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We're taking another listen to some of our most memorable stories of 2013. We look at the issue of gun violence in Florida and the popularity of recreational shooting. We talk to people who helped bring the story of the Dozier School for Boys to national attention. We also hear the debate on legalizing medical marijuana in the Sunshine State. We explore what it’s like to explore Tampa Bay as a tourist with a trip down the Little Manatee River, and belly up to the bar to experience the craft beer craze. And as part of our occasional “newsmaker” series, we talk with Florida’s Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam. In this special Florida Matters, we bring you some of our best stories of 2013. Links to the full shows: Curbing Gun Violence The Dozier School for Boys Medical Marijuana Tampa Bay a Craft Beer Mecca Seeing Tampa Bay Like a Tourist Newsmaker Adam Putnam
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A team attempts to pull a Tampa Fire truck during the Fireman's Challenge
Members of USF’s Greek community recently competed to determine who has the best firefighting skills – and while they didn’t have to put out a fire, they had to complete some of the other physically demanding tasks that real firefighters have to do. See what charity benefited on University Beat on WUSF TV.

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USF Nursing students deliver bears to children at Florida Hospital Tampa as part of the B.E.A.R.S. program (photo courtesy USF College of Nursing/Fl. Hospital Tampa)
Being stuck in the hospital for the holidays is tough for anyone, but it’s especially hard on young people. Students and faculty at the USF College of Nursing are reaching out in a small, but heartfelt way, by handing out teddy bears to 800 young patients in Tampa Bay area hospitals. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 tags along on one of their deliveries, which was only missing Santa and his reindeer.
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Fireman's Challenge
Pi Kappa Alpha Fireman's Challenge 2013 Facebook page

Friends of Tampa Firefighters Memorial webpage

USF Nursing - B.E.A.R.S. Program
B.E.A.R.S. (Bulls Encouraging and Assisting through Research and Scholarship) website

$50 to send one child in a Bay area hospital a bear, or a basket of 12 for an entire floor for $500.

Contact Don Snyder (dsnyder3@health.usf.edu) or 813-974-2570 for more information

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USF Nursing BEARS Program
The holidays may be just a bit happier for some children thanks to the USF College of Nursing and its B.E.A.R.S. program. University Beat on WUSF TV tags along as participants hand out some of the 800 furry friends the program is delivering to young people at Tampa Bay area hospitals. (Airs on WUSF TV starting 12/23/13)

