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ResearchOne Supports Wide Range of Campus Conversations, Events

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Editor's note: Due to the university-wide directive on events in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID19), events scheduled for the spring semester 2020 are subject to cancellation, postponement or rescheduling. Please check back for updated information and visit the official USF coronavirus update pages for continuing information:

USF Coronavirus Updates

TAMPA, Fla. - ResearchOne supports research-related activities and events that showcase the work of scholars, scientists and innovators throughout the USF System. The program’s goal is to encourage the sharing of new knowledge throughout the campus community, including wider events that are open to the public.

Support for programs scheduled for the 2019-20 academic year is now underway, and a lineup of captivating conversations on issues ranging from food insecurity to molecular biology are planned. Check out details of upcoming ResearchOne events at the list below, and check back for new events and schedule changes being added throughout the academic year.

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Below are the ResearchOne-supported events to date, with new events added as they are approved. Click on the links for details about each event and for more information on times, locations and speakers.

CMMB Spring Seminar Series

Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Biology
CMMB Spring Seminar Series
Weekly events during spring semester 2020, beginning Jan. 17, 2020
9:30-10:30 a.m.

The CMMB Seminar Series strives to invite and host top-notch researchers within the cell, micro and molecular biology areas. USF undergraduate and graduate students will have an opportunity throughout the series to learn from leading national and international scientists in the field, as well as USF faculty working on cutting-edge projects and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology

food security

USF College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology’s Center for the Advancement of Food Security & Healthy Communities
Black Food Matters: Contextualizations of Race, Place, and Resistance in Food Movements
Feb. 28, 2020
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
C.W. Young Hall (CWY) 206

Black Food Matters: Contextualizations of Race, Place, and Resistance in Food Movements is a half-day research symposium featuring leading scholars on the topic featuring Dr. Ashanté Reese and Dr. Hanna Garth. The event highlights how race and class may compound social inequalities and health inequities, especially regarding access to food. It will be organized in collaboration with the newly established Center for the Advancement of Food Security and Healthy Communities at USF. Dr. Ashanté Reese is an Assistant Professor at Spelman College and the author of Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. (The University of North Carolina Press, 2019). Dr. Hanna Garth of the University of California, San Diego is a sociocultu

Center for the Advancement of Food Security and Healthy Communities

Anne Applebaum

CANCELED: USF Institute on Russia
Anne Applebaum on "Disinformation and Democracy"
March 25, 2020
Tampa Theater
711 N Franklin Street, Tampa
7:30-9 p.m.

Anne Applebaum is a Pulitzer-prize winning author with particular expertise in the history of communist and post-communist Europe, a staff writer for The Atlantic and a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, where she co-leads ARENA, a research project on disinformation and 21st century propaganda. Applebaum is the author of several prize-winning books, including Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine and Gulag: A History. She was a foreign policy columnist for The Washington Post and correspondent for The Economist.

USF Institute on Russia

Aisha Durham

CANCELED: Southeast Women's Studies Association 2020 Meeting
March 26-28, 2020
USF St. Petersburg Student Center

For the first time, USF is hosting the annual research conference of the Southeast Women's Studies Association, is a regional organization under the National Women's Studies Association serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The three-day conference will feature nationally-prominent speakers on a variety of topics and 150 presenters and 200 attendees.

Southeast Women's Studies Association

USF Grad Student Research Symposium

CANCELED: 12th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium
March 27, 2020
1 - 4 p.m.
USF Marshall Student Center Ballroom

USF's Office of Graduate Studies hosts the Graduate Student Research Symposium to showcase the research of graduate students in all disciplines and allow them to obtain feedback from faculty and peers. The event brings together graduate students as well as faculty mentors and judges in an effort to foster further academic collaboration. All graduate students are encouraged to apply and participate.

Graduate Student Research Symposium

USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Showcase

CANCELED: USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Showcase for Projects, Research & Innovation
April 3, 2020
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Selby Auditorium

The Student Showcase for Projects, Research & Innovation is the premier student research event at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. This is an important opportunity for students to present research projects, academic work, learn from peers, and network with USFSM Faculty members. Academic projects, research experiments, innovative ideas, or visual/performing arts (music, drama, dance) from across the colleges will be presented.

