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This week we meet up with some of Florida’s Cuban Americans to discuss our state's history with Cuba and our strained relationship, that continues today. We also talk embargo with some early exiles of the Castro revolution. We hear from Roberto Quiros, a Tampa man who escaped Cuba in 1994 by raft as he shares the drama of his experience.

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Get caught up on the shows you might have missed so far this year. We talk about how venture capitalists fund innovative ideas in Florida. Get a better understanding of what "green" means in our world today. And we look at ways high school students are preparing for their lives after graduation.

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This week's University Beat focuses in on the Campus MovieFest, where USF students are given a week to produce a five-minute film - and their creativity has to be seen to be believed!
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Brandon Chong, Campus MovieFest Director of Education Program, praises the creativity of the students who take part in the event.

University Beat re-introduces you to USF Junior Sarah Wilson (University Beat 08/18/08 Student Filmmakers), who won this year's USF Best Picture Award for her film, "Rhapsody."

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The Moffitt Cancer Center has marked March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by bringing in the "Super Colon." This week's University Beat takes you to the exhibit, which is used to encourage people to get screened for this deadly disease.
For more information: 

Moffitt Cancer Center
1-888-663-3488

American Cancer Society
1-800-ACS-2345

Prevent Cancer Foundation
1-800-227-2732

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Dr. David Shibata from the USF Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology and the head of the Colorectal Oncology Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center takes us on a "walk-through" of the Super Colon.

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This week's University Beat shows you what movies can teach us about trauma, as USF scholars team up with area clinicians to look at movies like "Maria Full of Grace," "Notes on a Scandal," and "Eve's Bayou" during the film series, "Women in Crisis."
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Dr. Lycia Alexander-Guerra, President, Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies
E-mail: psa95md@verizon.net or 813-908-5080

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Dr. Kim Vaz, the Chair of USF's Department of Women's Studies, talks about who should attend the film series "Women in Crisis: Scholarly and Clinical Perspectives."

Dr. Vaz discusses USF's Department of Women's Studies' "Spring Lecture Series."

Dr. Lycia Alexander-Guerra, the President of the Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, talks about how her psychoanalytic training crosses into her personal life, including how she watches movies.

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You can't live in Florida without hearing about FCAT on the news. It's a lightning rod issue, and the Florida legislature recently approved a new bill that will shake things up a bit more. We speak with a teacher, a former administrator, a researcher and a parent to learn their views on the FCAT. Host Irene Maher then introduces us to a group of leaders in Pinellas County determined help students caught in the achievement gap. Larry Elliston introduces us to tipper the dog, who's having a dog-gone good time getting kids excited to read.

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The traditional path of high school to college to career is not always the best path for all students. This week, we explore some of the ways educators are working to get their students prepared for careers, not just prepared for graduation. Plus, we talk to those often left out of the education conversation: students.
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Florida CHOICES Career Interest Profiler

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Click on Florida Choices
2. Click "Jump In" (No ID required)
3. Click "Choices Planner" button
4. Click "Interest Profiler" link

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Listen to Dennis Jauch detail the types of apprenticeship programs available at the Pinellas Technical Education Center (0:56)

Listen to Jauch explain why it's not true that vocational training is suited for students who have lower academic performance. (1:44)

Listen to Paul Wahnish describe how the engineering academy includes industry and parental involvement and why industries are eager to be involved in such programs. (2:30)

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It's probably one of the toughest parts of an executive's job - that last minute project with the imminent deadline. This week's University Beat takes you to a contest where USF MBA students are put into that situation when they have twenty-four hours to solve a problem - in an industry they're not that familiar with.
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Michael Bowen, Instructor, USF Dept. of Management & Organization
E-mail: MBowen@coba.usf.edu or 813-974-1765

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Executive MBA student Sanjay Mehta talks about the decision-making process his team went through during the Business Case Competition.

Executive MBA student Christina Crosby and TECO CFO Gordon Gillette on what they'd tell prospective student contestants and interested companies about the Competition.

USF Professor of Management and Organization Mike Bowen says the Competition is a great screening tool for businesses that might be interested in hiring USF MBA students.