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It has been quite a year in Florida news, with the George Zimmerman acquittal, the death of political legend C.W. Bill Young, a new mayor in St. Petersburg and candidates gearing up for the governor's race next year. This week on Florida Matters, we'll revisit these stories and other major news of 2013. Then in two weeks, our panelists return for a preview of the stories that are sure to have everyone talking in 2014.
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It's that time of year when our waistlines tend to expand. Now that we've put the turkey and cranberry sauce away and are getting ready for those office parties and holiday dinner outings, is there a better time than now to place a spotlight on some of the more interesting places to eat in the Tampa Bay area? We'll tuck into a main course ranging from soul food to Bern's Steak House's new Epicurean Hotel - with an after-dinner look at our local wines. First, we take a visit to an urban farm, where some of our holiday goodies (at least the veggie variety) are coaxed from the earth. And we'll end with a look at what making it to the Big Time of cable TV has done for some of Tampa Bay's more interesting eateries - and what that's done for their reputations - and bottom line. First, what do freshly harvested salad greens, university accounting majors and weekly loads of manure from the local zoo have in common? They are all integral parts of the community created around Sweetwater Farm. Florida Matters' Bobbie O’Brien put on her jeans and walking shoes to take us on a tour of the Sweetwater urban organic farm and education center located in Tampa’s Town and Country neighborhood. Now that we've learned how to grow some of our holiday food, let's check out how it's prepared at one of the Bay Area's more interesting restaurants. Harlem's world famous Sylvia’s "Queen of Soul Food Restaurant" now has a location in St. Petersburg. It opened in November on the ground floor of the historic Manhattan Casino on 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg. As Florida Matters' Lottie Watts found out during a recent dinner, the restaurant is about good food - and bringing people together. Then, lets have a side course at one of Tampa's signature upscale restaurants. People come from all over the world to savor the food and wine of Tampa’s Bern’s Steak House. Now, after a great meal, they’ll have a place to lay their heads. The Epicurean Hotel is set to open later this month across the street from the legendary steak house. The hotel is a collaboration between Bern’s and Mainsail Lodging and Development.Before all the finishing touches are in place, Florida Matters' Dalia Colón offers a preview of the appetizing amenities. We've sampled our main course and found a place to rest our well-fed bodies. But what about finding what to drink with those holiday meals? Winemaking continues to grow in Florida, with more than 30 bonded - that means licensed or sanctioned - wineries scattered throughout the state. Florida Matters' Mark Schreiner traveled to one such operation in Pasco County, where they’re not making exactly the kind of wine you might expect to find in the Sunshine State. And finally, let's catch up with some of your favorite local restaurants that have reached the rarified air of cable television. The Food Network, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel have all highlighted great places to eat in the Tampa Bay region. Florida Matters’ John O’Connor asks why local restaurants have been featured so often, and what happens after the close-up. More often than not, he find out the entire Tampa Bay "foodie" scene benefits.
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A team attempts to pull a Tampa Fire truck during the Fireman's Challenge
Members of USF’s Greek community recently competed to determine who has the best firefighting skills – and while they didn’t have to put out a fire, they had to complete some of the other physically demanding tasks that real firefighters have to do. See what charity benefited on University Beat on WUSF TV.

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A competitor in the Fireman's Challenge drags a fire hose
About 400 members of USF’s Greek system braved a cool and wet November day to see who had the best firefighting skills. On this week's University Beat on WUSF 89.7, hear how much money the competition raised for a memorial for Tampa firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
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Tammy Curtis adopted 16-year-old Ronderick last year from foster care.
When a 15-year-old boy appeared before a church congregation last month, pleading for someone to adopt him, tens of thousands of folks responded. In spite of that, there are hundreds of kids who are not making headlines and still are waiting for that call. We talk with Ashley Rhodes-Courter, former foster care child and author of the book "Three Little Words;" Tammy Curtis, mother of Ronderick whom she adopted from foster care last year; and Loryn Smith, social worker and adoptive parent, about the realities of foster care in Florida.
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USF Health Service Corps members demonstrate the danger of germs with the "Germ Monster" at the Health Fair Fiesta at Farmworkers Self-Help in Dade City
To help mark Mexican Independence Day, and to reach out to an underserved community, the USF Health Service Corps and Dade City-based “Farmworkers Self-Help” held a health fair fiesta. We’ll take you there on a previously aired University Beat on WUSF TV.

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USF senior Vaneesha Patel poses with Temple Terrace firefighters after cooking them lunch, one of the 22 random acts of kindness she performed on her 22nd birthday
Birthdays often mean doing something for ourselves, but USF student Vaneesha Patel decided to mark her recent 22nd birthday by committing 22 random acts of kindness. We caught up with Patel while she was on her goodwill mission, hear her story on this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7.
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22 Random Acts
WUSF News story on Vaneesha Patel's "22 random acts of kindness"

Story about Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi, whose similar "22 random acts" birthday effort inspired Patel

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Vaneesha Patel's video showing the 22 random acts of kindness she performed for her 22nd birthday.

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Citrus greening has now infected every citrus producing county in Florida, and is threatening the survival of Florida's signature crop. It's gotten so bad that the CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual tells homeowners who are thinking of planting an orange tree -- put in a palm tree. The frantic search for a cure to this deadliest of citrus diseases.
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Three of the "upcycled art" pieces on display at the USF Botanical Gardens
One person’s trash is another one’s...art? That’s the case at the USF Botanical Gardens, where both natural and man-made beauty already exist side-by-side. But the newest addition is ‘upcycled’ art created by a class of Tampa magnet school students. University Beat on WUSF TV explains.

