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April 8-14, 2024

CBCS Research & Data Center to host open house

Directly after the CBCS Faculty & Staff Assembly on Friday, April 26, the CBCS Research & Data Center (RDC) will host an open house and discussion. Titled "Research Challenges & Changing Requirements: What can RDC do for you?", the event will cover the following topics:

RDC Structure & Processes:

  • PDFs: Proposal development facilitators
  • Core RDC services list
  • Adding RDC to adequacy of resources, etc.


Funding Agency Requirements:

  • Managing data and security effectively – HIPAA/FERPA compliance, REDCap, etc.
  • Data use agreements
  • Data sharing plans

What’s New:

  • Bulls iResearch launch in May
  • AI applications in grant proposals: Review Committee reactions
  • Setting the future agenda for the RDC

School of Social Work celebrates Social Work Month

The School of Social Work held a celebration of Social Work Month with the National Association of Social Workers theme of Empowering Social Workers: Inspiring Action, Leading Change. Over 100 social workers attended the event at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County. Multiple awards were given out and three retiring faculty were honored: Director Riaan van Zyl, PhD, and associate professors Guitele Rahill, PhD, LCSW, and Iraida Carrion, PhD, LCSW (pictured). Read more.

SLP students present to DPT students

Speech-language pathology students collaborate with physical therapy students

Second-year speech-language pathology and doctorate of physical therapy faculty and students participated in an interprofessional lab and discussion to better understand how the two professions align. The speech-language pathology students participated in case discussion and were able to learn more about the purpose and rationale for physical therapy.

This Is My Brave Bow

Brave stories come to light at This Is My Brave - College Edition at USF

Eight USF students took to the stage Friday night to share their lived experiences with mental illness and substance use disorders. Many cast members of This Is My Brave - College Edition at USF chose to share their experiences through poetry. Hundreds of audience members filled the concert hall to support the cast and join the movement to eliminate stigma. Read more.

2024 Cassidy Doyle

Aging studies PhD candidate accepted to data immersion program focused on Alzheimer’s disease

Cassidy Doyle, a PhD candidate in the School of Aging Studies, was recently selected to participate in a competitive three-day research intensive at the University of Michigan’s Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD). This research intensive brings together a variety of research applicants ranging from graduate students to senior faculty. MCCFAD is an NIH/NIA-funded Alzheimer’s disease-focused resource center for minority aging research.

CBCS in the News

Transforming lives with social work + public health

USF Health News

"It was during this time Hicks said he learned about the social work profession and was accepted to USF’s master of social work (MSW) program."

New USF think tank tackles cybersecurity challenges

USF Research News

"Discussions led by USF faculty members Rouzbeh Behnia, Bill Haley, Giti Javidi, Ruthmae Sears and Yu Sun focused on cybersecurity themes related to privacy and security across human behavior, older adults, cyber-physical IoT systems and..."

How age-friendly universities can improve life’s second half

The Mining Journal

"This includes conducting research at their Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies. The center works to ensure better quality of life for older adults in the future."

USF research reveals language barriers limit effectiveness of cybersecurity resources

USF News

"Ngo, a University of South Florida criminologist, had spoken with a Vietnamese language network in California about her interest in better understanding how people become victims of cybercrime."

Being Brave Together at USF

Creative Pinellas

"Dr. Kristin Kosyluk, Director of the STigma Action Research (STAR) Lab at USF’s Department of Mental Health Law and Policy has been evaluating This Is My Brave’s data for 7 years."


de Vries, I., Baglivio, M., & Reid, J. A. (2024). Examining Individual and Contextual Correlates of Victimization for Juvenile Human Trafficking in Florida. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi:10.1177/08862605241243332

Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

Title: Narrative Language Assessment and Intervention: Applications with Children with and without Disabilities

Student: Norah M. Almubark

Program: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Microsoft Teams

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

MHWW Course Cover Photo

Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace Course

Learn to attract and retain talent by creating a workplace culture that fosters wellness and allows for the free expression of issues related to employee's mental health, behavioral health, and addiction. Start the course today.

11th Annual Translational Research in Adolescent Substance Use (ITRE) Conference

April 9 | 9 a.m.

MHC 2625A & Microsoft Teams

The sessions profile the work of ITRE student scholars in their service learning projects, as well as national perspectives from experts in the field related to the latest science in alcohol and drug abuse prevention, intervention, and sustainability, with an added emphasis on translational research and evidence-based practices.

Accessibility Student Network - April 11 Event

Accessibility Student Network - One Bull Presents: Empowerment, Lived Student Experiences, Connection & Accessibility Discussion

April 11 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Microsoft Teams

This discussion is open to all USF students, faculty, and staff interested in participating in an open conversation regarding ways we can work to improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities in all areas of campus life. This discussion will start a conversation surrounding the lived experiences and needs of students with disabilities, faculty and staff experiences working with students with disabilities, and identify beneficial disability awareness topics for future educational events. Register today.

Caregiving for the Caregiver to Provide Better Care

April 12 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Embassy Suites

The conference will include sessions on coping strategies,

advance care planning, medical and health issues in

caregiving, and caregiver resilience and advocacy, as well as

a panel on resources from area agencies on aging and other community expert providers. Free chair massages will be offered by Moffitt Cancer Center to caregivers in attendance

on a first-to-sign-up basis.


Aging Studies 2024 Preceptors and Awards

School of Aging Studies 2024 Preceptors and Awards Reception

April 19 | 1-2:30 p.m.

MHC Atrium & Microsoft Teams

Join the School of Aging Studies in recognizing internship preceptors, supervisors, and recipients of awards and scholarships.

Prison Pod Flyer

Prison Cell Immersive Experience

April 24 | noon - 3 p.m.

Tampa campus, parking lot E (next to SOC)

Did you know that 75% of Florida’s state prison housing

lacks air-conditioning? Step inside a model prison cell to feel the conditions inmates in most Florida prisons experience. Questions? Contact

2024 Spring Assembly Save the date

Spring 2024 CBCS Faculty & Staff Assembly

April 26 | 1-2:30 p.m.

MHC Atrium & Microsoft Teams (New link)

Hear updates about the college from CBCS leadership. All CBCS faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in person.

Fiesta by the Bay 2024

Fiesta by the Bay for Autism

April 27 | 6 p.m.

USF Gibbons Alumni Center

The funds raised at Fiesta by the Bay help the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF provide free programs and projects throughout the year across 14 counties. There are many ways you can help make this year’s event a huge success. Contact Christine Rover at to find out ways you can help!

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