May 2016

  • President's Partnership Reception Recognizes Orlando Magic and Others

    2016-05-26 14:00:04

    The President’s Partnership Reception, an annual event to honor the philanthropic support provided by UCF’s corporate partners, was held Wednesday evening at The Burnett House, the President’s home on campus. Key donors to the university were recognized and a special partnership award was presented to the Orlando Magic, represented by its President and CEO, Alex […]

  • UCF Student Filmmakers Win College Emmy for Documentary

    2016-05-26 11:11:36

    “Filthy Dreamers,” a documentary by UCF students about the challenges to academic freedoms at Florida State College for Women in the 1920s, won an Emmy on Wednesday at the 37th College Television Awards in Los Angeles. The top film in its category was created by students in the 2013 and 2015 advanced documentary workshop class […]

  • Recreation and Wellness Center Rolls-Out Its Largest Crop of Graduate Assistants

    2016-05-26 07:48:28

    UCF’s Recreation and Wellness Center strengthened its position as one of the nation’s leaders in developing campus recreation professionals with the largest group of graduate assistants in the department’s nearly 40 year history. Ten graduating seniors have accepted positions at universities nationwide: Jessica Armenteros (University of South Florida) Kyra Dickie (University of Kentucky) Evelyn O’Campo […]

  • Technology Created at UCF Helps Cancer Researchers Monitor Genome

    2016-05-26 07:00:52

    Labeling and tracking multiple locations of the human genome in a live cell allows scientists to study structural changes in chromosomes and investigate cancer development. Finding optimal locations for labeling in the human genome is a challenging task due to the size of our genome. University of Central Florida associate professor Shaojie Zhang, working with […]

  • UCF Lands 3 NSF Projects to Prep Students for Graduate Studies

    2016-05-26 07:00:33

    UCF is launching two new summer Research Experiences for Undergraduate programs and continuing a third, thanks to new funding from the National Science Foundation. The programs are designed to encourage select students from around the country to pursue graduate studies and eventually become leaders in their chosen areas of expertise. Getting REUs is difficult because […]

  • New Florida Predator Needs to be Stopped Now Before Problem Worsens

    2016-05-26 06:30:15

    It’s official: Florida has been invaded. Not by aliens or soldiers with guns, but by something that has no natural predators within our Sunshine State borders. This danger lurks where few people go, but its disruptive presence affects us just the same. Responsible for hundreds of human deaths along the Nile River every year, the […]

  • UCFPD Joining Orange County DUI Enforcement Detail Friday

    2016-05-26 06:00:30

    The UCF Police Department will join agencies from across Central Florida this Friday for a county-wide DUI detail timed with the Memorial Day holiday. The detail will run from 8 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Saturday and will target impaired drivers throughout Orange County. The multi-jurisdictional effort is led by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office […]

  • 'Almost, Maine' is a Welcomed Respite From Florida Heat

    2016-05-25 10:00:11

    Theatre UCF opens John Cariani’s play Almost, Maine – a series of vignettes about love in a northern town – on Thursday, June 2. The play will run through June 11 on UCF’s Main Stage. Almost, Maine tells nine stories of love in a small town in Maine. The residents of the town find themselves […]

  • UCFPD Joins National Campaign to Target Seat Belt Violators

    2016-05-23 14:43:13

    The UCF Police Department will join agencies nationwide in a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement wave that will go through June 5. UCFPD will issue citations to motorists and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt, and violators may be subject to a $114 non-moving violation. Seat belts can help prevent serious […]

  • Stressed at Work? Your Tweets May Be Giving You Away

    2016-05-23 10:44:54

    Those looking for a job can get a good idea of how stressful working for a potential employer may be by looking at its employees’ Twitter traffic. That’s the implication of a new study published in Applied Psychology by assistant professor Wei Wang, director of UCF’s Computational Psychology Laboratory. His work seeks to make sense […]