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This week we're going through the many levels of civic engagement that you can find in Florida. Carson Cooper introduces us to the up-and-coming political &new-wave," and describes how the use of high-tech social networking is becoming the norm. Irene Mayer talks with members of a Pasco County group, Protectors of Florida’s Legacy, that succeeded in turning down a Class 1 Landfill proposal in Dade City. The group argued that the project would have potentially damaged the natural resources in the area, and created an eyesore for the community. Irene also sits down with a community organizer from the NAACP, and a local activist from Florida Voices for Animals, to see how they use different approaches to achieve their goals. Larry Elliston introduces us to Stefani Busansky. Inspired by her daughter's 2001 diagnosis of cerebral palsy, Busansky turned her dream of a playground where kids of all abilities could play together into a reality.

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At every level, our democracy is built on the input of citizens in the governing process. Civic Engagement can mean being part of that process, like speaking out about issues that affect you. This week, we'll look at how people become engaged citizens and the role the media plays in encouraging or informing that involvement.
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Irene Maher speaks with Pasco County activists from Protectors of Florida's Legacy, a group that succeeded in turning down a Class 1 Landfill proposal in Dade City. Members of the group argued that the project would have potentially damaged the natural resources in the area, creating an eyesore for the community.

Florida Matters host Irene Maher sits down with two community organizers - Don Brown from the NAACP's Florida Conference, and Nikki Benoit from Florida Voices for Animals - to discuss how they use different approaches to achieve their goals.

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Listen to Dena Leavengood talk about the media's role in community involvement and how well advocacy groups are covered in local media. (1:41)

Listen to Leavengood talk about the limitations of using an e-mail list like Tomorrow Matters to make people aware of issues in their community. (1:11)

Listen to Kelly McBride outline how the economic model of local media is changing. (1:31)

Listen to McBride explain how news and information consumers will have to learn to sort through all of the information available on the Web and through social networks. (2:15)

Listen to McBride consider whether there is a lack of civic education in schools. (1:55)

Listen to Robert Blount describe his vision of the ministry's work in the future and how the community can work together to improve services for ex-offenders. (1:11)

Listen to Robert Blount explain why Abe Brown Ministries doesn’t accept government funding for its programs. (2:11)

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The latest production of the University of South Florida's School of Theatre and Dance examines the place where love, faith and politics meet and meld in modern-day America. This week's University Beat brings the spotlight up on "Bobby and the Chimps," a new work by award-winning British playwright James Phillips that's being premiered at USF.
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For Show Times and Ticket Information: USF Theatre Box Office: 813-974-4323

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Cast read-through of a scene from "Bobby and the Chimps."

Playwright-director James Phillips talks about the challenges he, as a British writer, faces in writing about American politics.

James Phillips and Marc Powers, Director of the USF School of Theatre and Dance, talk about USF's BRIT (British International Theatre) Program.

Student Zo Vallejo-Bryant, who plays Bobby, on why people should see the play.

University Beat re-introduces you to student Dahlia LeGault (University Beat "Hair" 9/29/08), who plays Bobby's wife, Amelia.

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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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President Barack Obama talks about the promise of an economy built on "green" jobs - the work that will have to be done to make our society more eco-friendly and sustainable. This week, we shed some light on what "green" means and what standards determine when something can be called "green" or "sustainable." We also take a look at recycling - one of the ways many people are trying to do their part.
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Ten Most Important Fruits and Vegetables to Buy Organic:
1. Peaches
2. Apples
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
4. Celery
5. Nectarines
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Lettuce
9. Grapes-Imported
10. Pears

Based on Pesticide Levels Studies by the Environmental Working Group

Definitions:

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.

Source - http://lohas.com/glossary.html

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Irene speaks to Kim Button, an Eco-Wellness consultant, from Greenwell Consulting in Orlando, Florida.

