Top 5 Stories of December 2011

News with Impact: Top Five Stories of the Month

A GRAMMY nomination, electric vehicle chargers and the new Morsani College of Medicine all made headlines in December.

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GRAMMY Nomination

Monday, December 12, 2011

Bring some of the best singing talents together for a few days and great things can happen. In the case of the Professional Choral Institute, a professional two-week long intensive program held at the University of South Florida, a GRAMMY-nominated CD was the result – right out of the box.



Start Your Engines

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The University of South Florida unveiled Wednesday two charging stations for electric vehicles on campus that are open to the community. The ChargePoint stations were installed by WattNext on the east side of the Marshall Student Center. The parking spots had previously been used for 15 minute parking and golf cart parking.



Engineers Develop Wireless Emergency Reporting System

Friday, December 16, 2011

Five researchers from the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and the College of Engineering received a patent last month for a wireless emergency reporting system that sends and receives notifications to cell phones in a defined geographic location.

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A Study in Determination

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

When Christopher Lehman rolls across the stage on Friday to accept his newly-minted bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of South Florida, he will be capping a journey 31 years in the making for him and his family. Born with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis which requires him to use a wheelchair, Lehman also has endured the loss of his eyesight as a side effect of the medications he must take. But with the support of his parents and USF’s Students with Disabilities Services and professors who supported his academic journey, Lehman has achieved a remarkable 3.9 grade point average that would be the envy of many students.



New Morsani College of Medicine

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The University of South Florida has renamed its medical college the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in honor of the philanthropic commitment of Frank and Carol Morsani. In total, the Morsanis have given $37 million to USF Health and a total of $43 million to the university. In a presentation at noon today, the Morsanis are announcing a new gift of $20 million to USF Health, the largest individual donation ever received by the university, to reach the total of $37 million.