  • UCF, Sultan Qaboos University Awarded $150,000 Grant to Study Oman Tourism

    2016-05-23 10:35:33

    Drs. Nan Hua and Robertico Croes from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management are part of a team that received the His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Award in the Sultanate of Oman, a $150,000 research grant to study Oman’s tourism industry. This is the country’s most prestigious research accolade. The team also […]

  • Kelsey's Kids - UCF Medical Student Juggles Crisis Care and School

    2016-05-20 06:00:02

    The 5-year-old was so terrified he was trembling, refusing to cross the threshold into the house. Twenty minutes later, he was roughhousing with a 5-foot stuffed toy snake in the living room. A 15-year-old arrived silent and sullen until his host mom baked him vegetarian lasagna, traded stats about March Madness brackets and showed him […]

  • Nation's Top 10 Again: UCF Programming Team

    2016-05-19 14:25:41

    The University of Central Florida’s Computer Programming Team moved up several spots to take third place in the nation after competing in an international super contest known as the “Battle of the Brains.” UCF came in third among U.S. teams, besting Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, Cal Tech and Cornell, among other institutions. The […]

  • UCF to Help Veterans With New Job Training

    2016-05-19 08:30:24

    UCF’s Florida Solar Energy Center will help train those leaving the military to work in the solar energy industry thanks to a new joint U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense initiative, Solar Ready Vets, announced Tuesday. The agencies awarded The Solar Foundation a $2 million grant to help train military personnel preparing to […]

  • UCF Professor Guest on NPR's Marketplace

    2016-05-19 08:00:05

    University of Central Florida Associate Professor Sarah Stacy Barber loves to dig and her favorite tool to do it is the Marshalltown trowel. It’s every archaeologists go-to tool, much like a barista depends on a coffee grinder to do his job or a ballerina on her pointe shoes to do hers, Barber said. “Buying your […]

  • Lessons From a Garbage Dump: How to Say 'No'

    2016-05-18 20:55:47

    It was a symbol of excess and waste in 1980s New York City. The massive 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, N.Y., was once the largest garbage dump in the world. And it smelled. Each day as much as 29,000 tons of New York’s garbage rolled across the bay on massive barges and it […]

  • UCF to Advance Nation's Power Grid with $1 Million Federal Award

    2016-05-18 10:52:46

    A national effort joined by the University of Central Florida to modernize and sustain the nation’s power grid will expand thanks to a new $1 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative. Zhihua Qu, chair of UCF’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the award as part of the DOE’s […]

  • UCF Professor Recently Honored has Died, Leaves Legacy for Nursing Students

    2016-05-17 15:54:23

    Nursing associate professor Linda (Somerhalder) Howe died on May 13. She was 67. Howe had been an undergraduate associate professor at the UCF College of Nursing since 2012. Her research interests included nursing and institutional history, nursing education strategies, pharmacogenomics, and deep tissue injury prevention and healing. In her 30-year academic career, Howe has served […]

  • New Online Master of Social Work Proves Popular

    2016-05-17 15:06:00

    Students from across the nation now have the opportunity to earn their Master of Social Work online from the School of Social Work at UCF. Like UCF’s face-to-face M.S.W. program, the Online M.S.W. track is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Among the advantages of the Online M.S.W. are convenience, flexibility and […]

  • New Vice Provost Named for UCF Downtown

    2016-05-17 14:37:42

    For nearly two years, we planned for a campus in downtown Orlando. Now that these plans are approved, we enter a new phase in this game-changing project. That means building on what our strong planning team has achieved so far, and bringing in a new leader to help UCF Downtown transform our community for decades […]

  • Rosen College Prepares Dubai Parks and Resorts Managers for Fall 2016 Opening

    2016-05-17 11:39:51

    Ten future leaders of Dubai Parks and Resorts recently completed a certificate program in theme park management through a partnership with the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Participants spent six months in Orlando for the program, which included various training modules and job shadowing experiences at LEGOLAND® Florida. Dubai Parks and […]