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John Arthur (front) explores the Ochollo Borada site, the original historical settlement of the Borada Gamo people in Ethiopia (photo courtesy John Arthur)
It may not solve the age-old debate of “tastes great” versus “less filling,” but a professor at USF St. Petersburg is conducting research into “the archaeology of beer.” We’ll open up a cold one on this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 as we look at how beer has played a role in civilizations dating back thousands of year.
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Archaeology of Beer
John Arthur
Associate Professor, USF St. Pete Dept. of Anthropology
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Jennifer Butler, lead teacher at Young Middle Magnet Creative Science Centre in East Tampa, talks about how her students came to create upcycled art.

Dr. Kala Vairavamoorthy, Dean of the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, talks about how his college works with the community. He also shares his thoughts on upcycled art.

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Florida has rejected an offer of more than $50 billion over 10 years from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. So the question remains: how will health care be funded for more than a million low-income Floridians? Last week, a panel discussion was held at Stetson University College of Law to discuss the options. It was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative.
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Three of the "upcycled art" pieces on display at the USF Botanical Gardens
One person’s trash is another one’s...art? That’s the case at the USF Botanical Gardens, where both natural and man-made beauty already exist side-by-side. But the newest addition is ‘upcycled’ art created by a class of Tampa magnet school students. University Beat on WUSF TV explains.

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Students from Young Middle Magnet Creative Science Centre in Tampa 'plant' their upcycled art at the USF Botanical Gardens (Courtesy USF Patel College of Global Sustainability)
You’ve heard of recycling—but how about “upcycling?” The process takes a previously used product and turns it into not just something different, but something better. On this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we’ll tell you how USF and students at a local magnet school are using upcycling to turn refuse into beautiful artwork.
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Jennifer Butler, lead teacher at Young Middle Magnet Creative Science Centre in East Tampa, talks about how her students came to create upcycled art.

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Florida Matters host Carson Cooper (left) and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
At age 26, he was the youngest member of Congress when he took office in 2001, but after a decade in Washington, Adam Putnam of Polk County said he wanted to leave on his own terms and come back to Florida. “Nobody wonders now why it was that I wanted to get out of Congress.” Putnam told Florida Matters. “At the time, I said I wanted to get out with my soul and my sanity still in tack and I’m proud that I did. But the things that were frustrating me in Congress have only gotten worse. It’s just a hot, wet mess in Washington.” Putnam, who is running for a second term as Florida Agriculture Commissioner, said he does not miss Washington. He prefers the political arena in Florida. “You can still accomplish things. Where people work across the aisle and get things done. We solve problems and move on. The things we fight about are worth fighting about.” Some of the topics Commissioner Putnam tackles for our Florida Matters Newsmaker Series: The Rumor He Wants to Be Governor: “I’m focused on running for re-election as Ag Commissioner. I love Florida. I’m a fifth generation Floridian. I’m concerned about the things I see going on in Florida, but I’m also very optimistic about the potential that Florida has and I think it’s easier to make a difference for my friends and neighbors in Florida than it is in Washington.” On the GOP and the Tea Party: “I’m a conservative, but I’m not angry about it. And I feel like Florida is a center-right state… The success that the conservative movement has had in the last generation has been a sunny, optimism about growth and opportunities that come in this great country.” Florida energy policy: “…which include cutting the sales tax that businesses pay on the purchase of electricity, which will make us more competitive with our Southeastern states and applying the remaining half to public education capital outlay.” Drilling in the Gulf: “There’s no need to have off-shore drilling in Florida. There’s not the necessary demand for it given the shale-gas revolution and how cheap natural gas is. The bulk of reserves that are known that are off-shore in the near-shore area of the eastern Gulf are gas reserves, not oil reserves.” Citrus greening: “This is as bad of situation as it could possibly be for Florida’s signature crop.” Immigration reform: “The bulk of the workers who participate in ag labor aren’t interested in citizenship. Many of them have come over there for the season for that short window of time when strawberries, or tomatoes, or citrus are in production and then they want to return home with a lot of money in their pocket… The United States needs a smart, modern immigration policy.” Putnam also gives Gov. Rick Scott grades for his first term and explains his decision while in Congress to vote for the “Cash for Clunkers” program but not the Detroit car manufacturers' bailout during the global financial crisis.
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The newest version of the "Briefskate" skateboard/briefcase (courtesy Looshes Labs)
It’s part skateboard, part briefcase. It’s the Briefskate: a skateboard you can open up and put your personal items inside of. We’ll introduce you to the Briefskate and its creator, USF graduate Alexei Novitzky, on University Beat on WUSF TV.

