January 2018

  • An Interview with Dinaw Mengestu

    2018-01-20 11:15:24

    “I grew up in the shadows of a half-dozen names,” said Dinaw Mengestu, speaking of the family members he never met. Mengestu — the author of this year’s Big Read at UCF book, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears — moved to the U.S. from Ethiopia when he was two. “What inspired me most was […]

  • Newest UCF Research Building Coming Online

    2018-01-19 17:05:28

    The long-awaited Research I building located in between Engineering and CREOL is just about ready for business. Faculty members from various colleges and centers began moving into the 105,775 square-foot facility this month. They will share three floors of wet labs, conference rooms, lecture halls and offices. The building was built to provide the infrastructure, […]

  • UCF Extends In-State Tuition Rate for Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

    2018-01-18 16:19:52

    The UCF Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to continue to allow students displaced by Hurricane Maria to qualify for in-state tuition. The board extended the tuition reduction, which started this spring, through the spring 2019 semester for students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The reduction applies to students who fled Puerto […]

  • Knight Inducted into Flag Football Hall of Fame

    2018-01-18 15:51:46

    Tatianne DeAraujo, a 2017 sports and exercise science graduate in the College of Education and Human Performance, recently was named to the National Collegiate Flag Football Championships Hall of Fame in Pensacola. She is the third Knight in seven years to be inducted into the hall. DeAraujo is a three-time Most Valuable Player at the […]

  • VIDEO: Knights Take 2nd in National Cheerleading Championships

    2018-01-18 13:46:12

    The UCF Knights Cheer team captured second place at the national championships last weekend in Orlando, competing against 13 other teams at Walt Disney World Resort. The Knights have now placed in the Top 10 of the College Cheerleading National Championships 23 times in the past 25 years under head coach Linda Gooch, including national titles […]

  • UCF Launches National Center to Find Big-Picture Solutions to Coastal Threats

    2018-01-17 09:30:52

    UCF has launched a national research center focused on finding big-picture solutions to threats facing coastal communities. In 2017, federal and local governments in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico spent more than $284 billion to deal with the impact of hurricanes and flooding, according to NOAA. “There’s a perfect storm coming,” said Graham Worthy, UCF […]

  • The Best Things in Life Come From Stretching Ourselves

    2018-01-17 09:30:26

    How often do you get uncomfortable? A couple of years ago I bought a shirt as part of an adoption fundraiser. The front of the shirt said: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” That phrase has really resonated with me and has increasingly pushed me in many areas of my life – […]

  • UCF Study Shows Benefits, Challenges of Lunch Programs for Elderly

    2018-01-16 13:42:09

    Eating lunch with others benefits the health of elderly Orange County residents, according to a study conducted by public affairs’ researchers at UCF. The nonprofit Seniors First, which offers the Neighborhood Lunch program in Orange County, partnered with UCF to review its program and impact on participants. Doctoral students Faisal Mohamidi and Safiya Prysmakova and […]

  • A Breakthrough in Graphene Research May lead to Next-Generation Tech

    2018-01-12 12:15:41

    A finding that enables graphene to better absorb light could be the key manufacturers have been waiting for to utilize the super-strong, superlight material in next-generation devices including light detectors, touchscreens, glucose testing meters and even water filtration systems. For the first time, the UCF team demonstrated more than 45 percent absorption of light in […]

  • UCF to Host Florida International Summit

    2018-01-11 17:01:40

    On Jan. 30, the Florida Network for Global Studies will hold its annual Florida International Summit at UCF. The theme for the summit is Transatlantic Security, and addresses the important relations shared between the U.S. and European countries and political institutions. Attendees will gain expert insights on various aspects of transatlantic relations, including military, economic, and […]

  • Girls & Games Conference Strives to Bridge Gender Gap in Gaming Industry

    2018-01-11 16:15:31

    UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy will host an inaugural “Press Play” conference on Saturday, bringing together students and speakers focused on bridging the gender gap in the gaming industry. The graduate video game school is teaming with industry leader Electronic Arts to present the conference. More than 250 mostly female high school and college students […]

  • UCF Online Undergraduate Programs Named Top 20 in Nation

    2018-01-10 17:40:26

    U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UCF No. 16 for online undergraduate programs out of 346 schools, jumping up 20 positions from No. 36 last year. UCF also placed No. 13 for undergraduate programs for veterans. The rankings examine the ease and affordability of each program, as well as student engagement, services, faculty credentials […]

