Research: USFSM is distributed free to alumni and campus supporters.

USF Sarasota-Manatee publishes new volume of Research: USFSM

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: July 30, 2019

SARASOTA, Fla. (July 30, 2019) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has released the second volume of Research: USFSM, a magazine showcasing the depth and variety of faculty and student research initiatives and the impact of their work.

The 42-page publication examines a range of scientific, technological and socioeconomic topics. The issue’s cover story delves into the work of Jody McBrien, PhD, a School of Education professor who has dedicated her scholarly life to issues facing refugees, including how teachers can address the educational gaps that confront child refugees around the world.

McBrien’s research has taken her to nine countries during the past 17 years to examine and evaluate educational policies for refugees and identify best practices. She was introduced to the global educational issues in 2001 when, as a doctoral student, she volunteered as a tutor at a refugee organization.

Also in the magazine: the story of two business professors who study the resilience of entrepreneurs in Africa, how USFSM researchers are tackling the cybersecurity workforce gap, the toll human behavior is taking on the environment and how a USFSM social work instructor is striving to alleviate “caregiver burden” in Florida.

Dr. Karen Holbrook

“We are proud of our commitment to produce research that matters to our students, serves the community and contributes solutions to challenging local and global problems,” USFSM Regional Chancellor Karen A. Holbrook, PhD, said. “The second issue of our research magazine offers insight into more of the great work by our faculty and students along with something new – a special pull-out section that tells the story of USFSM’s many community engagement initiatives and valuable and growing partnerships across the region.”

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Sandra Justice

“USFSM is home to internationally renowned scholars who are making an impact in their fields and providing research experiences for our students,” said Sandra Justice, director of USFSM’s Office of Research. “The annual Research: USFSM magazine features a cross section of science and technology innovation along with the local and global presence of USFSM research. We also are glad for this opportunity to highlight the community connections and industry partners in this issue. Together, we can achieve so much.”

The magazine explores many other topics as well, including the role of students in research initiatives. Among them is recent graduate Alexander McClure, who conducted three research projects as a biology student.

Also in Research: USFSM is an 18-page pullout, Connections, that explores the campus’ business partnerships and flagship events. The section features a story about David Kotok, CEO of Cumberland Advisors. In 2017, Kotok and Cumberland donated 12 Bloomberg terminals to create a Bloomberg lab to assist College of Business students.

Research: USFSM is distributed free to alumni and campus supporters.

USFSM’s Office of Research has launched a new website dedicated to the magazine. Visit To view articles from the inaugural issue of Research: USFSM, published in spring 2018, visit

Visit to learn more about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Office of Research.

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