College News

News Categories

CAS Office of Research and Scholarship present three grant writing workshops - register now!
The College of Arts and Sciences Office of Research and Scholarship (ORS) encourages USF faculty and graduate students engaged in research to register for its three grant writing workshops during March 2017.

CAS student receives Udall Scholarship
Steffanie Munguia of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Udall Foundation Scholarship for 2015, one of only 50 students to receive this award in the United States. The award is given for a commitment to the environment and awardees receive a $5,000 scholarship to support research related to the environment. Munguia also becomes a member of a national, professional network of scientists, activists, educators, lawyers and others working on environmental issues. This network of change agents will support Munguia's goals of generating change in our understanding of and response to environmental challenges.

CAS student receives Critical Language Scholarship
Sanil Reddy of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study beginner level Hindi in Jaipur, India for eight weeks this summer. The Critical Language Scholarship award is fully funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The award also provides an orientation in Washington, D.C. and language courses abroad during the summer of 2015.

CAS research shares research opportunities for the humanities
The CAS Office of Research and Scholarship was established in 2001 to provide this high level of expertise paired with a professional diplomacy in our modest team of an Associate Dean for Research and supporting research team, as a go-to resource for researchers and scholars in every area of the research enterprise at the USF College of Arts and Sciences.

CAS researchers discover potential antibiotic cure for MRSA
A breakthrough discovery in antibiotic compounds used to treat resistant strains of bacteria has earned University of South Florida Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology Lindsey (Les) Shaw Ph.D. and microbiology graduate student Whittney Burda a U.S. Patent for their novel research.

CAS professor, students publish research in Nature journal
Emerging fungal pathogens pose a greater threat to biodiversity than any other parasitic group, causing population declines of amphibians, bats, corals, bees and snakes. New research from the University of South Florida published in the prestigious journal Nature reveals that amphibians can acquire behavioral or immunological resistance to a deadly chytrid fungus implicated in global amphibian population declines.

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.

CAS professor named fellow of the prestigious Linnean Society
James Garey, Ph.D., chair and professor for the Department of Cell Biology, was selected to become a fellow of the Linnean Society in London, U.K.

USF’s Iraq expert explains Iraq crisis, American response
The growing crisis in Iraq has put University of South Florida Professor Derek Harvey, a retired Army colonel who served as a chief advisor to Gen. David Petraeus, in the media spotlight as an expert commentator on the complex and dangerous situation.

USF graduate student receives research fellowship
Drinkable water in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas has become scarce. Recently, conservation efforts led to using reclaimed water for irrigation purposes and a University of South Florida graduate student received a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship to research its effects.

Integrative biology professors co-publish book
Two integrative biology professors from the College of Arts and Sciences have co-published a comprehensive book on North American tortoises.

Physics professor receives Jewell Award
A College of Arts and Sciences professor from the Department of Physics was awarded the Barbara P. and Emery H. Jewell Award for Physics Faculty Excellence at University of South Florida.

CAS student awarded competitive Udall Scholarship
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.

USF junior selected for the Clear Springs Land Undergraduate Research Award
University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences chemistry junior Thiago Arzua has received the Clear Springs Land Undergraduate Research Award for his work on organic materials. Peter Zhang, Ph.D., nominated Arzua for the award, which came with a $250 prize.

CAS professor publishes book on ecological patterns
A professor in the Department of Integrative Biology has published a book on ecological patterns.

CAS professor wins competitive humanities fellowship
A University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences professor has won a prestigious fellowship at the National Humanities Center for the next academic year (2014-2015).

CAS professor leads NIH grant project
A University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences professor in the Department of Chemistry is part of a team of researchers who received a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

CAS professor receives third NIH award of the academic year
A professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida has earned another award form the National Institutes of Health.

Citizenship Initiative to host ‘modern warfare’ conference
The Citizenship Initiative at University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences will be hosting an impressive conference Feb. 18-19. “Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension: Implications for Policymakers, Warfighters, NGOs and the Private Sector” will feature an exciting lineup of presenters.

Professor awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant
Marty Gould, associate professor of English at the University South Florida College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a $112,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to direct a four-week summer seminar for K-12 schoolteachers at the University of California, Santa Cruz in July 2014.

