February 2016

  • 'Reeling' Brings Silent Era to Theatre UCF

    2016-02-09 14:58:58

    At a time when silent productions are a relic, Theatre UCF reinvigorates the classic style with a for-all-ages production of Reeling. Playing Feb. 18-28 in the University of Central Florida’s Black Box, this wordless play will have audiences “reeling” with laughter. “This play is a unique theatrical experience that also serves as a big history […]

  • Information About the Zika Virus

    2016-02-09 12:02:23

    UCF is joining the Florida Department of Health in monitoring the status of the Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitoes. There have been no reported cases of the virus acquired in Florida, but there have been cases of Florida travelers who have acquired the virus in other countries. Common symptoms are fever, rash, joint […]

  • UCF Unveils New Smart Power Grid Lab

    2016-02-09 09:06:54

    A new engineering laboratory that enhances the University of Central Florida’s leading role in modernizing and sustaining the nation’s power grid is opening this week, in concert with the national DistribuTECH conference in Orlando of 12,000 grid engineers and energy leaders. The 660-square-foot Smart Grid lab, located in the Harris Engineering Center on UCF’s main […]

  • UCF's Pendulum Swings Again, Thanks to Alumna

    2016-02-08 12:48:51

    For the first time in more than 20 years, the pendulum in the atrium of the Mathematical Sciences building is swinging back and forth again. The Foucault pendulum, named after  French physicist Léon Foucault, was part of the original building and has been on campus since October 1970. Back then the pendulum hung unobstructed until […]

  • UCF Victim Services Hosts 4th Annual 1 Billion Rising

    2016-02-08 09:58:24

    UCF Victim Services on Friday will host the global revolution One Billion Rising, where female survivors of violence and their supporters join together to break their silence. The initiative– which will start at noon Feb. 12 on the Student Union Patio Stage– encourages those who were affected by violence to speak out about what they […]

  • Jennifer Johnson Introduced as College of Business Director of Engagement

    2016-02-05 15:13:01

    UCF’s College of Business Administration is excited to introduce Jennifer Johnson as the new director of engagement and The EXCHANGE, presented by FAIRWINDS Credit Union. “This opportunity is very exciting, in part because I bring a clear understanding of what employers in Central Florida are looking for in graduates,” says Johnson. “The EXCHANGE will expose […]

  • Med Student Teaches NASA About Brain, Balance

    2016-02-05 13:27:31

    As a child, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut. On February 3, College of Medicine senior Pouya Shooliz served the space agency in a different way – by teaching several hundred NASA employees at Kennedy Space Center about balance and the brain. On the anniversaries of the Space Shuttle Challenger and Space Shuttle Columbia disasters, […]

  • UCFPD Celebrates Year of Success and Dedication

    2016-02-05 09:16:48

    UCF Police officers, employees and campus and community partners gathered Thursday at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center to celebrate a year of hard work and success. UCFPD staff members and supporters were honored for their contributions with awards presented by UCF Police Chief Richard Beary and Deputy Chiefs Carl Metzger and Brett Meade. Det. Amber Abud […]

  • Dancers to Kick Off 9-Day UCF Celebrates the Arts Festival

    2016-02-04 14:38:55

    It may be hard for arts patrons to sit still during the UCF Celebrates the Arts festival when the university’s annual spring dance concert kicks off the nine-day festival at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. With presentations of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, pointe and hip-hop, the program will be a celebration […]

  • Clarinetist Julian Bliss to Perform with UCF Musicians

    2016-02-04 12:01:27

    Clarinetist Julian Bliss will visit UCF for three events including the UCF Wind Ensemble concert on Friday, Feb.26, and UCF Clarinet Day and the Youth Band of Orlando concert on Saturday, Feb. 27. Bliss has performed in the world’s leading venues and festivals as a soloist and chamber musician. The musical explorer started playing clarinet […]

  • Intrusion into UCF Network Involves Personal Data

    2016-02-04 10:33:57

    An intrusion into the University of Central Florida’s computer network has resulted in unauthorized access to certain personal information of some current and former students and employees. After UCF discovered the unauthorized access in January, university officials immediately reported the incident to law enforcement and launched an internal investigation with the assistance of a national […]

