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Portrait of mathmatics educator, Ruthmae Sears

Ruthmae Sears

As a mathematics educator, Ruthmae Sears has a true flair for problem solving. Her work extends far beyond using formulas and finding solutions to abstract mathematical problems. Using mathematical reasoning to examine social disparities such as poverty, literacy and structural racism, Sears develops community-centric solutions.

January 13, 2022University News

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City of St. Petersburg approves USF and community researchers’ recommendations on how to address systemic racism

St. Petersburg City Council members are moving forward with a plan created by an interdisciplinary team of researchers coordinated by the University of South Florida on how to identify and address structural racism in the community.

December 10, 2021University News

The first cohort of students participating in the Eileen Hoffman Hafer UMatter Program with the program team at USF’s St. Petersburg campus.

USF receives $1.2 million gift to expand assistance to students with intellectual disabilities

The University of South Florida today announced a $1.2 million gift from Andrew and Eileen Hafer to benefit UMatter, an innovative, inclusive postsecondary education program in the USF College of Education created to provide young people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience higher education and campus life.

September 30, 2021University News

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USF research team awarded Library of Congress grant to promote visual literacy and historical inquiry with young children

The Library of Congress grant will fund a project designed to strengthen the skills of early childhood teachers in supporting preschoolers’ exploratory learning and play-based inquiry using community-based historical photographs.

September 10, 2021Research and Innovation

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USF research team receives NSF grant to study the public’s understanding of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity

A University of South Florida research team was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the public’s understanding of artificial intelligence technologies and to teach people how to identify deceptive uses of these technologies online.

July 28, 2021Research and Innovation

R. Anthony Rolle, dean of the USF College of Education

Rolle selected as new University of South Florida College of Education dean

The University of South Florida announced the appointment of R. Anthony Rolle, an experienced leader and former professor and department chair at USF, as the new dean of the College of Education. Rolle returns to USF after serving as dean of the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Rhode Island for the past four years.

June 8, 2021University News

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USF College of Education STEM Teacher Preparation Initiative endorsed for appropriations funding by Rep. Kathy Castor

A new STEM Teacher Preparation Initiative in the University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Education was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) for consideration by the House Appropriations Committee in appropriations bills for the upcoming fiscal year.

May 7, 2021University News

Patriann Smith is photographed with her younger brother, David Smith, during a family visit to Soufriere.

USF College of Education assistant professor to establish Caribbean educational research center through $3.6 million grant

Patriann Smith has been awarded a three-year, $3.6 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish an interdisciplinary educational research center to help support decision making and policy development for educational innovation and expansion in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

April 19, 2021Research and Innovation

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City of St. Petersburg selects USF researchers to identify, make recommendations to address systemic racism

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of South Florida will assist the city of St. Petersburg in identifying structural racism and make recommendations on how to address the multi-faceted issue.

March 23, 2021University News

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USF College of Education receives Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology

The University of South Florida College of Education has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)’s Best Practice Award for Innovative Use of Technology for its cybersecurity education initiatives that provide teachers and aspiring educators with knowledge and skills in cybersecurity awareness and training, preparing them for roles in various educational settings.

February 25, 2021Honors and Awards

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Preschool for Creative Learning receives $1.3 million grant to support USF student parents

The University of South Florida’s Preschool for Creative Learning received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide financial assistance and other resources to USF students who are parents of preschool-aged children.

November 9, 2020University News

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Virtual characters created at USF to teach emergent bilingual students English

A new research-based app developed at USF will soon be accessible to K-12 students and teachers in an effort to bolster a more multilingual society.

November 9, 2020Research and Innovation

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