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Florida Blue supports USF epidemiologist’s innovative efforts to track COVID-19

University of South Florida College of Public Health Professor Edwin Michael’s arrival on campus coincided with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, giving an innovative system he’d built to track and predict disease outbreaks its debut amid a global crisis with severe statewide implications.

November 9, 2020Research and Innovation

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Environmental testing in residence halls a key element of USF’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts

Every week, University of South Florida Housing & Residential Education (HRE) staff swab hundreds of high-touch areas across the university’s housing facilities. The effort is part of USF’s multi-faceted approach to monitoring and mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

October 13, 2020University News

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Method used to track Ebola’s trajectory being applied to COVID-19

What exactly happened in Asia that caused SARS-CoV-2 to rapidly spread across the region and then essentially came to a halt there? That’s what researchers from the University of South Florida are trying to determine in a new study funded by an NSF Rapid Response grant.

October 5, 2020Research and Innovation

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USF-developed technology named semi-finalist for XPRIZE in COVID-19 testing

A USF interdisciplinary team is working to develop an inexpensive and non-invasive “electronic nose” that can detect virus in an infected person.

September 28, 2020Research and Innovation

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USF researchers find death counts fail to capture full mortality effects of COVID-19

More than 200,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19. Some argue that statistic is inaccurate due to inconsistencies in how deaths are being reported. But researchers from the University of South Florida claim that even if those deaths have been correctly measured, the number doesn’t fully convey the true mortality effects of COVID-19.

September 23, 2020Research and Innovation

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Study investigates hurricane evacuations in the era of COVID-19

The 2020 hurricane season is breaking records with 23 named storms, and more are projected to develop over the next few weeks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts there will be as many as 25 by the time the season ends. Researchers say this extremely active forecast is especially troublesome due to the compounding risks of COVID-19.

September 21, 2020Research and Innovation

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USF supports COVID-19 research partnerships with new seed grants

The University of South Florida will provide seed funding to 14 new research projects designed to address the medical, technological and societal issues of COVID-19. This brings the total of institutional resources invested into pandemic research to more than $1 million.

September 2, 2020Research and Innovation

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis met with USF President Steve Currall and members of his leadership team for a panel discussion on the impact COVID-19 has had on the reopening of Florida schools.

USF hosts Gov. DeSantis for a panel discussion about COVID-19’s impact on education

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis met with USF President Steve Currall and members of his leadership team for a panel discussion on the impact COVID-19 has had on the reopening of Florida schools.

September 1, 2020University News

USF Football players lineup to be tested for COVID-19

USF researchers study the effectiveness of innovative pooled testing method for COVID-19

More than 300 University of South Florida student-athletes and USF Athletics staff members are participating in a feasibility study of the effectiveness of pooled testing for COVID-19, led by researchers from USF Health.

August 31, 2020Research and Innovation

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Fall classes begin with new health safety measures

USF students, faculty and staff returning to campus this fall will be required to follow a number of safety guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

August 21, 2020University News

Ali Graham, PhD, a geophysicist at the USF College of Marine Science observes the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica from the R/V Nathanial B. Palmer.

In Perfect Isolation

There’s no such thing as a short expedition to Antarctica, so it was already going to be a long time away from home. But Alastair Graham, PhD, associate professor in USF’s College of Marine Science, had done this eight times before.

August 14, 2020Research and Innovation

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USF researchers release findings from statewide COVID-19 survey

Researchers with the University of South Florida School of Public Affairs have released the first set of results from a statewide survey that measures general opinions regarding the COVID-19 public health crisis and related policy issues, as well as emergency preparedness.

August 13, 2020Research and Innovation

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