  • First Scholarships from National Trust Awarded to Second Degree, Nursing Students

    2016-05-16 13:06:38

    Six incoming students returning to college to pursue a second career, and degree, in nursing at UCF will have a majority of their tuition and fees covered thanks to a new scholarship from a national trust. The six scholarships are the first awarded from the $600,000 grant recently gifted to the College of Nursing from the Helene […]

  • UCF's Anthropology Classroom Blends High Tech, World Experience

    2016-05-16 11:00:00

    A small group of UCF students is heading to Turkey this month to put what they learned in the classroom to work at an anthropology dig in an area once ruled by King Midas. Anthropology assistant professor Scott Branting and his team of students will be working 10 weeks at the Kerkenes Dag Project, a […]

  • NASA Gives UCF Grant to Study Astronauts' Team Effectiveness for Deep Space Missions

    2016-05-16 10:00:15

    NASA has awarded two UCF professors $900,000 to study cognitive issues such as memory and attention in astronauts on lengthy space assignments. Stephen Fiore and Shawn Burke’s project is one of 27 selected from 18 institutions around the country, which will receive money from a $12 million pool over three years. The projects were selected […]

  • UCF Professor Awarded $750,000 Grant to Secure Computing Systems

    2016-05-16 09:47:31

    The Department of Energy has awarded University of Central Florida assistant professor Yier Jin a grant worth at least $750,000 to fund his research in developing high-performance computing platforms that are hardened and secure enough to thwart hackers. The funding of $150,000 a year for five years comes from the DOE’s Early Career Research Program, […]

  • Mentoring Program Quadruples Membership, Celebrates Four Years of Academic Success

    2016-05-13 11:07:45

    Rosen College’s award-winning Peer Outreach Mentoring Program (POMP) held its Fourth Annual Mentorship Ceremony on Friday, April 22. During the ceremony, senior Ryan Burke was honored with the Peer Mentor of the Year Award and a $1,000 scholarship. Senior Andre Forrest received the Mentee of the Year Award and an automatic promotion to the peer […]

  • UCF Student Builds Beehive Fences to Help Save Elephants in Africa

    2016-05-12 08:30:34

    Matthew Rudolph, 31, always knew he wanted a career that involved animals, but he never envisioned using tiny honeybees to help save the world’s largest land mammal. Still, that’s exactly what the University of Central Florida biology student has been doing for the past six months, working alongside a team of international researchers in Kenya […]

  • University's Early Theatre Troupes to Stage Reunion

    2016-05-12 08:00:41

    In the early days of UCF – when it was known as Florida Technological University with the overriding mission to provide personnel for the U.S. space program – there also was a small group of dedicated theatre students, faculty and staff on campus. In that space-dominated era, that handful of actors, set designers, professors and […]

  • UCF Names New Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities

    2016-05-12 06:00:51

    After an extensive national search that began in October, the University of Central Florida has selected Jeffrey Moore, director of UCF’s School of Performing Arts, as its new dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. He will start his new role Aug. 8. Moore joined UCF in 1994 as the university’s first full-time percussion […]

  • If Our Gatekeepers Can't Function Properly, We Are Doomed

    2016-05-11 09:26:18

    Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor who lost his medical license in 2010, falsely claimed in a 1998 scientific paper published in The Lancet that measles, mumps and rubella vaccines cause autism and Crohn’s disease. His claims, though bogus, were widely reported and led to a decline in vaccination rates and new outbreaks of measles and […]

  • Rosen College Adds Lodging Management Track

    2016-05-10 10:33:30

    Starting in Fall 2016, students majoring in hospitality management at the University of Central Florida will be able to specialize in lodging management. This focused track within the Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management will provide targeted study in industry-specific areas, including resort management, hospitality facilities management and advanced lodging operations. In addition to […]

  • Theatre UCF Announces 2016-17 Season

    2016-05-09 15:15:36

    From the classics (Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet) to the contemporary (2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Clybourne Park), to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! to The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein, Theatre UCF will present eight performances in its 2016-17 schedule. Seven of the plays will be included in the department’s subscription series, and Oklahoma! will be […]

