Know-a-BULL News
Week of 8/3/2010 - Issue # 124

Here is your weekly copy of Know-a-BULL News. Please read this issue to keep up-to-date with all the exciting events and news from the USF Honors College, Undergraduate Research, and Resources for Educational Distinction.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 8/6/2010 Honors Commencement Ceremony
 8/6/2010 Summer B - Last Day
 8/19/2010 CS_INFO_SESSION
 8/23/2010 Fall 2010 - First Day
 9/6/2010 Labor Day
 11/11/2010 Verteran's Day
 11/25/2010 Thanksgiving Holiday
 11/26/2010 Thanksgiving Holiday
 12/3/2010 Fall - Last Day of Classes
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    The summer is moving along rapidly and classes will start in just over a month.  To those of you joining us as new Freshpeople, welcome to your Honors College.  We look forward to greeting you on August 23 and at Convocation on September 3.  Please know that we are here and are happy to answer any questions you might have.

    I hope that you are enjoying Frankenstein and are participating in our on-line discussion (the handout included in the book tells you how to do this).  You should consider the essay contest; we have thus far gotten 2 entries.

    Old-timers, I hope that the summer has been a good one for you and I look forward to seeing all of you in August.  I think this will be a great year and I appreciate your leadership and accomplishments.

    It is time for you to think about playing in the Honors College Ensemble this year.  We need all of you musicians to join us each Monday (starting August 23) from 6-7PM in FAH 102.  You may do this for credit if you wish.  Please contact me if you wish to play and tell me what instrument you play and whether you what one credit (S/U) or not.  Those of you who are already signed up for the class do not need to contact me.

  • New Course: Behavioral Health and the Family

    Behavioral Health and the Family, MHS 4931-904, CRN 91020 Brief Description: This 3-hour course lies at the point of intersection between the biopsychosocial model of health and illness, and family systems theory.  It addresses the ways in which illness and injury affect the family of a person who is ill or injured, and conversely how certain family relations and behavioral patterns can affect (both facillitate and interfere with) recovery, healing, and return to good health.  Finally the course describes how Medical Family Therapists assist families struggling with a loved one who is ailing.  Intended for: Advanced undergraduates interested in careers in biomedical and/or behavioral health, and other third and fourth year students interested in studying families, psychology, health, and the social sciences. Among the topics covered:
    • Family dynamics and how they affect health (e.g., boundaries, alliances, power, communication, triangulation, etc.)
    • How broader aspects of society and culture,  (e.g.,  poverty, violence, culture and ethnicity, education, employment, the economy, military service, health insurance, etc.) affect families and their health
    • Key features of illness/injury and the effect on the family (e.g., key stages of illness, intensity of onset, course of illness- acute vs. chronic, etc.)
    • How Positive Psychology and Relationship Science is involved in Family Therapy interventions
    • How Medical Family Therapists work hand-in-hand with other medical professionals
    Learning Activities:Readings, classroom discussion, guest lectures, films, and student presentations. Date and Time:  Wednesdays, from 2-5pm.  Location:  FMHI, room TBA Enrollment cap: 15 students For more information, please contact Dr. Rick Weinberg []