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Briefskate inventor & USF master's degree recipient Alexei Novitzky with his "Briefskate Mini"
For the past few weeks on University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we’ve been telling you about some student and faculty inventors and how USF is trying to help them. We wrap up with one of the more unusual inventions that we’ve come across the Briefskate--a skateboard that can also hold your things.
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Half of Florida students who take the state's college placement exam end up failing at least one section. In the past, those students would have brush up in remedial reading, writing or math courses before starting their college degree. But a new Florida law will allow most recent high school graduates to skip those remedial classes, also called developmental or prep courses. Advocates say ending remedial requirements will help more people finish their studies. But colleges say taking the classes might still be a good idea for some students.
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The newest version of the "Briefskate" skateboard/briefcase (courtesy Looshes Labs)
It’s part skateboard, part briefcase. It’s the Briefskate: a skateboard you can open up and put your personal items inside of. We’ll introduce you to the Briefskate and its creator, USF graduate Alexei Novitzky, on University Beat on WUSF TV.

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KeriCure founder/CEO, Dr. Kerriann Greenhalgh, has been assisted by funds from USF (courtesy USF Research & Innovation)
As USF officials announce plans to open a Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, they’re also offering up to 50-thousand dollars in seed funding for certain aspiring university entrepreneurs. Find out more on this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7.
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USF Research Foundation's Seed Capital Accelerator Program
Round One Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2013
For applications & eligibility information, visit the Accelerator's webpage or call the Technology Transfer Office at 813-974-0994.

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You may not have known this - unless you're over 55 and have lived in Tampa since the early 1960s - but Tampa was one of the final stops for John F. Kennedy before that fateful ride he took in the presidential convertible in Dallas. He was treated like a rock star - and four days later, that dream was shattered with an assassin's bullet. Independent filmmaker and journalist Lynn Marvin Dingfelder has spent years collecting rare footage and interviewed scores of people who witnessed the president's visit in November, 1963. We talk with Dingfelder and Russell Groover, a former motorcycle police officer who was part of JFK's motorcade as he traveled 28 miles around Tampa. Here's some of the events surrounding he release of the documentary: Thursday Nov. 7th – 5:30 p.m. “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary” documentary debut & VIP event, at the historic Tampa Theatre Sunday Nov. 10th – 8:00 p.m. WUSF TV Channel 16 broadcast debut of the documentary “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary” Friday Nov. 15th – 5:30 p.m. “JFK in Tampa” Museum Exhibit, VIP exhibit event at the Tampa Bay History Center (exhibit runs from Nov. 8th-Dec. 8th) Sunday Nov. 17th – 7:00 p.m. WUSF TV documentary rebroadcast Thursday Nov. 21st – 5:30 p.m. “Florida Conversations” Panel discussion & public screening “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary” at the Tampa Bay History Center Friday Nov. 22nd – 12:00 p.m. JFK Historic Marker unveiling , dedication & press conference on Franklin Street and Kennedy Blvd. Public event - elected officials and public honoring President John F. Kennedy.
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Click here to listen to the complete 38-minute interview with producer/writer Lynn Dingfelder and Russell Grover, a motorcycle officer who accompanied JFK on his 28-mile motorcade through Tampa

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Examples of Craig Lusk's "shape-shifting surfaces" (courtesy Katy Hennig, USF News)
What looks like a child’s toy is actually a shape-shifting device that may change how things work in the future. University Beat on WUSF TV introduces you to a USF Engineering Professor who uses polymer, lasers and geometry to create devices that might just change how we protect both people and the environment.