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Listen to Daniel Benjamin talk about his other myths of recycling:
Myth: Our garbage will bury us. (1:17)

Myth: Our garbage will poison us. (1:34)

Myth: Packaging is our problem. (1:36)

Myth: We must achieve trash independence. (1:31)

Myth: Without forced recycling mandates, there wouldn’t be recycling. (1:22)

Listen to Jennifer Languell and Thomas Snelling explain the types of certification the Florida Green Building Coalition offers and how its programs focus on the unique challenges of building in Florida. (2:51)

Listen to Snelling suggest that building "green" is no more expensive if the goal of sustainability is incorporated from the beginning of the project. (1:13)

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USF's College of Medicine is moving beyond the borders of Florida - and even the United States - with its Office of International Affairs. University Beat shows you how the school is trying to improve global health by teaching medical professionals and students around the world the latest clinical practices.
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Office of International Affairs, USF College of Medicine
E-mail: idintl@gmail.com or 813-844-8918

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Dr. John Sinnott, Associate Dean of International Affairs for USF's College of Medicine, talks about how both sides - USF Medical professionals and students and their foreign counterparts - benefit from their interactions.

Dr. Lynette Menezes, Director of International Affairs, says USF has taken special interest in India, particularly when it comes to HIV and in how their doctors interact with patients.

Justin Sempsrott, and Emergency Medical Technician and USF Medical student, says foreign travel really pays off for students.

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Whether you’re a parent pinching pennies, or a policy-maker trying to find the best ways to allocate funds, the economy is probably at the forefront of your mind these days. Host Irene Maher meets with area economic development council directors to see how they’re weathering the storm and gearing up for President Obama’s stimulus package. Meanwhile, Carson Cooper introduces us to Sue Heinz, a married mother of four from Sarasota featured in Parade Magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show for her tried-and-true thrifty techniques for living. You’ll also get a chance to peek behind the counter and see what it’s like to work as a job placement counselor during tough economic times, as Larry Elliston heads to the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance.

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Every day, we hear more reports of layoffs, bankruptcies, foreclosures and public funding shortfalls. It's the chronicle of a faltering economy that is impacting all Floridians. This week, we're taking a look at the state's cycles of economic boom-and-bust. And we'll hear from local business who are doing well despite the gloom cast by the current recession.
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Listen to an expanded version of our conversation with historian James Denham about Florida pioneer Hamilton Disston and the state's early land booms. (5:47)

Listen to Denham talk about the economic bust that led Florida to legalize pari-mutuel betting at horse tracks. (2:07)

Listen to Peter Buczynsky explain how his company has an impact on the local economy even though he’s not borrowing money from banks to finance the company’s growth. (0:44)

Listen to Bob Johnston talk about the Melting Pot's efforts to constantly refresh its menu without straying from the restaurant's core concept. (1:06)

June 29, 2009

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Students in USF's College of Education are teaching AND learning at the same time by serving as tutors at a number of Hillsborough County Middle Schools. University Beat shows you how the tutoring project of the SunCoast Area Teacher Training (SCATT) Honors Program, with the backing of a legendary Bay area businessman, is preparing the teachers of tomorrow and helping the students of today.
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Lori Yusko, Interim Director, USF College of Education SCATT Honors Program
E-mail: yusko@coedu.usf.edu or 813-974-2061

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Lori Yusko, interim director of the SCATT Honors Program, talks about how the middle school students benefit from the program.

Tampa businessman Olin Mott shares his thoughts about the SCATT Honors Program.

Col. Carl W. Hawkins, Jr. of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department says his department is involved with the SCATT Honors Program because keeping children in school helps lower crime rates.

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Florida Innovators
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

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People and companies are always coming up with new ideas and new innovations. But when you have a great idea and no money to build your business or market that idea, where do you turn? This week, Florida Matters takes a look at venture capital - meet some of the people offering that money.
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Listen to Drew Graham elaborate on the types of companies he looks to invest in — those with existing revenues but with potential for significant growth. (1:20)

Listen to Robin Kovaleski and Steve Lux explain how the federal government can play a role in supporting startup businesses. (1:34)

Listen to Graham and Kovaleski talk about former Gov. Jeb Bush's efforts to attract high-tech research firms like Scripps and Burnham. (1:34)

