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The Chincha Valley, located about 125 miles south of Lima was and remains one of the largest agriculturally productive regions of southern coastal Peru. A research team from USF aims to study landscape changes in the Chincha Valley in southern Peru, assessing both the natural changes and those caused by humans in valley over the last 5000 years.
Forensic examination of the skeleton revealed violent trauma, and the death was determined to be a homicide. The victim was unable to be identified, and the case went cold... until a social media post started circulating, containing an illustration that helped close the case.
USF researchers have examined food insecurity, health, and wellness in Tampa Bay and elsewhere, but there remains a need to look within the university at the students, staff, and even faculty. This effort is now compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the last few years, the humanitarian crisis in Venezuelan has reached an unbearable peak, leading to an unprecedented exodus. Over 5 million of Venezuelans have left the country, and some human rights organizations are predicting that this mass migration could even surpass the Syrian crisis of 2015.
In April of 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tatsiana Kulakevich, permanent instructor of quantitative research methods at University of South Florida (USF) School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies (SIGS) and research fellow at USF Institute on Russia, penned an analysis in the Washington Post, describing the attitudes of an authoritarian government in Belarus towards the coronavirus.
Climate change is a familiar term to most, and the associated sea level rise has been one on the trademarks of this environmental threat. While rising seas remain a danger to coastal populations and can damage coastal ecosystems, some ecosystems appear to be building themselves up as the water rises.
Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida (USF), Eric Winsberg, recently teamed up with Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, Eric Schliesser, to contribute their expertise in the NewStatesman – where this story originally appeared. The two discuss the false equivalence that is created when comparing scientific research in climate change with new finding about coronavirus.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, people around the globe are looking to their political leaders for both information as well as guidance. In the United States, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, is being widely praised by the mass media and laypeople alike for standing out as a great leader in this time of uncertainty and adversity.
Researchers from the School of Information at the University of South Florida (USF) have established a pediatric library at the Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Recovery Center, a 72-bed, co-ed facility and the only freestanding psychiatric hospital in Pasco County, FL. The project is led by Dr. Natalie Taylor, Dr. Peter Cannon, and Denise Shereff, MLIS, AHIP, who are currently assisted by four graduate students, Brittany Baum, Janet Chan, Erin Jacobs, and Kati Scanlon.
New Tampa, the area northeast of USF, was largely undeveloped until it was annexed into the City of Tampa in the 1980's. Since then, it has seen rapid housing growth accompanied by commercial development, largely along the Bruce B. Downs corridor. But residents, and some community leaders, have been concerned that the commercial life of the community is not as robust as it could be. Moreover, some believed that new developments in Wesley Chapel, north of the county line, were drawing shoppers away from New Tampa.
For the past three years, the Institute on Russia has focused on advancing global education at the University of South Florida (USF). In 2019-2020, the Institute held many events for students, faculty, and the Tampa Bay community. The Institute is grateful to the Florida Orchestra for granting free tickets to Russian studies students, so they could experience a concert of Tchaikovsky's music, and to USSOCOM whose international partners spoke to students about East European security and the collapse of communism.
University of South Florida (USF) School of Information Professor Kim Lersch has long been fascinated with locational aspect of social events, looking for answers to the questions of where and why. For the past two decades, her research has examined the locations of incidents of domestic violence, carjackings, suicides, and mentalhealth related calls for service to the police.
The Program on U.S.-Russian Relations at the Harriman Institute invited permanent instructor of quantitative research methods at University of South Florida (USF) School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies (SIGS) and research fellow at USF Institute on Russia, Tatsiana Kulakevich, as a leading expert for a panel discussion on recent developments in foreign policy and the evolution of Belarusian national identity.
The Spring 2019 Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications class project, "Remembering the Tampa Bay Storm," recently was screened at the 9th Annual SBVC International Film Festival sponsored by the Inland Empire Media Academy at San Bernardino Valley College.
In March 2020, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) named Department of Psychology Professor Judith Bryant the recipient of the inaugural STP Mentorship of Teachers Award.
University of South Florida Department of English alumna Jaquira Díaz is winner of a 2020 Whiting Award in Nonfiction for her memoir Ordinary Girls. Diaz earned her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from USF.
One of the vibrant and active student organization at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, is the Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry (SOAR). Organized in 2010, their goal is to perfect the launching of rockets into space to put satellites into orbit for scientific studies.
The documentation, interpretation and dissemination of ancient iconography is one of the most challenging tasks that scholars in archaeology, art history and anthropology face in their quest to reconstruct the past and communicate it to the global public.
