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Jobs, economy at top of list of concerns for Floridians listen

09/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Sunshine State Survey, Florida, USF, Susan McManus, WMNF News, Seán Kinane

The results are in: Floridians care about schools, crime, immigration, the environment ... but most about jobs and the economy.

Those are the findings of The Sunshine State Survey. University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus announced the results in a telephone conference with media Thursday.

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Jane Goodall surprises elementary students with a talk at USF’s Botanical Gardens listen

09/09/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Jane Goodall, chimpanzee, apes, USF, University of South Florida, Africa, The Everglades, Roots and Shoots, environment

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A scientist famous for studying primates is speaking Tuesday night at the University of South Florida in Tampa. But Tuesday morning elementary students were treated to a surprise talk from Jane Goodall at USF’s Botanical Gardens. Goodall emphasized the importance of naturalists and scientists and protecting the Everglades, but first she started off with an ape greeting.

More than 100 children and USF students gathered under the shade of a sprawling oak tree to hear [Jane Goodall](http://w...

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Performance at USF reflects on Arab-American experience after 9/11 listen

09/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: war on terror, September 11th, Middle East, poetry, Art, music, USF

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"Spoken word meets Middle Eastern music" is how a performance scheduled for Monday night at USF, Tampa is billed.

But there’s also a heavy dose of political commentary based on the Arab American experience during the post-9/11 so-called “War on Terror.”

Last week WMNF interviewed Andrea Assaf, the artistic director of Art2Action, about her performance Monday night called Eleven Reflections on September.

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Some amphibians can acquire resistance to deadly fungus: U Tampa biologist listen

07/16/14 Brenton Honeywell
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: amphibians, University of Tampa, USF, biology

Populations of amphibians, like frogs and toads, are on the decline worldwide. But a new study could lead to certain amphibian species recovering.

This study focuses on 2 amphibian species that can acquire resistance to a deadly fungus. Taegan McMahon, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Tampa is one of the lead researchers in the study.

“Within this paper we looked at two species ourselves, Oak Toad and Cuban tree frog, then we also looked at another paper that ...

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Revisiting the Sami Al-Arian case listen

07/03/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Sami Al-Arian, USF

On Friday, June 27, the Department of Justice dropped a long-stalled second criminal prosecution of Sami Al-Arian, the former USF professor who pleaded guilty to one count of aiding a terrorist group in 2006, following a high-profile federal trial in Tampa in 2005 where a jury of his members acquitted him on eight charges and deadlocked on the other nine.

But after Al-Arian ultimately pleaded guilty of count of aiding terrorists, he was scheduled to be deported. That has never happened, a...

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USF grad students want more take home pay listen

06/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: USF, grad students, PhD, wages, collective bargaining, Student Loans, education

The USF graduate student union will start collective bargaining talks with the university Friday. Graduate Assistants United wants certain fees waived to increase the amount of take home pay students make teaching classes while pursuing advanced degrees. Josh Lenes and Megan Flocken are co-presidents of the group.

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Art and science converge at MOSI 3-D printer exhibit listen

06/12/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: USF, Dali Museum, 3D printer, technology, Star Trek, MOSI, STEM, Salvador Dali, University of South Florida

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The evolution of 3D printers might be the next big technology quantum leap. The new exhibit at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry showcases the emerging frontiers of 3D printing, which are only limited by the imagination.

Anthony Pelaez, director of innovation at MOSI says the initial development of the 3D printer was similar to the core of the internet boom: tinkering around through trial and error. He said this technology will be guided by the people; for good...

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Pro-Palestine divestment effort fails at USF Tampa listen

05/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine, BDS, Divestment, Israel, USF, USF Foundation

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A USF Foundation committee killed an effort Wednesday to divest from companies considered human rights violators by pro-Palestinian groups. The move, initiated by USF Foundation board member Alan Bomstein, comes after Students for Justice in Palestine spent two months collecting more than 10,000 signatures supporting pulling investments from companies like Lockheed Martin and Caterpillar.

“The USF Foundation will not divest investments based on requests from individuals or groups nor will...

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Medical researchers raise concerns to Congress about declining funding listen

05/12/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: David Jolly, kathy castor, Dennis Ross, Moffitt Cancer Center, USF, medical research, NIH

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Leaders of research centers in Tampa Bay are asking Congress to make sure there’s more funding available to find medical breakthroughs. The concerns come amid what has been a steady decline in National Institutes of Health funding as a result of mandatory spending cuts associated with last year’s sequester. Monday morning Alan List, CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center, moderated a panel discussion on the impacts of reduced funding.

“New projects, even those rated as outstanding for scientific me...

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USF students for divestment meet with university foundation listen

05/06/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: USF, BDS, Palestine, Israel, SJP at USF

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University of South Florida students who are leading a drive to get the school to divest from companies profiting off the Israeli occupation of Palestine met yesterday afternoon with some members of the USF Foundation.

Tuesday WMNF spoke with a member of Students for Justice in Palestine at USF, Malak Fakhoury.

"We had a meeting with the USF Foundation in order to approach them about the demand for divestment that has arisen on campus over the past couple of months. As you know, we ha...

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