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USF awarded its largest grant to prepare students for cybersecurity careers

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of South Florida a $3.7 million grant – helping prepare students for in-demand, high-paying cybersecurity jobs in the federal government and other public institutions.

February 2, 2023Honors and Awards, Research and Innovation, Student Success

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Marine biology student helps rescue distressed manatee in Bayboro Harbor

Kierstyn Benjamin shares her story of how she noticed a small, distressed manatee in Bayboro Harbor and acted quickly, playing a major part in rescuing the animal right near the USF St. Petersburg campus.

January 27, 2023Research and Innovation

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USF engineers awarded $2.5 million federal grant to expand harmful algal bloom research along Florida coasts

USF engineers are leading a team of scientists across the state in the development of a new, state-of-the-art system that allows water districts to better predict and manage harmful algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie River and Caloosahatchee River watersheds.

January 13, 2023Research and Innovation

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Initiative to reduce unwanted teen pregnancy and trafficking receives $800k U.S. Department of Health grant

A research project spearheaded by faculty at USF working with community partners locally and in Savannah, Georgia seeks to reduce unintended teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and incidents of trafficking for marginalized youth.

January 11, 2023Research and Innovation

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Public transportation agency sees boost in ridership following USF eye-tracking research

The interdisciplinary project, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, created guidelines to help improve the marketing of public transportation.

January 4, 2023Research and Innovation

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Mitigating volcano hazards: USF students and alumna travel to Hawaii to study Mauna Loa eruption

With a rare instrument, the USF team is analyzing data from the Mauna Loa eruption to better understand lava flows to help mitigate dangers.

December 19, 2022Research and Innovation

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Two USF faculty members receive honors from National Academy of Inventors

Dr. Barry Bercu and Sylvia Thomas are recognized for their breakthrough discoveries and inventions in the diagnosis and treatment of challenging diseases.

December 8, 2022Honors and Awards, Research and Innovation

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Bots with feelings: Study explores deploying AI chatbots with emotions in customer service

AI chatbots that show positive feelings — such as adding an “I am excited to do so!” or a few exclamation marks — do not necessarily translate into positive reactions or contribute to higher customer satisfaction, the study revealed.

December 7, 2022Research and Innovation

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How the USF College of Marine Science responded to Hurricane Ian

In the wake of Hurricane Ian, researchers at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science have been hard at work studying the storm’s impacts on the state. From high-resolution modeling to satellite imagery, here's a snapshot at how USF teams were hard at work.

December 1, 2022Research and Innovation

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Too many – or too few – job demands can spoil a good night’s sleep

A new study by researchers at the University of South Florida reveals that the relationship between work demands and a good night’s rest is nuanced. Conventional wisdom that suggests that people with the most demanding jobs would have the most trouble sleeping isn't necessarily true.

November 29, 2022Research and Innovation

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USF Research & Innovation, Florida High Tech Corridor invest in undergraduate research across USF

Through the newly formed Undergraduate Research Initiative, more than 150 students will receive paid research engagements, training and opportunities to present their work.

November 21, 2022Research and Innovation, Student Success

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USF faculty experts say inflation, changes in shopping behavior make holiday spending tough to predict

This week traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season, including Black Friday sales followed by Cyber Monday specials that drive some of the busiest retail activity of the year. But faculty experts from the University of South Florida say it could be difficult to predict what might happen.

November 21, 2022Research and Innovation

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