June 2016

  • Florida & Metro Forecast: State Economy Will Outpace U.S.

    2016-06-28 10:11:13

    Spurred by rising job growth and home construction, Florida’s economy is expected to continue to grow at a faster pace than the national forecast for the next four years, according to the latest forecast from UCF economist Sean Snaith. “The fundamental underpinnings of the housing market in Florida continue to strengthen. Job growth in Florida […]

  • Come Playtest Student Video Games at UCF on June 30

    2016-06-27 10:39:02

    A gung-ho police sketch artist and a war-weary girl are among the characters who will visit the University of Central Florida on June 30 as part of an on-campus video game playtest by UCF graduate students. Four student teams from UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) will be seeking public input on their latest in-progress […]

  • Start of New Semester Picks Up Summer Pace

    2016-06-27 10:05:57

    If the University of Central Florida campus has seemed a tad deserted lately, that changes this week. Classes for the Summer B semester began today, bringing an influx of nearly 17,000 more students to campus. The size of the UCF community drops precipitously after classes end in May, with many students graduating or returning home […]

  • UCF Nursing Professor Named to Veterans Affairs National Committee

    2016-06-27 08:00:00

    U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has selected UCF Nursing professor Angeline Bushy to serve on a national committee overseeing health care delivery in rural communities. Bushy is the Bert Fish Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in UCF’s College of Nursing. She teaches in  the college’s Bachelor of Science program at UCF’s Daytona Beach campus and […]

  • 'Coral Zombies' May Spell Doom for Coral Reefs Around World

    2016-06-27 04:00:03

    Scientists have known for a while that coral reefs around the world are dying, and in a worst-case scenario they were counting on large, healthy-looking corals to repopulate. But a new study presented at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu shows that these seemingly healthy colonies are “Coral Zombies” with no reproductive ability, […]

  • UCF Study Examines First Responder Stress and Support Needs

    2016-06-27 02:00:27

    Anastasia Miller understands the stress experienced by first responders, having worked as an emergency medical technician and firefighter before enrolling in the public affairs doctoral program at UCF. In fact these work experiences led her to study support strategies and burnout among first responders as her dissertation research, which she will defend next month. Her […]

  • Walk-Ins Encouraged at Today's #OrlandoUnited Blood Drive

    2016-06-26 15:56:28

    The University of Central Florida will host its largest blood drive – with 12 of OneBlood’s Big Red Buses outside Bright House Networks Stadium — from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, June 27, as part of the #OrlandoUnited efforts. Although more than 250 appointments are booked, OneBlood’s Big Red Buses will have plenty of […]

  • Former Miss UCF Wins Miss Missouri Title

    2016-06-24 11:22:52

    Erin O’Flaherty, Miss UCF 2013, won the Miss Missouri title last weekend and will now represent that state in the Miss America Pageant. Flaherty, 23, owns and operates a boutique in Chesterfield, Missouri. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2014. She said she took a couple years off from pageant competition but decided […]

  • Free Workshop to Share Secrets of Social Media Cybersleuthing

    2016-06-24 10:33:16

    UCF’s Institute for Simulation & Training will host a free workshop that will share the secrets of conducting online investigations by combing social media and the internet for clues. The three-day workshop July 5-7 is entitled “Social Media and Open Source Intelligence Research and Investigation” and focuses on developing useful information from publicly available sources. […]

  • Two UCF Researchers Received Prestigious Early-career Powe Award

    2016-06-24 10:23:22

    Two UCF researchers were awarded prestigious 2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards. The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) group awarded Michael Chini, an assistant professor of physics, and Sean Pang, an assistant professor in CREOL (College of Optics and Photonics), seed money for their work in the area of optics. “Dr. Chini joined […]

  • UCF Mourns Professor Emeritus Who Left Literacy Legacy

    2016-06-23 17:01:59

    UCF Professor Emeritus Tim Blair, who pioneered reading camps in one of Orlando’s poorest neighborhoods 16 years ago, has died at the age of 69 after a long illness. During his 22 years at UCF, he served as the College of Education and Human Performance assistant dean and a reading and literacy professor. He took […]

  • Mom Hopes UCF Blood Drive Produces 'Miracle' for 20-Month-Old

    2016-06-23 00:20:57

    Hillary Martinez is waiting on a miracle. The UCF engineering alumna has spent the past year in and out of hospitals, watching her 20-month-old son, Korbyn, fight an aggressive form of leukemia that has taken away her “normal.” Korbyn has endured more than a year of chemotherapy to fight acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, a […]

  • 'Most Powerful' List Features Many With UCF Ties

    2016-06-23 00:15:33

    Orlando magazine’s 2016 list of the region’s 50 most powerful people recognized several University of Central Florida leaders and alumni this week. The July edition of the magazine for the first time divides the 13th-annual list into categories, ranging from government and politics to philanthropy and community voices. In the EDUCATION category, the top spot […]

