Civil Rights professors weigh in on the historic parallels of the Black Lives Matter movement
For the past month, demonstrators around the world have protested police brutality as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. Parallels have been drawn between the current protests and the historic civil rights movement of the mid-20th century.

Civil rights experts Ray Arsenault and Julie Armstrong weigh in on the historic parallels, sharing the similarities in the movements and how to support racial justice. READ MORE
Fear and stress about COVID-19 is related to more drinking, survey finds
People drank more during the COVID-19 quarantine than they did before the lockdown, as they grappled with stress and fear caused by the pandemic. That is the finding from a survey by psychology professor Lindsey Rodriguez, who asked hundreds of individuals about their drinking habits following the March stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“We know from research that people drink in times of stress to cope with changes associated with that experience,” said Rodriguez, an expert on social connections and alcohol use. “The next natural step for us was to examine drinking habits during the lockdown.” READ MORE
'Dose of Gratitude' campaign wins prestigious Telly Award
“Dose of Gratitude,” a social media and print campaign conceived and executed by USF students and faculty is the winner of a silver Telly Award in the category of non-broadcast social impact.

The “Dose of Gratitude” campaign was created to recognize the hard work of health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using tropical animals as characters in their compositions, they created images, animations and signs with messages of socially-distanced interaction, hope and thankfulness. Signs were placed outside of health care facilities throughout Tampa Bay. READ MORE
University of South Florida consolidation takes effect
The University of South Florida officially began operating under a single accreditation for the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses on Wednesday, July 1.

Consolidating from three separately accredited institutions is a requirement of a Florida law passed in 2018 and amended in 2019. USF’s plan to consolidate received approval earlier this month from the executive council of the regional accrediting agency that oversees higher education in the southern United States. Consolidation provides a wide range of new opportunities for students and faculty and ensures that every student has an opportunity to earn their degree from a Preeminent State Research University. READ MORE
Psychology professor receives Fulbright to collaborate on pediatric HIV prevention and research treatment
Psychology Professor Tiffany Chenneville has been awarded the Fulbright Canada Research Chair position to conduct research and enhance international collaborations at York University in Toronto, Canada during the spring 2021 semester.

Chenneville will conduct international collaborative research with faculty and graduate students on the ethical, legal and psychosocial issues related to pediatric and adolescent HIV research and treatment. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award is given by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. READ MORE
Alumni purchases Gulfport's Gabber newspaper
Cathy Salustri has covered a lot of strange stories for Gulfport’s Gabber Newspaper, but the one about Gordan the goat, who wandered into a St. Beach Beach bar after an alleged kidnapping, stands out from the rest.

“So This Goat Walks Into a Bar,” her headline read.

The Gabber holds a special place in Salustri’s heart. She first started writing for the hyperlocal paper in 2003, shortly after she moved to Gulfport. Now, she’s its new owner. READ MORE
'Voices of Booker Creek' explores the ecological and cultural significance of a local urban stream
A collection of writings and photographs chronicling a storied urban stream has been published by English professor Thomas Hallock and three graduate research assistants.

“Voices of Booker Creek” explores the intersection of Booker Creek’s ecological and cultural significance through essays, short stories, poems, news articles and photographs. “Voices of Booker Creek” delves into topics of land use, environmental justice, civil rights and urban nature. READ MORE
Responding to the pandemic through remote instruction, virtual learning and engagement tools
We continue to respond to the coronavirus in a number of ways to ensure our students have the tools and resources to continue their academic success, the latest health guidance and science to stay safe and numerous ways to engage with one another.