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Rising seas swamp Black, Spanish and Indigenous history in St. Johns County

Lincolnville is one of the historic areas in the nation’s oldest continuously occupied European settlement that are threatened by rising seas caused by temperature increases from fossil fuel pollution. Everything, from millennia-old indigenous artifacts to centuries-old Spanish architecture and modern Black history, is at risk.

December 2, 2021Research and Funding

Beatriz Padilla

Boundless Bulls: Beatriz Padilla

Social justice inspires sociologist Beatriz Padilla’s research. Working from communities where voices are often unheard, Padilla focuses on inequalities at the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity and migration.

November 29, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

An Image of two skulls next to eachother.

Can Skeletons Have a Racial Identity? A growing number of forensic researchers are questioning how the field interprets the geographic ancestry of human remains.

Dr. Elizabeth DiGangi of Binghamton University and Jonathan Bethard of the University of South Florida published a letter in The Journal of Forensic Science that questioned the longstanding practice of estimating ancestry, or a person’s geographic origin, as a proxy for estimating race.

October 19, 2021Research and Funding

The bull fountain at USF's Sarasota-Manatee campus.

USF center director lands historic $8.5 million arts learning grant, the largest award ever for the Sarasota-Manatee campus

Denise Davis-Cotton, director of the University of South Florida’s (USF) Center for Partnerships in Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT), has been named principal investigator of an $8.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen arts educational programming in the nation’s educational system.

October 18, 2021Research and Funding, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

A capture of Alisha Durham, associate professor of communications at the University of South Florida.

Smithsonian curates history of hip-hop and rap with help from USF communications expert

Aisha Durham, associate professor of communications at the University of South Florida, was part of a group of advisers chosen by the Smithsonian Institution to curate its first multimedia hip-hop collection. The recently released Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap chronicles 40 years of hip-hop and rap music and the development of the localized culture as it emerged out of the Bronx into a global sensation.

October 7, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

When Black History Is Unearthed, Who Gets to Speak for the Dead?

Efforts to rescue African American burial grounds and remains have exposed deep conflicts over inheritance and representation.

September 27, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

A syringe and vaccine.

Is Florida vaccinating racial groups equitably? It’s hard to tell

As the worst coronavirus pandemic wave continues across the U.S., recent data shows that Black and Hispanic people are getting vaccinated at higher rates. The racial disparity in who’s receiving shots appears to be improving. Earlier this year, when vaccines were first rolled out, both groups lagged tremendously behind their white counterparts.

September 13, 2021Research and Funding

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship Program 2021-2022 Cohort Established

The faculty fellows are studying the theoretical underpinnings and legacy of legal scholar Derrick Bell’s provocative 1980s claim that racism is a permanent feature in American society and how that claim might inform USF’s goal to “understand and address blackness and anti-black racism.” Central to each faculty member’s research is the role of storytelling in subverting stubborn tales of race, gender, class, etc. that uphold inequality, replacing them with imagined worlds that may not exist, but are deeply yearned for.

September 1, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Black Cemetery Network tracking lost African American graves across the country

Antoinette Jackson, the head of the USF anthropology department, is also the driving force behind a new national center for information on African American cemeteries that were covered over by buildings or parking lots.

August 21, 2021Research and Funding

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Radar identifies three possible graves under Tropicana Field parking lots

The city of St. Petersburg will explore the next steps after archaeologists recently found a lost cemetery with three possible graves at Tropicana Field. According to a University of South Florida grant team investigating lost African American cemeteries in Tampa Bay, the graves belong to the Oaklawn Cemetery, a segregated burial ground with white and Black sections.

August 12, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

On Egmont Key, USF Access 3D Lab uses a Matterport 3D camera in order to scan sites. Photo Credit: USF 3D Lab

Seminole Tribe, USF Sustainable Tourism and USF Access 3D Lab preserve history at Egmont Key

Egmont Key -- located between St. Petersburg and Bradenton at the mouth of Tampa Bay, approximately a 20-minute ferry ride southwest from Fort DeSoto Park -- holds a haunting chapter in Florida history that the Seminole Tribe of Florida insists must not be forgotten, and which USF has the tech to help preserve.

July 20, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

'The numbers don't surprise me at all' - low minority participation in Alzheimer's trials similar to research in other areas

While research from the CDC projects Alzheimer's cases are expected to double to 3.3% of the U.S. population ages 65 and older by 2060, minority communities expected to see the largest increases make up a small number of trial participants.

July 5, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

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