  • No. 1 Ranking Nets UCF $16.2 Million in New Performance Funds

    2016-06-22 17:52:57

    The University of Central Florida will receive $16.2 million of new state dollars this year as a reward for leading all state universities in performance measures that include graduation rates and graduates’ employment and wages. The additional money will enable UCF to create 45 new faculty positions, bringing to 245 the number of new faculty […]

  • UCFPD Sergeant Retires After 30 Years of Service

    2016-06-22 15:31:28

    UCFPD Sgt. Jerry Hartsfield first stepped onto the campus of the University of Central Florida 35 years ago as a criminal justice student. This month, he retires with an honorary promotion of lieutenant following 30 years of service with UCFPD. Hartsfield, known for being a man of few words, had a simple message for colleagues […]

  • Change is Constant – So You Better Learn to Adapt

    2016-06-22 11:29:04

    I recently saw a turtle digging a hole to lay eggs in a neighborhood park that I walk through. This park has a lake but what surprised me about the turtle was the location she decided to lay her eggs. Instead of making the nest close to the lake about 50 feet away, where I […]

  • CFE Arena Hosts Sold-Out Concert to Benefit OneOrlando

    2016-06-16 18:02:17

    The CFE Arena will host Country Strong, a concert to benefit the City of Orlando’s OneOrlando Fund, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. Doors to the sold-out event will open at 6:30 p.m. Musical guests include Cole Swindell, Billy Currington, Easton Corbin, Parmalee, Michael Ray, Canaan Smith, Maddie & Tae, Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr. […]

  • UCF's 'The World Goes ‘Round' is Song-and-Dance Extravaganza

    2016-06-16 10:00:00

    The UCF School of Performing Arts will present “The World Goes ‘Round,” a musical revue of songs by songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb. The production runs June 23 through July 2 on the Theatre UCF Main Stage. Conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thompson, The World Goes ‘Round brings together a […]

  • Love Conquers Hate at UCF Vigil for Pulse Victims

    2016-06-15 18:23:57

    Rain and lightning delayed but could not stop a vigil Tuesday night where the UCF community honored the victims of the Pulse shooting, vowing to conquer hate with love. Gathered in the University of Central Florida Student Union, attendees listened as leaders from the university, the student body, the LGBTQ+ community and others tried to […]

  • Dear Daughter, In Face of Tragedy Try to Keep Your Spirit Intact

    2016-06-15 09:32:47

    “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” – Mister Rogers   Dear Daughter,  This week your mama’s birthplace, and where you took your first breath, suffered an attack that I […]

  • New UCF Research: Damage To Tiny Protein Function Leads To Heart Disease

    2016-06-15 06:50:28

    A UCF College of Medicine researcher has identified for the first time a tiny liver protein that when disrupted can lead to the nation’s top killer – cardiovascular disease – as well as fatty liver disease, a precursor to cancer. The chief culprit in disabling the protein’s delicate mechanics is a fatty acid found in […]

  • UCF Blood Drives: June 20 and June 27

    2016-06-14 10:33:46

    Hundreds have lined up at UCF this week to give blood in an outpouring of support from the campus and Central Florida communities, and blood drives will continue on campus the next two weeks. UCF will host Big Red Buses from One Blood outside the Student Union on Monday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to […]

  • UCF Community Copes with Orlando Tragedy

    2016-06-13 09:59:23

    Our entire University of Central Florida family mourns the victims of the Sunday terror attack in Orlando. To assist our students, faculty and staff during the difficult days ahead, UCF will host a series of campus conversations and therapy support sessions to discuss the impact of this tragedy and understand how to cope as a community. […]

  • Igniting UCF's Future at Leadership Summit

    2016-06-12 15:03:08

    More than 100 UCF volunteers and campus leaders participated in the June 10th Volunteer Leadership Summit at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. Led by Julie Stroh, Senior Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving, and Mike Morsberger, Vice President of Advancement, this first-time event examined IGNITE: The Campaign for UCF and its far-reaching […]

  • President Hitt: UCF Stands with Orlando Against Terror

    2016-06-12 10:50:28

    The following message is from President John C. Hitt: Orlando was attacked today. How painful, frightening, and infuriating it is to write that sentence. As President Obama said, this was “an attack on all of us, and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country.” We are working with […]

  • UPDATED: UCF to Remember Pulse Victims at Candlelight Vigil

    2016-06-10 18:20:05

      The University of Central Florida will host a vigil June 14 to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the shooting at Pulse on June 12. Members of the UCF community and the public are invited to attend. The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at the Student Union on the main campus. […]

  • A Culture of Self-Surveillance: Social Media and Crime

    2016-06-09 08:30:09

    It’s not just actors these days who perform for an audience – many criminals do, too. Raymond Surette, a UCF criminal justice professor, is researching the advent of “performance crime and justice” in the age of social media. Traditional media – such as television or radio – often restricted the public to passive consumption of […]

  • UCF's Creative School Recognized for Taking the Classroom Outside

    2016-06-09 08:00:19

    Young students at UCF’s Creative School for Children do more outside than just run and play and sometimes get a little dirty – They learn! As a result, the Creative School was recently named a certified Nature Explore Classroom by the national Nature Explore program, an initiative that recognizes schools and other organizations that make […]

  • UCF, DHS, IACP Partner on Bomb Threat Training Video

    2016-06-08 17:22:26

    Emergency responders are trained to spring into action in the event of a bomb threat, but how should the average person react to an anonymous, threatening call? A new video produced by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Office for Bombing Prevention, within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Protection and Programs […]

  • How Did We Wind Up in Such an Unlikely Universe?

