching for Atlantis
Since Plato etched his immortal story of a spectacular city that fell into the ocean, the lost city of Atlantis has captivated the imagination. USF Professor Philip Reeder is part of an international research team searching for this famed city.
USF colloquium series addresses BP oil disaster
The University of South Florida’s Department of Sociology colloquium series will be hosting “The BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf: Lessons from Pandora’s Well.”
English department to host lecture about satire
The University of South Florida’s English department will be hosting the annual DeBartolo lecture at 3 p.m. on April 7 in the Grace Allen Room of the USF library.
USF scientist unlocks mystery of high-performance toad tongues
How do toads, perhaps the least athletic of frogs, feed on fast moving insects? Biologists have known for decades that toads snare prey by flipping their sticky tongues out in a flash of an eye--just a few thousandths of a second--far faster than any other movements the often-sluggish creatures make.
USF geologist: Planning helps avert disasters
Timothy H. Dixon, who teaches in the University of South Florida’s Department of Geology, said the safety design for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan should have anticipated the size of the earthquake and its attendant tsunami.
Professor named editor of online journal about women authors
They were suspicious of the new technology. People could steal your words. They could easily spread lies. And how would you know if anything you read was actually true?
It pays to go to class
Imagine taking a class that offers real-world, on the job experience and the chance to actually make some money. A class like that may sound too good to be true for some. But for one class, it’s a reality.
Joining clubs offer unique opportunities for students
The University of South Florida School of Mass Communications recently held a student organization fair.
Geologists watching deadly earthquake, tsunami
The devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that shook Japan and unleashed a tsunami, which set communities along the Pacific Ocean on edge, did not affect six USF students studying in central Japan, but quickly became a focus of USF experts on seismic event and water movement.
Annual language workshop begins Friday
People who love language to the point of wanting to know the most detailed aspect of how human beings put their thoughts into words are gathering at the University of South Florida for the Second Annual USF/Tampa Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Phonology on March 11-12, 2011.
USF grad student wins award at Florida Society of Geographers annual meeting
For the second consecutive year, a University of South Florida student won the best graduate paper award at the annual Florida Society of Geographers meeting.
USF graduate lands his dream job
For Charlie Terenzio (BAMC 2010), his job varies every day. As assistant director of communications for the University of South Florida athletics department, Terenzio handles everything from press releases, video shoots and covering the teams for games and tournaments.
Professor honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award
Christos Tsokos, distinguished university professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of South Florida, was recently granted the University of Connecticut Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Professor addresses Middle East turmoil
With events in the Middle East unfolding at alarming speed, University of South Florida professor Mohsen Milani offers his views on the spreading upheaval in this question and answer session.
Black History: More than just a month
Some comedians joke that February was chosen for Black History month because it was the shortest but the truth is, in coming up with the idea, Carter G. Woodson followed a tradition in African American communities of celebrating the births of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. What started out as a week in 1926 -- called Negro History week -- was expanded to a month 50 years later.
Panhandle beaches show signs of improvement
Many beaches in Florida’s Panhandle and in parts of Alabama hit hard by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill appear to have been thoroughly cleared of visible tar balls and layers of buried oil beneath the sand, but residual oil contamination can still be detected under UV lights, according to a new report from USF’s Coastal Research Lab.
Professor edits journal's special issue
Two years ago, Lynn B. (Marty) Martin received a call inviting him to be the lead editor of a special issue on “Ecological Immunology” in the renowned British Ecological Society’s journal “Functional Ecology.”
Discovery Channel to feature student invention
Have you ever come up with an invention but didn’t make it happen because you didn’t know where to start? Then the next thing you know, you see your invention featured on television, but the patent is not yours. University of South Florida economics student Calvin Sutton didn’t want that to happen to him.
The story behind Valentine's Day
Saint Valentine may have been thrown off the list of official saints during Vatican II, but that hasn’t stopped people from celebrating the day associated with his birth.
SI student selected for ALA's Student to Staff Program
A University of South Florida School of Information student was one of 40 students from around the country to be selected for the American Library Association's Student to Staff Program.
