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Guy Harvey presents "Tiger Shark Express" at the University Student Center.

Guy Harvey to present shark documentary at the University Student Center

Noted marine wildlife conservationist and artist Guy Harvey will be at USF St. Petersburg Sept. 11 to present Tiger Shark Express, a documentary he co-produced covering five years of expeditions he led in the Atlantic Ocean to study tiger sharks.

Harvey will screen the film at 5 p.m. at the University Student Center ballroom, 200 6th Ave. S., and take questions afterward. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the USFSP Student Government Association.

Harvey has a Ph.D. in marine biology but is best known for his colorful paintings of sportfish that have been reproduced on clothing, posters, prints and other items.

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation funds the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. The NSU facility is focused on protecting marine life from overfishing and the loss of habitat.

Teacher Leaders Institute to focus on reforming schools from within

Two national leaders in education reform will speak at USF St. Petersburg June 13-14 during the Teacher Leaders Institute, designed to inspire classroom teachers to reform their schools from within.

Alan Sitomer, Ph.D., California’s 2007 Teacher of the Year

Alan Sitomer, Ph.D., California’s 2007 Teacher of the Year

Alan Sitomer was California’s 2007 Teacher of the Year and is author of Teaching Teens and Reaping Results in a Wi-Fi, Hip-Hop, Where-Has-All-the-Sanity-Gone World: Stories, Strategies, Tools and Tips. Sitomer speaks at 9 a.m. June 13. His speech is titled “Better to Light a Candle than to Curse the Darkness: Successful Strategies for Embracing the Changes in Literacy.”

Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University

Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University

Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and a regular commentator on CNN and National Public Radio, is author of The Trouble with Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions. Noguera speaks at 1 p.m. June 14. His talk is titled, “Creating Conditions for Teaching and Learning: What It Takes to Leave No Child Behind.”

Both talks will be in the ballroom of the University Student Center, 200 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, and are free and open to the public. Audience members can ask questions through a Twitter feed projected on a large screen.

“We are excited to present these dynamic speakers and hope they will inspire teachers and the general public to take the lead in transforming public education,” said Bill Heller, Ph.D., dean of the USF St. Petersburg College of Education.

The Teacher Leaders Institute is for teachers interested in collaborating with colleagues in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties to help improve their schools.

Among the highlights of the two-day institute is a June 13 panel discussion titled, “What I Do to Make It Work for Students:  Highly Performing Teachers Share Their Stories. The discussion will be led by Megan Allen of Tampa, the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year and a graduate of the USFSP College of Education. Panelists include Katherine Basset, the 2000 New Jersey Teacher of the Year and Director of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year; Ryan Kinser of the Center for Teaching  Quality; Claire Riddell, a Duval County first-grade teacher;  and Michael Flynn, the 2007 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and associate director of the Math Leadership Program at Mount Holyoke College.

For more information about the institute, contact Ramona Forbes at (727)-873-4155 or email forbesr@usfsp.edu

 

Local news media cover the arrival of fish from the Pier Aquarium to the new aquarium at the University Student Center.

Ribbon cutting planned for new University Student Center aquarium

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new educational aquarium at the University Student Center will be held on Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m.

The 1,100-gallon saltwater aquarium is located in The Reef dining facility at the University Student Center. The aquarium was supplied by Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration and Aquarium with donations from Duke Energy and the USFSP Student Government Association.

The aquarium is an educational exhibit that underscores the global importance of marine life. It will include an interactive kiosk about marine research being conducted locally, including a video link to the Florida Institute of Oceanography Weatherbird II research vessel. A video monitor will display information about the fish and the chemistry of the aquarium water. Plans also call for an underwater web cam to be placed inside the aquarium, allowing anyone to view the fish by computer 24 hours a day.

The aquarium will hold myriad fish species, including tarpon, angel fish, puffer fish, trigger fish, sharks and rays, said Butch Ringelspaugh, curator of exhibits at the Pier Aquarium and Secrets of the Sea.

