Top 5 Stories of January 2012

News with Impact: Top Five Stories of the Month

The GOP Primary Debate was huge in January, along with SOS, human rights, a NASA internship and a possible benefit of cell phone exposure.

Community Engagement


Special Report: GOP Debate 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

More than 7.2 million people tuned in. More than 400 media camped out, and more than 1,000 students and others watched the event on a big screen. The University of South Florida played host to the Republican Presidential Primary Debate on Jan. 23, which was moderated by Brian Williams and broadcast live on NBC. The hightlight? When Brian Williams signed off flashing the “Bulls” sign and saying, “Go Bulls!”

Community Engagement


Stampede of Service Floods Neighborhoods

Thursday, January 19, 2012

More than 3,000 University of South Florida students volunteered for the Stampede of Service event this year. They visited more than four dozen sites for tasks that included helping the elderly, painting to cleaning vacant lots. It’s the university’s largest day of volunteering in the community.

Global Impact


Human Rights Conference on Center Stage

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Global citizenship has its rewards, such as trade, business, and educational and cultural exchange opportunities. But there’s another side. The movement toward a more globalized world is something akin to moving onto a nice new street only to find there’s a house of horrors down the block. What to do? Report it? And to whom? Intervene? Who has the right to when there’s no real police force in this neighborhood?

Student Success


NASA Internship Benefits USF Student

Friday, January 13, 2012

To those small children dreaming of spaceships and walking on the moon, University of South Florida student Marie Chenowith has one thing to say: keep dreaming big. The mechanical engineering student just completed a semester-long internship in the robotics department of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Tx. and is back at USF to finish her last semester for her bachelors degree.



Alzheimer's Mice Respond to Cell Phone Exposure

Monday, January 30, 2012

Exposure to the electromagnetic forces found in common cell phones activates neurons in the brains of mice predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease, helping improve their brain functions and holding the disease at bay, shows new research from the scientists who first discovered the potential memory benefits of electromagnetic treatment last year.