Listen to Joe Loughry explain how his company, Persystent Technologies, decided to pursue venture capital. (0:51)

Listen to Joe Loughry talk about the different ways a venture capitalist can get their money back out of a company they have invested in. (0:47)

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USF St. Petersburg recently hosted scientists, policy makers and other experts from around the U.S. and almost thirty other countries at the "Coastal Cities Summit." University Beat brings you to St. Petersburg Beach for the summit, where the water-related values and vulnerabilities of areas like Tampa Bay were the topic of discussion.
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International Ocean Institute-USA
727-873-4812

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Dr. Daniel Yeh, an Assistant Professor in USF's College of Engineering, talks about the importance of the international aspects of the "Coastal Cities Summit."

Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Program Co-Chair for the Summit and Executive Director of the Florida Coastal Ocean Observing System (FLCOOS) Consortium, talks about what the group, based at USF St. Petersburg, does.

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In an effort to help foster research and understanding of genocide, as well as hopefully one day end it, USF Libraries has created the Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center. University Beat takes you to the Center to examine its archives, which include access to a collection of nearly 52-thousand video testimonies from Holocaust survivors, rescuers and war crimes trials participants.
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Dr. Mark Greenberg, USF Libraries Special & Digital Collections Director
E-mail: mgreenbe@lib.usf.edu or 813-974-4141

USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center 2009 Lecture Series:
January 28: Rebecca Tinsley (Waging Peace) speaks about Darfur and Uganda at 4:00 PM.
February 19: Michael Sells (University of Chicago) will speak about Bosnia.
March 2: Fabian Klose (University of Munich) will speak about Kenya and Algeria.
All Lectures take place in the USF Tampa Library's Grace Allen Room (4th Floor).

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Special Collections Cataloger Jamie S. Hansen shows some of the archives of the USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center.

USF Libraries Special & Digital Collections Director Dr. Mark Greenberg, gives an overview of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's Visual History Archive.

Dr. Greenberg talks about what it feels like to gather the archives for the Center.

Dean of USF Libraries William Garrison, says the Center deals with more than just the history of genocide, as it benefits from the work of over a hundred USF researchers and faculty in over thirty departments doing some kind of research related to the Holocaust and other genocides.

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Since 1995, USF's Division of Infectious Disease and the Florida Department of Health have been working together to find the best treatment and diagnostic tools for HIV and AIDS. This week's University Beat brings you to the Clinical Research Unit to talk to the researchers who are conducting dozens of studies and the patients who are benefiting from them.
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HIV Clinical Research Unit
E-mail: HCHDResearchUnit@doh.state.fl.usf or 813-307-8067

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Dr. Don Kurtyka, Assistant Professor in USF's College of Medicine & Director of HIV Services at the Hillsborough County Specialty Care Center, talks about how health care and treatment of people with HIV or AIDS has changed over time, and how that's paying off in increased lifespan.

Dr. Don Kurtyka talks about how important it is for people with HIV or AIDS to follow a structured schedule when it comes to taking their medicines.

Dr. Don Kurtyka talks about the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, or A.D.A.P., located in the Hillsborough County Specialty Care Center.

Clincial research participant Dennis Coffer says he's glad he's taken part in five trials at the HIV Clincial Research Unit over the last dozen years.

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USF Health is on the cutting edge in using digital media, like iTunes U and mobile devices, to both serve its patients and educate its students better. This week’s University Beat takes you to a recent USF and Apple co-produced Leadership Symposium that showed more than two-hundred participants from around the world the latest technology and the ways they can use it in health care.
For more information: 

Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO of USF Health and Dean of the College of Medicine
E-mail: sklasko@health.usf.edu or 813-974-2196

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Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO of USF Health and Dean of the College of Medicine, explains how USF is using electronic prescriptions to reduce pharmaceutical errors.

A demonstration of USF Health’s “Second Life” application (www.secondlife.com), where patients can ‘walk through’ their surgical procedure online.

