Recent University Beat episodes
Rescue Robots (October 1, 2007)
USF Professor Robin Murphy, the director of the Center for Robot Assisted Search & Rescue, recently returned from Utah, where she had the sad mission of assisting in the search for six miners trapped in the Crandall Canyon mine. Dr. Murphy spoke to University Beat about the search, as well as about what she learned from her experience.
Transit Village (September 24, 2007)
Fifteen graduate students in the USF School of Architecture and Community Design had nine weeks this past summer to come up with plans for an East Tampa-based "transit village" where people could live, shop, work and catch the proposed lite rail system. University Beat has their final projects.
Teaching Teachers Technology (September 17, 2007)
USF Lakeland may be the smallest of the University's campuses, but it might just be the leader when it comes to getting its educators the training they need on the latest high-tech tools they can use in the classroom. University Beat examines the "Faculty Technology Integration Institute," a summer program that not only helps them get connected, but stay dialed in to the most up-to-date technologies and practices.
SRI International (September 10, 2007)
In a potentially huge economic boon to the Bay area, USF has paired with SRI International, a leading scientific research institution, to create SRI Saint Petersburg. While SRI gets the expertise in "harsh environment" sensors developed at USF's Center for Ocean Technology, the deal could eventually bring almost two hundred million dollars and at least two hundred high-tech jobs to St. Pete.
Heat Pill (September 3, 2007)
University Beat gets you ready for some football with a visit to USF Bulls' practice, where the team isn't just preparing for the new season - they're also taking part in research that could one day save the lives of players from all levels, pee-wee to professional. The Director of the USF Division of Sports Medicine, Doctor Eric Coris, explains how a tiny pill that's actually a high-tech thermometer helps his staff know which players are showing signs of heat illnesses long before symptoms appear.
The IKEA Residence Hall (August 26, 2007)
USF St. Petersburg is preparing its residence hall for the new school year by inviting IKEA and Wal-Mart in to give one of its rooms a makeover. The residence hall, which opened last year and is the first such hall in USF St. Pete's forty-year history, houses almost 350 students in four-person suite-style units. In addition to social and civic activities, students will now be able to attend classes in a new classroom right in the building. Room rates range between about 500 and 600 dollars a month, which covers cable TV, local telephone service, utilities and rent.