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Sargassum on Delray Beach in South Florida in May 2019. Credit: Brian Cousin, Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Some Atlantic Beaches to Face Onslaught of Pesky Seaweed for the Foreseeable Future

Slimy, pungent seaweed is piling up along Atlantic beaches and two new reports find it’s likely going to stick around for a while. Such an abundance of the brown microalgae, formally called Sargassum, made 2018 a record-breaking year. However, researchers at the University of South Florida believe 2019 is on track to potentially be just as bad for some coastal regions.

Blood samples are analyzed for stroke-specific gene expression at the VuEssence laboratory in USF’s Research Park.

USF Health Neurology and VuEssence Collaborate on Stroke Early-Detection Test

The diagnostic blood test being developed is intended to speed treatment critical to improving ischemic stroke outcomes.

USF President Judy Genshaft

Preeminent and Proud: An Oral History with Dr. Judy Genshaft

It’s been just over 19 years since Dr. Judy Genshaft was announced as the System President of the University of South Florida on March 10, 1999. To commemorate her almost-two decades of service, the USF Libraries’ Andy Huse, Associate Librarian in Special Collections, sat with President Genshaft to record her final oral history on May 22, 2019.

A photo from a research vessel from NOAA

First Research Team to Film Elusive Giant Squid in U.S. Waters Includes USFSP Professor

Sleep comes at a premium on a research cruise – you take it when you can get it – but some things are worth waking up for. When USF St. Petersburg Marine Biology Professor Heather Judkins was awoken last week aboard the Research Vessel Point Sur to news that her colleagues had possibly caught a giant squid on camera, Judkins was up faster than you can say the scientific name Architeuthis.

Before and after photograph of a site within the study area. It shows photographs from 2011 (left) and 2016 (right). Credit and Copyright: Benjamin Dimmitt

Coastal Forests in Crisis

A team at the USF College of Marine Science documents a die-off of coastal forests along the Big Bend of Florida using photographs and satellite imagery.

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USF Magazine

Stories abound about the positive impact USF System President Judy Genshaft has had over the past 19 years – at the university, throughout the community, nationally … even on a mountaintop thousands of miles from the Tampa Bay region.

Spring 2019 Issue 

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