Five Things to Know About USF St. Petersburg

A roundup of news and events at USF St. Petersburg.

USF St. Petersburg entrepreneurship students make strong showing at Startup Weekend Tampa

A team that included three USF St. Petersburg entrepreneurship students made a strong showing at the recent Startup Weekend Tampa event with their idea for a mobile app to buy distinctively local products. USFSP College of Business students Lazar Anderson and Chris Carpentier pitched the initial idea, called Localmark.it, and were soon joined by three others, including USFSP freshman entrepreneurship major Amanda DeCicco. The team spent the weekend researching and refining the concept before pitching again before judges and the 13 competing teams. Find out how they did. 

Professor's groundbreaking research recognized at national NIH conference

Barnali Dixon, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science, policy and geography at USF St. Petersburg, recently returned from a national conference organized by the National Institutes of Health about the impact of nitrogen on human health. Dr. Dixon, director of the USF St. Petersburg Geo-Spatial Analytics Lab, was the only groundwater and soil scientist invited to the conference, "Impacts of Excess Nitrogen in the Environment on Human Health," held Nov. 13-14 at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Read more.

USFSP Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth blogs about faculty research

As the fall semester winds down, Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogart writes in his latest 'burg Blog post that he continues to be impressed with the quality of faculty research. He also updates his plans to encourage more. "I am so pleased that nearly two dozen faculty members have applied for funding for their research through the renewed Internal Awards Program," he writes. "This program is intended to be "seed money"... to allow faculty members to lay the groundwork for proposals to external sponsors such as federal and state agencies." Read more.

Rick Baker, PolitiFact editor to speak at USFSP

The LeaderSpeak lecture series winds up the fall semester Wednesday, Dec. 5, with a double bill: Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, USF vice president for economic development, and Angie Holan, deputy editor of PolitiFact who was a member of the Tampa Bay Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 presidential election. The event, which is free and open to the public, runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Davis 130. Baker will discuss "Strategic Leadership: A City View,''  while Holan will discuss PolitiFact's coverage of the 2012 elections. The lecture series, sponsored by Student Life and Engagement, presents speakers with an array of expertise and experience to reflect on the role of leadership.

Student Life Center is latest addition to growing USFSP campus

The transformation of the Campus Activities Center into the Student Life Center is nearly complete. The renovation work is done and workers this week are helping student organizations and USFSP staffers move into their new offices. Read more.  

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