CAS honors faculty, staff for length of service
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences honored several employees on Feb. 2, 2011 for their years of service to the university.
Foreign students eye Middle East struggle
The turmoil and strife half a world away -- first in Tunisia and now Egypt -- is fueling a mix of pride and anxiety in University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences students with ties to Egypt.
Lecture to discuss pop culture's impact on literacy
USF’s English department is hosting Bronwyn Williams, writer and professor of English at University of Louisville, at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 4, in the Marshall Student Center room 2707.
Arab, Muslim hate crimes examined
In the weeks and months following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, hate crimes against Arab and Muslim-Americans spiked. However, hate crimes against other groups decreased during this time, according to a new study by University of South Florida and the State University of New York at Albany.
CAS faculty explores justice movements in the Americas
USF Professor Harry Vanden began his professional life as a Spanish-speaking social worker in Philadelphia in the turbulent days of 1968 before his academic interests led him to the mountains of Ecuador to meet struggling peasants, to the highlands of Chiapas to encounter the Zapatistas and to Venezuela as a member of the Carter Center’s observation team monitoring the election that swept Hugo Chávez to power.
Mailer Review focuses on two "literary warriors"
Masculinity, toughness, fantasy women, violence, war, boxing, guns -- these are the themes that unite two of the 20th Century’s greatest writers, Norman Mailer and Ernest Hemingway.
Africana event opens the eyes of students
Hillsborough County students visited the University of South Florida’s Marshall Center on Jan. 20, to experience the cultural event “Many Faces of Africa” hosted by USF’s Department of Africana Studies and the Institute on Black Life.
Author Tony D’Souza to speak at USF
Award-winning novelist Tony D’Souza will be at USF to read and discuss his published works at 7 p.m., Jan. 26, 2011, in the auditorium of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions. There will be a book signing at the end of the event, which is sponsored by the USF Department of English and the Center for India Studies.
Award-winning journalist begins teaching at USF
The University of South Florida has named Wayne Garcia, an award-winning political journalist and educator, to an instructor position in its School of Mass Communications.
FIOG public safety program recognized by state officials
The Coordinated Community Anti Crime Initiative, a collaborative effort by the Florida Institute of Government, University of South Florida Police Department and the University Area Community Development Corp., was recently featured at state symposiums in Tallahassee and Jacksonville, highlighting the success of this program.
Haiti one year later: USF student remembers devastating earthquake
As we remember Haiti today, we thank all the countries that responded and served in the humanitarian assistance effort. It seems strange that a year has passed already -- the images of my nation’s terrible devastation are as fresh today as if it had happened just an hour ago.
Exploring the field of economics
Everyone is hoping for better economic headlines in 2011, but if news about the economy flies over your head or makes you anxious because you barely comprehend what it’s all about, a couple of courses that deal with money matters just might help.
USF geologist says beach cleanup not clean sweep
As one of the world’s most beautiful beaches in Pensacola was marred by a 8-mile long swath of thick oil that washed ashore this week, a new study from a USF geologist paints a grim outlook for the sugar-like sands soon returning to their pristine state.
Professor emerita wins lifetime achievement award
Henrietta Mays Smith, professor emerita at the University of South Florida School Information, is the winner of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement. The announcement was made Monday by the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting.
Medicinal plant garden takes root
Among its 3,000 species of plants, diverse habitats and shady paths, something new is taking root at the USF Botanical Gardens. Thanks to University of South Florida senior Tony Kurian, a biology major and president of the USF Botanical Gardens Club, there’s a medicinal plant garden.
USF School of Information attends 2010 Miami Book Fair International
The USF School of Information was represented in the 2010 Miami Book Fair International during Nov. 20-21. SI had a booth at the fair to advertise its degree program and network with alumni.
Student gives back to former neighborhood
Jeannese Castro pulled up her electric blue Toyota Yaris to the chain-link fencing bumping against the property at Mann-Wagnon Park in the heart of Sulphur Springs. As soon as she put it into park, several energetic girls scrambled out, talking and playfully shoving each other as they walked up to the entrance to the Moses House. Here, kids in the community come after school for tutoring sessions, art workshops and just to hang out, an alternative to hanging out on the streets of one of Tampa’s most impoverished neighborhoods. The kids are sweet and smart, volunteers at Moses House always say, but rough around the edges.
