July 2014

  • Women's Basketball: Academic Excellence Award Winners

    2014-07-23 16:22:59

    The UCF women’s basketball team earned the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference Team Academic Excellence Award on Wednesday. The Knights boasted the highest collective grade-point average for their respective sport among other programs in the league. Winners are chosen based on the 2013-14 grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution’s roster as of […]

  • The American's Top Football Program

    2014-07-23 16:12:27

    UCF football exited Conference USA by claiming the league’s Sport Academic Award in back-to-back seasons for 2011 and 2012. Now as a member of the American Athletic Conference, the Knights continued that trend Wednesday by earning the Team Academic Excellence Award as The American’s top football program in the classroom. The honor is handed out […]

  • Dominican Republic Medical Mission Expands To Include Engineers, Chaplain

    2014-07-23 13:22:49

    Bags of medicines clog the tiny office used to store, sort and pack hundreds of pounds of supplies bound for a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic leaving July 25. Medical students count and package bottles of acetaminophen and ibuprofen while others put together personal hygiene bags of shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes – most […]

  • Give Someone a Break

    2014-07-23 10:18:47

    About 20 years ago, when I was a graduate student in Tucson, Arizona, I befriended two neighbors who worked as traveling nurses taking short-term jobs at hospitals in interesting places around the country. John and Sue had met a few years earlier when they served together in a busy metropolitan hospital, an often stressful environment. […]

  • 7 Questions with Nicole Cutrufo, ‘13

    2014-07-22 17:32:02

    For Nicole Cutrufo, ’13, it all started with a childhood dream. After journeying from Europe to the United States to prepare for a career in theme parks, her passions led her home. Can you describe your career journey since graduating from UCF’s Rosen College? I graduated with my Master of Science in Hospitality Management in […]

  • Biomedical Students Apply Science to Diagnose Simulated Patient

    2014-07-22 11:45:58

    Meet patient Isaac Morris who is complaining of shortness of breath and a fast pulse. College of Medicine assistant professor Dr. David Harris asks his undergraduate physiology students to step closer to assess the patient’s condition because Mr. Morris is showing all the signs of an asthma attack. Isaac Morris is one of the mannequin […]

  • Meet Professor Whose Passion for Helping Others Fuels Her Research

    2014-07-22 10:15:04

    Dr. Jennifer Sandoval joined the human-communication faculty of UCF’s Nicholson School of Communication in 2011 and brought with her an array of academic and professional experience. Prior to joining UCF, Sandoval worked in California and New Mexico as a mediator, communication consultant, and instructor at Pepperdine University and the University of New Mexico. Sandoval’s enthusiasm […]

  • “Common Reading” at UCF

    2014-07-21 15:38:04

    UCF’s Common Reading Program: Read it. Love it. Live it. The incoming FTIC [First Time In College] class will have something new to talk about this summer─UCF’s Common Reading Program. Coordinated by the First Year Experience office, every incoming student will receive a copy of the same book at orientation, will read the book over […]

  • Swimming With Sharks, Turtles and Eels Part of UCF Summer Program

    2014-07-21 11:15:41

    Thirteen University of Central Florida biology students swam among nurse sharks, sea turtles, eels and lionfish this month as part of a hands-on summer abroad course. The students spent a week studying more than 60 species in the depths of the Glovers Atoll, about 35 kilometers off the coast of Belize. The atoll is considered […]

  • Vomit Comet Equals Opportunity of a Lifetime, Job for One

    2014-07-21 11:00:47

    Never have five UCF students been so excited at the possibility of vomiting. They’ll likely do it all in the name of science beginning Monday, July 21, when they will board a specially equipped plane that NASA uses to train astronauts and run microgravity experiments. The plane is nicknamed the vomit comet because first-time flyers […]

  • Coming Wednesday: UCF Forum to Begin Third Year with New Opinion Columnists

    2014-07-21 10:27:16

    A new group of UCF Forum opinion writers will start sharing their viewpoints Wednesday in the weekly series, succeeding the nine columnists from the past 12 months who commented on social issues, technology, racism, texting, life lessons and many other timely subjects. The columnists commit for a year to participate in the series. Many of the past […]

  • Clean Tech Innovation Could Mean Big Savings for Fleet Owners

    2014-07-21 08:55:52

    A Florida-based company, in partnership with UCF researchers, has developed an innovative technology that will reduce fossil fuel usage in commercial trucks, potentially saving fleet owners more than $2 million a year while reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Professor Thomas Wu and his research team from the College of Engineering & Computer Science and […]

