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Study finds Rwandan genocide chemically modified the DNA of victims and victims’ offspring

Scientists with the USF Genomics Program Center for Global Health and Infectious Disease Research have taken a significant step in providing the people of Rwanda the scientific tools they need to help address mental health issues that stemmed from the 1994 genocides of the Tutsi ethnic group.

January 10, 2022Research and Innovation

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Twenty years: USF community reflects on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and how the tragedy has shaped countless careers

From expertise in anti-terrorism to veterans services and providing sustained medical treatment to survivors, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have shaped countless careers at USF.

September 8, 2021Research and Innovation, University News


USF epidemiologist: Vaccination rate must double to slow transmission of COVID-19

The slackening of vaccinations is leading to a large resurgence of COVID-19 infections in Florida. New data shows that there’s been a 70 percent drop in the rate of people getting vaccinated in Hillsborough County since April.

July 23, 2021COVID-19, Research and Innovation

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USF-developed AI system unites global agencies to identify emerging infectious diseases, receives support from Microsoft

Leadership in providing with the public consistent projections of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations has prompted the launch of a USF-led global modeling project sponsored by Microsoft that can ultimately help scientists more swiftly identify and respond to the threat of emerging infectious diseases.

July 14, 2021COVID-19, Research and Innovation

USF alumna Stefania Alastre

COPH and Moffitt Cancer Center take steps to diversify the field of genetic counseling

The USF College of Public Health made headlines in 2016 as the first university in Florida to offer a MSPH degree in genetic counseling. Now it’s getting noticed again with its newest graduate Stefania Alastre becoming the first Spanish-speaking genetic counselor for Moffitt Cancer Center.

May 17, 2021USF Health, University News

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College of Public Health gets its own Living Learning Community

Previously, public health/health sciences majors shared an Living Learning Community (LLC) with nursing students. But with interest in public health at an all-time high (thanks, at least in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic) it became clear that College of Public Health students could sustain their own " Bulls in Health" LLC.

April 27, 2021Campus Life

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USF College of Public Health Dean Donna Petersen earns 'She Stepped Up' award

USF College of Public Health Dean Donna Petersen is one of six women across Florida who earned the American Council of Education (ACE) Women’s Network “She Stepped Up Award: Recognizing Extraordinary Leadership in Facing 2020’s Unprecedented Challenges.”

April 13, 2021Honors and Awards

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USF Health-led global team searches for vaccine to prevent P. vivax malaria

With the support of a five-year, $4.86-million National Institutes of Health grant, Distinguished University/USF Health Professor John Adams, PhD, leads a team of international researchers focused on accelerating the discovery of a vaccine against Plasmodium vivax malaria, a major global health problem.

April 12, 2021USF Health


Light pollution drives increased risk of West Nile virus

A new study from the University of South Florida is the first to provide direct evidence that light pollution is driving infectious disease patterns in nature.

March 24, 2021Research and Innovation

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Public Health research team finds chlorine dioxide gas 99.91% effective against COVID-19 virus

COVID-19 has taught us a lot of things. And one of the more important lessons has been the need for thorough, fast and effective disinfecting measures. A team of researchers from the USF College of Public Health’s Center for Environmental/Occupational Risk Analysis and Management set out to determine how effective commercially available chlorine dioxide gas products were in reducing COVID-19 viral loads on face masks and surfaces.

March 22, 2021Research and Innovation, USF Health

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Pandemic spreads surge of interest in public health programs

The USF College of Public Health has seen a record increase in student applications for many of its degree programs.

March 22, 2021COVID-19, University News

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USF researchers use neuromarketing tools to assist Baycare Health System, national public health agencies to assess the impact of COVID-19 messaging

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of South Florida has pooled its expertise and resources in order to help influence the effectiveness of public health messaging related to COVID-19.

March 2, 2021Research and Innovation

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