University Beat

  • Radio: Innovation Corps

    USF is one of only three dozen institutes nationwide to be recognized as an “Innovation Corps Site” by the National Science Foundation.

  • TV: Week of Welcome

    The University of South Florida’s new school year has gotten underway with the “Week of Welcome.”

  • Radio: Video Games - Social Studies

    WNET has created “Mission U-S,” a first-person, historically rich video game for social studies students.

  • TV: Pre-College Recap

    USF's summer Pre-College program is like college – only for high school students.

  • USF-Dozier Reform School

    USF researchers have been looking at the Dozier Reform School for Boys in Marianna, FL, where students, some who died under mysterious circumstances, were buried.


Last Week On University Beat

Home screen for the 4 'missions' that make up the "Mission US" video game, produced by WNET
Can video games help students learn more about social studies? New York Public TV station WNET is testing out that theory with "Mission US," an interactive game that puts young players in different eras across American history....
USF Class of 2019 photo (courtesy Amie Blodgett, USF)
On Radio:
Week of Welcome
Some 3500 young people moved into residence halls at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus last week, and we tagged along on their first day as they got settled into their new homes. You’ll find out how USF is trying to...
Radio Schedule

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
Television - Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

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.

Recent University Beat Episodes

Bay area social studies teachers play "Mission US" to figure out how they might be able to use the game in their classrooms.
Radio: Video Games - Social Studies (August 17, 2015)
Since the 1970’s and 80’s, computer programs like “Oregon Trail” and “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” have shown that video games can be used to help teach social studies. Public TV station WNET created the newest such...
Robert Stephens, nephew of the young man of the same name buried at the Dozier School for Boys in 1937, speaks as USF anthropologist Erin Kimmerle looks on.
Radio: Dozier Update (August 10, 2015)
Allegations of abuse, along with mysterious student deaths, haunted the Dozier School for Boys in the Florida panhandle for decades. For the last few years, we’ve been telling you how researchers from the University of South...
Students conduct lab work in a USF Pre-College course (courtesy USF STEM Academy)
Radio: Pre-College Recap (August 3, 2015)
USF’s Pre-College Summer Program has wrapped up another successful year. More than 150 high school students from around the world took part, preparing for college through a variety of classes in subjects including STEM, writing,...
USF STEM Academy students in a lab during USF Pre-College (courtesy USF STEM Academy)
TV: Pre-College Recap (August 3, 2015)
It’s college – only for high school students. The University of South Florida welcomed more than 150 teens from around the world for this summer’s Pre-College program. University Beat on WUSF TV has a recap.
Students in the USF Wellness LLC hang out together in the common area. (courtesy USF Wellness LLC)
TV: Living Learning Communities (July 20, 2015)
Living away from home for the first time can be tough for some college students. But the University of South Florida hopes to ease that transition with its Living Learning Communities, or LLC’s for short. We take a tour of some...
Pasta at Locale Market, photographed for 'Sizziling Images' by USFSP student Anna Stebbins
TV: Food Photography Class (July 6, 2015)
From the farm and the field to the kitchen and market, students in a week-long USF St. Petersburg class hit the road to learn the tricks of the trade of food photography. We’ll follow along as they capture ‘sizzling images’ on...

Contact Information
University Beat's theme song is: "Perpetuum Mobile" by The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, from their CD "Signs of Life."

FirstChoice eNewsletter