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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

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF researchers bid to get to bottom of student discipline disparities

We’re taking another look at student discipline numbers based on race and how researchers at USF are using a research study to try and get to the bottom of those glaring disparities.

July 2, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

Manasota Vaccination Campaign visual graphic depciting a vaccine, with the hashtag #vaxupmanasota

USF Zimmerman School students create COVID-19 vaccination campaign being implemented by professional business organization

The Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) is in the process of implementing a COIVD-19 vaccination campaign created by students in the USF Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications.

July 1, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

A researcher taking notes in a excavated area containing burial grounds.

National network to connect researchers and concerned citizens working to preserve historical Black cemeteries

Across the nation, a number of African American burial grounds and cemeteries have been lost to history, neglected and even paved over during urban development. Now a national network for historical Black cemeteries has launched to raise awareness about the history and present condition of such sacred places to ensure what remains is preserved.

June 24, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

USF Associate Professor Kyaien Conner is photographed with Dr. Shamarial Roberson, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Darryl Rouson and Rep. Kamia Brown following the signing of House Bill 183.

USF mental health expert helps craft legislation signed by Gov. DeSantis that addresses inequities in health care

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation guided by Kyaien Conner, associate professor of mental health law and policy, that addresses health disparities across the state.

June 18, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF launches website to serve as a national hub for erased Black cemeteries

A team of University of South Florida professors and doctoral students created the Black Cemetery Network website at blackcemeterynetwork.org to serve as a hub for the movement to bring dignity to those cemeteries.

June 17, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

St. Petersburg higher education institutions form consortium to address racial inequities

In an effort to create an action plan to dismantle racial hierarchies on college campuses, representatives from four universities in the St. Petersburg area, including the USF St. Pete campus, are forming a consortium to address racial disparities.

June 15, 2021Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Doctoral student earns $50,000 STEM fellowship

USF College of Public Health (COPH) doctoral student and research assistant Dr. Marlene Joannie Bewa has earned the Faculty for the Future Fellowship.

June 14, 2021Honors and Awards, Research and Funding

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Local archaeologists who unearthed Tampa Bay's erased Black cemeteries will search for mass graves from 1921 Tulsa race massacre

Local archaeologists who’ve helped uncover graves from at least three erased African American cemeteries across the Tampa Bay area are heading to Tulsa to help the city find graves from the 1921 race massacre that destroyed the African American Greenwood District of the city.

June 1, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

A Year Later, Institutions Reflect on Systemic Changes Following the Murder of George Floyd

Following the death of George Floyd last May, administrators at colleges and universities scrambled to issue statements condemning the murder and vowing that they would use the incident as a moment to address systemic racism on their own campuses.

May 24, 2021Research and Funding, Student, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Hillsborough NAACP calls for investigation into missing East Tampa graves

The Hillsborough County NAACP president wants the city of Tampa and the Italian Club to launch an archaeological search for hundreds of African American graves believed to be missing from the Italian Club Cemetery as it’s known today, or the College Hill Cemetery as it was known more than a century ago.

May 19, 2021Research and Funding

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