More than 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci designed a completely new musical instrument. But the harpsichord-viola was just a figment of the his imagination until now. NPR featured this instrument on a recent segment of All Things Considered. You can learn more about it and hear Leonardo's musical invention here.
Afghan School Supplies
The husband of a USF professor is wrapping up his fourth military tour of Afghanistan, and he’s come up with a way to help the children there through a school supply drive. Now USF is getting involved, thanks to his wife, an adjunct professor at the School of Mass Communications. This week’s University Beat on WUSF-TV has more. Also: WUSF 89.7 FM has been telling you about how Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Rex Temple and his wife, Liisa, are trying to help children in Afghanistan through a school supply drive here at home. This week’s University Beat tells you how USF is getting involved in the effort.
In 1974 James Bain of Lake Wales was convicted and sent to prison for assulting a 9 year old boy but recent DNA evidence supposedly proves his innocence, the USF Bulls Football Team has been invited to participate in the International Bowl which takes place in Canada, but certain passport requirements may pose a problem for many players, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority holds first meeting since the Sunrail was approved, and new report says public university students should be required to have health insurance.
Training Better Teachers
Over the next seven years, Hillsborough County Schools will spend $202 million to make teachers better at their jobs. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has chipped in $100 million of that -- the largest of four teacher effectiveness grants. The goal is to boost student success; district officials want 60 percent of students to graduate college-ready, rather than the 37 percent that do now. This week: how the money will be spent and what it means in the classroom.