Alumni Spotlight: Trish Higgins
Every piece of video that is received at CNN's headquarters in Atlanta passes through a person or system that Trish Higgins oversees. Higgins, a mass communication graduate of the print-journalism sequence, is now the Media Coordinator Supervisor in the Image and Sound Department at CNN.
Professor wins lifetime achievement award
Geography professor Graham Tobin, Ph.D., was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG).
Anthropology professor working with former U.S. president
You, your family and community constitute an important part of history -- every story a puzzle piece that completes a picture important to the future, for descendents and researchers alike.
USF Weather Center explores natural disasters
As a child, Jennifer Collins remembers flicking on the television in her home in England one October evening to hear a BBC weatherman dismiss rumors that a hurricane would be sweeping the country and assured viewers the weather would be fine. It was the eve of her 12th birthday, and a big party was planned.
The weatherman was, of course, wrong.
USF SI attends 2010 FAME Annual Convention
The Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) is the professional organization at the state level for librarians who work in educational settings. FAME’s President, Cecelia Solomon, is a graduate of the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science program. Last week, school media specialists from all regions of Florida congregated once more for their Annual Conference at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando.
USF SI helps launch Project ALFA site
Project ALFA is a partnership between the University of Alabama, the University of South Florida, the Alabama Public Library Service, and the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services. Project ALFA is an ALA-accredited Master’s degree program centered on a philosophy of service to a diverse community. It was designed to do so by providing 30 masters degree fellowships.
USF SI hosts ICPE 2010
On Oct. 20 through Oct. 22, 2010, faculty and students of the School of Information (SI) and University of South Florida administrators welcomed domestic and international presenters at the Second International Conference on Information Capital, Property and Ethics (ICPE).
USF SI faculty present paper at Present Paper at Dublin Core and Metadata Applications Conference
USF School of Information Director Dr. Jim Andrews and LIS Adjunct Denise Shereff are presenting their paper, “The Question about Questions: Is DC a Good Choice to Address the Challenges of Representation of Clinical Research Questions and Value Sets?” with their colleagues Timothy Patrick and Rachel Richesson at the DC-2010 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications Conference.
6 CAS professors named Outstanding Undergraduate Teachers
Six College of Arts and Sciences professors received the University of South Florida Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for the 2009-10 school year.
Leading philosopher to discuss higher education, democracy
Martha Nussbaum is widely considered one of America’s top philosophers and is coming to the University of South Florida to speak about her latest book, "Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities."
Leading philosopher to discuss need for a liberal arts education
Martha Nussbaum is widely considered one of America’s best philosophers. Nussbaum, who has written more than 30 books, will be speaking at USF at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Traditions Hall about her latest book, “Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities.”
Former Iran hostage discusses U.S.-Iran relations
Thirty-one years to the day after he was taken hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Iran, former career diplomat John Limbert said the U.S. and Iran will never move beyond its three-decade-old standoff unless it is willing to put the “ghosts of history” behind them.
Professor wins Southeastern division award
Assistant professor of geography, Jennifer Collins, Ph.D., recently was honored by winning the 2010 Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG) Excellence in Teaching Award.
UMass Scholar to discuss Holocaust
Cultural studies scholar Olga Gershenson, Ph.D., will be speaking about how the Holocaust was represented in the Soviet Union, at noon, on Nov. 5, in the Grace Allen Room.
Communication professor wins distinguished award
Kenneth Cissna, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Communication, won the 2010 Distinguished Award for an Edited Scholarly Book from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association NCA.
USF study examines whale shark eating habits
How does earth’s biggest fish dine on the tiniest marine critters? New research reveals how whale sharks filter feed in the wild and links their feeding anatomy, behavior and ecology as never before.
