June 2017

  • College of Medicine Welcomes Largest Group of Residents

    2017-06-27 12:15:37

    Dr. Dionardo Medina spent the last three years in residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York. Today he’s at a UCF Endocrinology fellowship that will train him to care for patients with conditions like diabetes and thyroid disease. “I chose UCF because it has a great reputation,” he said as he gathered June […]

  • UCFPD: Snapchat Belongs in ‘Ghost Mode’

    2017-06-27 11:43:05

    The UCF Police Department advises the community about a new feature on Snapchat that allows users to show their location to friends and followers. The popular app’s new feature, Snap Maps, allows others to see when users are not home along with other location information. This feature poses a risk, especially for the UCF community, […]

  • International Clarinet Association, UCF Partner to Bring ClarinetFest to Orlando

    2017-06-27 11:27:12

    ClarinetFest, the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association, will meet July 26-30 in Orlando in partnership with UCF’s School of Performing Arts. Members of the ICA will hold meetings and presentations during the conference, but several evening concerts – some of which will be by UCF musicians – are open to the public. “Over […]

  • Nursing Simulation Expert Receives International Award for Excellence

    2017-06-26 13:53:41

    Simulation expert and assistant professor at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing Desiree Díaz has been honored with the Excellence in Academia Award from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL). The annual award is given to an educator who demonstrates excellence in simulation teaching and learning through flexibility, creativity […]

  • 3 UCF Teams Honored for Saving Taxpayers’ Money

    2017-06-26 10:32:31

    Three University of Central Florida employee teams were honored recently for their creativity and ability to save taxpayers’ money. The employees received the Prudential Productivity Awards at a luncheon Thursday organized by Florida TaxWatch, a nonpartisan and nonprofit government watchdog. The teams were the creators of the Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool, a program that […]

  • RWC Users More Likely to Have Higher GPAs, Stay in School

    2017-06-26 07:00:00

    Students who use college recreational facilities and programs are likely to see benefits beyond just physical fitness. At the University of Central Florida, Recreation and Wellness Center users are likely to have higher grade-point averages compared to non-users, and are more likely to stay in school, according to university data. Those who used the RWC […]

  • Rosen College of Hospitality Management Receives $1.5 Million

    2017-06-26 06:00:25

    The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation has made a generous commitment of $1.5 million to help fund construction of a new foodservice lab at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. The facility will be named the Marriott Foodservice Lab. The new 3,500-square-foot lab is needed to accommodate rapid growth […]

  • UCF Earns ‘A’ for Inclusive Hiring Practices of Women’s Coaches

    2017-06-23 10:10:57

    UCF was the only school to earn an ‘A’ for racial and gender hiring practices for women’s teams’ head coaches in a new report released today. The study was produced by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at UCF, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the […]

  • Greek Students Raise UCF Record-Breaking $1 Million for Charity

    2017-06-23 08:00:39

    Fraternities and sororities at the University of Central Florida collectively donated to charity more than $1 million – the most in a single year – in the 2016-17 academic year. Nearly 4,000 students who make up the 47 social Greek-lettered organizations on campus raised $1,065,391 from August 2016 to May 2017. Money raised went to […]

  • Two UCF Knights Highlight TEDx Orlando Talk

    2017-06-22 15:15:35

    Albert Manero ‘16, president of Limbitless Solutions, will speak about the power of technology and art to help children unlock their identities during the relaunch of TEDx Orlando on Saturday, June 24. UCF biology Pegasus Professor Graham Worthy also will speak about the pressures of population growth on the future of Florida’s coasts. TED Talks […]

  • Biologist and Genetics Expert Team Up to Solve Turtle Health Mystery

    2017-06-22 08:07:57

    Almost 50 percent of the green sea turtles in the Indian River Lagoon have tumors all over their bodies and despite data going back more than two decades, the cause of the disease remains a mystery. University of Central Florida assistant professor and biologist Kate Mansfield works on various sea turtle research projects and is […]

  • Cocoa Student Nurses’ Association Wins Two National Awards

    2017-06-21 06:05:31

    The Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) chapter at UCF’s Cocoa campus was recently recognized for its achievements at the National Student Nurses’ Association’s (NSNA) Convention in Dallas, Texas. They earned two awards, gaining their chapter national recognition for the first time. The first award was presented to Whitney Miranda, SNA president, and Isaiah Moser for their […]

  • UCF Earns Silver Rating for Sustainability

    2017-06-20 10:25:07

    The University of Central Florida has received a silver rating for its sustainability by a program within the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, a Philadelphia-based organization that works to empower people to be change agents of sustainability innovation. Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, known as STARS, is the program behind […]

