CAS Chronicles

2024 Stories

Welcoming the new College of Arts and Sciences Dean Elizabeth Spiller graphic

USF names new dean for the College of Arts and Sciences

The University of South Florida today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Spiller as the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Spiller has more than 10 years of experience as an academic leader, having served most recently as the executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

May 21, 2024Community Engagement

John Michael Kilgore, a senior majoring in professional and technical communication in the Department of English, completed an internship with Oyova. (Photo courtesy of Kilgore)University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

English student polishes technical writing skills interning with local software development company Oyova

English student John Michael Kilgore put his professional and technical communication skills to the test in his recent internship with a Florida-based software development company.

May 20, 2024Accomplishments, Community Engagement

This is My Brave participants take a final bow at the conclusion of the performances and story sharing. (Photo by Laura Lyon Photography)

CAS students shared their lived experiences with mental illness for ‘This Is My Brave’

Three College of Arts and Sciences students participated in 'This Is My Brave' to share their lived experiences of coping with mental illness in an effort to eliminate stigma among college students.

May 20, 2024Community Engagement, Events

Honey Rand, PhD '00, (right) speaks at a USF Humanities Conference alongside the Humanities Institute's Liz Kicak.

Her life has been a page-turner; her gift will launch a new chapter

The gift from Honey Rand, a USF alumna, local public relations practitioner and author, will establish a creative writing retreat in the college’s Humanities Institute and support students who are studying writing and communication.

May 8, 2024Community Engagement

Hurricane Ian radar view

Hurricane preparedness takes many forms - USF providing support on all fronts

When a hurricane makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico, it has the potential to impact the entire Tampa Bay region. That’s why USF researchers across all three campuses are involved in a number of innovative endeavors and public initiatives to better prepare communities for the next storm.

May 6, 2024Research

Aidan Cawley partially revealed himself as Rocky during the Rocky Awards on April 18, 2024.

Graduate involved in campus life also took on secret role as mascot

When Aidan Cawley came to USF St. Petersburg, he never expected to be involved in so many campus activities. Or have the chance to become Rocky. But as time passed, the environmental science major became more outgoing and confident. Three years later, his e-mail signature looks like a resume.

May 1, 2024Community Engagement

(From left) Emmanuel Olawale, graduate student, Dr. Xiaomei Jiang, associate professor, and Dr. Xuan Chung Nguyen, postdoctoral researcher, in the spintronic device research lab. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Xiaomei Jiang)

Department of Physics professor leads study on novel structure spintronic devices

Dr. Xiaomei Jiang is spearheading a research study focused on enhancing spintronic devices made from a new class of semiconductors, aiming to contribute significant advancements to data storage and quantum computing.

April 30, 2024Research

The team working on the S. aureus T7SS research (from left) Koushik Majumder, master’s student, Isabelle Powell, master’s student, Maksym Bobrovskyy, principal investigator, and Richard Agyen, PhD student. (Photo courtesy of Maksym Bobrovskyy)

Dr. Maksym Bobrovskyy awarded NIH grant to pursue research related to Staphylococcus aureus, a leading cause of life-threatening skin infections

Dr. Maksym Brobrovskyy, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his research related to Staphylococcus aureus Type VII Secretion System assembly and regulation.

April 26, 2024Accomplishments, Research

Urban tree canopy in Robles Park, located in Tampa, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Zarger)

Interdisciplinary CAS team helps identify new urban tree canopy locations in Tampa

Dr. Shawn Landry and Dr. Rebecca Zarger are two USF College of Arts and Sciences faculty contributing to the City of Tampa’s tree canopy study. Landry and Zarger are tasked with identifying specific tree planting locations throughout the city and conducting outreach with residents in priority locations.

April 26, 2024Community Engagement, Research

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

The Michael Kuperman Memorial Poetry Library: Fostering community, craft, and a sense of self

When MFA student Michael Kuperman passed away in 2006, his family donated his beloved poetry collection to the USF English Department, creating the foundation of the space located on the third floor of Cooper Hall now known as the Michael Kuperman Memorial Poetry Library. Now, the director of the space wants to see it become a haven for creatives across our campuses.

April 25, 2024Community Engagement

(From left) Dr. Angela Vergara, University of Central Florida, Beatriz Padilla, director of ISLAC, and Angelina Cotler, Johns Hopkins University, shared their insights during the first panel discussion. (Photo by Corey Lepak)

Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC) hosts its first global symposium

The Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean held its inaugural Global Symposium bringing together global experts who addressed contemporary issues faced by Latin American and Caribbean communities across the world.

April 24, 2024Community Engagement, Events, Research

Zimmerman School senior, Gracie Glover, outside of the Office of Admissions building on the USF Tampa campus. (Photo courtesy of Gracie Glover)

Zimmerman School student’s internship with NASA boosts her hopes for the future

Gracie Glover, a senior in the Zimmerman School of Advertising, completed an internship at NASA where she highlighted stories of fellow interns focusing on the inclusivity of the organization’s opportunities.

April 24, 2024Accomplishments, Community Engagement

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