CAS Chronicles


Community members in East Tampa identifying neighborhood amenities and walking distances during the East Tampa community engagement workshop for the heat vulnerability study

USF architecture and water researchers partner with city of Tampa to mitigate the impact of extreme heat

The collaboration led to the creation of the city’s first-ever Heat Resilience Playbook, which includes 18 actionable steps to address the rising temperatures across Tampa and better protect its most vulnerable communities from the effects of extreme heat.

July 12, 2024Research

Arminda Mata (middle), CEO of the Ybor City Museum Society, along with Rose Lopez (left) and Matthew Lewicki (right), two former history major interns who are now employees. (Photo by Corey Lepak)

History alumna’s journey from intern to CEO of the Ybor City Museum Society

USF alumna Arminda Mata becomes CEO of the Ybor City Museum Society.

June 27, 2024Alumni, Community Engagement

PhD candidate Colin Goodman and undergraduate Kira Ruiz-Houston

Sigma Xi USF chapter awards two CAS students research grants

These awards will fund scientific investigation in any field, with funds available to spend on equipment purchases, travel to research sites and symposiums, supplies, and manuscript preparation and publication costs.

June 27, 2024Accomplishments, Research

mathematical formula graphic illustration

Mathematics professor delivers keynote address for Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering

Dr. Hemant Pendharkar, a professor in the mathematics department, was recently invited to deliver a keynote talk as part of Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering 2nd International Faculty Development Program.

June 26, 2024Accomplishments

Steven Tauber, a longtime faculty member and current vice provost for faculty administration, and his wife, Meghan.

USF to receive $1 million gift from longtime faculty member and his wife

The University of South Florida announced a $1 million estate gift that will provide scholarships to students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The gift comes from Steven Tauber, a longtime faculty member and current vice provost for faculty administration, and his wife, Meghan.

June 26, 2024Community Engagement

Audrey Brandt stands in front of seawall

USF honors student chosen for prestigious summer internship at marine sanctuary

Audrey Brandt recently started a coveted summer internship with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Monterey, CA, one of the largest federally protected marine sanctuaries in the United States. Brandt's journey to California started in 2023 when she was selected for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program.

June 25, 2024Accomplishments, Research

Students from the Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications produce the Florida Focus program, which airs on the  local PBS station WEDQ in Tampa, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Anderson)

Florida Focus, Z School’s signature program, takes second place in national broadcasting competition

The Zimmerman School makes its debut at the Broadcast Education Association’s competition achieving second place with student led program, Florida Focus.

June 24, 2024Accomplishments, Community Engagement

Dr. Miyoung Chong (center) is a recipient of the WLP’s  2024 Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award. (Photo courtesy of Miyoung Chong)

Dr. Miyoung Chong awarded research grant from the Women in Leadership & Philanthropy

Dr. Miyoung Chong earns the WLP’s Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award to advance her research on human rights and justice for gender and social minorities.

June 24, 2024Accomplishments

two people meditating on a beach at sunset

Mindfulness and managing emotions lead to better sleep

A University of South Florida-led study helps explain why focusing on the present moment can improve sleep, reduce stress and improve overall health.

June 24, 2024Research

Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., a National Historic Landmark and iconic image associated with the Civil Rights Movement. (Photo courtesy of Ta'Bria Snowden)

Students travel across Alabama to retrace the steps of civil rights leaders

An interdisciplinary group of USF students travelled across portions of the “Civil Rights Trail” in Alabama to gain more insight on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

June 24, 2024Community Engagement

Aditi Sugeerappa Hoti poses by the University of South Florida sign after her graduation ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Aditi Sugeerappa Hoti)

MURP graduate secures first-place title with an innovative research paper on road safety in Florida’s district seven

MURP graduate, Aditi Sugeerappa Hoti, earns first-place in student paper competition by the APA’s Transportation Planning Division.

June 21, 2024Accomplishments, Alumni, Research

Emergency response person holding sandbag

School of Public Affairs director Robin Ersing participates in NSF Disaster Resilience Team Science program

The two-month long training and experiential program brought together a cohort of faculty colleges and universities across the state to develop an interdisciplinary project idea around challenges related to preparing for and recovering from disasters.

June 21, 2024Accomplishments

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CAS Chronicles is the monthly newsletter for the University of South Florida's College of Arts and Sciences, your source for the latest news, research, and events at CAS.