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USF hosts second US-Dutch dialogue on climate change listen

11/18/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Mitigating the effects of climate change, such as potential drought and sea level rise is a concern for planners in both the U.S. and the Netherlands. Today at USF, representatives from both countries shared strategies on how to reduce greenhouse gases, adapt for potential salt water intrusion, and make sure coastal communities are resilient and sustainable.

The Netherlands has the world’s largest flood protection project, which means its expertise could be valuable for Americans. Esth...

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Drilling forum in Gulfport draws large crowd listen

11/06/09 Matthew Cimitile & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Gulfport last night, the public piled into a town hall meeting on drilling for fossil fuels off the coast of Florida. It was billed as a meeting about one of the most important decisions impacting Florida’s future. Scientists, politicians and advocates gave arguments for and against a controversial proposal that would open up Florida’s Gulf coastline to gas and oil exploration as close as three to five miles from shore. Florida House Representative Rick Kriseman, a Democrat from St. Pe...

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Draper Laboratory opens at USF Tampa listen

10/26/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The University of South Florida, Tampa is one new home of Draper Laboratory. With some of Hillsborough County’s elite in attendance, a red ribbon ceremony was held this afternoon to welcome Draper to their new location on the USF Campus.

Draper Laboratory was welcomed by USF President Judy Genshaft today at its ceremonial opening. At its new location, Draper will be conducting bio-medical research that Genshaft described as a perfect fit for the university.

Among the many Hillsboro...

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High Speed Rail Panel At USF Green Expo Friday listen

10/09/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The University of South Florida hosted the second annual Going Green Tampa Bay Expo Friday in Tampa. Hundreds descended upon USF’s Marshall Center to learn more about sustainable technologies.

One of the many workshops presented was on hot button issue High Speed Rail. Anasi Hedad is an engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation. He has been working on producing a working high speed rail system in Florida for over thirty years.

The state’s application for 8 billion do...

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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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