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“Researchers at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus are impacting our community through meaningful research and special programs.” – USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Regional Chancellor Karen A. Holbrook, PHD

Presented by The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus September 14, 2020

Women from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus make many extraordinary contributions through their diverse research endeavors and community involvement.

From information technology and criminology to aging, access to the arts and advancement of research, USF women are profoundly impacting Sarasota-Manatee, helping young people, the elderly, minorities and, in some cases, incarcerated individuals striving to turn their lives around.

Consider Giti Javidi, professor of information technology, who hosts engaging IT workshops to encourage young girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math—and leads a cybersecurity program in the College of Business.

Then there is Jessica Grosholz, associate professor of criminology, who teaches inmates at the Hardee Correctional Institution about entrepreneurship and stimulates them to formulate ideas for new careers— and new lives—after their release.

Meanwhile Kathy Black, professor of aging studies and social work, has become so proficient in building age-friendly communities that she now advises Sarasota County, AARP, the state of Florida and the World Health Organization. Valerie Barnes Lipscomb (not pictured) is a professor of English whose research on age in dramatic literature and ageism in theater is recognized globally.

Denise Davis-Cotton, director of the statewide Florida Center for Partnerships in Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT), brings the visual, performing and literary arts to Florida classrooms to make education enriching and meaningful for children.

None of this work, however, would create the impact it has if not for another woman of influence, Sandra Justice, who leads the campus’ Office of Research. Justice works with faculty to identify sources of funding and partnerships for their research and holds grant-writing workshops.


  • Giti Javidi, PhD: Encouraging girls to explore careers in STEM.
  • Jessica Grosholz, PhD: Offering inmates new skills—and hope for a new life.
  • Kathy Black, PhD: Raising awareness to build age-friendly communities.
  • Valerie Barnes Lipscomb, PhD: Challenging ageism in modern literature and the theater.
  • Denise Davis-Cotton, EdD: Enriching education through arts- integrated learning.
  • Sandra Justice, CRA: Helping others secure partnerships and funds to support research.

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