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USF researcher visualizes discovery of oldest human burial in Africa made by international team of scientists

An international team of scientists has uncovered the earliest modern human burial in Africa—changing what we know about social behaviors in Homo sapiens—and a researcher at the University of South Florida (USF) has helped use 3D and advanced imaging technologies to bring the 78,000-year-old remains of a child back to life (USF Newsroom).

May 5, 2021Global Research, Research

USF launches study to identify impact of COVID-19 vaccinations on hurricane evacuation behaviors

The University of South Florida is helping prepare offices of emergency management across the nation for the upcoming hurricane season by determining how COVID-19 may impact evacuation behaviors (USF Newsroom).

May 4, 2021Research

USF team uses new neuroimaging technique to study physiological effects of brain stimulation to treat depression

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or rTMS, was FDA approved in 2008 as a safe and effective noninvasive treatment for severe depression resistant to antidepressant medications. A small coil positioned near the scalp generates repetitive, pulsed magnetic waves that pass through the skull and stimulate brain cells to relieve symptoms of depression. The procedure has few side effects and is typically prescribed as an alternative or supplemental therapy when multiple antidepressant medications and/or psychotherapy do not work (USF Health).

May 4, 2021Health, Innovation, Research

Meet seven inventors who have made Florida a ‘powerhouse of innovation’

The inventor of the Segway and a co-inventor of technology that revolutionized modern day computing are among the seven newest inductees in the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. The 2021 class also includes Norma A. Alcantar, an engineering professor at University of South Florida who has pioneered advances to decontaminate water and develop biomedical solutions for acute diseases (St. Pete Catalyst).

May 1, 2021Honors and Awards, Innovation

Florida Inventors Hall of Fame announces 2021 inductees

Florida Inventors Hall of Fame 2021 inductees prove that the creative spark can light a fire of innovation to change the world (EurekAlert!).

April 29, 2021Honors and Awards, Innovation

New research shows long-term recovery possible for areas impacted by seagrass die-off

Nearly 10,000 acres of lush seagrass vanished from Florida Bay between 1987 and 1991, leading to massive ecological changes in the region near the Florida Keys. Abundance of the seagrass, Thalassia testudinum, more commonly known as turtlegrass, a foundation species of the Florida Bay ecosystem, decreased extensively during what is considered to be one of the largest declines in seagrass cover in recent history (USF Newsroom).

April 29, 2021Research

USF Engineering Professor Norma Alcantar to be Inducted into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

USF Professor Norma Alcantar - who engineered an ancient practice of cleaning water with cactus mucilage to create modern technologies - is among seven new inductees to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

April 29, 2021Honors and Awards, Innovation

USF Will Study Allergic Reactions To COVID-19 Vaccines

The University of South Florida is participating in a clinical trial to determine whether people with a history of severe allergies are at greater risk for allergic reactions to the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines (WUSF).

April 26, 2021Health, Research

Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida Elects 15 Members

The Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL) has elected 15 new members for their outstanding contributions in science, engineering, medicine. Two of the new members are Robert H. Byrne, Distinguished University Professor, USF College of Marine Science and Sudeep Sarkar, Professor and Chair, USF Computer Science and Engineering (PR Newswire).

April 22, 2021Innovation, Research

USF conducting new study to combat Alzheimer's

USF research shows computer games may reduce Alzheimer's chances by up to 50%. Now they are looking for participants in a larger study (Yahoo! News).

April 22, 2021Health, Innovation, Research

USF rolls out its first zero-emission electric bus

The University of South Florida is taking steps to support a more sustainable environment by debuting its first zero-emission electric bus in the Bull Runner fleet on the Tampa campus. The new Proterra 40-foot Catalyst E2 bus rolled out for the first time on Thursday, April 22, in conjunction with Earth Day (USF Newsroom).

April 22, 2021Innovation

USF Senior Withers Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship; Three Other USF Students Earn Honorable Mentions

USF Senior Zachary Withers is selected for a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Three additional USF students earn honorable mention in the prestigious program’s annual process.

April 21, 2021Honors and Awards, Research, Student Research

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