Department of Government and International Affairs to host Middle East conference
The complicated landscape of electoral politics and democratization in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran will be the focus of a Nov. 3-4 conference at USF, drawing some of the world’s leading figures, scholars and commentators on the ever-complex subject.
Graduate students present their research at national weather conference
Three graduate students from the Department of Geography at the University of South Florida recently presented their research at the National Weather Association annual conference held in Tucson, Ariz.
Exploring the role of “rest in peace” T-shirts in Black America
The USF Institute on Black Life will host anthropology doctoral candidate Brett Mervis, who will give a presentation entitled “Rest in Peace T-Shirts: An Exploratory Study of a Contemporary Black American Mourning Ritual.” The lecture will begin at 11 a.m. on Nov. 4 in FAO 296.
Alumna named Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year
USF alumna Colleen Chappell was named the 2010 Business Woman of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Mass communications student wins video contest
Everyone has been told that recycling is important and should be done on a daily basis. There is even a song titled "3 R's" by Jack Johnson informing people to reduce, reuse and recycle. For Dan Bakst, a junior majoring in mass communications, the idea of reusing involved a plastic bag and an imagination.
USF grad student wins big at GPU Symposium
USF graduate Jon Belof, Ph.D., won the "Best Talk" award at the GPU Symposium at the Fall 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.
Spend New Year's in India
Dr. Carlos Lopez of religious studies and Dr. Pratyusha Basu of geography will lead a two-week winter break study tour of India from Dec. 26, 2010 to Jan. 8, 2011. The goal of this program is to familiarize students with conducting field-based research in an international setting and to provide a foundation for any further research topics relating to India.
CAS faculty to participate in upcoming election debates
With less than two weeks before the midterm elections, U.S. Senate and Florida Gubernatorial candidates will make their last pleas for votes during two televised debates at the University of South Florida.
The Antarctic is literally the place anyone might expect to look for a treatment for a tropical disease like malaria, but under a retreating glacier is exactly where USF chemist Bill Baker found a bright red sea sponge that holds the latest hope for a new treatment.
Leading economist to discuss education and the economy
Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D. will be bringing her intellect and input on economics, education and public policy when she comes to speak at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Tampa Museum of Art.
Three alumni discuss life after college
Three men, three different careers, three different lifestyles, but one foundation that allowed them all to grow — the University of South Florida. The three College of Arts and Sciences alumni, T.J. Nutter, Emilio Gonzalez and Howard Gruverman, were given a tour around their alma mater and took part in a panel discussing their career accomplishments and their experiences at USF.
Professor uses Chinese storytelling techniques to teach language
Indispensible to the traditional Chinese storytelling art, kuaishu, or “fast tales,” are two flat, brass plates called yuanyang ban.
This day in world history: Oct. 7
October 1967. In Nigeria, on the west coast of Africa, civil war raged. Ethnic and cultural differences fueled the fighting, which followed the secession of the mostly Igbo region to the east of the Niger River, an area renamed Biafra. Nigerian government troops had arrived in Asaba, an ethnically-Igbo town on the west bank of the Niger that remained part of Nigeria. On Oct. 7, 1967, federal troops gathered up men and older boys, accusing them of Biafran sympathies.
USF: No visible oil found in offshore sand cores
A team of University of South Florida researchers studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on northern Gulf beaches say areas just offshore from some of Florida’s most heavily oiled beaches appear to be free of visible oil contamination in the sediments.
Annual Fall Plant Festival celebrated Oct. 9-10
The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens will celebrate its 20th annual Fall Plant Festival on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Oct.10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission for the event and botanical gardens is $5 for the general public. USF Botanical Garden members and children under 12 are admitted free.
Cleaning up a football game
At an event that usually results in a lot of garbage, USF is encouraging students to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bottles and cans as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Game Day Challenge.
Educating people about climate change
A complex and interdisciplinary subject, climate science is not easy to teach. Nonetheless, University of South Florida Geology Professor and Department Chair Jeffrey Ryan says it is essential for people to have a basic, scientific grasp of the environmental changes taking place and their impacts so they can make critical decisions affecting their lives.