  • New Job Service Available for Students, Alumni

    2017-06-19 16:52:12

    UCF students and alumni, your next Handshake could hook you up on your career path. The new Handshake service hosted by Career Services and Experiential Learning allows participants to apply for thousands of jobs, internships and other opportunities. Participants can use the system to store a resume, cover letter and other documents to use for […]

  • UCF Researcher Builds Bridge to Silk Road’s Cultural Heritage

    2017-06-19 10:07:13

    Lanlan Kuang’s research this summer is mixing the old with the new. And by “old,” we mean ancient. Kuang is a UCF assistant professor of philosophy and one of a select group of international scholars with access to the Dunhuang Mogao Caves along the Silk Road in China. The nearly 500 caves are the largest […]

  • UCF Student Paddles 800 Miles Down Gulf Coast to Raise Money for Environment

    2017-06-19 09:49:47

    A UCF student is making waves as he paddles nearly 800 miles down Florida’s Gulf Coast this summer. Cole Kolasa, an environmental engineering major, is documenting his summertime adventure in his blog Kayaking for Conservation. Kolasa started a Go Fund Me page in hopes of raising $10,000 to support artificial reefs in Hernando County. The […]

  • Nursing Professor Receives National Educator Award

    2017-06-19 06:05:38

    Christopher Blackwell, an associate professor at the University of Central Florida’s College of Nursing, has been awarded the 2017 Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Blackwell, who was nominated by current and previous colleagues, was recognized for his significant contributions to the advancement of nurse practitioners through […]

  • Doctoral Program in Public Affairs Draws International Students to UCF

    2017-06-16 16:00:18

    Ahmad Khanijahani knew he wanted to focus on health care. He knew he wanted to go as far in education as possible. His journey brought him from Iran to Orlando; Khanijahani is one of 15 international students currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. “We don’t have […]

  • UCF, Orlando Health Team up to Help Children Vroom Vroom

    2017-06-16 12:24:15

    The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health are teaming up today to give some children with limited mobility a little bit of independence. Orlando Health is sponsoring a UCF Go Baby Go! event at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in downtown Orlando. UCF Go Baby Go! was established in 2015 as a chapter of the […]

  • UCF Celebrates World Sea Turtle Day

    2017-06-16 12:17:46

    Today is World Sea Turtle Day, but UCF researchers aren’t celebrating with a party. They’re continuing to do grueling research to help expand the knowledge of the creatures. The day is set aside to raise awareness about sea turtles, many species of which are endangered or threatened. The day has special significance for Florida because […]

  • Ravago Lecture Hall Named, Unveiled

    2017-06-16 10:37:49

    Room 101 has always been a favorite learning environment for medical students because of its engaging environment — and now the lecture hall has a new name, the Ravago Lecture Hall. The name, unveiled June 14, honors Ravago Holdings America, the world’s largest distributor and compounder of plastic resins, and its $750,000 multi-year gift to […]

  • UCF, Orlando Health Team up to Help Children Vroom Vroom

    2017-06-16 09:25:04

    The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health are teaming up today to give some children with limited mobility a little bit of independence. Orlando Health is sponsoring a UCF Go Baby Go! event at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in downtown Orlando. UCF Go Baby Go! was established in 2015 as a chapter of the […]

  • Father's Day Tip of the Cap to UCF Alumnus, Longtime MLB Radio Announcer

    2017-06-15 07:00:16

    UCF alumnus Vince Cotroneo ‘83 has experienced some memorable moments during the past 25 years of his career as a radio broadcaster for Major League Baseball. His first opening day in 1991 with the Houston Astros. His first postseason game in 1997. His first inside-the-park home run call during the 2006 playoffs. Yet, it was […]

  • Graphene Transistor Could Mean Computers That Are 1,000 Times Faster

    2017-06-15 06:00:30

    A University of Central Florida professor is part of a research team that developed a graphene-based transistor that could someday lead to computers that are a thousand times faster and use a hundredth of the power. Ryan M. Gelfand, an assistant professor in CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, was a graduate student at […]

  • UCF Professor Aims to Bring Awareness to Men's Health

    2017-06-15 05:00:06

    As International Men’s Health Week winds down on Friday June 16, UCF assistant professor of health sciences Michael Rovito continues to advocate for the establishment of a national men’s health office. That’s because none currently exist, although there are roughly a dozen offices dedicated to women’s health across the nation. He wants to increase education […]