A demonstration of the iTunesU application (http://itunes.usf.edu/), featuring Dr. Jay Wolfson, a professor in USF’s College of Public Health and Director of the Florida Health Information Center and the Suncoast Center for Patient Safety Evaluation and Research.

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Researchers at the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, backed by a one million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education, are looking at the best prosthetics that amputees can use in such activities as rock climbing and kayaking - 'extreme sports' that are being used more and more as rehabilitation activities. University Beat takes you to a test session and introduces you to two champion rock climbers who have scaled to great heights in both competition and in life.
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Dr. M. Jason Highsmith, Assistant Professor, USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
E-mail: mhighsmi@health.usf.edu or 813-974-3806

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Ronnie Dickson, winner of the 2008 Extremity Games Men's Bouldering competition, talks about - and demonstrates - which prosthetic device he prefers to use when climbing.

Ronnie Dickson had his left leg amputated about three years ago because of complications from a childhood surgery for Trevor's Disease, a defect in the growth plates in his knee and ankle. Now he's studying prosthetics at Saint Petersburg College.

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Dr. Jason Highsmith, Assistant Professor in USF's School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, talks about the 'overall' study of prosthetics and orthotics that is backed by a three year, one million dollar Department of Education grant. This study includes the work on prosthetics and rock climbing discussed on University Beat.

Dr. Jason Highsmith talks about another portion of their study of prosthetics and 'extreme sports' - one that focused on people who have lost a hand or arm.

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USF's Sarasota-Manatee campus is once again hosting world-renowned violinist and composer Itzhak Perlman and his "Perlman Music Program." This week's University Beat speaks to the Maestro himself about the two week Winter Residency, where over thirty young, gifted musicians from around the globe are taking part in a series of classes and lessons, as well as recitals and performances that are open to the public.
For more information: 

Elizabeth Power, Executive Director, Perlman Music Program/Sarasota
E-mail: PMPsarasota@earthlink.net or 941-955-4942

Perlman Music Program runs December 21 - January 3

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Three of USF's memory disorder operations have come together as the USF Alzheimer's Comprehensive Clincal Care Center. This week's University Beat takes you to the Center's inaugural "Memory Screening Day" and shows you how clinicians help one woman worried about how forgetful she's becoming.
For more information: 

USF Alzheimer's Comprehensive Clinical Care Center
813-866-1600

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Dr. Amanda Smith, Interim Director of USF Eric Pfeiffer Suncoast Alzheimer's & Gerontology Center, talks about the many free tests and screenings offered to people at the "Memory Screening Day."

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USF is continuing its efforts to become more environmentally friendly, and students are leading the way, both through their words and their actions. This week's University Beat listens in on the second annual "Conversation on Green Building," where students and administrators met with government and private sector leaders to discuss USF's commitment to sustainability
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Emerging Green Builders at USF
E-mail: usfgogreen@gmail.com

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Nancy Walker, President/Founder of "Walker Brands," talks about the headquarters of her Tampa-based branding firm. The building will soon be one of the first occupied LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) structures in Tampa.

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In fiscal 2007-2008, USF received 360 million dollars in research funds...so far in the new fiscal year, that amount is 171 million, with 400 million dollars being a distinct possibility for the full year. This week's University Beat focuses on "ResearchOne," a weeklong celebration of the people and work bringing that money and attention to USF.
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USF's Office of Research
E-mail: research@research.usf.edu or 813-974-5570

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Dr. Karen Holbrook, USF's Vice President for Research & Innovation, says research funds do more than simply back researchers' work - they mean a lot to the economies of both the university AND the community.

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USF recognizes the rich diversity of its student population with the Ninth Annual "International Festival," a celebration of over forty foreign countries that students hail from. University Beat takes you to this year's festivities, which also mark the 30th anniversary of USF's English Language Institute.
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USF's English Language Institute (ELI)
E-mail: contact@eli.usf.edu or 813-974-3433

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Ariadne Miranda of the USF English Language Institute explains that while foreign students in the ELI are treated in some ways like USF students, their classes are NOT for USF credit. However, the Institute offers a "Conditional Admission Program" where foreign students who are lacking in English skills but are otherwise qualified can work towards admission to USF.

