Lego Robots / National Security, Energy & Climate
This week's University Beat on WUSF-TV takes you to the sidelines as a group of students in a USF College of Engineering research program put their custom-made Lego robots to the test in a high-tech game of soccer. Also: The interconnected concerns over climate change, energy policy and national security recently took center stage at the University of South Florida, as former U-S Senators Bob Graham and John Warner were joined by military and science experts at a Pew Project Forum. This week’s University Beat takes you there and tells you how some feel that climate change could cause a domino effect ending in global conflict.
Technology and Open Government
Join us as we explore the international diversity of the Bay Area. Florida is a melting pot, an international community that represents countries from around the globe. So what do foreigners bring to the table? We'll answer that question, literally, as we take a look at the types of food you can find in Florida thanks to our diverse international culture. We head to Pinellas county and meet some young immigrants in the public school system who are integrating into the American way of life. And Larry Elliston introduces us to a family who are happy to now call America home. Also: Staffers at Florida’s utility regulator have been in trouble lately for giving their cell phones’ instant messaging codes to power company officials. Turns out, that could violate the state’s broad public records and open government laws if there is no record kept of conversations. This week, we’ll look at the impact on open government of rapid changes in the ways we communicate with each other.
Linda and William Southworth
Artistic life began for Linda Southworth at age 10, when she started taking private art lessons in Long Island. Years later, Linda earned her master's degree in fine arts while teaching, painting, and showing her own work in New York. Now a resident of St. Petersburg, Linda recently sat down with her father, William, to talk about her creative process, what prompted her interest in art, and what influences her work.