  • Seeking Direction in Your Life? Outdoor Education May Point the Way

    2017-06-14 10:33:10

    The wallpaper on my computer is of a remote and beautiful place in the Utah desert. The different shades of red and orange seem endless when I stare at the picture’s detail. It’s a special place to me, and while I didn’t take the picture, I’ve stood at the same exact point numerous times. Most […]

  • Theatre UCF’s 2017-18 Season Features New, Provocative Works

    2017-06-14 09:25:49

    Theatre UCF, part of the UCF School of Performing Arts, examines current social issues and focuses on new and contemporary plays in its 2017-18 season. This is the first season planned by artistic director Julia Listengarten and it includes plays and musicals that are rarely produced in Central Florida. Listengarten is a professor of Theatre […]

  • A Change of Heart: An Exchange Student’s Account of Pulse

    2017-06-12 16:10:07

    Zoe Williamson was a student visiting from the University of Gloucestershire in England and participating in a comparative policing student exchange program in partnership with the UCF Department of Criminal Justice the night of the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12. She was riding along with Orange County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Sergeant Jay Rosario that […]

  • UCF Offering First Responders and Trauma Seminar Friday

    2017-06-12 10:35:24

    The acts of terrorism and mass murder that are tragically becoming far too common in our community and across the world take an emotional toll on the first responders responsible for caring for victims, survivors and families. On Friday, experts and first responders will gather at UCF to share personal experiences, strategies for self-care, and […]

  • Engineering Graduate Students View Professor as Father Figure

    2017-06-12 10:00:24

    Graduate students Qing Cai and Yina Wu from China say they owe their meeting and eventual marriage to UCF Engineering Professor Mohamed Abdel-Aty. It was Abdel-Aty who convinced each stellar graduate student to attend UCF so they could contribute to cutting-edge transportation-engineering research being conducted in his lab. They arrived separately and when they met, […]

  • Is it Time to Level the Playing Field for College Athletes?

    2017-06-11 14:27:01

    I love college sports. I’ve got the Knights, Yellow Jackets, Tar Heels, Hoyas, Maroon Tigers – you name it. If I can catch a game, I will. My brother-in-law, who’s from New England, recently schooled me about lacrosse, so now on top of college football, basketball, baseball and volleyball, I’m hooked on that, too. And […]

  • UCF Hosts Cleantech Business-Plan Competition

    2017-06-09 08:38:54

    Ten promising cleantech companies from across the United States, including three from the University of Central Florida, will face off in a business-plan competition Friday for a chance to win $50,000 to grow their innovations into a business. The competition, called Megawatt Ventures, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Cleantech University Prize and […]

  • Remembering Pulse

    2017-06-07 14:00:43

    UCF invites the community to campus on June 8 to honor and remember the 49 lives taken at Pulse. Below is a message from UCF President John C. Hitt detailing how the university will mark the one-year remembrance. Nearly one year ago, our vibrant, welcoming city was attacked in an act of hate. On June […]

  • UCF Installs Mural in Honor of Knights Killed at Pulse

    2017-06-07 13:31:18

    As the University of Central Florida prepares to honor and remember the 49 lives taken at Pulse, a tribute to two of the victims is being installed on the heart of UCF’s campus. A mural designed by artists Michael Pilato and Yuriy Karabash features UCF student Juan Ramon Guerrero and two-time alumnus Christopher Andrew “Drew” […]

  • The Lessons of Residency – Trust, Patience, Courage

    2017-06-07 13:23:43

    Dr. “Mo” said goodbye to his patients at the Orlando VA clinic and reflected on what they had taught him. Patience. Trust. The power of simple, compassionate words. As a resident in UCF’s first internal medicine residency program, Almatmed Abdelsalam, (left), known to patients and colleagues as Mo, had worked at the Osceola Regional and Orlando […]

  • UCF First Residents Honored As Pioneers

    2017-06-07 13:03:23

    As doctors, they came to UCF from across the world – including Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Iraq, the United Kingdom and the U.S. And on June 7, they graduated as the College of Medicine’s first residents – trained for the last three years through a partnership that gave them the opportunity to care for veterans […]

  • UCF Teams Up with Teachers to Educate Students on GIS, Drones

    2017-06-07 13:00:00

    University of Central Florida professors of geographic information systems and biology teamed up Wednesday to take GIS technology and drones into Florida classrooms for 5th grade through high school. In the geospatial technology training workshop for Florida teachers, 14 teachers were shown customizable lesson plans that use GIS, mapping and drone technologies. Tim Hawthorne, GIS assistant […]

