CAS Chronicles


Butterfly collecting nectar from plant (Photo by Corey Lepak)

5 ways the ECORE System shows the Earth love

The ECORE System within the USF College of Arts and Sciences manages and promotes the botanical and environmental assets of three green spaces on campus: Forest Preserve, Botanical Gardens, and GeoPark. Here are five positive environmental impacts of the ECORE System.

April 12, 2024Community Engagement, Events, Research

Photo by: Old Town Trolley Tours, St. Augustine

USF researcher reveals the hidden story behind one of St. Augustine’s most famous attractions

David Arbesú tediously pieced together the life of one of Florida’s founding fathers, whose believed to be the first priest in the United States and is still honored today in St. Augustine.

April 9, 2024Research

Wearing protective eyewear, USF students viewed the total solar eclipse from the Tampa campus in 2017.

25 years later, astronomy professor gets second chance to witness total solar eclipse

Kevin MacKay is determined to make his road trip to see a total solar eclipse better than the one he took with students in 1999. Moments before the big event, clouds rolled in, obstructing their view. On April 8, MacKay will get a second chance, informing his classroom about the phenomenon in the process.

April 4, 2024Research

Red tide-related fish mortality off the coast of St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo source: Adobe Stock)

Anthropology professor bridges gap in scientific communication through the integration of red tide research and music

Dr. Heather O'Leary leverages her expertise in anthropology and red tide research to bridge gaps in scientific communication through a new music-based initiative, CRESCENDO.

March 28, 2024Research

CJRP Co-Directors Dr. Bryanna Fox (left) and Dr. Edelyn Verona (right) at the celebratory launch of their new book, “Routledge Handbook of Evidence-Based Criminal Justice Practices.” (Photo by Corey Lepak)

Center for Justice Research and Policy directors release new book on evidence-based criminal justice practices

The Center for Justice Research and Policy co-directors Dr. Edelyn Verona and Dr. Bryanna Fox have written a new book providing evidence-based solutions to questions faced in today's criminal justice system.

March 28, 2024Accomplishments, Community Engagement, Events, Research

house in flooded area

Environmental Sociology course prepares students for the economic and social impacts of climate change

The Environmental Sociology course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to environmental sociology, an area of inquiry that focuses on the relationship between human society and the physical environment.

March 27, 2024Research

Students participating in the activities from Dr. Jarod Roselló and Dr. Alexandra Panos’ workshop. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Jarod Roselló)

English professor receives grant to integrate environmental education into K-12 language arts curriculum

Dr. Jarod Roselló, a professor in the Department of English, received a grant from The Spencer Foundation to fund a one-year program aimed at integrating environmental education into the K-12 Language Arts curriculum.

March 26, 2024Accomplishments, Community Engagement, Research

Dr. Jason Gulley exploring glacial caves in Nepal. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Jason Gulley)

Geosciences professor’s 19+ years of glacier research advances knowledge on impact of climate change

Dr. Jason Gulley, a professor in the School of Geosciences, has devoted his career to studying glacier caves, conducting interdisciplinary global research, and actively engaging in science communication to address environmental topics to international audiences.

March 21, 2024Research

instructor does presentation on wall monitor in front of students

USF plans to launch college focused on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and computing

The goal of creating the new college positions the Tampa Bay region and state of Florida as a national leader in the rapidly evolving fields of artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and computing. USF is the first university in Florida and among the first in the nation to announce plans to create a college dedicated to AI and cybersecurity.

March 21, 2024Research

Summer Decker and Jonathan Ford from the USF Health Department of Radiology make a 3D model of a heart

USF research funding reaches record high of $692 million

Research funding awarded to USF reached an all-time high of $692 million in fiscal year 2023, representing an increase of nearly 27% from the previous year and elevating USF’s stature as one of the nation’s most research-intensive universities.

March 18, 2024Research

A white-tailed deer fawn about two weeks old, photographed in Orange Walk, Belize. (Photo by Charles J. Sharp)

USDA grants $3 million to USF advancing research on the transmission of COVID-19 between humans and animals

USF researcher Dr. Andrew Kramer and his colleagues secure a $3 million USDA grant to research the transmission of COVID-19 between humans and animals and how it will affect the population.

March 12, 2024Research

Tasmanian devil

Genomic research may be key to understanding cancer resistance in Tasmanian devils

Over the past 30 years, Australia’s Tasmanian devil population has been afflicted with an infectious cancer that has pushed the species to near extinction.

March 11, 2024Research

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