The University of South Florida Foundation announced Friday that USF System President Judy Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, are creating an endowment of $1 million dedicated to the financial support of USF students who want to study abroad. The gift will create the new Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholars Fund.
College of Engineering students won five awards during the student technical oral and poster competitions at the 18th NSF Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) Research & Career Expo in Jacksonville, FL, held February 3-6, 2911.
It's a familiar complaint: Academic researchers intent on cranking out another paper and obtaining their next grant sometimes see their students as little more than another pair of hands rather than as scientists in training. Now comes a new report that attempts to redefine the goals of graduate and postdoctoral training and prods biomedical scientists to become better mentors. Similar exhortations have been made before, but the report comes from an organization with significant financial clout: the flagship training institute at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Over the past three years, Dutch officials have traveled to Tampa to conduct workshops through the Patel Center for Global Solutions for local government leaders and water management officials. USF’s College of Engineering has sent students to the Netherlands for summer research sessions. Now comes Resilient Tampa Bay, the opportunity to put the latest technology and knowledge into a plan that could transform how the region deals with water threats.
The project for the Puno Museum of Contemporary Art, is a project by the Peruvian artist Cesar Cornejo who has worked with the people of the City of Puno to identify spaces within their homes that could be converted to exhibit contemporary art. This project for the first time in Peru departs from the reality of a traditionally marginalized sector of society to create an umuseum. It addresses issues of housing and local economy by increasing tourism. The project explores how reorganizing these variables aesthetically through an art and architectural proposal, a museum could have an impact in the life of the locals and become a model for development in towns with similar conditions. The sharp contrast between the rough and finished spaces, would stress visually the social and political elements of the project.
Under a joint psychology and neuroscience research initiative, east met west January 28-29 when five researchers from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, and researchers from the University of South Florida, convened a two-day joint seminar to discuss their work in psychology and neuroscience. Organized by Dr. Toru Shimizu, associate chair, USF Department of Psychology, and Dr. Cesar V. Borlongan, vice chair for research, USF Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, who are both alumni of Keio University, the seminar featured two days of research presentations, discussion and tours of USF labs.
The College of Public Health, through the USF Health International Foundation, recently delivered a four-month diplomado in clinical research in Panama. The course, essentially a graduate level certificate course, was the first of its kind in Panama and was open to professionals working in health-related fields and active in clinical research.
The Jackson Laboratory announced today that it will partner with the University of South Florida (USF), Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Sarasota County and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to develop genetics-based treatments for heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes at a new research facility in Sarasota County.
Fundraising efforts for Florida’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 competition – FLeX House – are being spearheaded by the state’s energy and building industries with more companies interested in Florida’s solar future coming on board as the deadlines for completion quickly approach.
Donors include Florida Power & Light, Progress Energy, TECO Energy, Inc. and the Orlando Utilities Commission.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels, as low as $20 to $99, as high as $100,000 for naming rights, and everything in between.
If you think tropical diseases like malaria are no cause for concern in the United States, think again. Recently investigators from USF and UF as well as other state universities met with partners from biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms across Florida, and public health officials, to discuss how to better move new-line drugs and other therapies from the early research stages to the market. The conference, “Optimizing Detection, Prevention and Treatment of Vector-Borne Disease,” held Jan. 31 at the Sanford-Burham medical Research Institute, Lake Nona in Orlando, included presentations about malaria, dengue, equine encephalitis, West Nile virus and other pathogen-related diseases that Florida residents are somewhat at risk of contracting.
The University of South Florida received $5.45 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The first grant is to create advanced devices that mimic the human liver to better study the life cycle of the malaria parasite – particularly the elusive liver stage where the disease may be most vulnerable to attack. USF will collaborate with Draper Laboratory on the projects.
Did you miss the funding cutoff despite a stellar score on your U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant? Don't give up hope. The National Health Council (NHC), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit umbrella group for some 100 patient-advocacy groups and companies, unveiled a database on Monday that will hook up rejected projects and potential funders.
The Biographical Sketch that appears in NIH research grant application forms is used to convey information about the qualifications, productivity, and the role of the personnel involved in the proposed project. Beginning with applications submitted for the May 25, 2011 and subsequent receipt dates, the biosketch instructions will include a modification of the personal statement section to remind applicants that they can provide a description of personal issues that may have reduced productivity.
USF Health Research Day 2010 creates a buzz with more than 250 presentations, a new venue, more awards and a cutting-edge keynote by a Jackson Laboratory scientist.
Two dozen neurologists in the hotel conference room overlooking Tampa Bay had gathered to learn more about how they might help USF Health recruit patients for the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, a landmark international study to find biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease.
Susan Homan, emeritus professor at USF’s College of Education, has just released a fifth and sixth year of research data reporting impressive literacy gains for struggling readers who used the innovative TUNEin™ to READING program. Homan and her colleagues found that over a 6-year period struggling readers who used TUNEin to READING outperformed their comparison groups on the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) in year-over-year gains by a range of 27 percent to a remarkable 214 percent.
University of South Florida microbiologist Valerie Harwood wasn’t looking for a fight with some of the nation’s poultry giants when she accepted an unusual assignment from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office: investigate whether millions of pounds of chicken waste from giant farms could have infiltrated Oklahoma’s watershed and polluted its lakes, streams and wells.
Piyush Koria, assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, along with a Massachusetts General Hospital team of researchers developed a novel platform to deliver growth factors deep within injured tissue and chronic wounds such as pressure sores and diabetic foot ulcers. Their paper was publishes in the Jan. 18 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Congratulations to Glen Dunlap, PhD, the 2010 recipient of the Division for Early Childhood’s Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award. Dr. Dunlap was recognized for his “significant and lasting contributions to the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education.”Since joining the CFS faculty in 1988, Dr. Dunlap’s prominent research has greatly
contributed to the areas of positive behavior support, family support, emotional and
behavioral disorders, and autism and other developmental disabilities.
The “Tampa Conference” will be held March 20 - 23, 2011 (Sunday through Wednesday) at the Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida. The conference draws from an international audience of leading researchers, policy-makers and family advocates who are focused on efforts to improve the opportunity for children and families to realize their potential in the communities in which they live.