  • UCF Ranks in Top 25 of U.S. Public Universities for Patents Issued

    2017-06-07 12:30:16

    The National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association today announced that the University of Central Florida ranks 41st in the world for the number of U.S. patents issued in 2016. From this listing, UCF ranks 21st among public universities in the nation. The recognition is an important one because patents often lead to […]

  • UCF Alumni Start ‘The Dru Project’ in Honor of Pulse Victim

    2017-06-07 12:00:48

    Two-time University of Central Florida alumnus Christopher Andrew Leinonen, known to most as “Drew,” lived and breathed having an impact on LGBTQ youth, hoping to equip them with education and empowerment. As a junior in high school, Drew received the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award from the Florida Holocaust Museum for taking initiative to establish his […]

  • STEM Initiative Brings High Schoolers to BRIDG and UCF

    2017-06-07 11:30:19

    Osceola County high school students will tour the smart-sensor manufacturing facility BRIDG and UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center next week as part of a new initiative designed to prepare students for high-tech fields. The program is part of an ongoing effort by the Osceola County School District to expand its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) […]

  • Why Can't You Just Be On Time?

    2017-06-07 10:27:14

    Imagine going to any public event and a fight breaks out over saving seats. This was just the case recently in Memphis, TN, at the Arlington High School graduation ceremony held at a church. The embarrassing story and video went national. It seems one family was saving seats for someone, but when another family tried to sit […]

  • First Residents Graduate from UCF Partnership Internal Medicine Program

    2017-06-06 14:08:38

    UCF’s first partnership internal medicine residency program will graduate its first physicians June 8, honoring the pioneers who are helping inspire new graduate medical education programs across the state. The College of Medicine’s first residency began in 2014 in partnership with HCA’s North Florida Division’s Osceola Regional Medical Center and the Orlando VA Medical Center. […]

  • ‘Resilience: Remembering Pulse’ Art Gallery Coming to UCF

    2017-06-06 08:00:18

    When Joey Roulette heard of the tragedy that struck Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, his impulse was to respond through art. Roulette, a senior studying political science at the University of Central Florida, is a contributing photojournalist at Orlando Weekly. Nearly a year ago, in the aftermath of the shootings that killed 49 people, […]

  • UCF to Host Blood Drive Thursday in Remembrance of Pulse

    2017-06-05 13:47:23

    Ten OneBlood buses for blood donations will be near Memory Mall from 2-8 p.m. Thursday to commemorate nearly a year since the Pulse shooting tragedy struck Orlando. On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed when a shooter opened fire in the nightclub in downtown Orlando. Among those killed were Juan Ramon Guerrero, a University […]

  • UCF Scientists Use Gene Editing Tech to Develop New Screening Tool for Parkinson's Disease

    2017-06-05 09:41:08

    A team of researchers at the University of Central Florida is using breakthrough gene-editing technology to develop a new screening tool for Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating degenerative disorder of the nervous system. The technology allows scientists in the lab to “light up” and then monitor a brain protein called alpha-synuclein that has been associated with […]

  • UCF to Remember Pulse With Events June 8

    2017-06-02 08:30:30

    UCF invites the community to campus on Thursday, June 8, to honor and remember the 49 lives taken at Pulse nearly one year ago. UCF selected June 8 to allow our community to attend City of Orlando and Orange County Government remembrances on June 12. June 8 events, titled “UCF Remembers … 6.12.16,” will include: […]

  • Game Helps Older Adults Manage Cancer Symptoms

    2017-06-01 17:10:38

    Older adults are not the typical gamer, but are the most common to have cancer. A new educational tool, developed by a UCF endowed professor and oncology researcher, is getting these patients into gaming to improve their quality of life. After receiving a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2015, Victoria Loerzel […]

  • Registration Open for Student-Organized Charity Run Honoring Pulse Victims

    2017-06-01 13:12:47

    A 4.9K charity run through streets near downtown Orlando will honor the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub attack. The commUNITY Rainbow Run is scheduled for June 10, two days before the one-year anniversary of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. It will begin and end at Wadeview Park, just a few blocks from […]

  • SEED at UCF Offers Professional Development in Diversity, Inclusion

    2017-06-01 07:00:12

    Twenty-four University of Central Florida faculty and staff members for the past academic year have met once a month to discuss inclusiveness, explore their own feelings about the topic and learn of others’ perspectives – all in an effort to create more inclusive curriculum and workplace environments.   The group made up the Office of […]