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USF Student Invents Lumber Alternative Using Recycled Plastic

With funding from the National Science Foundation, a University of South Florida mechanical engineering student has developed a recycled plastic building material to be used as a cost-effective alternative to structural lumber.

August 5, 2022Innovation, Research, Student Research

USF student invents lumber alternative using recycled plastic

The material will be used as a replacement for wood to create fence posts that can last 30 to 50 years, about three times longer than a traditional wood fence.

August 4, 2022Innovation, Student Research

Local USF doctoral student honored for dementia research

USF student Rio Tate is one of 60 people in the world to be chosen for a prestigious military scholarship this year. And it's largely due to his work to better understand dementia and how to prevent it.

July 11, 2022Student Research

USF researchers say Spanish caves are revealing new details on sea level rise

Caves in Mallorca, Spain tell a story of unprecedented sea level rise, researchers with the University of South Florida found. Geosciences Professor Bogdan Onac and USF graduate students were among the international team that studied minerals in the caves dating back 4,000 years.

July 6, 2022Global Research, Student Research

Hidden in caves: Mineral overgrowths reveal unprecedented modern sea-level rise

According to an international team of researchers led by the University of South Florida, the sea level has risen 18 centimeters since the start of the 20th century. The study, featured on the cover of the July 1 issue of Science Advances, works to identify preindustrial sea levels and examines the impact of modern greenhouse warming on sea-level rise.

June 30, 2022Global Research, Student Research

USF biologist discovers ‘skydiving’ salamander

After closely studying wandering salamanders for four years, a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida discovered the amphibians have mastered “parachuting” down the world’s tallest trees. Christian Brown’s study, published in Current Biology, is the first to reveal aerial behaviors in the species.

May 26, 2022Research, Student Research

USF students compete in Florida Blue Health Innovation Challenge

Three University of South Florida students — Siegrid Pregartner, Mitchell Harrah, and Frank Nunez — won first and second place and Judge's Choice awards in the ninth annual Florida Blue Health Innovation Challenge. Florida Blue Health Care, one of the largest health care providers in Florida, awarded a total of $23,500 to Florida college students at the April 29 competition.

May 16, 2022Innovation, Student Research

Rogue waves ... in Tampa Bay?

Laura Azevedo is a PhD student at the College of Marine Science. She studies rogue waves in Tampa Bay, which are large, unpredictable and dangerous. She was lead author of a study in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering that is the first to identify and describe rogue waves in this region.

May 10, 2022Student Research

Graduate students accepted into prestigious History Ph.D. programs in U.S. and England

Morgan Greig will attend the prestigious University of Cambridge in England, and Hannah Tweet will attend top-ranked University of Michigan in Fall 2022. Both are some of the most renowned research universities in the world.

May 9, 2022Research, Student Research

USF students collaborate with peers in Moldova during international crisis

In the midst of war and with an international humanitarian crisis on their doorstep, law students from Moldova are collaborating on research with USF St. Petersburg campus students in an effort to form cultural bonds during a time of chaos.

April 19, 2022Global Research, Student Research

Students uncover Florida's past at archaeological site

Students gather at Weedon Island Preserve to excavate one of Florida's most significant archaeological sites. The field school—where students learn the proper methods to conduct digs and identify artifacts—is held every two years and is part of a course at USF called Florida Archaeology.

March 9, 2022Student Research

USF team creates home health monitoring device to boost independence

Over the course of 15 weeks, USF researchers developed a wireless sensor system which continuously and passively monitors presence and weight of a person in bed, on a couch, chair or similar furniture that could have great potential impact on users’ quality of life comparable to current sensor systems on the market.

December 15, 2021Innovation, Student Research


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