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USF Sarasota-Manatee campus publishes new Research Magazine highlighting exceptional faculty work

Research Magazine

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus has published the third edition of “Research: USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus,” an annual publication highlighting the depth and variety of faculty research at the campus.

The 46-page magazine, which came out this week, explores aging and healthy living, the science behind learning, the future of education, and issues involving crime, safety and justice, among other topics. The publication’s cover story spotlights the research of Jessica Grosholz, an associate professor of criminology, and her colleagues Sandra Stone and Fawn Ngo, who are analyzing the work of Selah Freedom, a national nonprofit that aids human-trafficking victims.

Grosholz and her team are providing “active research” feedback to Selah Freedom about its anti-human trafficking program across eight counties (Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota), working closely with law enforcement and direct-service organizations to help trafficking victims. 

The publication also features stories about the future of education, including a conversation with USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Regional Chancellor Karen A. Holbrook, a feature about Denise Davis-Cotton’s effort to promote arts-integrated learning across Florida and an article that explores the work of Assistant Professor Michelle Arnold, an expert in hearing loss and related health policies. 


Karen A. Holbrook

“We are very pleased to publish the third edition of ‘Research: USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus,’ which showcases the outstanding work in which our faculty and students are engaged,” Holbrook said. “The publication highlights the diverse range of impactful research being performed on our campus, which is a crucial part of our mission as a preeminent global research university. A university is not simply about passing on knowledge, it also has a responsibility to create and discover fresh, vibrant knowledge. 

“Our faculty have their own disciplines and we want to provide opportunities for vibrant discovery of knowledge,” she said. “We also want to provide opportunities for students to engage in the research process and become connected to the real world.”

Sandra Justice, associate director of the Office of Research and Innovation at USF, said, “It is an absolute privilege to serve the research mission on this beautiful campus. As a research-intensive university, discovery and innovation is at the core of what we do. At USF, student researchers can engage in research as early as their freshman year. Connecting research to student education paves the way for experiential learning, creative problem solving and really honing their critical thinking skills. Students are the future, after all.”

The magazine explores many other topics, including what matters most as we age, the relationship between pets and their human companions and the impact of racism in America’s justice system.

Also contained in the issue is an 18-page pullout, “Connections,” which showcases the campus’s business partnerships and flagship events. This year’s theme for “Connections” is “Shaping our Workforce.”

“Research: USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus” is distributed at no charge to alumni and campus supporters. Visit to view the magazine online.

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