Team Wins Telly Award

TAMPA, Fla (Aug. 27, 2009) The Media Innovation Team at USF’s Center for 21st Century Teaching Excellence and Department of Geology have won an international Silver Telly Award for animation.


The animation entitled, Evapotranspiration, created in collaboration with Mark Rains, assistant professor in  Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded a Silver Telly Award in the Category of Best Use of Animation.


The animation shows how this important part of the hydrologic cycle works and introduces students to the calculation used to measure evapotranspiration. The animation was created to supplement the “Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum” evapotranspiration module written by Rains and Christina Stringer for use in a hydrogeology course. Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum (SSAC) is a National Science Foundation-funded project designed to promote quantitative literacy in education and was created by USF professor Len Vacher in Geology.


To see Evapotranspiration, click here.


Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online film and video. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, interactive agencies, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards receives more than 13,000 entries annually from around the world.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 224 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.