Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, PhD. (Photo by Rebecca Sohl)

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman’s book “Second-Class Daughters: Black Brazilian Women and Informal Adoption as Modern Slavery” earns award from the American Sociological Association

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman is co-winner of the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book award for her second book, “Second-Class Daughters: Black Brazilian Women and Informal Adoption as Modern Slavery.”

September 22, 2023Accomplishments, Community Engagement, Research

The Club Atlético Huracán stadium, home of Novoa’s local soccer team. (Photo courtesy of Adriana Novoa)

Dr. Adriana Novoa advances research on the evolution of masculinity in 19th-century Argentina with Humanities Institute Grant

Grant recipient, Adriana Novoa, explores the realms of evolution, gender, and Latin American history as she conducts her research in Argentina. Armed with three decades of research experience, she now embarks on the journey to craft her second volume of work.

September 19, 2023Research

interior of greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens

Fall Plant Festival returns with free entry for USF students, faculty and staff

The USF Botanical Gardens is providing free admission to USF students, faculty and staff at the upcoming Fall Plant Festival to be held on October 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

September 13, 2023Community Engagement, Events

person typing on laptop with chat window illustration

USF linguistics expert pivots course in response to his new study on artificial intelligence chatbots

After examining the ability of linguistic experts to differentiate AI from human-generated writing, Matthew Kessler is integrating more hands-on projects in his classroom.

September 7, 2023Research

group of people huddled on a path outside of USF sign

First planner-in-residence class to receive award for collaboration with St. Petersburg Innovation District

An innovative planner-in-residence class that developed a neighborhood master plan for the St. Petersburg Innovation District will receive an outstanding student project award from the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association on September 6.

September 6, 2023Community Engagement, Research

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Memory screening program provides hands-on experience for students and important service to the community

Trained students have administered hundreds of confidential cognitive assessments to members of the community through a program that gives budding psychologists experience offering memory screenings.

September 5, 2023Community Engagement, Research

Director Scott Solomon, and students, standing outside of the Parliament building in London. (Photo courtesy of Elena Efremova)

USF in London returns from another successful semester abroad

Insights from directors, teachers, and students shed light on how the USF in London program can leave a lasting impact on the personal and professional lives of its participants.

September 1, 2023Community Engagement

The Department of Philosophy hosted a panel discussion on “Ancestry, Genetics, and Medical Ethics,” during last year’s I Belong: USF Week. Panelists included Dr. Anna Lewis, research associate from Harvard University, Dr. Alexander Levine, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy, Dr. Katherine Drabiak, associate professor in the College of Public Health, and Dr. Christina Richards, associate professor and AAAS fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology. The panelists are pictured here with Ms. Christina Grigoropoulos and her students visiting from Freedom High School. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Sandy Westerheide)

‘I Belong: USF Week’ to return in September

Students and faculty from the USF College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) will host ‘I Belong: USF Week’ in September. The weeklong celebration—which held its first celebration last spring—aims to educate students about resources on campus, engage in building community, and cultivate a sense of belonging among students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds.

August 31, 2023Community Engagement

Members of the International Coparenting Collaborative (ICC) representing sites (from left) in Pavia, Italy (Michele Marchesi); Ankara, Turkey (Selin Salman-Engin); Toronto, Canada (Diane Phillip); Safed, Israel (Miri Keren); Rome, Italy (Silvia Mazzoni); Stockholm, Sweden (Monica Hedenbro); St. Petersburg, USA (James McHale); and Lausanne, Switzerland (Joelle Darwiche). (Photo courtesy of Dr. Yana Sirotkin)

Family Study Center shares infant-family mental health advances with global audience

The USF College of Arts and Sciences Family Study Center (FSC) shared its newest discoveries with an international gathering at the 18th World Association for Infant and Mental Health (WAIMH) Congress in Dublin, Ireland.

August 28, 2023Accomplishments, Community Engagement, Research

Mario Garcia (left) and actors Justina Machado (middle) and Will Sasso (right), on the set of “The Throwback”. (Photo courtesy of Mario Garcia)

USF alumnus writes and directs an independent film “The Throwback” using inspiration from life's gained perspective

Reflecting on his years at USF, Mario Garcia recounts how his lifelong aspiration to become a writer came to fruition in the form of a movie, inspired by his personal life lessons.

August 28, 2023Alumni, Community Engagement

Students taking the Terrestrial Lidar Field Methods course, led by College of Arts and Sciences Professor Steve Fernandez from the USF School of Public Affairs and Dr. Laura Harrison from the USF Access 3D Lab, this past summer were trained in methods of 3D architectural documentation with professional-grade lidar technology while also providing real-world experience in the field in Ybor. (Photo by Alessandra Casanova)

USF highlighted by leading GIS software company for lidar education

Steven Fernandez, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs, has served as a source of knowledge and information for ESRI (ArcGIS)—a GIS software company specializing in interactive mapping tools—for the past two years, meeting with the company every few months to assist in improving their 3D products and provide knowledge on what he’s teaching in his lidar courses. Now, they are using his work as examples of their company’s newest capabilities.

August 28, 2023Accomplishments, Community Engagement, Research

Team photo of Homegrown Hillsborough core staff and CAFSHC researchers. (Photo by UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office)

USF researchers inform decisions for Homegrown Hillsborough food system program

In early 2023, Hillsborough County awarded a grant to the USF College of Arts and Sciences Center for the Advancement of Food Security and Healthy Communities (CAFSHC) to serve as the research training and evaluation arm of an innovative endeavor to promote the local food system, called Homegrown Hillsborough.

August 28, 2023Community Engagement, Research

About CAS

The College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual heart of the University of South Florida. We are a community of teachers and scholars united in the belief that broadly educated people are the basis of a just, free, and prosperous society. By focusing on the big questions facing all of humanity, we prepare students for successful, socially responsible personal and professional lives. By conducting innovative, interdisciplinary research and scholarship, we advance knowledge in ways that prepare us to address complex social and scientific problems and enhance the quality of life for people and communities.