New USF Residence Hall and Ataxia Research

Ataxia Research

Ataxia is a group of debilitating neurological diseases that affects 150-thousand Americans, causing serious problems with movement, balance, speech and vision. This week's University Beat looks at the revolutionary treatment research being done at USF and tells you how you can help in the effort by taking part in a series of events, including a symposium and a fund-raising dinner, later this month.

New USF Residence Hall

With the start of the school year just around the corner, the University of South Florida is opening the doors on its newest and largest residence hall. This week's University Beat takes you inside the Juniper-Poplar Residence Hall and shows you how it fits into USF officials' plan to help new students graduate within four years.

Video Extras


Video from the grand opening of USF's Juniper-Poplar Residence Hall, as well as a tour of the new building.

Dr. Teresa Zesiewicz, the director of USF's Ataxia Research Center, talks about the work being done at the Center and some of the challenges doctors face in treating the disease.

Dr. Zesiewicz describes how patient Susan Wier has progressed thanks to the smoking cessation drug, Chantix.

A look at one of the tools USF's School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences is using to help ataxia patients like Susan Wier.

More Information: 

Housing & Residential Education, USF Division of Student Affairs
E-mail: or 813-974-0001
Amber Miller, USF Ataxia Research Center (treatment and clinical trials/research)
Stephanie Amberg, First Annual FARA (Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance) Energy Ball & related events, August 27-29

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM

Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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