USFSM Student Showcase

USF Undergraduate Research

CANCELED: USF Undergraduate Research Conference
April 6, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Marshall Student Center Ballroom

The 2020 USF Undergraduate Research Conference is an opportunity for undergraduate students to share their research with a broad audience that includes distinguished faculty, staff, students (high school, undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral), USF alumni, and the broader Tampa Bay community.

USF Office of Undergraduate Research


CANCELED: USF Institute on Russia
Key Developments in Belarus and the 2020 Presidential Election
April 7, 2020
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Marshall Student Center, Room 3707

Belarusian elections have long been predictable, but current circumstances raises questions about whether this election will be different from the previous five presidential contests. Does Belarus have a chance for unexpected outcome for its presidential election like its neighboring Ukraine? The featured speakers for the program are Rodger Potocki, a Senior Director at the National Endowment for Democracy, and David Kramer, the Affiliated Senior Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University and a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

USF Institute on Russia

Community Engaged Research

Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships
Scholarship of Engagement: Strategies for Advancing Your Locally and Globally Community Engaged Teaching and Research
April 17, 2020
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marshal Student Center

Do you work with a global or local community -its people, organizations, agencies, assets - as part of your teaching or research? Do you have evidence of impact for students or the community? Whether you are teaching a high impact practice course (e.g., service-learning, study abroad, capstone, first year experience, volunteerism) or facilitating a project or program that addresses a real-life issue in society, we as scholars are interested in answering the question "what impact did it have?" and "how might I improve?" The goal of this session is to identify the intended outcomes, particularly within a global framework for our students, then develop a plan to measure the impact in ways that can lead to scholarship and evidence that can be used for improvement. Session participants will come away with civic/global outcome statements that directly relate to their course or program and will be able to schedule a one-on-one session with the expert.

USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships

Phlorida Phage Phest

USF Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology
Phlorida Phage Phest
April 18, 2020
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Marshall Student Center

Phlorida Phage Phest brings together faculty and undergraduate students from across Florida’s colleges and universities to present and discuss the past year’s research outcomes from the SEA PHAGES project, which explores new frontiers in microbiology.

Sea Phages

Turning Point Movie

POSTPONED: USF Cognitive Aging Lab
Turning Point: The Quest for a Cure for Alzheimer's Disease
April 18, 2020
LeHigh Valley Health Network Auditorium (MDT 209, Tampa campus)

The event will premiere the movie, Turning Point, that educates the audience about Alzheimer's disease, clinical trials and the importance of referring and enrolling persons to participate in Alzheimer's related research.

Turning Point

brain science

American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair Annual Conference
USF Center for Aging & Brain Repair
April 23-26, 2020
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach

International experts in the fields of regenerative medicine and stem cell research will gather to discuss the use of cell therapies in Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, stroke and Pediatric Neurology. This meeting is at the forefront of translational medicine and there will be topics that range from very basic development of stem cell therapies to clinical trials using existing technologies.

American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair


24th International Conference on Developments in Language Theory
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
May 11 - May 15, 2020
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
C.W. Bill Young Hall

Developments in Language Theory is an international conference under auspices of the European Association of Theoretical Computer Science and is focused on theoretical computer science area that studies sequences through algebraic and combinatorial methods. This conference brings together mathematicians and theoretical computer scientists from all over the world with interests included in combinatorial and algebraic properties of words and languages; string patterns in biomolecules; symbolic descriptions of pictures and their analysis; efficient text algorithms; symbolic dynamics; decision problems; relationships to complexity theory and logic; cryptography; concurrency; cellular automata; bio-inspired computing; and quantum computing.


Past Events

cognitive aging lab

Research Participant Appreciation and Results
USF Cognitive Aging Lab Research
Sept. 14, 2019
1-3 p.m.