    2016-06-08 10:01:17

    Not long ago the Public Broadcasting Service program NOVA presented an episode called “The Great Math Mystery.” It dealt with the many ways mathematical relationships and special numbers crop up when investigating the physical and natural world. Physicists have developed the Standard Model to describe everything we know about the universe from quantum mechanics dealing […]

  • 'Breaking Me Softly:' UCF Fiber Findings Featured in Nature

    2016-06-07 14:00:27

    A finding by a University of Central Florida researcher that unlocks a means of controlling   materials at the nanoscale and opens the door to a new generation of manufacturing is featured online today in the journal Nature. Using a pair of pliers in each hand and gradually pulling taut a piece of glass fiber coated […]

  • A South Korean Military Captain Is Loving Life at UCF

    2016-06-07 11:27:09

    Imagine living nearly 8,000 miles from home, learning a new language and occupation, raising a child and getting settled with your spouse in a different country. It sounds daunting doesn’t it? Just spend five minutes with Kyung “Jin” Park, a master’s degree seeking student from South Korea and you’ll learn it’s all been worth it […]

  • UCF Names New Vice President for Research, Dean of Graduate Studies

    2016-06-07 09:51:42

    After conducting a national search, the University of Central Florida has selected Elizabeth A. Klonoff as its new vice president for Research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Klonoff comes to UCF from a joint appointment with San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego, where she serves as the […]

  • Tropical Storm Colin: UCF Open Tuesday, June 7

    2016-06-06 14:32:15

    UCF is adjusting campus operations in preparation for Tropical Storm Colin’s anticipated impact, which includes forecasted high winds and heavy rain. Classes at all UCF locations that start at 4 p.m. or later Monday, June 6, are canceled. Classes at all UCF locations in progress at 4 p.m. will be held until that time. Campus […]

  • New Executive Director for Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities

    2016-06-06 13:45:15

    A University of Central Florida alumna and one of the nation’s foremost experts in transition education for youth with disabilities will lead the new Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities housed at UCF. Paula D. Kohler was named the center’s first executive director after a national search. She currently serves as associate vice president […]

  • UCF Emmy-Winning Documentary to be Shown on 100 PBS Stations, Campus

    2016-06-06 08:00:01

    An Emmy-winning documentary film created by UCF honors students began airing this week on more than 100 PBS television stations nationwide, telling the story of a Florida Legislature panel that tried to remove homosexual students and employees from state universities decades ago. The film will be shown during the next few weeks from coast to […]

  • 'I'm Going to be a Knight in Shining Armor!'

    2016-06-02 09:46:57

    “I’m going to be a knight in shining armor!” Those simple words, spoken to a camera with glee, seem to catch everyone’s breath. The video of an overjoyed and emotional Justin Isaac, 21, filmed by his mother after he was accepted to the University of Central Florida, has made him a viral web sensation. Posted […]

  • Muñiz Named to List of Top Latino Leaders in U.S.

    2016-06-02 08:38:05

    Cyndia Morales Muñiz, assistant director for UCF’s Multicultural Academic & Support Services, was named recently as one of 2016’s top Latino leaders by the Council for Latino Workplace Equity. Muñiz, also the president of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association at UCF, was one of 43 people chosen for the award along with other notables […]

  • Next-Gen Infrared Detector Research at UCF Attracts $1.3 Million DARPA Grant

    2016-06-02 08:00:23

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a $1.3 million grant to a team led by UCF researcher Debashis Chanda to fund the development of a next-generation infrared detector that could be used in fields as varied as night vision, meteorology and space exploration. “We are working on a novel infrared detection and imaging […]

  • UCF Student Addresses Role of Women in Bringing About Societal Change

    2016-06-02 07:45:42

    For Casey Margarite Field, leading the charge for female empowerment is one of her life’s passions. And it has taken her to far-flung places. The UCF student, seeking majors in both finance and economics, was invited to Xinzheng, China, in May to speak about her organization, the SCARF Society, a globally focused women’s mentorship network. […]

  • Hurricane Season Starts This Week

    2016-06-02 07:38:41

    June 1 marked the start of hurricane season, a period that lasts until Nov. 30 when conditions are more favorable for a severe weather event. Experts are calling for an above-normal hurricane season this year, more active than any season in the past three years. Of the 14 names storms that have already been forecasted, eight […]

  • An Updated Variation on Consumer Shopping – And I Like it

    2016-06-01 11:36:37

    As a young boy, one of my most enduring memories of the Christmas season was a train trip to downtown Chicago and Marshall Field’s department store. We were not regular shoppers at Field’s. They were the upscale department store in town and our household was definitely blue collar and middle class. We did most of […]