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USF Engineering Prof. Craig Lusk holds one of his "shape-shifting surfaces" (courtesy Katy Hennig, USF News)
A single sheet of polymer may not seem like it has a lot of uses. But when a USF professor takes geometry and use lasers to cut precise pieces, pins them together and then adds pins and springs to make them move, he creates something called “compliant mechanisms.” On this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we’ll explain some of the many possibilities for these dynamic shape shifters, ranging from lightweight armor to oil spill stoppers.
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USF Mechanical Engineering Assoc. Prof. Craig Lusk explains how his shape-shifting surfaces may end up as part of a safer, more flexible form of body armor that can protect law enforcement or the military.

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The next mayor of St. Petersburg won't have any shortage of issues he'll have to handle. What to do about the Rays wanting to leave Tropicana Field. The future of the iconic pier - which now sits shuttered on what is likely the city's most visible – and valuable - space. And how to promote public transportation, especially with a countywide referendum next year that could bring the region's first light rail line to Pinellas County. Current Mayor Bill Foster is looking to get re-elected. He survived the primary along with former City Council Chair Rick Kriseman, whose most recent job was representing Pinellas County in the Florida House of Representatives. The two squared off last week at the Palladium. The debate was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9 The moderators are Bay News Nine's Al Reuchel and Times' political editor Adam Smith. The election for mayor will be held November 5th.
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USF Dance instructor Merry Lynn Morris dances with Jessica Hendricks, who sits in Morris' invention, the Rolling Dance Chair.
It’s a high-tech device getting national attention—and it’s not the invention of an engineer, but of a dancer! University Beat on WUSF TV introduces you to USF instructor Merry Lynn Morris and her Rolling Dance Chair, which lets people with disabilities dance.

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Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading (courtesy USF St. Petersburg News)
The 21st Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading is this Saturday on the USF St. Petersburg campus. A number of authors with ties to the University of South Florida will be presenting their latest work. We’ll talk to three of them on this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7.
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Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
USF St. Petersburg
140 7th Ave. S
Saturday, October 26 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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USF Dept. of English instructors Ira Sukrungruang (In Thailand, It Is Night) and Karen Brown (The Longings of Wayward Girls) read from their works and talk about what it's like to meet readers at the Festival of Reading.
USF Professor of English & Film Studies Phillip Sipiora (Mind of An Outlaw) reads from his preface to the collection of essays written by literary legend Norman Mailer. Sipiora also talks about his relationship with Mailer.

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Thousands of book lovers flock to the University of South Florida Times Festival of Reading each year. And this year it's expected to be another busy Saturday when the festival returns on October 26th. It features writers such as Edwidge Danticat, Jamie Ford, Gilbert King, David Finkel and more. This week on Florida Matters we talk to the woman who pulls the festival together, Times Book Editor Colette Bancroft. And we hear from authors such as Jamie Ford, Ira Sukrungruang, Jeff Klinkenberg and Stephanie Hayes.
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USF Dance instructor Merry Lynn Morris dances with Jessica Hendricks, who sits in Morris' invention, the Rolling Dance Chair.
It’s a high-tech device getting national attention—and it’s not the invention of an engineer, but of a dancer! University Beat on WUSF TV introduces you to USF instructor Merry Lynn Morris and her Rolling Dance Chair, which lets people with disabilities dance.

