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Pew Forum on climate, energy and national security listen

09/01/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts were formed by the heirs of the Sun Oil Company in 1948. The goal of the Pew Trusts is to improve public policy, inform the public, and stimulate civic life through analytic research. The trusts formed the Pew Research Council in 2004 and this group sponsored a town hall type forum, at the USF campus yesterday to discuss the intersection of 3 issues, National Security, Energy Policy, and Climate Change. The forum had 200 people in attendance.

The fo...

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USF Health to train doctors in computer assisted surgery listen

08/10/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The University of South Florida College of Medicine soon will begin training doctors from across the southeast in robotic-assisted surgery. The new USF Health da Vinci Center for Computer Assisted Surgery will train up to 600 doctors per year to use robots to perform minimally-invasive surgery.

Two weeks ago, Cheryl Jordan had a minimally-invasive hysterectomy using a surgical system known as the da Vinci Si. Jordan is a doctor from...

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World renowned architect to design new USF campus listen

06/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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USF officials announced today that renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been selected to design the first building on the new Lakeland campus of USF Polytechnic.

The announcement was made this morning by Marshall Goodman, VP/CEO for USF Polytechnic. He was effusive in his praise for the award-winning architect.

David Robinson is the CEO of DSM, and was part of the selection committee. He said the new campus building will transform the region.

Calatrava was conferenced ...

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Tampa Bay planners dialog with Dutch to learn their approach to climate change listen

06/12/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The effects of climate change on Florida are likely to include rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes. These will all increase the future risk of flooding around the Tampa Bay region’s low-lying geography. To get ideas about how to mitigate and adapt to a flood-prone future, planners and engineers have begun a dialog with a country that has a history of overcoming similar challenges.

Fifty-five percent of land in The Netherlands is below sea level, and th...

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Water managers from around the world at USF listen

06/01/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning at the University of South Florida, 20 water managers from around the world exchanged ideas about that essential resource with people from the Tampa Bay area. The internationals are students from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands.

USF’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions hosted the students, who are in Florida to learn about “Sustainable Water Resources Managem...

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Professionals seek career resources at USF Expo listen

03/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, the University of South Florida hosted a professional career resources expo providing tips to people seeking employment.

Florida’s unemployment rates are at a 15-year high of 8.6 percent; and many of the people looking for work are professionals.

Tuesday’s expo was organized by Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance, which has offices in Tampa, Brandon and Plant City. Their communications consultant, Erin Glover, says the event isn’t a typical job f...

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Lakshman Yapa on an end to poverty listen

03/06/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A Penn State geography professor told people at the University of South Florida this afternoon that poverty cannot be eradicated through economic development projects.

As part of USF’s Geography Colloquium Series, Lakshman Yapa told 30 students, professors, and members of the public that because economic development created poverty, poverty cannot be solved by economic development.

Some elements of a different discourse on poverty, Yapa says, involve quality-of-life issues rather tha...

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What is Obama's stance on genocide in Darfur? listen

02/25/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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How will the Obama administration deal with and prevent genocide? Edward Kissi, an assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida, says that in many of his campaign speeches, Obama referenced genocide in order to condemn and draw attention to the mass killings in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Kissi suggests that one reason was to stress his “change” campaign theme by contrasting the failure to stop the 1994 genocide in Rwanda with restoring ...

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Sami Al-Arian to go on trial on contempt charges listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that Sami Al-Arian should stand trial in March for criminal contempt.

The ruling was a blow to the former USF professor, who was released on bail by Judge Leonie Brinkema back in September after being incarcerated in numerous prisons and jails since his arrest in February 2003 on federal terrorism charges.

Mel Underbakke is with the group Friends of Human Rights. She says she was one of nearly two dozen supporters of Al-Arian from Tampa in the ...

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Student dining choices at USF questioned

12/22/08 Sadia Ahmed
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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University of South Florida offers education to more than 40,000 students on its Tampa campus. As a result, USF student dining carries great importance for such a large body of students. Some say the school fails to meet its student and staff needs when it comes to the number of food vendors and healthy food choices. The Tampa campus offers only a handful of vendors such as Burger King, Beef O'Brady's, Chick-Fil-A in the fast food category, and Subway and Einstein bagel in the relatively heal...

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