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Symphony Composition Contest
The Florida Orchestra recently gave five USF music students the chance of a lifetime by performing their original compositions.It was part of a contest, and the winning piece will be performed at the Orchestra’s season finale concerts this May. We’...
Get Innovative
USF’s Institute for Advanced Discovery and Innovation is bringing in experts in a number of fields, including health care, engineering and energy. Their goal? Share the lessons they’ve learned throughout their lengthy careers, with the aim of...
Swedish Speaker
Twice in the last six months, the speaker of the Swedish Parliament stopped by the University of South Florida. The second most powerful man in Sweden’s government sat down with students for lengthy conversations both before and after the U.S....
Forensic Training Facility
University of South Florida forensic anthropologists may soon have a facility where they can learn the latest methods of investigation for both indoor and outdoor crime scenes. It’s part of a proposed structure in Pasco County where law enforcement...
Neighborhood News Bureau
Health News Florida told you recently how students in a St. Petersburg middle school investigated the amount of lead in the tap water in their homes. They were assisted by students in the USF St. Pete Neighborhood News Bureau, who looked into the...
Coach Jose Fernandez
When the USF women’s basketball team beat Memphis last month, it marked the three hundredth career win for head coach Jose Fernandez. Perhaps the most amazing fact is that every one of those victories came at USF. With the postseason just around the...
USF Health Careers
USF Health is hosting a symposium February 4th targeting students interested in careers in the healthcare industry. They’re looking for undergraduates and people in other fields looking to change their professions. On the next University Beat on...
USF St. Pete Business Building
For the first time ever, all the classes, students and faculty for the USF St. Petersburg Tiedemann College of Business are under the same roof. The College opened the doors on the new, high-tech Lynn Pippenger Hall this semester. We’ll take you...
Volcano Research
When you think of volcanoes, you don’t really think of Florida. But researchers with USF’s Geology program are conducting important research on volcanic eruptions and their damaging effects. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 sits down with one of the...
USF Herd of Thunder-Rome
The University of South Florida Herd of Thunder marching band is back in America after ringing in the New Year in Italy. More than a hundred members of the band performed in Saint Peter’s Square, at a historic basilica, and took part in the Rome New...
USF 2016-2017
With the new year getting underway, we’re going to take a look back at what happened at the University of South Florida in 2016 – and what’s ahead for the one of the area’s largest employers and biggest economic engines. Mark Schreiner sits down...
USF International Students
About 5,000 international students who attend the University of South Florida are watching what direction President-Elect Trump might take with immigration and international relations. We spoke to two USF administrators who work with those students...
Outstanding Graduate
Each semester, the University of South Florida picks three outstanding graduates – one from each campus.  While many of their stories are remarkable, the honoree for the Tampa campus for the Fall semester has a story that needs to be heard to be...
Immunization Compliance
A USF public health researcher recently took on the mission of trying to increase immunizations among students at an Indiana high school with a high poverty level. When she completed her three stage plan, the immunization rate had jumped from 66...
USF Rocket Club (rebroadcast)
Florida plays such a major role in space exploration, so it’s not a surprise that a number of college students are interested in rocketry and the science behind it. The USF Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry – or SOAR – traveled to Alabama earlier...
USF Public Art
We’re continuing our look at public art in the Bay area this week by going to a place where there are 120 such works of art on display. University Beat joined a recent walking tour of the USF Tampa campus that took a closer look at some of this...
US-Cuba
Under President Obama, U.S. relations with Cuba saw a considerable warm-up, including new airline flights between Tampa and Havana. But under President-elect Donald Trump, it’s possible the relationship will change.  USF Sarasota-Manatee recently...
Tillman Scholar
After twelve years of service with the U.S. Army, including two deployments to Iraq, Jeffrey Sargent began suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. Sargent has not only learned to manage his PTSD, he’s helping other student veterans at the...
3-D Forensics
Forensic artists from around the country recently teamed with USF anthropologists to try to solve twenty missing and unidentified persons cases. During the week long workshop, the group created three-dimensional clay reconstructions of victims’...
Kabul Professor
For the last four years, USF PhD graduate Raj Chandarlapaty has been teaching English to students at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. That was until this past August, when terrorists attacked the school, killing 15 people....
Poetry Award
A University of South Florida English professor is going to have a very eventful November – as his newest book is being published and he’s a finalist for the extremely prestigious National Book Award in Poetry. We sit down with Jay Hopler on...
Bulls Bistro
Students in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership are showing off their culinary chops at a series of ongoing dining experiences. The “Bulls Bistro” gives aspiring chefs the opportunity to make and serve small plate...
USF Herd Of Thunder-Rome
130 members of the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band will start 2017 Italian style, as they’ve been invited to perform in the New Year’s Parade in Rome. In addition to bringing the kind of performances Italians normally only see from military bands...
Lightning Study
When it comes to lightning, no state has more strikes per square mile than Florida. A USF researcher is measuring the energy of such strikes – not by looking at activity during a storm, but by focusing on the geology of where lightning strikes. As a...
USF Rocket Club
Florida plays such a major role in space exploration, so it’s not a surprise that a number of college students are interested in rocketry and the science behind it. The USF Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry – or SOAR – traveled to Alabama earlier...
Mobile Memory Research Suite (rebroadcast)
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute has rolled out a “mobile memory research suite.” The first of its kind vehicle allows the institute to bring its clinical drug trials to Alzheimer’s patients throughout the Bay area, saving them a sometimes...