  • UCF, Florida Hospital Research Collaboration Awards First Grant

    2016-02-04 08:00:11

    A collaboration between the University of Central Florida and Florida Hospital has awarded its first $20,000 seed grant to a team that will study the fundamentals of cough in patients with head and neck cancer. Olusegun Ilegbusi, a professor in UCF’s College of Engineering & Computer Science and Dr. Nikhil Rao, a radiation oncologist at […]

  • Don't be Afraid of Failure

    2016-02-04 07:00:51

    Many people have written on the fear of failure. In many places it goes under the heading “fear of losing face.” I have visited several major laboratories and universities in Japan and China and come away with an uncanny feeling that in many instances they are held back by this fear. Just one example will […]

  • UCF to Present Workshops, Student Projects at Love Your Shorts Film Festival

    2016-02-04 06:00:16

    Free filmmaking workshops and an evening of student films are all part of a UCF-sponsored Education Day at the Feb. 11-14 Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford. Education Day, sponsored Feb. 11 by UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities, will kick off the festival activities at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, where 61 […]

  • Students Use Technology to Navigate Career Expo

    2016-02-03 07:51:13

    Nearly 2,400 students and alumni attended UCF’s bi-annual Career Expo at the CFE Arena. Students had the opportunity to network and connect with 230 employers from all industries looking for students of all disciplines. Attendees had the chance to rehearse their elevator pitches, brush up on industry knowledge and immediately begin marketing themselves to employers. […]

  • 2016 FASFA Update

    2016-02-03 07:20:19

    The Office of Student Financial Assistance announces important changes that students should know regarding the process for filling out and submitting the Free Application for Student Aid (FSFSA). Students, parents and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, consisting of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. The FSA ID […]

  • UCF Presents an Evening with Bree Newsome

    2016-02-02 08:39:41

    The Multicultural Student Center, the Office of Social Justice and Advocacy and UCF CARES welcome activist, filmmaker, singer and songwriter Bree Newsome on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Cape Florida Ballroom. Newsome will share her perspective on the demonstrations and debates around #blacklivesmatter. Driven by an unwavering belief in […]

  • Major Retires Following 28 Years of Service with UCFPD

    2016-02-01 16:15:46

    UCF has changed a lot over the course of Maj. Randy Mingo’s 28 years with the UCF Police Department. When he started at the university, UCF only had 36 buildings compared to the current 179. There were no late-night bite spots, a big change from the dozen options that now line Alafaya Trail and University […]

  • UCF Health Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

    2016-02-01 15:58:49

    UCF Health, the College of Medicine physician practice, received recognition today as a nationally certified Patient-Centered Medical Home for its use of evidence-based, patient-centered care in a teamwork environment. About 10 percent of the nation’s primary care practices have received the honor. The National Committee for Quality Assurance gives medical home recognition to practices with a […]

  • UCF Unveils First-of-its-Kind Therapy Café in Florida

    2016-02-01 12:30:43

    Ten years ago Diana Tafur was ejected from a New York City taxi in an accident involving a drunk driver and landed on her head. The impact left the then 22-year-old woman with a traumatic brain injury that completely changed her life and that of her family’s. After surviving four and half months in a […]

  • Satellites Show Florida Beaches Becoming Darker, and That’s Good for Sea Turtles

    2016-02-01 09:32:09

    Newly published research that started as a high school science project confirms that the density of sea turtle nests on Florida beaches is reduced where artificial lights along the coast deter nesting females. But the data also show that the network of sea turtle-friendly lighting ordinances along Florida’s coast seems to be working. “It’s a […]

  • Early Med School Match Results: 4 for 4

    2016-02-01 05:00:27

    All four College of Medicine seniors who went through early residency match have placed in top programs across the country. While 2016 National Match Day is March 18, the specialties of ophthalmology and urology match early and are considered among the nation’s most competitive. Seniors David Griffin, Amber Hoang and Matt Tadrus matched into ophthalmology, […]

  • Women Learn Self-Defense Moves, Tips in UCFPD First Class of 2016

    2016-02-01 04:00:17

    Preparedness is the key to keeping yourself safe, UCFPD Ofc. Peter Stephens explained to the women attending a self-defense class hosted by the department Tuesday night. “A lot of times you’re not paying attention to what’s going on, and women are often the targets of this type of activity, so we want to make them […]