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A portrait of Skip Gandy. Credit, Skip Gandy

Celebrating the life and work of Skip Gandy

The USF Libraries celebrate the life and work of George “Skip” Gandy IV, 1942-2020. A Florida native, Gandy’s childhood on Davis Islands shaped him into becoming an avid outdoorsman, environmental activist, and an honored donor to USF.

December 23, 2020University News

The research team’s focus will center on Zion Cemetery, one of the first African American cemeteries in Tampa Bay, and St. Petersburg’s Oaklawn Cemetery complex near Tropicana Field. Photo by Antoinette Jackson.

Research project to recover, engage public on lost history of African American burial grounds in Tampa Bay

In Tampa Bay and across the nation, a number of African American burial grounds and cemeteries have been lost to history, neglected, abandoned, even paved over and developed on. A research project funded by a University of South Florida anti-racism initiative is seeking to recover and reimagine the forgotten history of these sacred places.

December 21, 2020Research and Innovation

Finished biodigesters. Photo courtesy of Whitney Fung Uy

Campus Food Waste Recovery Project earns USF Student Success Team Collaboration award

Up to 40 percent of food that is produced in the U.S. goes to waste and it’s impacting our health, according to USF College of Public Health doctoral candidate Whitney Fung Uy.

December 21, 2020Research and Innovation

Sean Doody, assistant professor and graduate director of integrative biology at the USF St. Petersburg campus, studies the nesting biology of monitor lizards in Australia.

Invasive in the U.S., lifesaver Down Under

Ten years of research led by the University of South Florida has revealed that a monitor lizard should be regarded as an “ecosystem engineer,” a rarity for reptiles.

December 21, 2020Research and Innovation

A screenshot showing the digital dashboard created to monitor vaccination distribution across Florida

USF Libraries creates digital dashboard to track COVID-19 vaccination distribution in Florida

New dashboard monitors the number of vaccine recipients, their location and demographic.

December 21, 2020COVID-19, Research and Innovation

A chart showing the number of projected infectious cases based on various social conditions.

Report: Vaccination rollout won’t prevent third wave of COVID-19

Tampa Bay is beginning to feel the effects of the third wave of coronavirus, and the vaccine won’t be able to stop it in time. The Pfizer vaccine started being administered to health professionals Dec. 14; however, mass distribution likely won’t begin until the spring. In the meantime, social distancing measures will be vital in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

December 16, 2020COVID-19, Research and Innovation

Graphic for the 2020 Year in Review at USF

Top stories of 2020

The new decade posed a number of challenges related to COVID-19. However, it helped capture the true spirit of USF, strengthening interdisciplinary collaborations, spurring innovation and research and boosting efforts to support frontline workers and those in need. Read more about the top stories of the year.

December 14, 2020University News

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COVID-19 prompts more end-of-life discussions among USF students

It’s a subject that families often find too emotional to discuss. But experts say it’s an essential one to have in order to make more informed decisions on one’s final wishes.

December 14, 2020COVID-19, Research and Innovation

Dr. Alexis Mootoo instructs a new course called

New course dedicated to promoting race consciousness wraps up first semester at USF

A new course called, “Prejudice, Stigma and Race Consciousness” was offered for the first time this semester in response to a petition signed by thousands of students over the summer that requested the university implement a course that specifically addresses discrimination.

December 10, 2020University News

David Miga

USF receives $2 million gift from local entrepreneur to benefit the College of Engineering

The University of South Florida today announced a $2 million gift to the USF Foundation that will benefit students and faculty in the College of Engineering. The estate gift from David Miga, owner and president of Electronic Design Specialists, will establish the David Miga Endowed Scholarship for Electrical Engineering and create the David T. Miga Innovation Facility Fund.

December 9, 2020University News

A graphic showing 3 USF faculty members that are new NAI fellow

Three USF Faculty Members Elected New National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Three University of South Florida faculty members whose career achievements in developing new technologies to improve the well-being of people and the planet have been elected as new Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

December 8, 2020Research and Innovation, University News

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USF to confer more than 5,000 degrees virtually on Dec. 12

The fall class includes a graduate making university history, a husband and wife graduating together and a 19 year old only one year removed from high school.

December 7, 2020University News

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