Top 5 Stories of November 2011

News with Impact: Top Five Stories of the Month

This November was all about USF's first Marshall Scholar, sustainability efforts, sharks and healthy living.

Student Success


First a Goldwater, Now a Marshall Scholarship

Monday, November 21, 2011

Jean Weatherwax, a University of South Florida Honors College student, is having quite a year. In April, she was named the recipient of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s highest honor for undergraduate study in the sciences. Now she has followed that up with the Marshall Scholarship, where the electrical engineering major’s pursuit of “some cool gadgets” that improve a range of medical treatments will continue next year in the United Kingdom. She’s the first USF student to ever receive the prestigious Marshall Scholarship.

Global Reach


"Smart Pot" Water Challenge

Monday, November 21, 2011

Clean water, one of the most basic components of human life, remains out of reach for nearly 900 million people around the world. And for all the world’s technological advances, a cheap and easy to use water purification system that could help save the lives of the 3.5 million people who die each year from water-related disease has remained elusive. Now the Patel School of Global Sustainability has launched the Patel Grand Challenge, inviting inventors in developing nations to create a low-cost and east-to-use water purification device to clean contaminated water.



Searching for Sharks

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A few University of South Florida marine biology undergraduate students did more than just watch when joining their professor and the Mote Marine Laboratory on a shark expedition. They were put to work. The students in Philip Motta’s Biology of Sharks and Rays undergraduate course don’t use just videos and textbooks to learn. They also get hands-on experience.



Yeh Awarded Gates Grand Challenge Grant

Monday, November 7, 2011

For University of South Florida Associate Professor of Engineering Daniel Yeh, there are some unvarnished facts about life on our planet that need addressing. First, there are 7 billion people who live here. They need clean water to grow food and energy to power their communities. And another fact about those 7 billion people: they all poop.

Healthy Living


Bonding on the Low Ropes Course

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

When most picture the University of South Florida’s Ropes Course, a four-story ropes tower comes to mind. But tucked within the trees of USF Riverfront Park is the other half of the Ropes Course – the Low Ropes Course. Featuring 12 permanent elements and more than 300 activities, the Low Ropes Course helps groups build communication and problem solving skills.