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The latest model of the "Rolling Dance Chair"
There’s a freedom that comes with dancing and the ability to express yourself through movement. People with physical disabilities who can’t experience that freedom might soon find an answer thanks to an invention from a USF Dance instructor. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 introduces you to Merry Lynn Morris, and tells you the story of how her own experiences led her to create a ‘dancing wheelchair.'
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If you live near the water, you can’t rule out a flood. But a change to a federal law is poised to make living in flood zones a lot more expensive. A change in the federal flood insurance program took place on Oct. 1. The 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act now in effect gets rid of federal subsidies for flood insurance. Some homeowners in affected areas are looking at some major sticker shock, and people in the housing industry are more than a little concerned. This is a big deal in Florida, and especially Pinellas County, which has more subsidized properties than any other county in the nation.
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USF Health Service Corps members demonstrate the danger of germs with the "Germ Monster" at the Health Fair Fiesta at Farmworkers Self-Help in Dade City
To help mark the recent Mexican Independence Day, and to reach out to an underserved community, the USF Health Service Corps and Dade City-based “Farmworkers Self-Help” held a health fair fiesta. We’ll take you there on University Beat on WUSF TV.

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Community activist Marilyn WIlliams speaks at "Poverty and Inequality: A Forum on Research, Action, and Community Engagement" held recently at USF
They’re some pretty big concepts: poverty and the effect it has on the education of low-income children in poor neighborhoods. A group of USF faculty and researchers is hoping to take ideas developed across disciplines and turn them into action that will make a difference, with the help of the community, elected officials and non-profit and public agencies. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 takes you to the group’s first forum and talks with some of the people behind this major undertaking.
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USF Health Service Corps
Ellen Kent, MPH, CPH, Coordinator
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USF Health Service Corps website

Farmworkers Self-Help
352-567-1432 Facebook page

Poverty Forum
Susan D. Greenbaum, Emeritus Professor
USF Department of Anthropology
813-974-0777 greenbau@cas.usf.edu

Lance Arney, Ph.D., Associate Director
USF Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships
813-974-4829 larney@usf.edu
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A group called United for Care is behind the push to get a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana on the 2014 Florida ballot. The group is chaired by Orlando attorney John Morgan, founder of the law firm Morgan & Morgan, who is bankrolling the campaign. But not everyone thinks medical marijuana should be legalized, including Kevin Sabet of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida. Charlie Brown, who serves on the city council in Denver, Colo., where medical and recreational marijuana are legal, says Florida should be prepared for plenty of challenges.
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USF Health Service Corps members demonstrate the danger of germs with the "Germ Monster" at the Health Fair Fiesta at Farmworkers Self-Help in Dade City
To help mark the recent Mexican Independence Day, and to reach out to an underserved community, the USF Health Service Corps and Dade City-based “Farmworkers Self-Help” held a health fair fiesta. We’ll take you there on University Beat on WUSF TV.

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Student in the USF Morsani College of Medicine administers a vision test at the Health Fair Fiesta at Farmworkers Self-Help in Dade City
The USF Health Service Corps allows students across many disciplines – future doctors, nurses, pharmacists and public health workers – to hone their skills, while also helping communities around the university. On this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we join corps members as they put on a health festival in Dade City for migrant farmworkers who might otherwise not get the healthcare they need.
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You may call the Tampa Bay area home, but have your really seen it through the eyes of a tourist? What is your favorite part of living in the Tampa Bay area? Is it seeing the glint of a dolphin's tail as it surfaces just offshore? The sweet smell of citrus blossoms in one of the area's vast groves during the springtime? Or sitting in your rocking chair on the front porch as a huge thunderstorm booms overhead? Today on Florida Matters, we'll take several trips to some of the places that makes our area unique. Come take a tour of the 1920's Moorish Masterpiece that is the Tampa Theatre. Give your taste buds a ride through the world's largest food truck rally. Go on an after-dark run with runners doing their version of a pub crawl. Sample the visual delights of that surrealistic master, Salvador Dali. And go with us on a kayak ride down the Little Manatee River.
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USF College of Business Dean Moez Limayem speaks at the Business Scholarship luncheon (courtesy USF College of Business)
Donors, both corporate and individual, gave $380,000...and one coveted parking spot...to almost 200 USF College of Business students this year. We’ll introduce you to some of the scholarship recipients as they share their incredible stories with University Beat on WUSF TV.

