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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

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USF places second in the state’s 2021 performance-based funding standings, leads all universities in several key metrics

The University of South Florida is once again among the leaders in the State University System’s performance-based funding scores for 2021, according to data released today during a meeting of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

June 23, 2021Honors and Awards, Student, 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

Seeking diversity, USF found a way to attract Black students: Call them

After years of dwindling Black student enrollment, the University of South Florida is on track to welcome the most diverse freshman class in its history.

June 14, 2021Student, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF diversity office addresses key issues in virtual town hall

With a focus on bringing truth to light and giving a voice to the community, the University of South Florida held its third and final Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity (DEIO) town hall meeting Friday.

June 11, 2021Community Engagement, Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Tampa Campus, University Efforts

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Group of Florida colleges, universities come together to address racial injustice

Stetson College of Law, University of South Florida—St. Pete campus, St. Pete College and Eckerd College are a part of a consortium and plan to participate in a work shop later this month called Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation for guidance on how to develop an action plan.

June 3, 2021St. Petersburg Campus, University Efforts

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

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