Podcasts: University Beat (Audio) Archvies

Follow Your Calling (rebroadcast)
If you don’t “follow your calling” and find a job that you find especially fulfilling, are you putting yourself at risk for unhappiness and health problems? Well, according to a pair of USF psychologists – that might indeed be the case. Hear from...
Veggie Garden
There’s a class at USF where students learn to grow their own vegetables… and at the end of the semester, they get to eat their homework! University Beat on WUSF 89.7 stops in at the USF Botanic Gardens for a spring harvest and potluck that doubled...
Water Purification
Last year, we told you about a revolutionary machine developed by USF engineers that could help developing countries by turning wastewater into reusable, beneficial products. This device, called the "NEWgenerator,” has been undergoing field testing...
Canoe Trip
USF St. Petersburg students recently had the chance to hang out with some local, high-performing fifth graders. What made the whole experience especially memorable is *where* the students met up – on canoes, cruising Tampa Bay! Climb on board for...
Young Graduate
Ahmed Mohamed is graduating from USF this month with a 4.0 GPA and degrees in both biomedical sciences and political science. In addition, he’s now going on to pursue degrees in medicine and law simultaneously. Oh, did we mention Mohamed is only 18...
Preeminent University
USF is getting closer to joining the University of Florida and Florida State University as a ‘preeminent state research university,’ obtaining not just additional funding but also national prominence. Find out what this status will mean for USF and...
Supreme Court-Immigration
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments challenging a pair of President Obama’s executive orders that deferred action against undocumented immigrants. One USF anthropologist has spent a lot of time speaking to people on both sides of the...
Firefighter Back Pain
The leading cause of disability and early retirement for firefighters is back injuries – not really a surprise when you consider they’re lugging as much as a hundred pounds of gear in the field. Armed with a $1.3 million grant from FEMA, the...
Follow Your Calling
If you don’t “follow your calling” and find a job that you find especially fulfilling, are you putting yourself at risk for unhappiness and health problems? Well, according to a pair of USF psychologists – that might indeed be the case. Hear from...
"Violet"
TheatreUSF has chosen a 2014 Tony-nominated musical for its spring production this year.  The story takes the audience back in time to the 1960’s to follow a young woman on her quest for beauty. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 takes us to rehearsals...
USF Graduate Assistants
Around half the classes taught at the University of South Florida, along with a large percentage of the research, is being done by 2200 graduate assistants and about 1500 adjunct faculty. Both groups are pushing USF for a number of concessions,...
USF Health Match Day
More than 170 University of South Florida medical school students recently opened envelopes that contained the next step on their journey to become physicians. “Match Day” tells future doctors where they’ll spend their residencies, and USF’s event...
Solar Research
It’s called the “Sunshine State,’ but figures show Florida is only thirteenth in the nation when it comes to the solar power capacity that’s been installed around the state. USF is trying to change that, with ground-breaking research and solar...
Share Your Spare
Thanks to a campaign with the catchy title of “Share Your Spare,” a University of South Florida student who lost her kidneys to cancer is closer to getting a new one. We’ll meet Mary Lumapas on University Beat on WUSF 89.7 and find out how the...
Florida Orchestra - USF
Students in the USF Symphony Orchestra and the School of Music’s Conducting Master Class got the thrill of a lifetime when they played side-by-side with The Florida Orchestra. It was all part of TFO’s recent visit to the USF campus, which was billed...
Road to the White House
Almost two dozen students in a USF St. Petersburg political science class traveled to New Hampshire to work on presidential campaigns in advance of the first in the nation primary elections. WUSF’s Mark Schreiner joined them in the Granite State,...
Conference on World Affairs
This year’s St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs will be the largest one yet, drawing almost sixty different experts from around the world to USF St. Pete February 17th through 19th.  They’ll discuss dozens of “hot-button” topics, including...
TV-Election Predictions
According to research done at the USF Muma College of Business, a person’s TV preferences might just be able to predict who they’ll vote for in the Presidential Election...with shows like “Duck Dynasty” and “The Daily Show” serving as the leading...
Gun Debate
While Florida lawmakers argue over concealed weapons on college campuses, USF students held a forum of their own on the subject. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 takes you to Debate-A-Bull, a recent Student Government-sponsored discussion of this...
Diabetic Healthcare Cost (rebroadcast)
It’s an age-old question that continues even as our nation’s healthcare system changes: are higher costs in health care for patients always associated with higher quality goods and services? One USF researcher took on that question, looking at the...
Sport & Entertainment Lecture Series
The USF Muma College of Business is preparing for its third Sport and Entertainment Lecture Series on January 13th and 14th. This year’s free series features a trio of speakers, including Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil, former WNBA president...
International Festival
More than sixty student groups showed off their ethnic pride at the University of South Florida’s recent International Festival. The event exposed students to music, culture, games and food from around the world – we tell you how on University Beat...
Preemies' Bacteria (rebroadcast)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one out of nine babies in the U.S. is born prematurely. Now the USF College of Nursing has received a $2.7 million grant to study DNA from babies’ stomach bacteria to see how premature birth...
