Inside USF: The Podcast


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Welcome to “Inside USF: The Podcast,” created especially for University of South Florida faculty, staff and alumni.  We know you’re busy – so busy, in fact, that it can be hard to find the time to learn about the important work taking place across our three campuses. We’re here to help. Every other Friday, we’ll talk with a member of the faculty or staff about their expertise and their contributions, including in ground-breaking research, inspiring community service efforts, the arts, athletics and much more. You’ll meet members of the faculty and staff who, like you, are helping USF make an impact as a fast-rising urban research university.

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Season 1 | Episode 26 - listen to a preview

During Mental Health Awareness Month, two USF students, Christian Marquez and Katrina Paschke, talk openly about their mental health challenges and how the stigma attached to seeking help affected them. Kristin Kosyluk, assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, also shares her insights – professional and personal – about the mental health crisis in our country. Christian and Katrina were members of the cast, and Kristin served as lead producer, of the inaugural “This Is My Brave; College Edition, a OneUSF Production,” which was staged during the spring semester. The content of this production was developed under the REACH (Race, Equity, Arts, and Cultural History) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, the production was supported by the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute.

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 Christian Marquez and Katrina Paschke, two USF students, Kristin Kosyluk, assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, and Tom Woolf, host of the "Inside USF: The Podcast", sit at a table with recording equipment.

Season 1 | Episode 25 - listen to a preview

Worried about their families and friends back home, Ukrainian students attending USF are also facing uncertainty about housing and financial support as they remain in Tampa Bay for the summer. Kiki Caruson, interim vice president of USF World, discusses what the university is doing to help.

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Headshot of Kiki Caruson

Season 1 | Episode 24 - listen to a preview

Compared to 19 other metropolitan regions across Florida and the U.S., there’s encouraging news and not-so-encouraging news regarding the Tampa Bay region’s economic competitiveness. Moez Limayem, dean of the Muma College of Business, shares key insights from research conducted by the college as part of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s State of the Region initiative.

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Headshot of Limayem Moez

Season 1 | Episode 23 - listen to a preview

The new on-campus stadium is expected to enhance many aspects of the university experience. But can you really balance fundraising priorities between athletics and academics? Campus Stadium Planning Committee Co-chairs Jay Stroman, CEO of the USF Foundation, and Michael Kelly, vice president of athletics, share their vision for the stadium and outline how else it may be utilized.

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Headshot of Jay Stroman


Headshot of Michael Kelly



Season 1 | Episode 22 - listen to a preview

The USF Board of Trustees has named the eighth president of the university, subject to Florida Board of Governors’ approval later this month. In this episode, President-elect Rhea F. Law, the first alum appointed to the position, shares her priorities for the university, including which critical workforce need for our state should be addressed immediately.

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Headshot of USF President Rhea Law.

Season 1 | Episode 21 - listen to a preview

Positive trends across the country suggest we have entered a new phase in the pandemic. Donna Petersen, dean of the College of Public Health and chair of USF’s COVID-19 Task Force, shares her perspective on where we stand two years after COVID-19 swept across the region, the state, the nation and the world.

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Season 1 | Episode 20 - listen to a preview

Next month’s ribbon-cutting for the new, state-of-the-art building in the USF Research Park is yet another sign of the growth of USF’s research enterprise. Sylvia Wilson Thomas, interim vice president for research and innovation, discusses the significance of the new facility, the efforts of faculty to address local and global challenges, and her longstanding advocacy for bringing more diversity to the STEM fields.

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 Dr. Sylvia Thomas headshot

Season 1 | Episode 19 - listen to a preview

From chronicling dinosaur footprints in Spain to the African American Experience in Florida, the USF Libraries offer a wealth of ever-growing digital collections, along with traditional resources, to inform and intrigue members of the USF community and beyond. Dean Todd Chavez discusses the library of today and what the future holds.

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Headshot of Dean Todd Chavez.

Season 1 | Episode 18 - listen to a preview

From diversity and inclusion workshops to commemorations at university athletics events, USF will celebrate Black Heritage Month throughout February. Neudy Nuñez, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, shares highlights of the observance as well as her vision for the future of her office and the contributions it is making to the community.

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Neudy Carolina Nunez headshot.


Season 1 | Episode 17 - listen to a preview

USF St. Petersburg campus Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock and College of Marine Science Dean Tom Frazer discuss how the state of Florida and coastal communities nationwide will benefit from the research being conducted at USF.

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Martin Tadlock headshot.


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To our production team at WUSF Public Media, and to Jack Wilkins, director of Jazz Studies in the USF School of Music, for the use of "Black Bucket Stomp," which is from his CD, "The Blue and Green Project" on Summit Records.

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Have an idea for a future episode?

We welcome your suggestions for colleagues we should interview, or topics we should explore, in future episodes. Share them by filling out our submission form. Here are some general ideas about what we’re interested in:

  • Groundbreaking research
  • Unique programs/initiatives
  • Efforts that make a positive difference for others
  • University-wide initiatives
  • USF-community partnerships 

Can't Get Enough?

Listen to past episodes from 2021.