A new dean of the College of Education will join the University of South Florida St. Petersburg this summer, settling in a city her granduncle helped integrate decades ago.
Allyson Leggett Watson was appointed this week by Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska to lead the college’s faculty. She comes to USFSP from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, with a diverse student body of more than 9,000 on three campuses....
Medicine, murder in 17th Century
Vanderbilt professor Holly Tucker talks medicine and murder in the Scientific Revolution, presented by the USF Humanities Institute. Tucker holds appointments in French and Italian as well as in Biomedical Ethics and Society. She'll explore this tumultuous part of the 17th century history in a talk based on her book, Blood Work, in room 206 of C.W. Bill Young Hall at 6 p.m....
TAMPA — Anxious about an uncertain future for research under the Trump administration, University of South Florida graduate students have challenged USF to defend science.
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts could seriously hamper funding for student researchers, PhD candidate Erin Sauer said at a panel discussion at USF on Monday. She spoke for graduate students in requesting an official statement from USF that would highlight the importance of science, stand up for USF researchers studying climate change and “specifically comment on the serious consequences of science denial and science funding cuts.”...
A conservative University of South Florida professor doubts he would have been hired at USF had officials known his ideological leanings.
“I believe I was hired because I had spent the prior year as a National Teaching Fellow at Florida A & M University,” USF St. Petersburg professor emeritus Darryl Paulson wrote in an op-ed published Friday. “Anyone who taught at a historically black university had to be a liberal.”...
03/16/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Some people came to listen, others to offer ideas, and a few simply to vent. In all, more than 60 people spent their Wednesday evening engaging with St. Petersburg officials as the city begins overhauling its overburdened sewage system.
The night's focus was a 12-page consent order drafted by the state, essentially a roadmap to fixing the city's aging system in the wake of a prolonged crisis. Fulfilling the state's requests, such as increasing wastewater plant capacity, would help St. Petersburg avoid up to $810,000 in penalties. ...
The regional chancellor of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announced her immediate resignation last week, owing to her “current family situation.”
Sandra Stone plans to return to campus as a faculty member in the next academic year. Meanwhile, USF System officials will start a national search for her replacement.
The Bradenton Herald reported that Stone’s mother has been sick. Her resignation also comes amid six years of lackluster fundraising at USFSM, a subject of concern for USF System trustees. University officials did not provide further details about her decision....
ST. PETERSBURG — Critics spared no time in blasting Gov. Rick Scott's challenge as a gimmick, just another way to cheapen the value of a college education.
But from Pensacola to the Florida Keys, state college leaders were already sitting down in conference rooms, figuring out how to make his mythical $10,000 bachelor's degree a reality.
"It's like a unicorn, right?" said Amy Hyman Gregory, an official at Broward College, one of the first schools to latch on to the governor's big idea in 2012. ...
USF recognized for work on allergies, immune diseases
The University of South Florida's medical school has been named a World Allergy Organization Center of Excellence, the first such center in the United States. Only 10 institutions around the world share the recognition for the 2016-19 term. "It is a testament to the hard work of an amazing group of highly talented USF faculty members dedicated to the prevention and treatment of pediatric and adult allergy, immunology and immune diseases," said Dr. Charles Lockwood, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. The World Allergy Organization, an umbrella group combining nearly 100 allergy and clinical immunology societies around the world, uses its Centers of Excellence to accelerate innovation and education. For the last 30 years, Dr. Richard Lockey has led USF's department of internal medicine's division of allergy and immunology. The World Allergy Organization noted the division's accomplishments, including four National Institutes of Health grants, a $15 million endowment for research, accredited residency programs in allergy and immunology, clinical research and publications on airway diseases, and more. ...
When it comes to the success of black students, the University of South Florida takes the No. 1 spot in Florida and the sixth nationwide, according to a new report from the Education Trust.
The non-profit advocacy group’s report looked at the achievement gap between black and white students at nearly 700 institutions. At many schools, black students fall far behind, with average graduation rates 22 percentage points below their white peers....
TAMPA — As University of South Florida students cast votes in student elections this week, they’ll also be deciding on a referendum that would urge the university to “divest from fossil fuels, private prisons and companies complicit in human rights violations.”
The referendum is non-binding but would send a renewed message to USF leaders that students care about how the university invests its dollars. It calls for the formation of a “socially responsible investment committee” to oversee a divestment effort....
SPC to host forum on the region's water challenges
Award-winning author and journalist Cynthia Barnett talks about the future of Pinellas County waters in a talk Tuesday at St. Petersburg College's Seminole Campus. Barnett will outline a vision for a "Pinellas water ethic," exploring the question of whether citizens and local government can work together to solve the county's looming water challenges. Three local experts will join her: Paul Boudreaux, professor of environmental law at Stetson University College of Law; Christopher F. Meindl, associate professor of geography at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and Doug Robison, who created the management plan in the 1980s that revived Tampa Bay's health. Linae Boehme-Terrana, interim director SPC's Bay Pines STEM Center, will moderate. The talk runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the conference center at 9200 113th St. N. Admission is free but advance registration is required at solutions.spcollege.edu....
With 12 faculty members named as Fulbright Scholars in the 2016-2017 year, the University of South Florida led the nation in producing winners of the prestigious awards.
USF’s number is double last year’s, putting it in the top spot among research institutions nationwide, according to data released this week by the U.S. Department of State and Institute of International Education, and highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education....
Sign up now for teen summer camps at HCC
Registration is open for a broad lineup of kids' college and teen summer camps at Hillsborough Community College. The college's Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education presents a range of affordable camps for all ages beginning May 30. STEM-inclined students have options such as "Make your first 3D video game" and "Minecraft Modders." Middle and high school students who want to try out different career paths can dabble in "Broadcasting Boot Camp," "Young Architects," "Junior Veterinarian" and more. Other options include "Super Sleuth CSI" and "Extreme Home Makeover: Kids' Edition." The Explorers' Travel Camp offers a more traditional experience, with hiking and kayaking excursions. Most camps are held at HCC locations. Full-day camps run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and range from $160 to $275 per week, while half-day camps are $159 per week. Register before March 1 for a 15 percent discount. To find out more, visit tampatraining.com/kids-college or call (813) 259-6010....
For her long-term efforts to advance women in higher education, President Judy Genshaft of the University of South Florida System has won a prestigious recognition from the American Council on Education.
The annual Donna Shavlik Award, named for a long-serving ACE director, honors those who make helping women in higher education a priority, through leadership, career development, mentoring and campus climate....
TARPON SPRINGS — The choosing of a president is a serious undertaking, and each college has its own personality and priorities.
Should the leader be defined by a respect for teaching? Or are business ties more important? Will he or she be approachable and charismatic? A good listener? A visionary?
Officials at St. Petersburg College are asking the public to help answer those and other questions as they put the finishing touches on the job description for the school's next president. They'll be seeking input tonight at SPC's Midtown campus in St. Petersburg, the second of two such forums....