NEWgenerator
It’s cutting-edge technology that turns wastewater into clean water, plant nutrients and energy…it’s received three million dollars in backing from a number of groups, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation…and it’s all the work of a USF...
Frank Morsani
Four years ago this month, Frank Morsani, along with his wife, Carol, donated $20 million dollars to the University of South Florida to help build a new medical school. On University Beat on WUSF 89.7, the philanthropist and businessman talks with...
Senior Fall Prevention
Falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in adults older than 65. The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute recently held a “Senior Safety and Falls Prevention Day,” where professionals offered seniors safety tips, health...
USFSP Veterans Success Center
As many as 500 students at USF St. Petersburg are active service members, veterans or military dependents. The new Military and Veterans Success Center will provide that population with services specific to their needs. University Beat on WUSF 89.7...
Video Games - Social Studies (rebroadcast)
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 tool with “Mission U-S...
Share-A-Bull Bikes
Students and staff at the University of South Florida have a new way to get around campus this year, thanks to the Share-A-Bull Bike program. One hundred bikes can be tracked electronically, meaning users can find one at almost a moment’s notice...
Tillman Scholars (rebroadcast)
The Pat Tillman Foundation is named after a former NFL player who died while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan in 2004.  Every year, the Foundation chooses 60 military veterans or their spouses as Tillman Scholars, honoring them for strength...
Pint of Science: We're Only Human
University Beat on WUSF 89.7 has previously reported on “Pint of Science,” a worldwide effort where researchers sit down with the public at a local watering hole and share drinks and conversation about science.The local branch of Pint of Science is...
Food Photography Class (rebroadcast)
On this rebroadcast of University Beat, we’ll follow students from the farm to the kitchen to the table as they try to capture eye-catching images of mouth-watering meals. Join us as we check out “Sizzling Images,” a weeklong summer course at USF St...
Festival of Reading
The 23rd annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading takes place Saturday, October 24th on the campus of USF St. Petersburg. On University Beat on WUF 89.7, we’ll meet a pair of USF graduates who will be presenting their first novels at the Fest. The...
USF Sarasota-Manatee 40th Anniversary
Like its sibling campus over the bridge in St. Petersburg, USF Sarasota-Manatee is getting in on the anniversary action this year as it marks its 40th birthday. On University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we’ll drop by a ceremony commemorating the milestone....
USF St. Petersburg 50th Anniversary
2015 is a special year for the University of South Florida System, as USF Saint Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee both celebrate important anniversaries. For the next two weeks on University Beat, we’ll look at how both campuses are commemorating...
Business Scholarships
The recent USF Muma College of Business Scholarship Luncheon honored nearly 175 students who received almost 450-thousand dollars in awards. On University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we meet a new scholarship recipient and catch up with some previous award-...
Business Success Center
For the third time in the last twelve months, the USF Muma College of Business has received a multi-million dollar gift from an alumnus. Florida businessman Barry Collier and his wife, Dana, gave the College $10.85 million. But this time, instead of...
Diabetic Healthcare Cost
It’s an age-old question that continues even as our nation’s healthcare system changes: are higher costs in health care for patients always associated with higher quality goods and services? One USF researcher took on that question, looking at the...
Innovation Corps
For the past few years, the University of South Florida has ranked as one of the top U.S. universities when it comes to the number of patents granted. As a result, the school is one of only three dozen institutes nationwide to be recognized as an “...
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 keep them engaged...
Video Games - Social Studies
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 tool with “Mission U-S...
Dozier Update
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 Florida have been...
Pre-College Recap
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, engineering and film...
FL Inventors Hall of Fame (rebroadcast)
The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, which is based at the University of South Florida, has named its 2015 inductees. The seven innovators chosen include automotive giant Henry Ford, and combined, they hold more than 430 U.S. patents. We’ll find out...
Living Learning Communities
USF boasts a dozen Living Learning Communities, where students connect with classmates, faculty and staff –  right where they live.  The students reside in places that emphasize a common major or area of interest – and we’ll check out some of these...
Preemies' Bacteria
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one out of nine babies in the U.S. is born prematurely. Now the USF College of Nursing has received a $2.7 million grant to study DNA from babies’ stomach bacteria to see how premature birth...
Food Photography Class
On University Beat, we’ll follow students from the farm to the kitchen to the table as they try to capture eye-catching images of mouth-watering meals. Join us as we check out “Sizzling Images,” a weeklong summer course at USF St. Petersburg that...
Tillman Scholars
The Pat Tillman Foundation is named after a former NFL player who died while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan in 2004.  Every year, the Foundation chooses 60 military veterans or their spouses as Tillman Scholars, honoring them for strength...
Art Exhibits
It may be summer, but the University of South Florida's Contemporary Art Museum isn't taking a break. The museum has a pair of exhibits on display through late July: one asks visitors to listen more carefully and find the "hidden noise" in the world...
Sampling Science (rebroadcast)
USF’s Gibbons Alumni Center was recently transformed into a combination tasting room and classroom as craft beer lovers took part in a sold-out, student-organized event called “Sampling Science.” University Beat on WUSF 89.7 tells you how...