USF is one of two centers nationwide to use a high-tech robotic-assisted system to train doctors and surgical students on the latest minimally-invasive surgical procedures. This week's University Beat on WUSF-TV takes you to the unveiling of the da Vinci Surgical System and shows you how it's improving both physicians' skill and patient care.
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The University of South Florida is the first school in the nation to team with the Department of Veterans Affairs in an effort to support returning troops who enroll for classes under the new G-I Bill this fall. This week's University Beat takes a closer look at "VetSuccess on Campus" and how it's going to help those who've served our country.
Philip Adler moved to Tampa in the late '50s after finishing pediatric residencies in Boston and Detroit. Several years later, an infant with a challenging medical case arrived in his office. He immediately realized he could treat the child with what at that time was new medical technology. More than 40 years after the event, Dr. Adler shared his impressions of that day, while the now-grown patient, Jenny Carlstedt, related her perspective on the experience to her husband Jim.
Music Credits: Blood Diamond - opening, arr. by James Newton Howard, Blood Diamond film soundtrack, Varese Sarabande
Going green is red hot these days, but you might not be aware of all the different ways you can be friendlier to the environment while improving your own life. Host Irene Maher introduces us to Jim Kovaleski, of New Port Richey, who combines form and function by turning his entire yard into a garden of "eat'n." Meanwhile, Carson Cooper takes us to Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, a little bit of country right in the heart of the city. Later, Kim Button, from Greenwell Consulting, shows us how to rid your body and home of unnecessary chemicals. Switching gears over to the alternative energy side, you'll also meet a man who's "green" approach to gas-guzzling vehicles caused a seafood company out of Orlando to completely restructure their business. Larry Elliston then introduces us to a teacher in St. Petersburg who turned an energy-saving house project into a valuable learning lesson for her class.
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The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are imprinted on the nation’s collective psyche, influencing everything from the nation’s foreign policy and how we travel by air to where our military forces are deployed and how we train first responders. We note the anniversary of the attacks this week, focusing on how the events of that day changed life -- and lives -- in the Bay area.
Ten Most Important Fruits and Vegetables to Buy Organic:
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
Based on Pesticide Levels Studies by the Environmental Working Group
Going Green: A phrase referring to individual action that a person can consciously take to curb harmful effects on the environment through consumer habits, behavior, and lifestyle.
Sustainable: Actions and products that meet current needs without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Sustainability is a broad term and often refers to the desire to provide the best outcomes for the human and natural environments both now and into the indefinite future.
Carbon Footprint: The total amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted over the full lifecycle of a product or service, expressed as grams of CO2 equivalents. Greenhouse gases contribute to global warming and climate change, so reducing carbon footprints is desirable for a healthier earth.
Co-op: Short for co-operative. Worker cooperatives are owned and democratically controlled by its workers. Since the co-op is worker-owned and membership is not compulsory, this type of manufacturing set-up avoids exploitation of its workers.
Green Building: A green building is designed to conserve resources and reduce negative impacts on the environment - whether it is energy, water, building materials or land. Compared to conventional construction, green buildings may use one or more renewable energy systems for heating and cooling, such as solar electric, solar hot water, geothermal, bio mass, or any combinaion of these.