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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.