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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.

Prison Debate (rebroadcast)

Members of the USF Sarasota-Manatee criminology club faced a couple of challenges recently during a debate on reinstating the draft. First, they only had two weeks to prepare. Second, their opponents would have the "home field" advantage. That's because the students were taking on a team of inmates at the Hardee Correctional Institution. Go behind the gates of the medium security prison to find out what happened – and what both sides learned – on University Beat on WUSF 89.7.

TGH-Transplant Program

Tampa General Hospital is already one of the country's busiest organ transplant centers. Now, they're teaming up with USF Health to create a new institute that will handle advanced transplant surgeries and recovery. On University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we'll sit down with the leader of the program, noted transplant physician, Dr. David Weill, and find out how the program will assist patients and advance research.

USF Sarasota-Manatee - Stetson Law

Students at USF Sarasota-Manatee interested in pursuing a law degree will soon find an easier path at Stetson University College of Law. Under a new agreement, students will get automatic entry – and a scholarship – at the law school if they meet certain requirements. We'll speak to officials at both schools on University Beat on WUSF 89.7.

NASA-Deep Sea

Scientists interested in finding out how the human body and brain can handle long distance trips to Mars can't just shoot test subjects into space - but they can put them at the bottom of the ocean! A USF professor is one of four researchers on an international team currently working in an undersea habitat just off the Florida Keys. Find out how he was chosen for the honor and what his efforts might mean for future deep space travel on University Beat on WUSF 89.7.

Summer Scholarships

If more USF students graduated within four years or so of enrolling, it would help their bottom line while meeting one of the university's biggest goals.So the school is offering students who are close to getting their degrees scholarships to cover up to 12 credit hours this summer. On University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we'll meet one of the students in the pilot program – plus we'll find out how it might help USF achieve the elusive and important preeminence status.

Mindy Thomas

For the first time in its 47 year history, NPR has a program, a podcast, targeting children – and it has a University of South Florida connection. "Wow in the World" is co-hosted by NPR's Guy Raz and Sirius XM's Mindy Thomas, a graduate of USF. Mark Schreiner speaks to them on University Beat on WUSF 89.7 and finds out how they're trying to make science and technology fun for young people – and here's a hint: it involves poop.

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