  • UCF Docs Named To Top and Best Doctors 2017

    2018-01-10 13:53:17

      Nine UCF physicians, including six who practice at UCF Health, have been named as Best and Top doctors in the December 2017 issue of Orlando Magazine. Included in the list are: Dr. Shazia Bég – Rheumatology Dr. Maria Cannarozzi – Internal Medicine Dr. Mariana Dangiolo – Geriatrics Dr. Bernard Gros – Cardiology Dr. Marcia Katz – Pulmonology Dr. Sergio […]

  • Clinical Trial that Uses Gaming to help Older Patients with Cancer Underway in Orlando

    2018-01-10 12:28:26

    A clinical trial is underway to help older cancer patients facing chemotherapy, learn to take better care of themselves at home. University of Central Florida endowed professor in oncology nursing and cancer researcher Victoria Loerzel developed the education tool. The trial, being conducted at the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health, is studying patients […]

  • Let’s Be Clear: UCF Launches New Title IX Campaign

    2018-01-10 10:13:08

    As members of the UCF community return to campus for the New Year, they’ll notice a new message advertised on campus: Let’s Be Clear. Let’s Be Clear messaging will be packaged with phrases about expectations for behavior as well as the availability of support resources for all students and faculty and staff members impacted by […]

  • The Awesome Power of Faith Helps Us Endure

    2018-01-10 09:17:47

    A mixture of Irish and Belgian heritage is what my stepdad used to explain his enormous stubborn streak. My mother, his wife of 21 years, was the only one who could talk sense into him when he reached an impasse with anyone. It was a character flaw in an otherwise kind, hard-working, loving man. We […]

  • Armed Services Turn to UCF for Help with New Technology

    2018-01-08 16:35:54

    The U.S. Army and the U.S. Office of Naval Research have turned to the University of Central Florida to help push the limits of additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D printing with metallic alloys. Additive manufacturing looks to use different metallic alloys to print a variety of finished components used in everything from children’s toys […]

  • European Commission to Fund New International Exchange Program with UCF

    2018-01-08 09:39:56

    The European Commission will fund a new international collaboration between UCF and Kaunas University of Technology in Kaunas, Lithuania, thanks to an exchange agreement signed recently. UCF students and faculty and staff members may now apply for financial support to visit KTU to learn, teach and network, and members of KTU may apply for support […]

  • Keep Your Resolutions Short, Simple, Specific to be Successful

    2018-01-08 09:00:01

    ‘Tis the season for making New Year’s resolutions, a custom that goes back 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonian empire. The Babylonians also gave us New Year’s celebrations, although they celebrated in March when they planted their crops. They had two consistent resolutions: Pay off their debts and return things they borrowed. Obviously, my neighbor […]

  • Faculty on Picking UCF's Next President

    2018-01-07 11:51:37

    It’s no secret that 2018 will be a big year – starting with the Knights’ spectacular Peach Bowl victory against Auburn. This spring, we will select our next president. UCF is in a transformative time, and we each have an opportunity to shape our collective future. As faculty representatives on the search committee to find […]

  • Testing in the Age of Technology

    2018-01-04 22:01:40

    Living in a digital age, it’s hard to imagine not being able to do something on your laptop, tablet or phone. So what happens when the discipline you teach still relies on pen and paper for assessing students? In true UCF fashion, you find a better way. “I saw so many other disciplines turning to […]

  • UCF to Join The Big Read with Free Books, Lectures, Play

    2018-01-04 09:58:59

    As part of the upcoming annual Big Read supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, UCF will celebrate The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, the debut novel of African journalist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow Dinaw Mengestu. Events include an art exhibition, play, book clubs, lectures, artist talks and book signing. Woven throughout these events […]

  • Alumna Giving Back To Atlanta in Celebration of Daughter’s Memory, Perfect Season

    2018-01-02 07:51:23

    On Dec. 31, 2011, Sarah Dodson ’01 knew New Year’s Eve would never hold the same meaning to her again. After five years of treatment, her 8-year-old daughter Marlie, who dreamed of becoming a UCF cheerleader and nurse, died of a brain tumor. In 2012, Dodson and her family established a new tradition with the […]

  • Knights Defeat Auburn in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

    2018-01-01 19:59:35

    The UCF football team completed its perfect season with a 34-27 win over Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day. “I’m so happy for these guys,” UCF head coach Scott Frost said. “I told them in the locker room, this was an 0-12 group when I got there, and they looked like they weren’t having […]