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ResearchOne Supports Wide Range of Campus Conversations, Events

September 5, 2019

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.

Angie Cruz

Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Biology
CMMB Fall Seminar Series
Weekly events during fall semester 2019, beginning Aug. 30, 2019
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.


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 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

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.
Grace Allen Room, USF Tampa Library

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


USF Institute on Russia
Key Developments in Belarus and the 2020 Presidential Election
March 26, 2020
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
TECO Hall, USF College of Education

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

Past Events

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Business
DRONE TETRA 2019: Drone Technologies, Education, Training, Research, and Applications
Sept. 13, 2019
8 a.m.-6 p.m.

DRONE TETRA 2019 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.


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