Sociology’s Fall 2010 Colloquium Series to kickoff in October
The sociology department has announced its Fall 2010 Colloquium Series. The series will feature current USF professors and graduate students.
Economics seminar to discuss lawsuit dynamics
The Department of Economics will host Professor Andrew F. Daughety of Vanderbilt University Sept. 24. Daughety will discuss his work “A Dynamic Model of Lawsuit Joinder and Settlement.” The paper examines a model of the process in which multiple related lawsuits are filed and combined as well as the effects of preemptive settlement offers.
Professor explores role of Iran in shaping the future of Iraq
Iran has played the role of a “spoiler power” in Iraq, thwarting U.S. interests in the war-torn country when they run counter to what Iran wants to happen there, said University of South Florida professor Mohsen M. Milani.
USF Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series to feature prominent Civil War historian
Famed historian and author Eric Foner, Ph.D., will be speaking at 6:30 p.m., on Sept. 23 at the USF Marshall Student Center in the Oval Theater as part of the USF Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series.
Abstracts wanted for upcoming Gulf Oil Spill Conference
The University of South Florida, Florida Institute of Oceanography, Mote Marine Laboratory, and the State of Florida Oil Spill Academic Task Force will host a major oil spill research conference, Feb. 9-11, 2011, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront in St. Petersburg, Fla.
8 questions with Eric Foner
Famed Civil War historian, professor and curator Eric Foner, Ph.D., will be talking about one of the most turbulent eras in United States history. His lecture, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln, Slavery and the Rights of Black Americans," will revolve around his latest publication "Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World."
USF Botanical Gardens to host beekeeping workshops
The USF Botanical Gardens will be hosting four beekeeping workshops this fall.
College of Arts and Sciences unleashes "This Week in Pictures"
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) will be accepting and publishing photographs weekly, submitted by USF faculty, staff and students that capture campus life, class projects, research, faculty and anything else showcasing CAS.
CAS researchers examine feelings of immigrants
Immigrants who feel harassed and treated like common criminals by government officials could have a harder time building a psychological attachment to the United States and might feel too alienated to participate in civic life here, according to a study by two University of South Florida professors.
Company unveils USF-developed solar energy technology
In the hunt for new ways of creating renewable and clean energy, few technologies have generated as much excitement as the tiny, flexible solar cells developed by USF physicist Xiaomei Jiang in recent years.
CAS senior featured on "Live! With Regis and Kelly"
University of South Florida senior Neil Seaver is flipping out. That’s because the biomedical science major recently received national attention--and $2,500--for his wacky talent. Seaver was featured as a finalist in the Wacky and Wild Talent Contest on the "Live! With Regis and Kelly" show.
New director hired for the School of Mass Communications
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences has named Fred Pearce the director of the School of Mass Communications.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author to discuss Martin Luther King, Bill Clinton
Pulitzer Prize-winning, public speaker, National Humanities Medal recipient, MacArthur Foundation recipient and sometimes even musician, Taylor Branch will be speaking at 7 p.m., on Sept. 14, at the Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Jaeb Theater) as part of the USF Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series.
Lecture series to focus on cold cases
In an effort to strengthen the partnerships between the University of South Florida and Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies, a new lecture series began Friday, hosted by the Department of Anthropology at USF.
USF Botanical Gardens Plant Shop to host "An African Violet and Gesneriad Celebration"
The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens Plant Shop will host a special one-day Gesneriad Celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the USF Botanical Gardens.
7 questions with Taylor Branch
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch will kick-off the fall lineup for the Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
USF Botanical Gardens to feature annual cactus show
Central Florida Cactus & Succulent Society will hold its annual Show & Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2010 at the USF Botanical Gardens.
Suncoast League of Cities partners with USF’s Florida Institute of Government
Beginning in October 2010, the Suncoast League of Cities will partner with University of South Florida’s Florida Institute of Government (FIOG) to advance the quality of life in West Central Florida.
Tracking beach ecosystems in wake of oil spill
In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, the focus on Florida beaches has been whether they are cleaned of oil or not.