Research Agenda for Urban Sustainable Food Policy Research Group
The Urban Sustainable Food Policy Research Group (USFPRG) will be presenting their research agenda and initial findings from their first project, Urban Agriculture Policies in the Tampa Bay Region: Sovereignty, Sustainability and the Sacred, at 1 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens.

CAS study: Childhood depression may lead to heart disease
Children with depression are more likely to be obese, smoke and be inactive, and can show the effects of heart disease as early as their teen years, according to a newly published study by University of South Florida Associate Professor of Psychology Jonathan Rottenberg.

School of Public Affairs to run the influential Sunshine State Survey
Beginning this year, the University of South Florida School of Public Affairs is spearheading the Sunshine State Survey, the most anticipated annual survey of Floridians on a wide range of economic, social, and political issues facing one of the nation’s largest, most diverse and highly competitive states.

CAS researchers find additional bodies at Dozier School for Boys
Researchers from the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences have located and excavated the remains of 55 people in a graveyard at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys -- five more bodies than previous fieldwork had indicated might be there and 24 more burials than official records indicate should be there.

USF anthropologists help solve murder
Sumter County Sheriff’s detectives credit a facial reconstruction sketch drawn by University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle as the key piece of evidence in solving a murder case from last year.

Professor chosen for research program in South Africa
A professor at the University of South Florida Department of Integrative Biology was appointed as a research fellow at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa.

Citizenship Initiative makes impressive hire
Retired Army Col. Derek Harvey, an internationally renowned analyst of social, cultural, political and conflict issues, has joined the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences Citizenship Initiative (CI) as Professor of Practice and Director of Research and Strategy.

USF geoscientist names two new Pterosaur species
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.

Physics researchers awarded DOE grant
University of South Florida researchers Hari Srikanth, Ph.D. and Manh-Huong Phan, Ph.D. received a three-year $420,000 grant from the United States Department of Energy (DoE) to study ground state magnetism and cooperative phenomena in correlated electron oxide materials. The grant will support a graduate student and postdoctoral scholar for the duration of the project, and increase national visibility of the USF Department of Physics.

English professor’s latest book released
A University of South Florida English professor’s new book examines the writings of Lady Anne Bacon Drury (1572-1624), who was the granddaughter and niece of two of England's Lord Keepers of the Great Seal, Sir Nicholas Bacon and Sir Francis Bacon.

English professor recognized for scholarly excellence
A University of South Florida creative writing professor was one of 11 faculty members honored by USF for oustanding scholarship and research.

Seventh annual Oktoberfest calls for more posters
The seventh annual Oktoberfest takes place on Oct. 25, 2013, and is in need of more poster submissions from individuals or departments. Oktoberfest is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and USF Club to promote research and scholarly excellence.

USF professor receives DOE grant
Professor Hariharan Srikanth has received a $402,000 grant from the Department of Energy for the project, “Magnetization dynamics and cooperative phenomena in correlated materials.” Srikanth will be joined by Manh-Huong Phan, Ph.D., to co-direct the research for this project.

CAS researchers uncover burials at Boot Hill
Boot Hill Cemetery is giving up its secrets.

Physics professor receives DOE grant
Physics Associate Professor Inna Ponomareva received a $405,000 grant from the Department of Energy to study, “Complex (anti)ferroic oxidies: statistics and dynamics at finite temperatures.”

Professor co-authors paper on freshwater contamination
A University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences professor recently co-authored a paper comparing the use of human viruses and bacteriophages as markers of sewage waste contamination of freshwater.

Professor awarded NSF grant to study disease resistance
Two University of South Florida professors were awarded a four-year, $600,000 National Science Foundation research grant to study the effects of stress hormones on disease resistance, tolerance and transmission.

CAS professor publishes series on water pollution
A University of South Florida biology professor recently published a series of papers on the subject of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB), detecting sources of fecal pollution, and the response of contaminating bacteria to natural forces such as other microorganisms and sunlight that would clean the contaminating bacteria from the environment.

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.

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.

USF authors publish research in Oxford Journals
Mariano Alvarez, Christy Foust, Holly Kilvitis, Andrea Liebl, Lynn (Marty) Martin, Christina Richards and Marta Robertson recently had their research published in the journal of Integrative and Comparative Biology.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,” 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.

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
Every semester, students across the globe log into (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.

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.”

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.

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’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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.”

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oyster shells tell story
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.