Solar Research (rebroadcast)
It’s called the “Sunshine State,’ but figures show Florida is only thirteenth in the nation when it comes to the solar power capacity that’s been installed around the state. USF is trying to change that, with ground-breaking research and solar...
USF St. Pete Residence Hall
USF St. Petersburg officials want to increase enrollment to 10,000 students in the next ten years – but to do that, the school will a lot more living space. So now, they’re moving forward with a private-public partnership to begin the process to...
Fulbright-Cybersecurity
A USF professor is traveling to the United Kingdom as one of the first Fulbright scholars in cybersecurity. Doctor Nathan Fisk will be a part of an initiative to increase cybersecurity cooperation between the U.S. and the U.K. We’ll hear from Fisk...
Oil Spill Research
A six-week scientific cruise through the Gulf of Mexico took off at the beginning of August. The scientists aboard the R/V Weatherbird II are studying how wildlife and portions of the Gulf were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and a...
RNC Student
A USF Political Science student is back from her trip to Cleveland, where she attended the recent Republican National Convention as one of many students from around the country taking part in the Washington Center’s Campaign Academic Seminar. On...
Mobile Memory Research Suite
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute has rolled out a “mobile memory research suite.” The first of its kind vehicle allows the institute to bring its clinical drug trials to Alzheimer’s patients throughout the Bay area, saving them a sometimes...
Water Purification (rebroadcast)
Last year, we told you about a revolutionary machine developed by USF engineers that could help developing countries by turning wastewater into reusable, beneficial products. This device, called the "NEWgenerator,” has been undergoing field testing...
TV-Election Predictions (rebroadcast)
According to research done at the USF Muma College of Business, a person’s TV preferences might just be able to predict who they’ll vote for in the Presidential Election...with shows like “Duck Dynasty” and “The Daily Show” serving as the leading...
Firefighter Back Pain (rebroadcast)
The leading cause of disability and early retirement for firefighters is back injuries – not really a surprise when you consider they’re lugging as much as a hundred pounds of gear in the field. Armed with a $1.3 million grant from FEMA, the...
USF-USF Sarasota-Manatee Bridge to Engineering
For years, students who wanted to be engineering majors at USF had no choice but to come to the Tampa campus. Now, thanks to a program launching this fall, students will be able to take two years of classes at USF Sarasota-Manatee before “bridging...
Student Candidates
At an age where many of their classmates are getting ready to vote in their first Presidential election, two recent USF graduates are running for state office. University Beat on WUSF 89. 7 introduces you to a pair of young men who both believe that...
AbleNook
A prefabricated, expandable living module designed by a pair of USF graduates was recently honored at an award ceremony for Florida inventors. Among its many uses, AbleNook can house victims of natural disasters. We sit down with one of its creators...
Faith House
Faith House Florida is a St. Petersburg living facility for people recovering from substance abuse, just out of prison, or overcoming homelessness. Students from the USF School of Architecture and Community Design spent thousands of hours putting...
Food Insecurity
There are 700-thousand “food-insecure” people living in the Bay area – that’s people who don’t have consistent access to food due to a lack of money or other resources. Now the University of South Florida and the group Feeding Tampa Bay are teaming...
Follow Your Calling (rebroadcast)
If you don’t “follow your calling” and find a job that you find especially fulfilling, are you putting yourself at risk for unhappiness and health problems? Well, according to a pair of USF psychologists – that might indeed be the case. Hear from...
Veggie Garden
There’s a class at USF where students learn to grow their own vegetables… and at the end of the semester, they get to eat their homework! University Beat on WUSF 89.7 stops in at the USF Botanic Gardens for a spring harvest and potluck that doubled...
Water Purification
Last year, we told you about a revolutionary machine developed by USF engineers that could help developing countries by turning wastewater into reusable, beneficial products. This device, called the "NEWgenerator,” has been undergoing field testing...
Canoe Trip
USF St. Petersburg students recently had the chance to hang out with some local, high-performing fifth graders. What made the whole experience especially memorable is *where* the students met up – on canoes, cruising Tampa Bay! Climb on board for...
Young Graduate
Ahmed Mohamed is graduating from USF this month with a 4.0 GPA and degrees in both biomedical sciences and political science. In addition, he’s now going on to pursue degrees in medicine and law simultaneously. Oh, did we mention Mohamed is only 18...
Preeminent University
USF is getting closer to joining the University of Florida and Florida State University as a ‘preeminent state research university,’ obtaining not just additional funding but also national prominence. Find out what this status will mean for USF and...
Supreme Court-Immigration
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments challenging a pair of President Obama’s executive orders that deferred action against undocumented immigrants. One USF anthropologist has spent a lot of time speaking to people on both sides of the...
Firefighter Back Pain
The leading cause of disability and early retirement for firefighters is back injuries – not really a surprise when you consider they’re lugging as much as a hundred pounds of gear in the field. Armed with a $1.3 million grant from FEMA, the...
Follow Your Calling
If you don’t “follow your calling” and find a job that you find especially fulfilling, are you putting yourself at risk for unhappiness and health problems? Well, according to a pair of USF psychologists – that might indeed be the case. Hear from...
"Violet"
TheatreUSF has chosen a 2014 Tony-nominated musical for its spring production this year.  The story takes the audience back in time to the 1960’s to follow a young woman on her quest for beauty. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 takes us to rehearsals...

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