  • UCF Biology Professor Explores Mysteries of Insect Life

    2016-05-09 09:28:58

    The first time biology associate professor Barb Sharanowski encountered insects, they terrified her. “When I was a kid in Ontario, Canada, my older brother used to throw them at me – gosh, it was just basically torture,” she said. “But as I grew older I overcame that fear, and curiosity took hold. I learned that […]

  • UCF, Nike Unveil New Uniforms for the 2016 Football Season

    2016-05-09 09:00:42

    When Scott Frost was hired on Dec. 1, the very first question he faced from a media member related to UCF’s jerseys, and the questions eventually piled up from fans as well. A little more than five months later, UCF and Nike have announced a brand new look for the Black and Gold starting for […]

  • Idea for Mobile Network to Monitor Heart Patients Wins UCF’s 2016 Great Capstone Case Competition

    2016-05-09 08:30:14

    Four years ago, UCF finance major Courtney Wood was playing basketball with her dad when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. He survived and now wears an Implantable Cardiac Device (ICD) to monitor his heart. That terrifying moment would inspire his daughter to come up with the winning idea for the Great Capstone Case Competition, […]

  • UCF Doctor's Journey Just Getting Started with First Mother's Day

    2016-05-08 08:00:21

    It was not a straight path to motherhood for Dr. Mariana Dangiolo, a physician at UCF Health and Assistant Professor at the College of Medicine. When she entered her 40s, she knew that chances of her and her husband of 10 years conceiving were diminishing as the years went by. “As a doctor, it was […]

  • Theatre UCF Student Wins 1st National Environmental Playwriting Award

    2016-05-06 13:15:39

    University of Central Florida student Alex Hehr recently won the inaugural National Planet Earth Arts Award for the American College Theatre Festival for his original piece Biodegradable Seagulls. The award, presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., was given to a play that addresses environment, climate change, or society’s impact on sustainability.  “I was […]

  • President's Circle Donors Thanked at Honors College

    2016-05-05 14:22:23

    Members of the UCF President’s Circle – donors who make annual gifts between $1,000 and $24,999 – were acknowledged for their contributions to the university yesterday at a reception at The Burnett Honors College. Honors College student Tali Trenkamp was one of the featured speakers. She thanked donors for enhancing the college experience by giving […]

  • Florida Senators Honored with UCF Public Service Awards

    2016-05-05 13:10:45

    The University of Central Florida recognized U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Florida Sen. Andy Gardiner among others Wednesday night with 2016 Public Service Leadership Awards. The awards are designed to honor elected officials, public-service professionals, nonprofit leaders and volunteers who have demonstrated leadership in and commitment to the field of public service. “These awards recognize […]

  • Exhibition Features End-of-Year Films

    2016-05-05 11:11:16

    Showing titles such as “For the Love of Optimism,” “Grizzly Girl” and “The Florida I Never Knew,” four days of UCF student and faculty films will be shown beginning today, May 5. Films to be presented are capstone projects, experimental cinema, video art, and non-narrative works. Each year the film program in the School of […]

  • Rosen Foundation Scholarship Helps Graduate Overcome Odds

    2016-05-05 11:06:50

    Kamillia Crawford was beating the odds of Tangelo Park’s student statistics, the ones that once pointed to high dropout rates and poor chances of graduation in the historically low-income community south of Orlando. In high school, Crawford knew she wanted to study law. She had good grades. And she had a family pushing her towards […]

  • Traffic Changes for Upcoming Commencement Ceremonies

    2016-05-05 11:00:09

    Expect upcoming road closures near the CFE Arena and traffic delays in the UCF area due to commencement ceremonies. Graduates, students, staff and faculty members, and campus visitors are encouraged to follow directions provided on message boards to minimize traffic congestion and delays. Parking garages D and H will be reserved for the commencement ceremonies. […]

