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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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The toxic culture in video game company Activision Blizzard is part of the larger problem of sexual harassment in esports. Cameron Baird/Red Bull Content Pool

Microsoft purchase of Activision Blizzard won’t clean up gamer culture overnight: 5 essential reads about sexual harassment and discrimination in gaming and tech

Sexual harassment and discrimination in gaming and tech are not inevitable or permanent, write experts in the field. The solutions are positive community standards and women in power.
Anticipating when cancer cells become resistant to treatment can help oncologists more quickly adjust their therapies. CHRISTOPH BURGSTEDT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY via Getty Images

Cancers are in an evolutionary battle with treatments – evolutionary game theory could tip the advantage to medicine

Applying the principles of ecology and evolution could help oncologists anticipate cancer drug resistance and optimize their treatment plans for patients.
A worker carries a water container at a newly installed internally displaced person camp in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Africa can prevent Ethiopia from going down Rwanda’s path: here’s how

Africa needs to embrace a new approach that focuses on what countries in an embattled region – as a ‘community’ of regional states – can do to intervene.
There’s nothing inherently male about playing video games. Videogame culture, on the other hand, is decidedly anti-female. Chesnot/Getty Images

The Activision Blizzard lawsuit shows gamer culture still has a long way to go: 5 essential reads about sexual harassment and discrimination in gaming and tech

Sexual harassment and discrimination in gaming and tech is not inevitable or permanent, write experts in the field. The solutions are positive community standards and women in power.
Political leanings and community features predicted support of COVID-19 mitigation measures. wildpixel/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Our analysis of 7 months of polling data shows friendships, the economy and firsthand experience shaped and reshaped views on COVID-19 risks

Multiple factors determined whether or not individual Americans adopted COVID-19 safety measures, according to statistical analysis of public opinion data.
Biden is expected to confront Russian leader Vladimir Putin (center) over his stalwart backing of Europe’s last dictator, Alexander Lukashenko (left). From left to right: Sergei Ilyin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images and Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Belarus plane hijacking snarls Biden’s hopes to repair strained US-Russia relationship

Some tension was inevitable at the June 16 US-Russia summit. But Vladimir Putin’s defiant support for Belarus’s rogue regime now pits him harder against the West.
Dior Vargas stops to hug her family dog during a walk. Dior is a mental health activist who lives with depression and anxiety. Dior founded the People of Color and Mental Illness. Shaul Schwarz/Verbatim via Getty Images

We studied depression messages on YouTube videos and found dangerous and stigmatizing stereotypes prevail

Stigma has long been an issue in mental illness. Even as people open up and share their experiences about depression, though, stigma is remaining a stubborn part of messaging.
The American Dream and Promise Act, also known as House Resolution 6, would create a path to citizenship for immigrant ‘Dreamers’ – but it has to pass the Senate first. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Citizenship for the ‘Dreamers’? 6 essential reads on DACA and immigration reform

The House passed a bill creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. Here’s what you need to know about the Dreamers and DACA.
The authors didn’t examine diners’ perceptions of polka-dot masks specifically. AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

Yes, customers do like it when waiters and hairdressers wear a mask – especially if it’s black

The positive reaction to service workers wearing masks varied by region, with those in the West on the high end and people in the Midwest at the low end.
Despite help from the government and charities, the number of food-insecure kids is rising. NurPhoto/Getty Images

18 million US children are at risk of hunger: How is the problem being addressed and what more can be done?

An estimated 1 in 4 US children have trouble getting enough to eat at least sometimes. We asked four scholars for their insights..

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