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Sea urchin killer spreads to new species, region

A parasite that devastated long-spined sea urchins in the Caribbean and Florida in 2022 has caused another die-off more than 7,000 miles away in the Sea of Oman.

March 25, 2024Research

USF research funding reaches record high of $692 million

Research funding awarded to the University of South Florida reached an all-time high of $692 million in fiscal year 2023, representing an increase of nearly 27% from the previous year and elevating USF’s stature as one of the nation’s most research-intensive universities.

March 18, 2024Research

Genomic research may be key to understanding cancer resistance in Tasmanian devils

Over the past 30 years, Australia’s Tasmanian devil population has been afflicted with an infectious cancer that has pushed the species to near extinction.

March 11, 2024Research

NSF awards $650K grant to USF-led research team to address water sustainability on islands

Daniel Yeh, an environmental engineering professor in the USF College of Engineering, is leading a team of researchers focused on resilient, equitable, safe and sustainable water for islands.

February 21, 2024Research

Science fiction meets reality, USF researchers develop technique to overcome obstructed views

Using a single photograph, Murray-Bruce and his doctoral student, Robinson Czajkowski, created an algorithm that computes highly accurate, full-color three-dimensional reconstructions of areas behind obstacles – a concept that can not only help prevent car crashes, but help law enforcement experts in hostage situations, search-and-rescue and strategic military efforts.

February 21, 2024Research

USF research expenditures up 14%, surging to more than $461 million

USF’s research spending rose 14% in fiscal year 2023 to more than $461 million. Spending on awards funded by federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, increased to nearly 53% of USF’s total, up from 46% five years ago.

February 13, 2024Research

'State of the Region’ researchers unveil workforce and affordability trends in the Tampa Bay region

Once again, new residents are flocking to the Tampa Bay area. On the flip side, family budgets are squeezed, with nearly 57 cents of every dollar going toward housing and transportation. That financial strain reveals an alarming narrative — full-time work is not enough to make ends meet.

February 13, 2024Research

National survey by USF researchers shows voter opinions on inflation, impact of politics on mental health, election distrust and social media use

Researchers at the University of South Florida have released findings from a nationwide survey that measures attitudes related to key election issues. The survey, sponsored by Cyber Florida at USF, addresses how Americans feel about topics including inflation, the impact of politics on voters’ mental health and social media usage.

January 31, 2024Research

USF Health granted initial $14 million for traumatic brain injury research study

Researchers in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine will conduct a clinical research study to help determine if hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can ease the symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Florida’s veteran, active duty, and reserve service members.

January 9, 2024Research

USF researchers find online shoppers more likely to click ads with curvy designs, resulting in higher sales for retailers

As shoppers scramble this week to grab their last-minute gifts before the holidays, University of South Florida researchers have discovered a trend among those making online purchases.

December 19, 2023Research

Dr. Sylvia Wilson Thomas named vice president of research & innovation

At the USF Board of Trustees meeting on December 5, 2023, President Rhea Law and Provost Prasant Mohapatra announced that Dr. Sylvia Wilson Thomas has agreed to take on the permanent role of Vice President for Research & Innovation.

December 6, 2023Innovation, Research

Study reveals crucial role of herbivorous fishes and sea urchins in restoring coral reefs

A new study by Dr. Lindsay Spiers (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) and Professor Thomas Frazer (College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida), published in PeerJ Life & Environment, presents crucial findings on the feeding preferences of herbivorous fishes and the sea urchin Diadema antillarum in Little Cayman.

December 1, 2023Research


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