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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 “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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Roller skater focuses on speed
Ashley Hinton, an accomplished skater, hopes to us