Cassill Publishes with Students

Dr Deby CassillDr. Deby Cassill, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently had a peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Bioeconomics. The paper, which is entitled “What can ants tell us about collective behavior during a natural catastrophe?”, was written jointly with, among others, Alexander Casella, an honors student.

Congratulations are of course due to Dr. Cassill and Mr. Casella.


Smoak Awarded Fulbright Specialist Grant

Dr smoakDr Donny Smoak, Professor of Biogeochemistry in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Geography, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist grant in Environmental Science. Dr Smoak will be traveling to Shenyang Agricultural University, China, this summer, where he will be teaching and conducting joint faculty colleagues.

Congratulations to Dr Smoak.

Great Society Program Published

Image for Great Society ConferenceEarlier this month, the blog announced that, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Elisa Minoff and Dr. Larissa Kopytoff, both from the Department of History and Political Science, USFSP will be hosting a series of events focused on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s call made 50 years ago to build a Great Society. The full program is now available at .

Journalism Student Godfrey Published in Tampa Bay Times

Journalism student Susan Godfrey has had an article published in the Tampa Bay Times. The article, which is available at The article focuses on Roderick Pringles, half-brother is TyRon Lewis, whose shooting sparked the 1996 St Petersburg race riots. The article thoughtfully covers a difficult subject, and reflects USFSP’s willingness to tackle difficult subjects.

The article was created in the context of the USFSP Neighborhood News Bureau (, which is run by Robert Hooker, and congratulations are due both to Ms Godfrey and to Mr Hooker.

Annual Shakespeare Festival to Debut in March

St Petersburg Shahespeare Festival logoThanks to the efforts of Dr Lisa Starks-Estes, Associate Professor in the Department of Verbal and Visual Arts, and her student Veronica Matthews, and in partnership with the Department of Verbal and Visual Arts and the MLA program in Liberal Studies, USF St Petersburg will hold its first annual Shakespeare festival in March. The 2015 St Petersburg Festival will feature “As You Like It”. The play includes original music composed by Los Angeles music industry veteran Mark Matthews and a cast that includes USFSP students, alumni, and staff.

The performances will be Thursday – Sunday March 12 – 15 and March 19 – 22, at 8pm at USFSP’s Williams House Courtyard. With “Pay What You Can” admission, seating will be first come-first served for about 50 audience members.

More information, is available from the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival’s Facebook page at

Baker to Attend 2015 Spain Workshop in Madrid

Study in Spain logoMs Wendy Baker, Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs, has been invited to participate in the 2015 Spain Workshop in Madrid. The workshop, which is funded by the Embassy of Spain-Trade Commission in Miami, will include workshop style meetings with educational institutions in Madrid, and visits to universities and language schools in different cities, where current programs for foreign students are being offered.

Congratulations to Ms Baker.

Brice Invited to South Africa.

Dr Alejandro BriceDr. Alejandro Brice, Professor in the College of Education, has been invited to visit the Health Communication Research Unit at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa during the Fall 2015 semester. The Health Communication Research Unit is a multidisciplinary research group concerned with the unique challenges of cross-cultural, cross-linguistic communication in health care contexts.

Following his visit, Dr Brice will give an invited presentation on issues related bilingualism at the South African Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conference in Durban, South Africa.

This is a recognition of Dr Brice’s research and he deserves our congratulations.