  • New IDH 3400 Course offered in Fall 2010

    IDH 3400--003 Catherine Batsche, T/R 12:30 - 1:15 in SVC 1099: Applied Research Methods and Problem-Based Learning: The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BCS) received a grant to develop an applied research methods course using an innovative teaching model known as problem-based learning.  Seven faculty members from the college worked throughout the summer, 2010 to develop four problem-based case studies that are intended to help students learn to apply knowledge and skills they gained in Research Methods classes.  As a student in this class, you will have three opportunities.  First, you will get to apply what you have learned in your research methods courses to real-world research projects as a member of a research team.  Second, you will learn new research methods and dissemination strategies.  Third, you will pilot-test selected research case studies and provide feedback to the faculty to enhance their effectiveness for use as problem-based learning modules.  What research problems will you work with? The case studies deal with research problems related to substance abuse among college students, incarcerated mothers, addiction to pain medication, and behavioral health interventions and treatments.  Working with other students on your research team, you will decide the approach that you think best responds to the research questions and will design the research project accordingly.  You will also gain experience responding to grant requests, preparing grant proposals for peer review, preparing research posters, and making research presentations. What is problem-based learning? Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that uses "real world" problems as a context for students to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills as they acquire the essential concepts of the course. PBL typically includes the following steps:
    1. Students are presented with a problem (e.g., a case study, video, newspaper article). Students (in groups) organize their ideas and previous knowledge related to the problem, define the broad nature of the problem, and define a solution they think best responds to the problem.
    2. Through discussion, students pose questions, called "learning issues," on aspects of the problem that they don’t yet understand or for which they need more information. These learning issues are recorded by the group.
    3. Students decide which issues will be followed up by the whole group, and which issues can be assigned to individuals, who later teach the rest of the group.
    4. Students select an approach to solve the problem and present their solutions to the rest of the class.
    What is the faculty role in PBL? The instructor guides and supports student initiatives rather than lectures students as they seek solutions to the problems.  Who can take this class? Students with majors/minors in a social or behavioral science field such as Psychology; Criminology; Social Work; Gerontology; Long Term Care Administration; Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences; Interpreter Training;  Behavioral Healthcare; Public Health; Sociology; Anthropology and other related disciplines.  Students should have already completed or be concurrently enrolled in statistics and research methods classes.  This course will assume students already have some knowledge of basic statistics and research methods.

  • Healthcare in Panama: Beyond the Classroom

    Healthcare in Panama: Beyond the Classroom
    Fall 2010: Wednesdays from 2:00-4:45
    IDH 4200 OR IDH 4000

    Looking for a different kind of learning experience? You will engage in 14 weeks of coursework prior to a 10-day immersion experience in Panama (participation in the trip from December  11 - 20 is a required part of the course curriculum). The course will introduce you to the healthcare system in Panama and how it compares to that of the United States, Panamanian culture and society, and current issues facing developing countries.

    Although the course will focus on cultural comparison through the lens of the healthcare system, students of all majors are welcome to apply.
    If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Ms. Hill at .

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Twitter

    Tweeple.  ONS has started a new twitter account.  USFONS  Please join us and share with others interested in information on National Scholarships and other exciting things.

    Link: USFNatlScholarships

  • September Deadlines for National Scholarships

    The following scholarships have internal USF September 10, 2010 deadlines. These all require internal faculty committee review. Come in now to open your application, gather your letters of recommendation and begin your essay. Rhodes, -- for study at Oxford for all round excellence in academics and leadership, under age 25, >3.8 GPA  Mitchell, - for a year graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland for US Citizen. Seniors or graduate students. Marshall, - study in UK for 2-3 years for US Citizen, >3.7 gpa, leadership, reason to study in UK. Fulbright research, -- research abroad for senior or graduate student, any major. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant - -- teach English across the globe; > 3.3 gpa. Gilman - study abroad anywhere - PEL grant recipient required, all majors Javits,, graduate students entering PHD programs, seniors entering MFA programs, MA programs.   Go to Office of National Scholarships website for more:      

ONS has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the ONS website and speak with Ms. Carlton.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Still Seeking Student Assistant

    The Office of Undergraduate Research is still seeking a student assistant to work in the office. We are looking for a student who can work Monday afternoon (from 10:30am until 5pm), Wednesday afternoon (from 11am until 5pm) AND Thursday afternoon (from 2:30pm until 5pm). If you have previous experience working in an office environment and can work the hours needed, please email your resume to Ms. Schumacher at This is a paid position and needs to be filled before the start of the fall semester. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Schumacher.

  • Student Assistants Needed at the USF Epidemiology Pediatrics Center

    Student assistants are needed in the USF Epidemiology Pediatrics Center. The Center is looking for students to facilitate their study analyzing BRCA genetic testing patterns across soci-economic and racial groups and who are also able to assist in their ovarian cancer research. Students must be able to commit at least four hours per week to the project.  In order to apply, students must have an interest in health and science as well as an interest in minority populations and health disparities.  If you would like to apply for the position(s), please make a profile at After you have made your profile, please email your resume/CV to Ms. Schumacher and include “Epidemiology Pediatrics Center” in the subject line of the email.