Eight undergraduate seniors and juniors from the University of South Florida (USF) have been selected for a challenging and rewarding research program funded by the National Science Foundation. The objective of the project is to develop a renewable energy source based on a novel scientific concept, with the goal of making basic commodities accessible to rural and tribal villages in Africa.
In May of 2019, 10 students from around the nation gathered at the University of South Florida (USF) for an intensive nine-week research experience on the Weather, Climate, and Society REU hosted by USF professors, Dr. Jennifer Collins and Dr. Robin Ersing.
In a general sense, university courses on food usually allow students the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge of food history, practices, and culture, but for Patrizia La Trecchia, an associate professor in the Department of World Languages at the University of South Florida, the basics are just the beginning.
Cecil Greek, an associate professor of sociology at the University of South Florida, has been resurrecting dead sociologists for nearly a decade. But how?
Dr. Lisa Melonçon was announced as the winner of the prestigious Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication in May of 2019 at the Honors Reception held during the Society for Technical Communication’s (STC) Annual Summit in Denver, CO.
"Female Education", authored by Rita Ciresi, a professor of English at the University of South Florida, was recently awarded the 2019 Wordrunner eChapbook Prize.
When most people hear the terms "Red Scare" and "McCarthyism" they generally associate them with horrific political repression and anti-Communism, but for University of South Florida history professor David K. Johnson, those associations were only the tip of the iceberg.
During the summer of 2019, Bernd Reiter, Director of the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC) at the University of South Florida (USF) and a group of its affiliated faculty, offered a professional development seminar to the School District of Hillsborough County (SDHC) high school teachers in the field of Latin American Studies.
The first decades of the 21st Century have marked a notable new trend in global violence, namely the growth in incidents of civil conflict. These types of conflicts are distinguished as occurring between states and non-state groups (like Al Qaeda), and between non-state groups themselves (such as in the civil war in the Congo).
Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Christian Wells, recently embarked on a large project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through their Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Program to redevelop a local community park.
In May, ten students from around the nation gathered at the University of South Florida (USF) for an intensive nine-week research experience on the Weather, Climate, and Society REU hosted by USF professors, Dr. Jennifer Collins and Dr. Robin Ersing.
The University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications Spring 2018 Documentary Film Class recently received news that their documentary chronicling the legalization of marijuana in Florida received a Bronze Telly Award – a nationally recognized award.
Faculty from the Department of English relish in recent book awards, new publications, and Emeritus status in the first half of 2019.
Dr. Matthew Desmond - Pulitzer Prize Winner, Best-Selling Author, Urban Ethnographer.
Evicted. Poverty and Profit in America. The lecture will explore poverty in American cities, related housing issues, and Desmond’s ideas for solving economic exploitation – one of 21st century America’s most devastating problems.
University Area CDC
14013 N 22nd St, Tampa, FL 33613
Lecture at 7:30pm!
Free and open to the public.
Get Ready for SEWSA 2020! The USF Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will be hosting the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association annual conference on March 26-28, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The theme—Embodying Disobedience, Crafting Affinities—figures embodiment and diverse lived experiences as the lifeblood of resistant politics and the livelihood of building alliances across our many differences.
Few people realize that Egmont Key, now a wildlife refuge of the coast of St. Petersburg, FL, was once an island internment camp where Seminole Indians were imprisoned
Davide Tanasi, assistant professor of history at the University of South Florida and a team of researchers from across America and France recently embarked on a project that hopes to provide answers to help characterize the content of Roman and Late Roman amphorae, a tall Roman jar, likened to pottery, with two handles and a narrow neck.
Parents of Gen Z teenagers have many questions about social media and are looking for answers from experts in the field. Concerns include the time their children are spending on social media, problems caused by social media, and how they can monitor the online behavior of their children.
Every year the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy (WLP) award six awards for excellence in faculty research to USF System faculty to support the research and creative efforts of those who "focus on women and issues affecting women."
School of Geosciences faculty member Dr. Jennifer Collins recently received a research award from the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers (SEDAAG) and the most prestigious teaching award in the field of meteorology, the Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award, awarded by the American Meteorological Society (AMS).
English Professor Ylce Irizarry was recently honored with two awards for her book "Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad," originally released in 2016.
Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) has selected Professor of Philosophy Eric Winsberg's book, "Philosophy and Climate Science", to receive a 2018 ASLI's CHOICE Honorable Mention award.