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Downtown USF College of Medicine

The University of South Florida's new Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute is scheduled to open in 2019 as one of the cornerstones of Water Street Tampa. The $3 billion redevelopment of downtown is the idea of Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, who was recently joined by officials from USF and the city to celebrate the start of construction. We'll hear from them, along with some med school students who are excited about their new home, on University Beat on WUSF Public Media.

Florida Weather

USF Professor Jennifer Collins has written a book, "Florida Weather and Climate: More Than Just Sunshine." We'll talk to her about that, as well as about the 2017 hurricane season and how a London native became interested in the Sunshine State's unusual weather. That's on University Beat on WUSF Public Media.

Community Resiliency

USF Professor Robin Ersling studies the social impacts of disasters like Hurricane Irma. We talk with her on University Beat on WUSF Public Media about how communities can fill the roles governments can't, why it seems it takes impoverished neighborhoods and communities longer to recover from a disaster, and how people can work together before a disaster to make recovery after it quicker.

Human-Pet Interaction

Whether overindulging your dog could encourage them to misbehave or if there are ways to increase your emotional connection with your cat, there is a science to our relationships with our pets. A researcher at USF Sarasota-Manatee is looking at how the interactions between humans and their animals contribute to the physical, social and psychological well-being of both man and beast. We have details on University Beat on WUSF Public Media.

Venom Peptides

Dozens of different animals like snakes, spiders and fish use venom to stun or kill their prey. Some of the chemical components that make these venoms deadly can actually be separated and used to treat diseases. On University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we'll meet a USF researcher who is studying these "venom peptides."

Red Tide Chek

Right now, it takes officials at least a few hours to detect red tide in Gulf waters. But a new hand-held device created by a USF College of Marine Science researcher can detect signs of the harmful algae bloom in the field in about half an hour. Find out how Dr. John Paul's work is being applied to the detection of Zika and determining if that grouper you're eating is really grouper on University Beat on WUSF Public Media.

Diabetes Prevention

Most medical experts agree that the 86 million Americans with prediabetes could decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by improving their diet and losing weight. But in a recently published study, a University of South Florida researcher found that if many of them were prescribed an inexpensive generic medication, that could decrease the number of type 2 diabetes cases by as much as 30 percent. We'll hear from that researcher on University Beat on WUSF Public Media.

Get Innovative (rebroadcast)

USF's Institute for Advanced Discovery and Innovation is bringing in experts in a number of fields, including health care, engineering and energy. Their goal? Share the lessons they've learned throughout their lengthy careers, with the aim of creating the next generation of innovators. We drop by the institute's first class, cleverly called "Get Innovative," on University Beat on WUSF 89.7.

Pasco Sinkhole

Almost three weeks ago, one of the largest sinkholes in recent memory developed in Pasco County, swallowing a pair of homes and threatening others nearby. Researchers at the University of South Florida have been assisting authorities with the aftermath of the disaster. We'll find out what they've learned – and how that knowledge might help Floridians in the future – on University Beat on WUSF 89.7.

Volcano Research (rebroadcast)

When you think of volcanoes, you don't really think of Florida. But researchers with USF's Geology program are conducting important research on volcanic eruptions and their damaging effects. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 sits down with one of the scientists whose recently published work looks at a 2010 eruption in Iceland that interrupted air travel throughout Europe for almost a week.

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