But USF Professor Susan Bell, chair of the Department of Integrative Biology, is investigating a more complex set of questions about beaches and their inhabitants: whether the interwoven communities of plants, small crabs, clams, turtles, birds and other critters are a functioning food web or have feeding relationships become altered on beaches impacted by the nation’s largest environmental disaster.
New economics professor wins international award
A little more than two weeks into her new position at the University of South Florida, an economics professor received an international award in recognition of her research on the physical and mental effects of winning the lottery.
Anthropology professor featured in Public Library of Science initiative
A University of South Florida professor is one of 13 scientists and journalists selected to participate in the Public Library of Science Blogs, a new network for discussing science in public that covers topics in research, culture and publishing.
Robert Noyce STEM Fellows program to offer stipends for master’s program
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education are offering $30,000 stipends to 31 professionals who are interested in earning their teaching credentials in mathematics and science through the one-year accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching program at USF. The program will begin in fall 2011, and applications can be submitted beginning Sept. 1, 2010.
Professor publishes book about celebrity, social media
When the headquarters for manufacturing fame moved from Hollywood and New York to the Internet, the tools and the decision-making power moved with them.
Department of Sociology welcomes new chairman
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences has named Robert Benford as the chair of the Department of Sociology.
CAS researchers studying metabolites that protect organisms from infection
Chemistry professor Bill Baker leads the research team, composed of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as professionals in the field, to study metabolites produced by organisms in Antarctica.
New USF student organization offers thesis, volunteer opportunities
Beginning this fall, University of South Florida students will have the opportunity to join a new student organization, the USF Botanical Gardens Club. This organization will offer students the opportunity to develop an honors thesis or volunteer with the Botanical Gardens.
2 CAS graduates named USF Undergraduate Scholars
Two College of Arts and Sciences graduates received the USF Undergraduate Scholar award at Saturday’s commencement ceremony.
Annual Tropical Plant Fair set for July 10-11
Did you lose your tropical plants in last winter’s harsh weather? Those delicate orchids and ginger plants, fragrant plumeria, or lush green ferns?
CAS professor helps make historic discovery
Bones unearthed by a team of scientists in Ethiopia show that early human ancestors used tools a million years earlier than previously documented, which means many textbooks will have to be rewritten as the world gains a new perspective on human development. The August 12 issue of the journal Nature recounts the story of the landmark discovery by the people who made it.
Chemistry professor wins outstanding junior faculty award
University of South Florida chemistry assistant professor Arjan van der Vaart has been awarded the American Chemical Society HP Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, the ACS announced Friday.
CAS professor helps make solar windows a reality
A Maryland-based company has announced it will unveil a working prototype of the world’s first-ever glass window capable of generating electricity in the coming weeks. The prototype, which has the ability to generate electricity on a see-thru glass window, is being made possible through the use of the world’s smallest working organic solar cells, developed by Xiaomei Jiang, a University of South Florida physics professor.
CAS geologist helps cartoonist with "oil" paintings
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Steven Breen is accustomed to reducing big issues into startling, thought-provoking images. But his newest endeavor literally turned the damaging effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill into the commentary itself. With the help of University of South Florida coastal geologist Ping Wang and graduate student Rip Kirby, Breen recently set out to the beaches near Pensacola to gather oil washed up on the beach to see if he could use the material as part of artwork.
Botanical Gardens hosting events about bromeliads and bees
For two consecutive weekends this month, the USF Botanical Gardens will be all abuzz as gardens staff and volunteers welcome visitors to its annual Bromeliad Bash on Saturday, Aug. 14 and then the first in a series of popular beekeeping workshops on Saturday, Aug. 21.
CAS student finishes strong in Chinese competition
Dressed in red robes and wielding a sword, University of South Florida sophomore Victor Florez triumphed as one of five first-place winners in a world-wide Chinese language competition. He was the only American in the top five first-place winners.
New report shows thousands of tiny tar balls on Florida beaches
As researchers from the University of South Florida Coastal Research Laboratory examined miles of beaches of north Florida and Alabama last month, they discovered beaches hit by oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill and then “cleaned” by BP crews were anything but clean.
