Professors Murat Haner, PhD, and Melissa Sloan, PhD, collaborated on the database.

USF Sarasota-Manatee campus unveils research experts database

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: March 10, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 10, 2020) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus has created a database of research experts to encourage greater engagement between the campus and community it serves on topics of local and global importance.

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Murat Haner, PhD

USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty members frequently conduct research on issues that connect them with local arts communities, business leaders, civic groups, schools and other organizations. The campus supports these connections and encourages the groups, and others, to further engage faculty through this database, which includes faculty profiles, photos, links to curricula vitae, contact information and search words to help identify experts to collaborate on research or provide analysis and commentary on social trends and other matters.

“With our faculty involved in so many different areas of research, it became important to stay current with who is doing what research and who is an expert in which specific field,” criminologist Murat Haner, PhD, said.

Dr. Melissa Sloan
Melissa Sloan, PhD

Haner and Melissa Sloan, PhD, an associate professor of interdisciplinary social sciences, collaborated for two years to create the database, which is supported by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Office of Research.

“Our original intent was to provide faculty from other academic institutions and our community partners with a tool to help them find researchers in their areas of interest,” Haner said. “We are excited that the database has been opened to the public and hope that this resource will generate additional collaborations. We also have many students at USF Sarasota-Manatee working directly with faculty on research projects. They can now use our database to search for professors with research interests similar to their own.”

To view the database, visit

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