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Pilot study to highlight outcomes of young adults from immigrant parentage

Professor of sociology and director of the Immigrant Well-Being Research Center, Dr. Elizabeth Aranda is leading a research study that aims to study young adults with immigrant parents living in the Tampa Bay area to assess how they have done in terms of education and socio-relative outcomes when compared to native born Americans.

September 27, 2023Community Engagement, Featured, Research

Five CAS faculty members who were recognized with outstanding research achievement awards

Five CAS faculty members recognized with Outstanding Research Achievement Awards

Five USF College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) faculty members are being recognized next month with Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Awards. “The faculty being recognized with these awards have demonstrated extraordinary success in their research and scholarly endeavors," said USF Research & Innovation Interim Vice President Sylvia Thomas.

August 17, 2023Accomplishments, Community Engagement, Featured, Research

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Department of Defense awards USF professor $700,000 to study Kremlin propaganda and internet usage patterns among Russians

Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies and director of the USF Institute for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (IREES), Golfo Alexopoulos, has been awarded a $700,000 grant to study Russian speakers in online spaces, including Kremlin propaganda and internet usage patterns among Russians.

July 19, 2023Featured, Research

IDEx, LHI, and BCN team members worked together to digitally preserve the historically Black Mt. Carmel Cemetery in New Port Richey, Fla.

CAS teams join forces to digitally preserve a historically Black cemetery in Pasco County

The USF College of Arts and Sciences’ (CAS) Dr. Antoinette Jackson, anthropology chair and director of the Living Heritage Institute and Story Studio (LHI) and Black Cemetery Network (BCN), has joined forces with Dr. Davide Tanasi, history professor and director of the Institute for Digital Exploration (IDEx), to preserve Mt. Carmel Cemetery, a historically Black cemetery in Pasco County, via 3D digitization techniques.

June 27, 2023Community Engagement, Featured, Research

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Spring CAS grads share student experience and look ahead to the future

The University of South Florida (USF) awarded more than 7,100 degrees during spring commencement May 5-7. The ceremonies included recipients of 5,430 bachelor’s, 1,492 master’s, 221 doctoral degrees and eight specialist degrees. The College of Arts and Sciences accounted for over 2,000 of the total degrees awarded.

May 24, 2023Accomplishments, Alumni, Featured

USF Tree Committee members take part in Arbor Day celebration, planting trees across USF Tampa campus. (Photo by Michelle Holden)

USF Tampa campus adds 44 new trees in honor of Arbor Day

The USF Tree Committee, which is comprised of USF faculty, staff, students, and volunteers from the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, the city of Temple Terrace, Tampa Electric (TECO), and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, hosted a tree planting ceremony on March 28i n honor of Arbor Day (April 28).

April 18, 2023Community Engagement, Events, Featured

Attendees at the Women’s and Gender Studies 50th Anniversary event gather to celebrate the program  (Photo credit: Aaron Lockwood Photography)

USF Women’s and Gender Studies program celebrates 50 years

The 1960s was a rousing time for women. It saw the introduction of the first contraceptive pill, the passage of the Equal Pay Act, as well as the passage of the Civil Rights Act. But, despite the progress made during the 1960s, there still wasn’t equal opportunity across the spectrum, particularly for women at higher education institutions.

March 10, 2023Accomplishments, Community Engagement, Featured

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Dr. Antoinette Jackson sees growth of Black Cemetery Network

“Black cemeteries are black history,” says University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences anthropology professor and chair Dr. Antoinette Jackson.

February 21, 2023Community Engagement, Featured, Research

Plant community ecologist Paul-Camilo Zalamea in the field in Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Termites are Key Wood Decomposers, and Could Play Significant Role in the Look of Future Ecosystems

Termites are critical in natural ecosystems—especially in the tropics—because they are key players in wood decomposition. The world would be piled high with dead plants and animals without termites.

November 1, 2022Featured

smiling woman working on a laptop

How to Best Communicate with Remote Workers

The drastic shift to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced employees and managers to adapt their communication strategies. Communication is often cited as critical to remote worker success but has rarely been examined within a remote work context. New research, featured in Journal of Applied Psychology, examines how communication quality, communication frequency, and communication expectations relate to employee performance and wellbeing.

May 2, 2022Featured

illustration of cancer cells


Cancer is more than just a disease of the genes or a disease of unregulated proliferation. It is a speciation event where a cell lineage of the person goes from serving the person to becoming its ownnovel, single-celled pathogen.

January 21, 2022Featured

children carry gas cans and buckets atop their heads through field


In 1994, more than 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda by ethnic Hutu extremists, a group targeting members of the minority Tutsi community and other political opponents, regardless of their ethnic origin.

September 1, 2021Featured

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.