This week's University Beat puts you right in the middle of USF's "Stampede of Service," a one-day service event that's part of the University's Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. In just three years of existence, the Stampede has more than doubled in size, with over two thousand USF students lending a hand this year to more than forty organizations around Hillsborough County.
This week's University Beat takes you to the "Many Faces of Africa," a symposium presented by USF's Institute on Black Life. The day-long session drew over 350 Hillsborough County Middle School students to the USF campus, where they heard personal stories from USF students and teachers from a variety of African countries, and experienced an interactive session on African animals presented by representatives from Busch Gardens.
USF's Sarasota-Manatee campus recently hosted world-renowned violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman and his "Perlman Music Program." The two week Winter Residency, presented in conjunction with the Van Wezel Foundation, welcomed over thirty young, gifted musicians from around the globe for a series of classes and lessons, as well as recitals and performances that were open to the public. University Beat takes you to one of those concerts, and speaks with Maestro Perlman as well.
According to its website, USF's Women in Leadership and Philanthropy program "encourages and supports education, research and service focused on issues affecting women." University Beat takes you to a recent WLP-sponsored seminar that examined the latest changes in women's healthcare.
USF's Department of Anthropology and Geology are offering assistance to local law enforcement with a course on forensic archaeology and geophysics. University Beat attended one of the class' field trips - to an actual field on campus where students put their lessons to practice in the "search" for a "buried body."
STARS, or "Students Tutoring And Role-modeling Students," is the brainchild of USF's Medical School Class of 2010, and pairs them with middle school students at Tampa's Carl Sagan Academy. University Beat joins the Sagan students on a visit to USF's Medical School on "Shooting STARS Day."
The Academy for Lifelong Learning at USF Sarasota-Manatee recently hosted a forum on one of the most controversial and important issues of our time - immigration. University Beat talks to keynote speaker, Political Science Professor Herbert Waltzer, about immigration - both legal and illegal - and how America needs to address the problems surrounding the subject.
University Beat takes a look at the University Lecture Series which brings speakers, both the famous and the not-so-famous, to USF to talk to students, faculty and the community about issues and information. In addition, we unveil the Series' line-up of speakers for Spring 2008, which some ULS officials are calling the best one ever.
The Byrd Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute continues looking into caffeine's effects on the disease, and after trials of the compound showed great promise in mice, clinical trials in humans are now underway. University Beat attended a recent seminar at the Byrd Center where scientists shared the latest information on their research with the public.