$1.2 million grant to train math, science teachers for Tampa Bay
A $1.2 million grant awarded to the USF College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education by the National Science Foundation will go a long way in helping ensure the success of students who are committed to becoming tomorrow's science and mathematics teachers.
CAS sophomore in finals of Chinese Competition
University of South Florida sophomore Victor Florez finished second in the lastest round of competition in the “Chinese Bridge” Competition and now moves on to compete in the finals with just six remaining contestants. Six contestants were eliminated this week during the nationally televised event from Shanghai.
CAS students travel to Ireland to study media
After months of preparation, 14 students from USF left for Ireland this week. With the knowledge they have gleamed from assigned films and readings and their passports in hand, they will embark on a journey that former students have called “life-changing.”
CAS student receives inaugural doctoral research fellowship
Nicole Caesar, a Ph.D. student in the University of South Florida’s Department of Geography, is the recipient of the USF Graduate School’s inaugural Signature Research Doctoral Fellowship. She will receive $18,000 for two academic years and a $600 travel budget to aid her in the completion of her doctoral research.
CAS student receives inaugural dissertation fellowship
Anthropology Ph.D. student Elizabeth Danforth is one of four students awarded the University of South Florida Graduate School’s inaugural Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Danforth will receive $15,000 to aid in the completion of her doctoral dissertation, which examines adolescent nutrition in Tanzania.
Culture important in water management
In the small African village of Gbenikoro, which is in a remote part of northern Sierra Leone’s Koinadugu District, there is a plateau. And if you ride in a Range Rover to the top of the plateau and step out, as Fenda Akiwumi has, a rice swamp extends before you. It’s a spectacular view of the most beautiful body of water she says she has ever seen in her life.
CAS students win prestigious international scholarship
Two USF College of Arts and Sciences students have won the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a grant for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies abroad. The selection rate for this scholarship in the last nine years has been as low as 11 percent, making this a very competitive scholarship.
A journey of scientific and self discovery
USF senior Amber Schmidt spends hours every week doing immunology research on the progression of myelodysplastic syndrome to acute myeloid leukemia in the lab of Dr. Epling-Burnette at Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute on the USF campus. Her greatest discovery to date, however, did not occur as she peered into a test tube.
Measuring water at Crystal Springs
There’s a cacophony of sound along the Hillsborough River that cuts through the muggy morning air. The muffled hoo-hoo-to-hoo of a barred owl. The rolling rattle of sand hill cranes. The impertinent buzz of cicadas so loud it nearly drowns out the gentle splash of USF students as they wade slowly from bank to bank in the clear, green water.
Memorial to Nigerian mass killing sought
University of South Florida researchers are back in Nigeria this summer to continue their work collecting statements from witnesses to a decades-old mass killing that took place during the nation’s civil war.
USF geologist says oil threatens dunes, nesting areas
Large waves driven by Hurricane Alex pushed oil higher up Florida's Panhandle beaches and toward critical bird-nesting areas on barrier islands, USF geologist Ping Wang said.
Juneteenth celebrates freedom
In stark contrast to the way news travels in an instant around the globe today, news of emancipation from slavery travelled to the enslaved only as fast as humans could carry it.
Preserving Holocaust oral histories
An internationally recognized ethnographer who studies and records human cultures, sociologist, and communication scholar, USF communication professor Carolyn Ellis has a long-standing interest in personal narratives of loss, trauma and emotionality in communication.
The Nose Knows: Sharks smell in stereo
Shark attacks have been studied for years by researchers who hope to unlock mysteries around how the predatory animals use their senses. The answers may provide scientists with information that can help people – though in an unexpected way when it comes to the sense of smell.
Book "Lavender Scare" to be documentary
The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government, by University of South Florida history professor David Johnson, has inspired Emmy Award-winning producer Josh Howard to produce a documentary based on the work, according to a recent story in Variety magazine.
Roller skater focuses on speed
Ashley Hinton, an accomplished skater, hopes to us
Summer Film Fair at USF
It’s starting to make as much sense to study and pursue a career in filmmaking in Tampa Bay as it is in Los Angeles or New York City – if you note the signs.