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USF College of Marine Science researcher/"Brilliant 10" honoree Mya Breitbart (photo courtesy USF News/Amie Blodgett)
Every year, Popular Science magazine names its “Brilliant 10”—a very short roster of the country’s brightest young scientific minds—and this year, a USF College of Marine Science researcher made the list. On this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we’ll talk with Mya Breitbart about the honor, her work detecting viruses, and how she hopes to inspire young people, particularly girls, who are interested in science.
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Mya Breitbart, Associate Professor , USF College of Marine Science
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Bilingual videos on Breitbart's work in Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico

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Marcos Gonzalez, a USF junior with a double major of accounting & economics, shares his story of how he reached college while growing up the child of migrant farmworkers. He also talks about his summer trip around the world studying and working.

USF accounting & economics junior Marcos Gonzalez talks about his summer trip studying and working around the world; accounting senior Anna Morra talks about how her time in the Collier Corporate Mentor Program helped her meet with Warren Buffet; and Barron Collier III, USF alum and General Partner of Barron Collier Companies, says it's important that those who can help students financially do

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How do young adults diagnosed with a form of autism describe themselves? This week on Florida Matters, we meet Andrew Casey, 23, who interviewed his peers about their diagnosis and how they define themselves. And Andrew explains how he manages with Asperger's Syndrome which is on the autism spectrum. Also on the panel, his step-mother Danielle Casey and Dr. Karen Berkman with The Learning Academy and Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida. WUSF’s Dalia Colon also produced a video, Aspergers’ Syndrome, All Grown Up, that also features young adults talking about how they manage their challenges. During the show, a variety of materials are mentioned that can help with understanding the range of autism disorders. First up, “Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew” written by Ellen Notbohm: I am a child. My senses are out of sync. Distinguish between won’t (I choose not to) and can’t (I am not able to). I’m a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally. Listen to all the ways I’m trying to communicate. Picture this! I’m visually oriented. Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do. Help me with social interactions. Identify what triggers my meltdowns. Love me unconditionally. Other materials mentioned during the show: Adam – a 2009 movie about a young man with Asperber’s Syndrome falling in love. The Autistic Brain – a book by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek Thinking in Pictures – a book by Temple Grandin Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s – a book by John Elder Robison Additional resources: USF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities USF Learning Academy
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USF College of Business Dean Moez Limayem speaks at the Business Scholarship luncheon (courtesy USF College of Business)
Donors, both corporate and individual, gave $380,000...and one coveted parking spot...to almost 200 USF College of Business students this year. We’ll introduce you to some of the scholarship recipients as they share their incredible stories with University Beat on WUSF TV.

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Barron Collier III meets with the Collier Corporate Mentor Program First Generation Scholarship recipients
The recent Scholarship Luncheon for USF’s College of Business honored 190 students who received almost $400,000 in scholarships. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 talks to some of the award-winning students, as well as one of the generous benefactors supporting the next generation of Bay area business leaders.
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Marcos Gonzalez, a USF junior with a double major of accounting & economics, shares his story of how he reached college while growing up the child of migrant farmworkers. He also talks about his summer trip around the world studying and working.

USF accounting & economics junior Marcos Gonzalez talks about his summer trip studying and working around the world; accounting senior Anna Morra talks about how her time in the Collier Corporate Mentor Program helped her meet with Warren Buffet; and Barron Collier III, USF alum and General Partner of Barron Collier Companies, says it's important that those who can help students financially do

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its Food Security in the United States report for 2012 and it revealed almost 15 percent of U.S. households are what it calls food insecure. Food insecure means at some point during the year, members of those households did not have consistent access to adequate food for active healthy living. The Mosaic Company recently hosted a hunger relief forum at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. In full disclosure, Mosaic is a business sponsor of WUSF Public Media. The forum featured John Stanmayer, a photographer with National Geographic, who has traveled the world to document what he calls the global food crisis. The local panel of food experts took a look at hunger problems closer to home in a discussion moderated by WFLA News Channel 8 anchor Keith Cate.
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