A martial art performance by a group of Korean students.

A traditional dance performance by a student from Thailand.

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USF's first ever "Accessi-BULL," a two day event designed to raise awareness and educate the University and the community about people with disabilities, took place in October. University Beat takes you to "Accessi-BULL" to find out how USF assists its growing population of disabled students.
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Raquel Peverini, USF ADA Coordinator
E-mail: RaquelP@admin.usf.edu or 813-974-8616

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James Geiger, a senior in TheatreUSF, has cerebral palsy. He says the Accessi-BULL event, which was co-sponsored by Project ABLE, a student group he belongs to, demonstrates the important roles people with disabilities play at USF.

James, who in addition to Project ABLE also works with Student Government and its "SAFE Team" Campus Escort program, says all these extracurricular activities have truly enriched his time at USF.

Lorene Burnam, Interim Director of USF Student with Disabilities Services, says her group provides "a laundry list" of academic accommodations to USF students with disabilities.

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USF is joining the ranks of Yale, Johns Hopkins and UCLA by taking part in the National Institute of Health's three-point-two billion dollar "National Children's Study." The study will follow 100-thousand children around the country from before birth to the age of 21 to see the effect the interaction of genes and the environment has on their health.
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Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, Professor of Epidemiology, USF College of Public Health
E-mail: korourke@hsc.usf.edu or 813-974-3240

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Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, USF Professor of Epidemiology and co-director of the Hillsborough and Orange Counties' sections of the National Children's Study, talks about what participants can expect to get out of the experience.

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Dr. O'Rourke says the huge amount of money that will eventually be spent on the study will be worth it both because of the depth of the study and what the results might be.

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In work that's received attention from media around the world, USF History Professor Philip Levy serves as co-director of the archaeological project that's discovered the remains of George Washington's boyhood Virginia home. University Beat takes you to Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, VA, for a look at the immense and historic task undertaken by Professor Levy and The George Washington Foundation.
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USF Department of History
813-974-2807

Professor Levy's presentation: Monday, November 10 at 7:00 PM in the Marshall Student Center Room 2708 on the Tampa campus

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USF Associate Professor of History Philip Levy talks with George Washington Foundation Director of Archaeology David Muraca and Staff Archaeologist Paul Nasca about the layout of the two large cellars of Washington's home.

David Muraca and GW Foundation Archaeology Lab Supervisor Anita Dodd discuss one of the more interesting discoveries on the site and what it might mean.

GW Foundation Archaeology Intern Jim Trueman talks about what it's like working at such a historic site.

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VSA arts of Florida, an affiliate of USF's College of Education, is part of a national group that helps people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. University Beat takes you to a recent performance of the Florida Orchestra, where a pair of extraordinary teenage musicians who won the VSAFL's "2008 Young Soloist Program" showcased their talents.
For more information: 

Marian Winters, Executive Director, VSA arts of Florida
E-mail: mwinters@tempest.coedu.usf.edu or 813-558-5095 or 888-844-ARTS (voice/TTY)

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Briana Duensing, 17, performs Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu in C# minor, Op. 66.

Natalia Sulca, 16, sings the song "Reflection" from the movie Mulan.

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Marian Winters, Executive Director for VSA arts of Florida, talks about some of the many programs the organization offers.

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WUSF TV/DT Presents: The Amendments 2008: A Florida Matters Special Edition
Once again, Floridians are facing changes in the state's constitution. This Florida Matters Election Special offers citizens helpful analysis of amendment language and explains how voting "yes" or "no" may affect the political makeup of Florida.

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Florida voters once again face a bevy of constitutional amendments on the ballot next month. The six proposals address everything from the definition of marriage and property tax exemptions to allowing local option taxes for community colleges. Each amendment has a 75-word summary printed on the ballot to help voters understand their choices. This week on Florida Matters - and in conjunction with a Florida Matters speical on WUSF TV/DT - we'll tackle the amendments and break them down so you can make an educated choice when you vote.
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Official Ballot Summary:

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to delete provisions authorizing the Legislature to regulate or prohibit the ownership, inheritance, disposition, and possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship.