  • Research Position Available at Moffitt Cancer Center

    Moffitt Cancer Center is seeking a part-time (15+ hrs/wk during the school year) research assistant to work on a NCI-funded study examining risk factors for glioma (malignant brain tumors) - This is not a lab position.  The position primarily involves administering telephone interviews to study subjects. Other tasks include data entry, data cleaning, and filing. Requirements for the position include good telephone and communication skills, a basic understanding of research, ability to work well in a team environment, knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Access), and close attention to detail. Hours are flexible but evening hours are required. This is a paid position. If you are interested in applying for the position, please make a profile on After you have made your profile, please email your resume to Ms. Schumacher at


  • Project Link: High School / Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program

    This competitive training program is designed for motivated aspiring scientists to help prepare them for cancer research careers. Project LINK provides research experiences for high school students and undergraduate students from underrepresented minority populations.  Students will be matched with a Moffitt Scientist/mentor and expected to commit approximately 6-10 hours per week during the school year and full-time during the summer months. Attendance at educational/scientific lectures is required. Two year commitment is required and a stipend is provided. Obtain an application from the LINK Training office at Moffitt Cancer Center by calling (813) 745-6031 or visit the website: Applications must be received no later than August 2, 2010.


  • Call for abstracts!

    The American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Fourteenth Annual Meeting will be held February 10-11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Relevant disciplines include: Accounting/Anthropology/Behavioral Sciences/Business/Community Studies/ Economics/Communications/Criminology/Criminal Justice/Education/Geography/History/Family Studies/ Gerontology/Human Development/Human Relations/Human Resources/Labor Studies/International Relations/Psychology/Political Science/Social Work/Sociology/Urban Studies/Women's and Men’s Studies If you are interested in applying, please email your abstract FIRST to the Office of Undergraduate Research at by September 17, 2010. Students will be notified of acceptance by September 24, 2010. Conference travel funding will be provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research. After notification of acceptance, students will have to submit the online conference proposal to AABSS. The conference proposal deadline is October 1, 2010. For more conference and application information, please visit

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Student Submissions

  • Leadership Opportunity

    Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved on campus? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join the Women In Need Foundation at USF. This organization provides necessity items such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and additional items to women in domestic violence shelters. If you are interested in becoming an officer in the WIN Foundation at USF you can contact Amber Schmidt at Officers attend weekly meetings, which will be held Mondays at 5:30 PM during the Fall and Spring semesters. If you would like to become a member, join the organization on Blackboard (Women In Need Foundation). Members must be involved in AT LEAST one event every semester.  The WIN Foundation is a great way to get involved in a student organization, make friends, AND serve a great cause!

  • National Society of Leadership and Success

    The establishment of the Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter at the University of South Florida is currently in progress. We are looking for students who are interested in being a part of the First Executive Board as well as staff members interested in becoming an Advisor. The current board positions open are Vice President, Secretary, Success Networking Team Coordinator, Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Publicity Chair, Welcome Chair, Information Technology Coordinator, Recruitment Chair, Society Event Chair, Social Event Chair, and Community Service Chair. Being on this Executive Board is an amazing opportunity and honor, so if anyone is interested or has any questions, feel free to e-mail Krystyn Ramdial at Also, feel free to visit the official Society website ( or our Facebook group page (!/group.php?gid=126828420695277&ref=ts) for more information.

    Link: The National Society of Leadership and Success Website

  • Calling all creative writers!

    Starting this fall the USF Honors College will be hosting a Creative Writers’ Club for the first time.  Students are invited to build a community with other writers and submit their writing for peer review. This group will work on larger group projects and help students develop their skills and enjoy the company and feedback of other writers.  All genres and types of writing are welcome. The first meeting will be held at the beginning of the fall semester. Feel free to contact for more information.

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