USF study participants are a vital part of the research process, and the USF Cognitive Aging Lab will bring participants together to learn about the results of studies they’ve been a part of, as well as new ones that are forming. Speakers will include, Dr. Jerri Edwards, USF Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences; Dr. Alyssa Gamaldo, Assistant Professor of Human Development at Penn State University; Dr. Elizabeth Hudak, USF Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences; Dr. Jennifer Lister, USF Professor of Communications Sciences & Disorders and Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies; and Dr. Jennifer O’Brien, USF St. Petersburg Assistant Professor of Psychology.

USF Cognitive Aging Lab

Hedy Lamar

Cyber Florida: The Florida Center for Cybersecurity
BOMBSHELL: The Hedy Lamarr Story as told by her son, Anthony Loder
Sept. 19, 2019
6-8:30 p.m.

Cyber Florida will host a screening of the award-winning biopic Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story followed by a discussion and question and answer session with Ms. Lamarr's son, Anthony Loder. The film shines a light on how Hedy Lamarr bucked societal norms to become a trailblazing inventor, earning the moniker: "The Mother of WiFi."

Cyber Florida

Angie Cruz

USF College of Arts & Sciences Humanities Institute
Angie Cruz, Latinx Author
Oct. 7, 2019
6-8 p.m.

Angie Cruz's third novel, "Dominica," was released Sept. 3, 2019. As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Humanities Institute and the Department of English will partner to host the author for a public reading and classroom visits. Cruz is associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, Editor-in-Chief of "Aster(ix) Journal" (a dedicated space for literature, art, and criticism by and about women), and a leading scholar on Latinx Literature. This event will benefit students interested in literature, creative writing, Latin American Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.

USF Humanities Institute

Roboticon Tampa Bay

Roboticon Tampa Bay 2019
FIRST Robotics Competition
Oct. 12-13, 2019
Yuengling Center

ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is a K-12 youth STEM showcase featuring a full-scale high school level FIRST Robotics Competition off-season competition as well as elementary and middle school robotics programs, a College of Engineering expo and an industry showcase highlighting academic and career pathways for youth. The event is free and open to the public.

Roboticon Tampa Bay

Circular Economy

USF Patel College of Global Sustainability
Global Circular Economy Conference
Oct. 17-18, 2019
Patel Center for Global Solutions

The conference will bring together thought leaders from academia, industry, government to share their knowledge and research on the circular economy for environmental, economic and social sustainability. Speakers will be invited from Ellen MacArthur Foundation, who pioneered the concept in EU; executives from multinational companies – such as Coca-Cola, Tesla and Jabil – which embrace the concepts of circular economy; academic researchers who are exploring the concepts; and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about the long-term sustainability of the planet. The event is free and open to the public.

Global Circular Economy - The Future of Sustainability

food market

USF College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Religious Studies
Food Sovereignty Summit
Oct. 22, 2019
5-8 p.m.
Gibbons Alumni Center

Through a series of short presentations by leaders in the Tampa Bay Region and at USF, as well as through poster boards and groups discussions, participants will identify a variety of policies and practices that they can implement in their own lives and communities to promote and ensure the human rights that are central to the concept of food sovereignty – the right and opportunity of peoples to eat healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods; and the right and opportunity of peoples to define their own food and agricultural systems independent of the demands of markets and corporations.The primary focus of the event is research: Presentation of previous research, current research and future research by USF faculty, students and guests.

USF Institute on Russia
Cyber Russia: Global Politics and the Police State
Oct. 23, 2019
2-3:30 p.m.
TECO Hall, USF College of Education

Russian investigative journalists and authors Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan are experts on the Russian security services and the Russian state's use of the internet. They will speak about their books, Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries and The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia's Exiles, Emigres, and Agents Abroad.

