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The University of South Florida is a global research university dedicated to student success and student accessibility through a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and learner centered research environment that incorporates a global curriculum. USF is committed to engage in research that will have a positive impact on the greater community. The University ranks 25th in the nation among public universities for total research expenditures by the National Science Foundation (2014).

Founded in 1956, USF was the first independent state university conceived, planned, and built in the 20th century. The university has developed into one of the nation’s leading research institutions. The USF System is comprised of the main doctoral-granting, research-intensive campus in Tampa, as well as USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee. It is home to nearly 50,000 students from over 130 different countries, making USF one of the 40 most diverse public institutions in the nation, and the second most diverse in the state of Florida.

USF students study in more than 79 undergraduate programs, 105 graduate programs, and 49 doctoral programs. The USF Tampa campus has 14 distinct colleges, all of which contribute to our greater social and economic impact, these include; College of The Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Muma College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, Patel College of Global Sustainability, College of Graduate Studies, Honors College, College of Marine Science, Morsani College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the College of Public Health.

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March for Science, Washington, D.C., April 29, 2017. Shutterstock.com

Curbing climate change: Why it’s so hard to act in time

Why is it so hard to reach consensus about how to slow climate change? Multiple time lags get in the way: some make it hard to convey the risk, while others prolong the search for solutions.
Illicit firearms and small weapons recovered during security operations being destroyed in Nairobi. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

The danger of supplementing aid to Africa with weapons

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments about weapons as part of development for Africa could have the opposite effect if conditions aren’t strict and democratic processes aren't followed.
Chez les individus conçus à un moment où la température était anormalement élevée, on trouve un meilleur niveau d'éducation à l'âge adulte. MIH83/Pixabay

Être conçu pendant une période de forte chaleur peut-il influencer le devenir de l’individu ?

Les personnes conçues pendant une période de températures élevées connaissent un niveau d'éducation plus important à l'âge adulte. Tentative d'explication.
How much is too much screen time for kids? Dragon Images/Shutterstock

‘Screen time’ is about more than setting limits

For decades, parents have fretted over 'screen time,' limiting the hours their children spend looking at a screen. But as times change, so does media... and how parents should (or shouldn't) regulate it.
Hillary Clinton supporters at a Clinton watch party in Austin, Texas. Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP

Voters in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida are changing the swing state map

How southern accents, Puerto Ricans and bias at the polls could change the map of traditional swing states as we know it.
What’s in the mind of a solo attacker? Man with gun image via shutterstock.com

What drives lone offenders?

Lone offender – sometimes called "lone wolf" – attacks may become a more prevalent threat. What can we understand about them and the people who carry them out?
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the CDC in San Juan. Alvin Baez/Reuters

Understanding mosquitoes can help us find better ways to kill them

While no one likes getting bitten by mosquitoes, you might be surprised (and even a little fascinated) at the complex adaptions mosquitoes have developed to locate their favorite food sources.
A Dallas police officer makes his way to the funeral of Baton Rouge officer Montrell Jackson. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Not easy being blue: Fatal shootings, job stress make it hard to be a cop

The role of police is being questioned as never before. In addition to facing increased media scrutiny, officers are being killed. What is the effect on their well-being and, in turn, on ours?
Detail from a satellite photo of Lake Okeechobee’s algae bloom and the St. Lucie canal into which water was released. Rising water levels from heavy winter rains had water managers worried that water would breach the dike. NASA

Why toxic algae blooms like Florida’s are so dangerous to people and wildlife

Toxic algae blooms like the intense one now fouling Florida’s waterways harm wildlife and people in various ways. They're also on the rise.
Nano-architects design materials that can work together at very tiny scales, like these interlocking gears made of carbon tubes and benzene molecules. NASA

Molecular architects: how scientists design new materials

One of the great technological challenges of this century is to design novel items and then make them – and have the results match the intent.

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