  • Work at Google HQ and in the Classroom Ahead for Sister UCF Graduates

    2016-05-05 07:00:56

    Despite being separated by four years and very different personalities, sisters Beverly and Cynthia Zambrano are best friends who share everything – and that includes their graduation from the University of Central Florida. Beverly, 23, and Cynthia, 19, will both be awarded degrees during UCF’s spring commencement, which runs Thursday through Saturday. Beverly has earned […]

  • The Epitome of Empathy: Medical Students Respond to Classmate's Tragedy

    2016-05-05 06:30:30

    UCF medical student Kesha Thomas was driving home from surgical training in Davenport when she received the call from one of her teenage daughters: Their apartment was on fire. By the time she arrived in Orlando, their home was in ruins, one of 20 apartments left uninhabitable. The fire displaced a total of 58 residents […]

  • UCF Forum: My Addiction to All Things Colorful, Crafty, Stationery and Office Supply

    2016-05-05 06:00:31

    I have a coloring book and pretty pencils to color with. I know many of you do, as well. But the difference between you and me may be this: I have had an addiction to all things colorful, crafty, stationery, and office supply for my entire life. My office-supply addiction is so insane that people […]

  • Nearly 8,000 Degrees to be Awarded at Spring Commencements

    2016-05-04 19:57:47

    Nearly 8,000 students are expected to graduate from the University of Central Florida during six commencement ceremonies May 5-7 at CFE Arena. The ceremonies will be: 9 a.m. Thursday, May 5 – College of Arts & Humanities, College of Engineering & Computer Science and College of Optics & Photonics. 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 – College of […]

  • Bill Davis, Kathie Canning to be Inducted into Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame®

    2016-05-04 12:01:55

    The Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida will honor Bill Davis and Kathie Canning at The Pineapple Ball® on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. The event will be produced by Rosen College faculty, staff and students. Proceeds will benefit academic initiatives and scholarships. “We are […]

  • Brains and Brawn: Police Officer Graduates with Engineering Degree

    2016-05-04 10:32:52

      When the alarm goes off at 4 a.m., UCF College of Engineering & Computer Science senior Harold O’Lena gets out of bed and prepares for his 15-hour day as a full-time police officer and part-time mechanical engineering student. O’Lena, 44, works anywhere from 40 to 60 hours a week for the Orlando Police Department […]

  • Fantastic Failures Can Actually Be Fantastic Breakthroughs

    2016-05-02 14:48:29

    Ayman Abouraddy, Ph.D., an associate professor at CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, helped to create a new nanoparticle fabrication technique which sprung from an unlikely event. His student was performing an unrelated experiment that continued to go awry. Yet this unexpected result was the very thing that eluded Abouraddy and his fellow researchers for years. Before Abouraddy came […]

  • UCF Downtown Receives $1 Million in Community Support from BB&T Corporation

    2016-05-02 14:05:08

    The University of Central Florida today received a $1 million gift from BB&T Corporation for its downtown campus, the first major contribution since Florida Gov. Rick Scott approved $20 million in state funding for UCF Downtown in March. BB&T’s donation brings total community support for the campus to $17 million and will help pay for the […]

  • Herschend Family Entertainment CEO Shares Advice for Aspiring Theme Park Professionals

    2016-05-02 11:45:58

    On Monday, April 28, Andrew Wexler, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, spoke to aspiring theme park leaders at Rosen College as a guest of The Future Theme Park Leaders Association. The room was filled with a variety of students pursuing careers in theme parks, computer science, engineering and business, hailing from as far as Dubai. […]

  • How Captain America: Civil War Reflects America's Soul

    2016-05-02 08:18:51

    It’s almost impossible to avoid all the hype about the upcoming Marvel Comics-inspired film – Captain America: Civil War. Hollywood is banking on the legions of loyal – some might say crazy – fans who dress up as their favorite character, attend conventions, flock to YouTube with speculation about comic-inspired movie storylines and buy lots […]