USF Institute on Russia Events

toxicology stock

USF College of Public Health
Southeastern Society of Toxicology Regional Meeting
Oct. 24-25, 2019
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
USF College of Public Health

This conference serves to encourage undergraduate and graduate students from the USF Colleges of Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Marine Science and Arts and Sciences to present their scientific data in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. Participation is open to graduate and undergraduate students from higher educational institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Southeastern Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology


USF College of Pharmacy Graduate Programs
NanoFlorida 2019
Nov. 15-17, 2019
USF Marshall Student Center

The annual NanoFlorida conferences provide a forum for academic and industrial researchers to share recent discoveries, exchange new ideas and develop professional relationships that strengthen the state's nanobiotechnology research community. NanoFlorida 2019 will include symposia on emerging areas of nanobiotechnology research within the theme of "Advances in Translational Nanotechnology." The NanoFlorida 2019 conference is open to all students, faculty, and staff from USF and other institutions within and outside the State of Florida, as well as industry professionals, with a specific focus on the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology and nanoscience.

NanoFlorida 2019

BEAT Save the Date

Building Entrepreneurship Around Tampa Bay (BEAT)
Nov. 20, 2019
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Discovery Hall, USF Research Park

The 7th Annual Building Entrepreneurship Around TampaBay (BEAT) is an event that supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem through a showcase of innovative start-ups, educational programming and opportunities to pitch for capital. Last year's event drew more than 250 attendees including local start-ups, business leaders, entrepreneurial support organizations, community dignitaries and media outlets.

Building Entrepreneurship Around Tampa Bay (BEAT)


USF Department of Communication and Florida Institute of Government
Campaigns & Elections Field Research Program Proposal for the Iowa Presidential Caucus 2020
Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2020

The Iowa Presidential Caucus presents a unique opportunity for students to experience and study the first major campaign event of the 2020 presidential election. The Campaigns & Elections Field Research Program is sending a group of USF students to Des Moines and Ames, Iowa, ahead of the Feb. 3, 2020 caucus to conduct research with prospective caucus voters, observe campaign election operations, and examine media coverage of the presidential candidates. Students will conduct field research to address fundamental questions in American politics and political communication associated with how individuals use expectations of the President of the United States in their assessments of presidential candidates. The group will be led by USF Communications Assistant Professor Joshua Scacco, who studies how emerging communication technologies influence American political life, including news organizations and the presidency.

Alex Wolf at Synapse
Feb. 11, 2020
Time TBA
Synapse Innovation Summit 2020
Amalie Arena, Tampa

This event will feature a fireside chat and discussion with author Alex Wolf moderated by USF Muma College of Business Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Diana M. Hechavarria. Ms. Wolf is a millennial technology anthropologist and entrepreneur who speaks at universities, companies and organizations that need support understanding how the behavioral changes caused by social technology effect business, relationships and happiness.

Synapse Summit 2020

USF Darwin Day
Feb. 14, 2020
Noon-2 p.m.
Cooper Hall 255

In celebration of Charles Darwin, USF's multi-disciplinary group is hosting an event to increase understand and awareness of the theory of evolution. This year's event features University of California-Berkeley Professor Mary Power, who will give several lectures including: "Chasing Epithemia – the desired diatom-from photons to food webs."

The Richards Lab

All You Need is Math - Applications of Mathematics to Music
Feb. 17, 2020
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Dalhousie University Professor Jason Brown illustrates the mathematical genius behind the iconic Beatles recordings. Music is full of mathematics - from sums of trigonometric sound waves that comprise audio recordings and patterns and transformations in music, to transitions between melody notes, between chords, and between onsets in a rhythmic pattern. A variety of mathematical tools are available for both musical analysis and generation.

USF Mathematics & Statistics

USF Health Research Day
Feb. 21, 2020
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
USF Marshall Student Center Ballroom

USF Health Research Day features original research from the students, faculty, and staff affiliated with USF Health. The types of research presented may include pilot or preliminary study, empirical study, systemic review, literature review, chart review, or case study.

USF Health Research Day

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Business
DRONE TETRA 2020: Drone Technologies, Education, Training, Research, and Applications
Feb. 21, 2020
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium

DRONE TETRA 2020 is aimed at bringing together leaders in drone technologies, education, training, research and application together to give the audience a comprehensive overview of past, present, and future of this new field. Attendees will learn about the ever-increasing role of drones in agriculture, utility inspection, public safety, national defense and security, surveying, mapping, cinema, photography, and other sectors of industry. The event will include a student drone competition for high school and college undergraduate students.