Press Release:The University of West Florida and the National Security Agency announce a partnership to enhance cybersecurity workforce development and create accelerated pathways toward completion of an undergraduate cybersecurity degree program.  The agreement allows students who complete the Joint Cyber Analysis Course to earn undergraduate credit hours at UWF. JCAC is open to active military.

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

The inaugural Gulf Coast Science Festival, presented by the Pensacola MESS Hall, is now underway.

The nine-day event provides a fun way to share science and technology with the community, while also highlighting some of the real-world science that’s taking place locally.

On any given day, you’ll find kids from across the region having fun with science-related activities at the MESS Hall. MESS is an acronym for Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Stuff.

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In downtown Pensacola, a new digital parking system is up and running, using both traditional and higher tech payment methods.

New Orleans-based Premium Parking’s digital management platform covers on-street, public lots and parking garages throughout the 39-block downtown area.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to show what sort of modern approach to parking management can do for a municipality, both on-street and off-street to make parking simpler and more efficient,” said Premium President Ben Montgomery.

City of Pensacola

There will be at least one new face on the Pensacola City Council after the November election, following the departure of a long-time member.

In a written statement, Councilman Larry B. Johnson announced he would not seek reelection after a decade in the District-4 seat. That district includes Cordova Park, East Pensacola Heights, and a portion of East Hill.

An event this Friday in Pensacola showcases services and opportunities for special needs students and graduates in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. It’s called the Transition Services Information Fair, and it will be held from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, Building A, door number four.

The Hal Marcus of College of Science and Engineering at The University of West Florida launches its 2018 Great Minds Lecture Series this week in downtown Pensacola. The speaker will be talking about communication.

Chances are you’ve heard of Alan Alda. However chances are also that you didn’t know he founded an organization that helps scientists learn to communicate their ideas to the public. This Thursday afternoon, one their instructors will be speaking as part of the UWF Great Minds Lecture Series.

In this week’s Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. Della Scott-Ireton, associate director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, discusses the events and programs that are happening in March to celebrate Florida Archaeology Month.


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One of the worst chapters in the history of The University of West Florida closed last week with the execution of Eric Branch for the 1993 murder of student Susan Morris.

In the years since, active shooter incidents since have forced changes in university safety practices, but it was Morris’ death that triggered the first major reform of campus security.

At the time, some 25 years ago, UWF was still early in its development, with about 6,700 degree-seeking students and lots of green space.

Lindsay Myers

Victoria Stopp was 27 when an accident at work changed her life. Since then she has gone from doctor to doctor, tried new therapies and filled prescriptions for thousands of pills. Her story of living with constant, chronic pain is told in the new book 'Hurting Like Hell, Living With Gusto'. She spoke with WUWF's Bob Barrett about how she worked hard to remain active despite her condition.

Bob and Victoria talked about:

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A packed Conference Center at the University of West Florida greeted members of the Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday, as part of a process that happens every two decades.

The CRC has been conducting public hearings across Florida, on which proposed constitutional amendments should land on the ballot this November.

“Today’s our fourth stop across the state of Florida on what we call the ‘Road to the Ballot,’” said Commission Chairman Carlos Beruff.

The Pensacola Symphony continues it’s Saenger Season this Saturday,March 3, at 7:30 p.m.  The evening will be devoted to music of Franz Joseph Haydn.  Special guests will include choruses from the University of West Florida and Pensacola Christian College, as well as cellist Scott Kluksdahl.   Music Director Peter Rubardt and UWF professor Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the WUWF studios to share some thoughts on the great Viennese master.

Pensacola Little Theater

An unusual and entertaining overnight exercise in local theater is returns to Pensacola this weekend.

Governor Rick Scott is ordering the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, regarding the shooting at Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland.  

Seventeen people were killed in the attack. The sheriff's office is under scrutiny after veteran Deputy Scot Peterson, who was assigned to the school, did not confront suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz, and for failing to submit reports of tipster calls before the shooting.

Governor's Press Office via Twitter

Gov. Rick Scott is out with a gun safety plan, which focuses on keeping firearms out of the hands of violent people, among other provisions.

A grim-faced governor took the podium in Tallahassee Friday morning, beginning his 17-minute address by reading the names of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In this week’s Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, associate professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of West Florida, discusses the excitement of discovering an archaeological find underwater.  

Survivors With Heart

Feb 21, 2018
Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Since 1964, February has been federally designated as American Heart Month. About 2,300 Americans die from some form of cardio vascular disease every day. Many more survive. "It felt like someone hit be in the chest with a sledgehammer." said John Turco, who thought he was a healthy 63 year old until the day he became one of almost 800,000 Americans who had a heart attack last year. He said he was exercising a bit, but was pretty lax when it came to his diet.

New Man-Made Reefs Heading To Gulf Floor

Feb 21, 2018
Escambia County Marine Resources

More than 700 new artificial reefs are going into the waters off Pensacola in the next few months, in phase two of a program funded by the BP settlement of the 2010 oil spill.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, for every dollar spent on artificial reefs in the Florida Panhandle, the conservative overall economic benefit is roughly $138.

Office of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz

As a member of the Florida legislature, Matt Gaetz was instrumental in the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.

Now, Congressman Gaetz is leading the charge for federal reform, trying to come up with legislation that his constituents and colleagues can support.

Visit Pensacola

Work is underway at Johnson Beach to remove some dilapidated structures considered unfit for public use, and sand considered to be a nuisance to both buildings and visitors.  

“Extensive structural damage” is said to be the reason the buildings are coming down. Among them is the Star Pavilion, which Dan Brown,  the Superintendent of Gulf Islands Nation Seashore, says is drawing everyone’s attention.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

February is Hit and Run Awareness Month in Florida, a reminder for all motorists to “Stay at the Scene” when involved in a crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were more than 98,000 hit-and-run crashes in Florida in 2017, with about a third investigated by state troopers. Each year, the percentage of accidents considered hit-and-run stays at about 25 percent.

“Which means it’s not getting any better right now; we’re doing our best,” said Major Warren Fast, Commander of Troop A which covers ten counties in the western Panhandle.