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From internships to student achievements to recognition of The University of Tampa faculty and institution as a whole, the following is a running archive of UT press releases, called News Articles, and feature stories, noted as UT Life.

Posted April 04, 2019 in UT Life

Christopher Boulton, associate professor in the Department of Communication, has collaborated with UT students on a wide variety of video projects, ranging from food competitions to science fiction and documentaries from Ecuador to Morocco.

But his most recent project, the feature-length documentary Life After Life, which will premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 7 and 9, is the most engaging to date.

Over the course of the production, Boulton said he mentored 10 communication and film and media arts majors who worked on the film crew, and over 20 dance majors performed on camera.

Posted March 21, 2019 in UT Life

One of Nneka Jones’ goals before she graduates in 2020 is to do a portrait of UT President Ronald Vaughn. Having just captured the emerging artist award at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, she might be one step closer to her goal.

“I’d like to have my artwork in the school. It’s on my bucket list,” said Jones, a fine arts major with a concentration in printmaking and painting and a minor in marketing.

Posted February 14, 2019 in UT Life

There is a trend for the world’s critical infrastructures, such as power plants, nuclear facilities, dams and water treatment facilities, to become part of the internet of things (IoT). However, when these supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems were originally created, there was no internet and no threat of hackers, which leaves them vulnerable for malicious attackers to exploit the outdated facilities and cause serious damage.

This trend caught the attention of student research assistants, juniors and cybersecurity majors Ashley Newsome and Jenny Khanal.

“They were made without security in mind,” said Khanal, of Nepal. “Physical security yes, but they weren’t considering cyberattacks.”

Posted January 30, 2019 in UT Life

Eric Freundt, director of UT’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry, said that students who participate in research and inquiry develop transferrable skills, such as critical thinking, communication and problem solving that are highly valued by employers and graduate programs.

It’s one such reason his office has been a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for several years and recently announced that membership benefits that support faculty-mentored student research will now extend to all part-time and full-time faculty, staff and students at no cost to the individual

Posted March 23, 2018 in UT Life

While Mackenzie Harrington ’19 is in the female minority in her calculus class, it’s the complete opposite situation in her language and linguistics courses for her Spanish major.

“There are a lot of stereotypes and studies that say boys aren’t as good in second language acquisition as females,” said Harrington, who worked with Assistant Professor Andrew DeMil on the research project, “Gender differences in Spanish Language Learning: Speaking Exams,” which they presented at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in February and to the UT Board of Trustees March 22.

“We wanted to do a study of our own here at UT. In the previous year (DeMil) had studied reading comprehension of girls versus boys, so we wanted to study speaking this year,” said Harrington, of Maple Grove, MN. “The results were the same though. The boys aren’t any worse, if not the same, as females. They are just extremely underrepresented.”

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