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Innovations Magazine highlights groundbreaking research, new initiatives on USF’s St. Petersburg campus

Learn how the campus adapted to college life in the age of COVID-19, how our community acted to address the nation's painful history of racism to create a better future, how cutting-edge research on climate change is helping local communities brace for its impacts and more.

February 18, 2021Research and Innovation

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Traffic reductions due to COVID-19 boost air quality in some states but not all

Dramatic decreases in traffic caused by COVID-19 shutdowns improved air quality in car-dependent states but didn’t offset additional forms of pollution in other parts of the country. The study, led by Yasin Elshorbany, an assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry and climate change at USF’s St. Petersburg campus, was published in the Journal of Remote Sensing.

February 8, 2021Campus News, Research and Innovation

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Does the Super Bowl really increase sex trafficking in host city?

Along with the glitz and attention, the Super Bowl has been known to bring a seedier element to host locations: sex trafficking. But USF researchers say the widely held perception that the Super Bowl is a magnet for sex trafficking is largely unfounded.

February 1, 2021Research and Innovation

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Not all in one basket: Loggerhead sea turtles lay eggs in multiple locations to improve reproductive success

Although loggerhead sea turtles return to the same beach where they hatched to lay their eggs, a new study by a USF professor finds individual females lay numerous clutches of eggs in locations miles apart from each other to increase the chance that some of their offspring will survive.

January 28, 2021Research and Innovation

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Family Study Center receives $3.7 million federal grant to support vulnerable families

A collaborative team led by psychology professor James McHale, director of the Family Study Center on the USF St. Petersburg campus, has been awarded a $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to research and strengthen relationships between family members to create safe and supportive households.

January 21, 2021Research and Innovation

Sean Doody, assistant professor and graduate director of integrative biology at the USF St. Petersburg campus, studies the nesting biology of monitor lizards in Australia.

Invasive in the U.S., lifesaver Down Under

Sean Doody, assistant professor and graduate director of integrative biology at the USF St. Petersburg campus, discovered that while a related species is considered invasive in the United States, in Australia, small animal communities rely on the monitor lizards’ burrow system, called a warren, using it as a habitat, a place to forage for food and nesting.

January 5, 2021Research and Innovation

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Research project to recover, engage public on lost history of African American burial grounds in Tampa Bay

A research project funded by a University of South Florida anti-racism initiative is seeking to recover and reimagine the forgotten history of a number of African American burial grounds and cemeteries that have been lost to history, neglected, abandoned, even paved over and developed on.

December 21, 2020Campus News, Research and Innovation

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Workshop to target vital role of technology in addressing local impacts of climate change

For the sixth year, USF’s St. Petersburg campus Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) is bringing together scientists, policymakers and the local community to focus on preparing and becoming more resilient to present and future climatic changes.

November 10, 2020Research and Innovation, Sustainability

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