USF’s Solar Energy Fair

On Saturday Mar. 26, the Solar Energy Society at USF held their annual Solar Energy Fair. It is an event created to help teach the Tampa community about the latest innovations and technologies offered around the city. At this year’s event, there were Question and Answer panels with University professors and specialists; however, the true heart of the event lies with the students who make it all possible.

This year, two USF graduates presented their research to the public in order to share their new ideas. “I have always been a solar enthusiast,” said Arun Kumar. “I hope that these technologies and my research can be used in Third World countries to help other people.”

New breakthroughs are also coming from female students, such as Francesca Moloney who said: “From an early age I knew I wanted to focus my career on something in the environment.”

Both of these students hope to take their research and implement them at the university and across the Tampa Bay area. If their research and innovations succeed, they hope to apply them around the world. They aspire to build awareness in the community about the research being conducted, so that people can make wiser choices in their everyday lives.

Tampa area celebrates 5th annual Black G.I.R.L.S. award show

Black G.I.R.L.S. Rock Tampa Bay is back again for the fifth year in a row, with a night full of glitz, glamour and awards.

The event was held on Saturday, March 5 at Shekinah Glory Cathedral Conference Center. The event consisted of dinner, the awards show, a display of products from various vendors and inspiring performances and speeches.

Black G.I.R.L.S. (Gifted. Influential. Renowned. Ladies. Showcased.)  Rock Tampa Bay is an awards show that was started by Michon Shaw, a sign language interpreter in the Tampa Bay community who cares about giving back to her community.

The idea came to Shaw one day after she was watching Black Entertainment Television, where they have the same award show on a grander scale.

“We saw the award show in 2011 and we said ‘let’s make it happen for 2012,’” Shaw said.

Shaw is not alone in her vision. She had a team of people behind her helping her create the event this year. One of those people was event coordinator, Catina Miller Holmes.

Holmes believes the work she is doing with Black G.I.R.L.S. Rock Tampa Bay has a significant impact on the community.

“I believe that if there was an organization such as this when I was growing up I would be able to find mentors,” Holmes said.

If you missed this year’s Black G.I.R.L.S. Rock Tampa Bay, the event is annual so look out for it next year.