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Recent CAS graduate selected for prestigious internship
[07.01.2016]
Krista Gutierrez, a 2016 graduate of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences, was selected to participate in the prestigious 2016 Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades Summer Intern Program.

Melting Greenland ice sheet may affect global ocean circulation, future climate
[01.27.2016]
Scientists from USF, along with colleagues in Canada and the Netherlands, say that the influx of fresh water from the Greenland ice sheet could impact the climate in places such as Europe and North America.

USF recognized for geospatial sciences program
[06.18.2015]
The University of South Florida was one of 17 academic institutions selected for the Centers for Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences program, a joint endeavor of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Subtle shifts in the Earth could forecast earthquakes, tsunamis
[11.18.14]
Earthquakes and tsunamis can be giant disasters no one sees coming, but now an international team of scientists led by a USF professor have found that subtle shifts in the earth’s offshore plates can be a harbinger of the size of the disaster.

Breaking ground in Geology
[07.24.2014]
Jeff Ryan, professor and chair for the College of Arts and Sciences School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida, is embarking on a two-month voyage to study the Earth’s crust in the Izu-Bonin-Mariana trench system, located in the Pacific Ocean.

USF geologist says beach cleanup not clean sweep
[06.03.2010]
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.

CAS offers unique course for graduate students
[06.18.2014]
Writing grant proposals is an essential part of academic work. Unfortunately, many graduate students enter their field without the know-how of writing successful grant proposals.

AIST to be featured in MOSI’s 3D printing exhibit
[06.05.2014]
The Alliance for Integrative Spatial Technologies (AIST), part of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida, will be a guest curator of MOSI’s exciting new exhibit, “3D Printing the Future - The Exhibition.” The exhibit, which opens June 14, will illustrate 3D printing’s boundless and mind-blowing potential to reshape how we live, work and play.

CAS student awarded competitive Udall Scholarship
[04.03.2014]
A University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences student is one of 50 students to receive a Udall Foundation Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship to support research related to the environment.

CAS faculty utilize award-winning USF Visualization Center
[03.18.2014]
Several College of Arts and Sciences faculty are using the award-winning Advanced Visualization Center at the University of South Florida to incorporate cutting-edge technology into their curriculum. The Advanced Visualization Center (AVC) recently was awarded the People’s Choice Award from the National Science Foundation after competing in the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.

USF geoscientist names two new Pterosaur species
[01.10.2014]
University of South Florida geoscientist Brian Andres, Ph.D. has named two new species of pterosaurs from his home state of Texas in the journal Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, published online last fall.

CAS student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
[05.17.2013]
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.

Life on Jupiter's moon?
[03.09.2012]
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.

Report calls for a more inclusive oil spill restoration plan
[09.30.2011]
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 study: Frequency of volcanic eruptions on rise
[08.23.2011]
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.

USF researcher discovers details of early human environment
[08.03.2011]
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 geologist: Planning helps avert disasters
[03.23.2011]
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.

Geologists watching deadly earthquake, tsunami
[03.11.2011]
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.

Panhandle beaches show signs of improvement
[03.02.2011]
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.

USF: No visible oil found in offshore sand cores
[10.08.2010]
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.

Educating people about climate change
[10.07.2010]
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.

CAS professor helps make historic discovery
[08.11.2010]
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.

CAS geologist helps cartoonist with "oil" paintings
[07.27.2010]
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.

New report shows thousands of tiny tar balls on Florida beaches
[08.08.2010]
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.

Measuring water at Crystal Springs
[07.02.2010]
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.

USF geologist says oil threatens dunes, nesting areas
[07.01.2010]
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.

Oyster shells tell story
[06.03.2010]
Some oysters provide pearls but all oyster shells have a story to tell, if you know how to look for them. One compelling story about North America’s first successful English settlement has unfolded before University of South Florida researchers equipped with a special tool used in a unique way.