Friday Lecture Series


The engineering, life sciences, and medical communities are now understanding the extraordinary complexity of neurological networks and are tackling neurological dysfunction using game-changing non-invasive methods for diagnosis and therapeutic treatment. See the impact of this paradigm on the millions afflicted with neurological dysfunctions, mental disorders, and traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Dr. Salvatore Morgera is Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at USF and director, Discovery and Targeting, Global Center for Neurological Networks.

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Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Executive Officer Don Barnes will offer a PowerPoint on the evolution of Gasparilla, its history and the changes that have occurred over the past 114 years. Explore the current view of Gasparilla and the impact this Tampa tradition has in the local community. Don Barnes has served as the Executive Officer for Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla since July of 2011. A retired Air Force Colonel, he served in the United States military for over 26 years.
World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the Middle East still hasn't come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by self-interested imperial powers have left a legacy that the region has not been able to overcome. Learn about this continuing crisis from Jack Tunstall, a distinguished military historian, a faculty member in the USF history department, and the executive director of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

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Wire fraud is rising in Florida. Sophisticated email hacking and phony wiring instructions fool unwary buyers, title companies and real estate agents alike - costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Other scammers pose as IRS agents and warn of federal tax liens if money isn't paid immediately. Mortgage fraud traps victims. This session with David C. Jordan, Esq. will show the top scams, how to identify them, and how to protect yourself.
Asking the right questions could save your life. We are all inundated or intimidated by scientific claims. What does "scientifically proven" actually mean? In an age of science and pseudoscience, it is not always easy to know the difference. Let a physician help you to distinguish between important science and false claims. Joel Fyvolent, MD, is former chief of medicine at Tampa General Hospital and a charter member of the USF Clinical Faculty of Medicine.
Tina Wright of the Tampa Police Department joined the force in 1980 as a patrol officer. By 1996, she had risen to the rank of major, and by 2000, she had worked in every patrol division and had led District III. Appointed the first female Assistant Chief in the department's history in 2002, Tina blazed a trail for both women and African Americans in Tampa.
Using gifts of memory, math and interpersonal skills, Buffett has become the world's most renowned investor and most respected chief executive. Taking a small textile company and building it into one of the world's foremost conglomerates is an extraordinary tale of genius combined with character. Find out how he did it with Robert P. Miles, an internationally acclaimed keynote presenter, author and distinguished authority on Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway.
Puerto Rico is struggling with the devastation of a natural disaster, dealing not only with the disaster but also with the politics that come with being a commonwealth. Born of two Puerto Rican parents with an older sister who still lives on the ancestral family farm, Magda Santos knows the island well and shares her insights on post-Maria Puerto Rico.