  • Accelerated FTICs Get Smart

    2014-07-20 15:53:50

    The Sophomore and Second Year Center held a Summer Social on July 2 for Accelerated FTICs (students coming to UCF for the first time with 30 hours or more college credits) at Academic Village in the Nike Programming Center. The theme was “Get Smart.”  A total of 63 students attended and met with academic advisors […]

  • Football: LB Plummer Named to Walter Camp Award Watch List

    2014-07-18 11:30:34

    The 15th and final National College Football Awards Association watch list was released Friday, with the Walter Camp Football Foundation announcing UCF linebacker Terrance Plummer was on its watch list for the 2014 Player of the Year. There were 50 players selected to this year’s list including five linebackers. The Walter Camp Award is the […]

  • UCF’s Creative School Now Accepting Infants, Toddlers

    2014-07-17 15:01:36

    The University of Central Florida’s Creative School for Children is expanding opportunity to more of the children of UCF students, faculty and staff members. Starting Aug. 18, UCF’s early education school will serve infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 24 months. The children of parents who are UCF students will be given first priority. […]

  • Meet UCF Grad Working to Transform Education in Africa

    2014-07-16 14:46:20

    Carol Kranz is on a mission to change the way teachers are trained in Africa. Kranz earned a doctorate in education from UCF in 2011 with a specialization in curriculum and instruction and African education. Through her work with the Rafiki Foundation, Kranz is working to raise the standard of living in parts of Africa […]

  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Visits UCF

    2014-07-16 12:34:47

    Jesse Panuccio, the executive director at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, recently visited the University of Central Florida Starter Lab and Blackstone LaunchPad, supported by the College of Business Administration. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity promotes economic opportunities for all Floridians, formulating and implementing successful workforce, community, and economic development policies and strategies. […]

  • 'Would You Let Your Daughter Color Her Hair Blue?'

    2014-07-16 11:41:29

    I recently took a ride on the new SunRail. I was among the throng onboard for a free ride and to see, as Dr. Seuss would say, “Oh, the places I could go.” When I entered the overstuffed car, a young woman immediately stood up and said to me, “Here, Momma, take my seat.” And […]

  • UCF Student and President Obama Talk Highway Safety, Innovation

    2014-07-15 17:31:52

    UCF student Taylor Lochrane gave President Barack Obama a demonstration of his cutting-edge transportation technology today at a federal highway research center in Virginia. Lochrane, who has two UCF engineering degrees and is on track to earn a Ph.D. this fall, showed President Obama a vehicle he customized with special sensors and how the technology […]

  • Faculty Physicians Climb Peru's Machu Picchu

    2014-07-15 12:14:41

    In less than a month, UCF College of Medicine students will arrive back to campus with exciting stories about how they spent their summer. But two faculty members’ South American adventure may top them all. Doctors Martin Klapheke and Mujtaba Husain not only went to Peru in May, but they climbed Machu Picchu, one of […]

  • New Flashing Signs Added to Rosen College Crosswalk on Universal Blvd.

    2014-07-14 11:45:53

    New flashing signs have been installed along the crosswalk between the Rosen College campus and the Lake Cay Commons shopping plaza (Publix, NYPD Pizza, Subway, etc.) in coordination with various parties, including the Orange County School Safety Coordinator and Rosen Hotels & Resorts. Rosen College is located along an increasingly busy street and additional measures […]

  • UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tools July 16

    2014-07-10 12:57:18

    UCF’s preparations for potential emergency situations include regular tests of communication tools that provide critical information to students, staff and faculty members, and the public. Several of those UCF Alert tools will be tested Wednesday, July 16. During an emergency, the UCF website is the best place for the university community and the public to find […]

  • UCF to Host Public Hearing on 2015-2025 Master Plan

    2014-07-10 11:57:50

    The University of Central Florida’s updated master plan covering land use, campus improvements and other topics will be discussed Tuesday, July 15, at a hearing to gather public comments. UCF updates its plan every five years. The new plan will cover the university’s goals and objectives from 2015 to 2025. The hearing at 6:30 p.m. […]

  • Collaboration Brings Research Training, Career Opportunities

    2014-07-10 10:45:40

    Thirteen biomedical and other senior undergraduates have completed UCF’s first science-technology internship program, a collaboration working to build Central Florida’s biomedical workforce. The College of Medicine, the UCF Office of Experiential Learning, and Career Source of Central Florida worked together to create the “Laboratory Experience and Research in Biomedical Sciences” (LERBS) internship. Through it, qualified […]

