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Governor signs bill making USF Trafficking in Persons lab state repository for human trafficking data

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that appoints the USF Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Risk to Resilience Research Lab with collecting and analyzing statewide data to better understand the magnitude and trends in human trafficking across the state and over time.

May 17, 2023Research and Innovation

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USF’s Dr. Deep Sea breaks world record for living underwater

Hyperbaric researcher and biomedical engineer Joseph Dituri is teaching his students online while living 30 feet underwater to research how the human body responds to long-term exposure to pressure. He's been living in an underwater habitat since March 1.

May 15, 2023Research and Innovation

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U.S. Department of Education awards USF researchers $8 million to enhance school-based mental health programs

Two separate projects led by faculty in the USF College of Education and College of Behavioral and Community Sciences are being funded by a combined $8 million from the U.S. Department of Education to address mental health in Tampa Bay K-12 students.

May 2, 2023Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation, Student Success

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Associate professor develops motivational chatbot and digital Candyland-like maze to ensure student success

Sanghoon Park will be recognized by the State University System of Florida for his efforts to provide students with an engaging learning environment while teaching them how to develop creative ways to empower and prepare future students in their own digital courses.

May 2, 2023Research and Innovation

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USF continues to rank among the top universities for new patents

Based on the 84 new patents secured during the 2022 calendar year, USF is 14th among American public research universities and 35th among all universities worldwide in generating new patents. This marks the 10th year USF has ranked in the top 15 among American public universities.

April 27, 2023Research and Innovation, University News

Aerial view of wetlands in Alaska, near Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks | Photo by: Mark Rains

USF and EPA collaborate to improve nationwide water quality and management

Researchers developed a new classification system that will help improve methods for targeting wetland restoration and protection. 

April 20, 2023Research and Innovation

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Scientists identify sea urchin killer

The search for the 2022 killer that decimated long-spined sea urchins in the Caribbean and along Florida’s east coast is over. A team of scientists-turned-sleuthhounds organized identified the small-but-mighty offender: a single-celled organism called a ciliate.

April 19, 2023Research and Innovation

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USF geoscientist discovers new phosphorus material after New Port Richey lightning strike

Due to a chemical reaction caused by a lightning strike, a new phosphorus material developed for the first time in solid form on Earth.

April 11, 2023Research and Innovation

Aerial view of a Swahili civilization burial site

USF researcher’s life work uncovers the first ancient DNA from the Swahili Civilization

This research brings peace and restores pride to the millions of people who identify as Swahili by overturning false narratives and providing clarity to Swahili heritage.

March 29, 2023Research and Innovation

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Who’s hunting the black widow spider? Their brown widow relatives, research shows

Brown widow spiders are seeking out and killing their black widow relatives, a surprising twist in the natural relationship between species of spiders known for their venomous bites, according to a new study.

March 13, 2023Research and Innovation

Jacob Gayles in lab

U.S. Air Force selects USF physicist to identify new methods to improve efficiency and eco-friendliness of computers

New funding will allow Jacob Gayles to explore materials to create more efficient technologies while reducing cost and waste.

March 8, 2023Research and Innovation

Joseph Dituri underwater

USF researcher attempts to set world record by living underwater for 100 days – hopes to emerge ‘super-human’

Following his military career as a diving saturation officer, Joseph Dituri will examine how exposure to increased pressure will impact the human body and break the world record for days spent in an underwater habitat.

March 1, 2023Research and Innovation

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