Malinowski considered institutions to be examples of isolated organized behaviors. Since such behavior always involves a plurality of persons, an institution in this sense is therefore a social system, which is a subsystem of society. Though functionally differentiated from other institutions, an institution is a segmentary cross-section of culture that involves all the components included in Malinowski's definition of culture (Firth 1957:59). Malinowski believed that the central feature of the charter of an institution is “the system of values for the pursuit of which human beings organize, or enter organizations already existing” (Malinowski 1944:52). As for the concept of function, Malinowski believed it is the primary basis of differentiation of institutions within the same culture. In other words, institutions differ because they are organized to serve different functions. He argued that institutions function for continuing life and "normality" of an organism, or an aggregate of organisms as a species (Firth 1957:60). Indeed, for Malinowski, the primary reference of the concept of function was to a theory of the biological needs of the individual organism:
USF professors awarded $ million grant to reduce sodium consumption in Latin America 
The co-directors of the University of South Florida World Health Organization Collaboration Center (WHO CC) were awarded a $ million grant to create social marketing strategies to reduce sodium consumption in Latin America.
USF featured in food sustainability expo in Italy 
The University of South Florida is one of four . universities participating in the Expo Milano 2015, a global showcase for more than 140 countries to present their best products, technologies and ideas for guaranteeing a healthy, safe and sufficient food supply while respecting the environment. With the core theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the expo runs through October in Milan, Italy.
CAS professor awarded Distinguished Lifetime Award 
The Society for Applied Anthropology honored University of South Florida professor Alvin W. Wolfe, . for his career and professional contributions. The society honored Wolfe on March 21, 2014, with a Distinguished Lifetime Award, the second award of its kind to be recognized in the association’s 70 years.
An anthropological approach to the study of food draws upon and challenges the perspectives of other disciplines, whether agronomy or nutritional science, economics or law, history or literature. Dependent upon individual interests and experiences, graduates of the programme may pursue research degrees in any number of academic disciplines, or find employment in food-related government ministries, international organizations, development agencies, or non-governmental associations, as well as in the fields of public health, education, and media, or in the catering industry.
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