  • STEM Camp Teaches Local Youth Why Hospitality Matters

    2014-07-09 17:30:15

    On Thursday, July 3, a group of young students participating in the ZORA!™ STEM Summer Camp visited UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management to learn about career paths in hospitality and tourism, an industry that makes a $54 billion economic impact on Central Florida. As part of its corporate social responsibility initiative, Discover Tourism, Visit […]

  • UCF Inventor Named to New Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

    2014-07-09 11:31:25

    UCF optics researcher Shin-Tson Wu, whose work has significantly advanced  the liquid crystal displays we use every day on our smartphones, computer monitors and television screens, is among six inventors named today as the first inductees of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Wu is one of UCF’s most highly awarded researchers and was recognized […]

  • The Echo Chamber is Getting Louder

    2014-07-09 09:25:16

    My ears are starting to hurt. Let me explain. I enjoy social media. Like most people, thanks to online technology, I am able to reconnect and stay in touch with friends and family all across the world. Birthdays, weddings, graduations, joys, triumphs and even tragedies are shared as part of a genuine sense of community. […]

  • EU Arson Investigators Get Help From National Center for Forensic Science

    2014-07-07 08:34:01

    The University of Central Florida is home to one of the best resources for arson investigators in the nation, and starting next year the university will also be a resource for European investigators. UCF’s National Center for Forensic Science houses the Ignitable Liquids Reference Collection and the Substrate Database. The collection is a compilation of […]

  • Football: LB Plummer Adds Bednarik Award Watch List

    2014-07-06 13:02:25

    UCF senior linebacker Terrance Plummer added another preseason accolade to his collection as the Orange Park native was selected to the 20th annual Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995, and is named after former […]

  • UCF, Istation to Track Literacy Performance

    2014-07-03 16:03:00

    New research to be conducted at the University of Central Florida will measure the effectiveness one tool has on elementary students’ reading progression. Facilitated through UCF’s Morgridge International Reading Center, the MIRC-Istation project will examine the effects of the Istation Reading program on elementary school students’ reading comprehension, text fluency, vocabulary and phonics performance. Istation […]

  • Annual Training Enhances Teaching Skills

    2014-07-02 14:19:49

    LEAD Scholars have the opportunity to learn about leadership studies and leadership development from student affairs professionals and faculty members from across disciplines here at UCF. There are four classes offered in the LEAD Scholars Program curriculum and the Leadership Studies minor and certificate program which provide knowledge, skills and leadership experience using classroom and […]

  • Welcome, New UCF Medical Residents

    2014-07-02 14:01:45

    Sixteen medical school graduates have become the UCF College of Medicine’s first residents in a new partnership program designed to increase the number of primary care physicians in Central Florida. The residents began orientation in a new internal medicine training program offered in collaboration with the Orlando VA Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. […]

  • Children Celebrate and Explore Mud

    2014-07-02 13:59:23

    How many times did your parents tell you when you were a child: “Don’t get dirty!”? Children had the opportunity to do just that and play in nature’s earth on June 26 at the Creative School for Children. More than 100 children and Creative School for Children staff and volunteers jumped, rolled and swam in […]

  • Therapeutic Yoga Begins Sept. 5 At UCF Pegasus Health

    2014-07-02 13:54:18

    Yoga, long touted as the antidote for stress and stiffness, is now a prescription of choice for physicians who see its benefits in areas like lowering blood pressure and helping cancer patients combat the side effects of radiation. To extend this assistance to its patients and the community, UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine’s […]

  • More 'Fans in Stands' Would Help Boost UCF's Brand

    2014-07-02 09:40:06

    Central Florida is the seat of hospitality in the Sunshine State – and perhaps the nation. The tourism industry’s mantra is “heads in beds,” the measure of economic payoff for having all those theme parks, hotels, restaurants and world-class airport facilities in our backyard. And now it’s time for UCF to mirror the mantra and […]

  • Nov. 7 Veterans Job Fair to Aid Wounded Warrior Project

    2014-07-01 11:10:36

    They fought for our country, and now thousands of veterans find themselves fighting to find a job. The number of unemployed veterans also is expected to grow as troops continue to be pulled from overseas. To help local veterans and their families find work, Wells Fargo and the UCF College of Business Administration will host […]