The University of South Florida is in the middle of its “Unstoppable” fund-raising campaign, with a goal of bringing in 600 million dollars. This week’s University Beat on WUSF-TV brings you highlights from the recent formal launch of the public phase of the campaign. Also: Almost three hundred and twenty million dollars and counting; that’s the progress of USF’s capital campaign, “Unstoppable.” This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM drops in on the formal launch of the public phase of “Unstoppable” and talks to USF officials as well as some of the students who stand to benefit from the effort.
Testing and Education Quality
This week, we take a journey through Florida’s relationship with innovation, from past well-known inventions all the way to cutting-edge research and developments going on today. Host Irene Maher introduces us to Peter Lefferson, an inventor who embodies the saying: “Necessity is the mother of invention”.
We travel to Florida’s High-Tech Corridor to discover what makes Florida such a prime location to do research, and contributing reporter Larry Elliston heads to a well-known area hospital that soon may find a cure for cancer Also: A national conference this week in Jacksonville focused on quality education. In Florida, that quality is often measured by the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and teacher bonuses, school funding and more are tied to the results. A few participants in this week’s conference join us to talk about measuring quality in schools and how much educators are teaching to the test. And we’ll look at one local charter school working to improve Florida’s low high-school graduation rate.
Mary Peluso and Rakel Boisvert
In an instant, life can change forever. This was the case for Mary Peluso when her son Stephen, from her first marriage, was killed after being hit by a car in August 1972. On the 35th anniversary of the accident, Mary talked with her daughter Rakel Boisvert about coping with her loss and how she eventually found the strength to forgive.