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Crew members work to deploy new ROV Taurus.

USF and Florida Institute of Oceanography’s new remotely operated vehicle to advance deep-sea exploration and education

USF is the only university in the continental United States to own a remotely operated vehicle with such advanced capabilities, positioning it at the forefront of oceanographic research.

July 8, 2024Research and Innovation

NOAA Hurricane Hunters aircraft

Students join hurricane hunters as they prepared for historic Hurricane Beryl mission

A group of undergraduate students visiting USF as part of a summer research program got an unexpected and rare glimpse of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Hunters preparing to go on their first reconnaissance mission of the season.

July 2, 2024Campus News, Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation

A side-scan sonar image of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s last ship, Quest, discovered by a team led by USF alum and shipwreck hunter David Mearns.

USF-trained shipwreck hunter makes another major discovery

Shipwreck hunter and USF alum David Mearns has made another outstanding discovery: the remains of Quest, the steamship on which polar explorer Ernest Shackleton made his final voyage.

June 17, 2024Research and Innovation

Living Heritage Institute.

It all begins with a good story at the Living Heritage Institute

A good story doesn’t just captivate, it can also act as a catalyst for connecting individuals and addressing complex issues. That is the spirit behind the Living Heritage Institute, which seeks to combine storytelling with research that remembers the past and informs the present.

June 13, 2024Research and Innovation

The National Weather Service predicts an above-normal 2024 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Idalia is seen here after landfall in the Big Bend region of Florida in August 2023. Credit: NOAA.

The Ocean Circulation Lab braces for a busy hurricane season

The Ocean Circulation Lab maintains a pair of high-resolution circulation models that can be used to forecast water levels days before hurricane landfall. Researchers are hard at work improving storm surge forecasting capabilities along the west coast of Florida.

June 5, 2024Research and Innovation

Students examine sediment in a lab at CMS

Students from across the country will spend the summer at USF conducting ocean and weather research

The Research Experience for Undergraduates program gives students the research skills needed for graduate school and future careers. More than 40 students from across the country are spending their summer at USF St. Pete, immersing themselves in research focused on oceanography, weather, climate change and science communication.

June 3, 2024Campus News, Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation

One-year AAU milestone.

AAU membership helping accelerate USF’s impact

Throughout the last year, USF’s membership in the Association of American Universities has become a springboard to an array of benefits, from the successful recruitment and retention of world-class faculty and students to more corporations and community organizations inquiring and establishing new partnerships with the university.

May 28, 2024Campus News, Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation

Shelly Wagers address crowd at BRIGHT launch

BRIGHT Network launches new platform, connecting human trafficking victims to critical resources in the community

More than one hundred anti-trafficking professionals came together at USF St. Petersburg to officially launch the BRIGHT Network, an online platform that helps victims of human trafficking escape their situations by connecting them with organizations and resources in their community.

May 17, 2024Campus News, Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation

This high-quality image captured by PACE reveals eddies, the Loop Current, river plumes, and coastal circulation in the Gulf of Mexico. PHOTO CREDIT: The Optical

Advancing ocean science with “trailblazing” PACE mission

A new NASA mission called PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Clouds, ocean Ecosystem) will help scientists better understand the ocean and atmosphere while bringing state-of-the-art technology to satellite Earth observations.

May 8, 2024Research and Innovation

Hurricane Ian approaching Florida.

Hurricane preparedness takes many forms - USF providing support on all fronts

From leading forecasting efforts, to helping inform families on how to protect themselves from rising costs, USF researchers are involved in a number of innovative endeavors and public initiatives to better prepare communities for the next hurricane.

May 7, 2024Research and Innovation

students presenting at undergraduate research conference

USF conference showcases growth and breadth of undergraduate research

Around 50 students showcased their analysis and findings during the Undergraduate Research Conference held at USF St. Petersburg. Students representing nearly all majors gathered at USF campuses from April 10-12 to present research projects they developed during the academic year.

April 17, 2024Campus News, Research and Innovation

USF students view total solar eclipse with special glasses in 2017

25 years later, astronomy professor gets second chance to witness total solar eclipse

Kevin MacKay is determined to make his road trip to see a total solar eclipse better than the one he took with students in 1999. Moments before the big event, clouds rolled in, obstructing their view. On April 8, MacKay will get a second chance, informing his classroom about the phenomenon in the process.

April 2, 2024Campus News, Research and Innovation

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