Butch Ringelspaugh, curator of exhibits at Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration and Aquarium prepares the new aquarium at the University Student Center

Butch Ringelspaugh, curator of exhibits at Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration and Aquarium prepares the new aquarium at the University Student Center.

The project was spearheaded by USFSP Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and a former dean of the USF College of Marine Science.

“Marine life is a vital part of both the culture and economy of Florida and this aquarium will be a living reminder of that,’’ Hogarth said.

Dr. Hogarth thanked Duke Energy and the Student Government Association for making the project a reality.

“As a strong believer in the importance of science education, we are proud to partner with USFSP on this terrific project,” said Alex Glenn, president of Duke Energy Florida.

Having an aquarium was an opportunity student government could not pass up, said Mark Lombardi-Nelson, president of the Student Government Association. “Students are excited about this latest addition to the University Student Center,’’ Lombardi-Nelson said.

Ashraf Khalil

Author to discuss social media and the Egyptian revolution

As part of International Week, the USF St. Petersburg Honors Program presents Ashraf Khalil, author of Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution, who will discuss the role of social media in the 2011 revolution.

Khalil, an Arab-American journalist based in Cairo, will also discuss the recent unrest that rocked the country and what it means for the future of Egyptian democracy.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the University Student Center Ballroom, 200 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Free parking will be available across the street at the USFSP parking garage. Download the Ashraf Khalil poster.

Ashraf Khalil Poster

Ashraf Khalil Poster

“This is a rare opportunity for our students and the general public to get a firsthand account from an eyewitness to this important chapter in the history of the Middle East,” said Thomas Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of government and international affairs and director of the USFSP Honors Program.

International Week at USF St. Petersburg is Feb. 25 through March 1 and includes myriad public events.

Khalil’s talk is part of a series of Honors Program events with an international focus.

On Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., author and terrorism scholar Mia Bloom will present the Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture. Bloom, associate professor of International Studies and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, will discuss her latest book, Bombshell: Women and Terrorism (2011). It is free and open to the public.

On March 28 and 29, the Honors Program presents the first “St. Petersburg in the World Conference on International Affairs,” featuring U.S. ambassadors, military and intelligence officers, scholars and journalists for a series of 10 panels devoted to contemporary international issues. It is free and open to the public.

The Honors Program at USF St. Petersburg offers academically gifted, highly motivated students an exceptional experience that broadens and deepens their undergraduate education. A distinguished faculty guides special seminars and lectures and provide Honors students with an array of research opportunities culminating in an original senior thesis.

For more information about these events or the Honors Program, please call Thomas Smith at (727) 873-4872.

Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities meeting at USFSP

The Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities meets at the University Student Center Friday, thanks largely to the efforts of Jordan Knab, Ed.S., director of  K-16 Educational Initiatives in the College of Education.

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Knab to the 13-member commission in 2011 because of his experience in working with transition age youth with disabilities who are preparing to enter the workforce.

The commission holds quarterly hearings around the state and Knab recommended USF St. Petersburg as a location for its Tampa Bay meeting, the first of 2013. Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth will welcome the commission at the start of its meeting Friday, which will include a discussion with local employers about their experiences hiring persons with disabilities. The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Knab manages several state grants and one federal grant at USFSP, with annual funding of over $2 million. He worked with the prior Governor’s Commission on Disabilities and the Florida Department of Education to begin a pilot program, STING RAY, at USFSP. The program enables area youth with intellectual disabilities to have a post-secondary educational experience with their peers, in preparation for long-term, sustainable employment. The STING RAY program was the catalyst for a federal grant that supports the expansion of these programs throughout the state.

USFSP was chosen as a site to host the first quarterly meeting of 2013 to showcase the university campus and its extensive research and development in the area of youth with disabilities and employment. Students enrolled in the STING RAY program will meet and greet the commissioners anddescribe their experiences at USFSP.

“I’m pleased the commission chose USF St. Petersburg for its first quarterly meeting of the year,” Knab said. “A lot of great things are happening at USFSP and having this meeting here will help spread the word.”