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This amendment protects marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.

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Authorizes the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of changes or improvements to residential real property which increase resistance to wind damage and installation of renewable energy source devices as factors in assessing the property's value for ad valorem taxation purposes. Effective upon adoption, repeals the existing renewable energy source device exemption no longer in effect.

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Requires Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for real property encumbered by perpetual conservation easements or other perpetual conservation protections, defined by general law. Requires Legislature to provide for classification and assessment of land used for conservation purposes, and not perpetually encumbered, solely on the basis of character or use. Subjects assessment benefit to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions established by general law. Applies to property taxes beginning in 2010.

This segment discusses the implications of Amendment 5, which was removed from the ballot.

Note: Amendments 5, 7 & 9 were removed from the ballot by the Florida Supreme Court.

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Provides for assessment based upon use of land used predominantly for commercial fishing purposes; land used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable and accesible to the public; marinas and drystacks that are open to the public; and water-dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial fishing facilities, and marine vessel construction and repair facilities and their support activities, subject to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions specified by general law.

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Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require that the Legislature authorize counties to levy a local option sales tax to supplement community college funding; requiring voter approval to levy the tax; providing that approved taxes will sunset after 5 years and may be reauthorized by the voters.

A wrap-up of the amendments offered on this year's constitutional ballot.

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Listen to Carson Cooper’s full conversation with Nathan Dunn and Derek Newton about Amendment 2.

Michael Allen, Tim Nickens and Carol Weissert break down Amendment 2.

Michael Allen and Carol Weissert talk about the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, which placed many of the amendments on this year’s ballot. Allen also explains another way to propose revisions to the state constitution.

June 26, 2009

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dementia devcie
A USF professor has developed a new tracking system that identifies people who may be at risk for dementia by analyzing their patterns of movement. University Beat takes you to a local living facility where the device is being tested out on residents - a possible application that may help keep patients safe.

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USF St. Petersburg plays host to the St. Petersburg Times 16th Annual Festival of Reading Saturday, October 25. University Beat has a preview of the event and speaks to a pair of USFSP faculty memebers who will put their 'author' hats on and talk about their literary works at the Festival.
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Dr. William Kearns, Assistant Professor, USF Dept. of Aging & Mental Health, FL Mental Health Institute
E-mail: kearns@fmhi.usf.edu or 813-974-9356

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Dr. William Kearns, Assistant Professor in USF's Department of Aging and Mental Health, describes the wristwatch shaped transpoder tags and talks about why they're safe to use around medical devices.

Dr. William Kearns, Assistant Professor in USF's Department of Aging and Mental Health, talks about the study of wandering prevention methods he's working with researchers at the VA's Patient Safety Center of Inquiry on. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR THE STUDY - CALL DR. HELEN MOORE AT 813-558-3931 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Dr. William Kearns, Assistant Professor in USF's Department of Aging and Mental Health, describes some of the movement patterns researchers can detect using the tracking technology.

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Dr. Deanna Michael, Associate Dean of USF St. Petersburg's College of Education, reads an excerpt from her book, "Jimmy Carter as Educational Policymaker."

Dr. Michael Sampson, Associate Professor of Childhood Education at USF St. Petersburg, reads an excerpt from "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?," a children's book he co-authored with Bill Martin Jr.

Collette Bancroft, Book Editor for the Saint Petersburg Times, talks about just some of the almost sixty authors appearing at the Festival of Reading.

July 14, 2008

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USF Lakeland is now USF Polytechnic, as University officials say the name change better reflects the campus' focus on the applied and technical disciplines. University Beat takes you to Polk County for a "Poly Pep Rally" and also brings you an update on the plan for a brand-new campus, right in the middle of Florida's High-Tech Corridor.
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University of South Florida Polytechnic
E-mail: info@poly.usf.edu or 863-667-7000 or 800-USF-5636

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Dr. Marshall Goodman, Vice President-Campus Executive Officer of USF Polytechnic, explains why they decided to throw a "Poly Pep Rally" to celebrate the name change.

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