March 2018

  • When Medicine Runs In the Family

    2018-03-16 19:06:17

    Dr. Mahesh Allam had a flood of emotions as he watched his daughter, Shalini, rip open the envelope that revealed she’ll spend the next three years at Georgetown University Hospital getting her internal medicine residency training. That’s the same city where he did his training 30 years ago – and his daughter, a UCF medical […]

  • UCF-HCA Gain 162 New Residents, Fellows

    2018-03-16 17:45:04

    Katherine Choi loved building the UCF College of Medicine as a student. So when a leader of UCF’s new partnership obstetrics and gynecology residency talked to Choi about building its new program, her reaction was swift and certain: “Let’s do this.” On Friday, Choi got the opportunity, matching into an OB-GYN specialty at North Florida […]

  • Courage, Persistence Mark Match Day Journey for Medical Students

    2018-03-16 17:08:48

    Mother and daughter had traveled this journey together – when other medical schools thought Jessica Fernandez couldn’t handle their rigorous programs, and four years later when supporters are showcasing Fernandez’s success at UCF as inspiration for others to follow their dreams. On Friday, they stood at National Match Day, arms around each other, waiting to […]

  • Snaith: Tax Cut, Regulatory Reform Help Feed Economic Recovery

    2018-03-15 13:12:37

    The Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed by Congress in late December finally gives the country economic reform we can sink our teeth into, says University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith in his latest U.S. Economic Forecast. “After a steady stream of unfulfilling nothing burgers, Washington, D.C., has finally prepared a ‘something’ burger: an […]

  • UCF's Video Game School Ranked 3rd in World by The Princeton Review

    2018-03-15 09:12:05

    The University of Central Florida’s video game graduate school ranks No. 3 in the world, according to The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine. The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, an anchor of UCF’s planned downtown campus, has been in the top five schools for each of the nine years the Princeton Review has done the […]

  • Sea Turtle Diet Expert to Give Talk about Importance of Healthy Habitat

    2018-03-15 08:00:03

    A University of Central Florida biologist who is an authority on what sea turtles eat will present on her work March 18 in a public seminar. The talk at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach will focus on what endangered and threatened sea turtles eat, types of habitats they depend upon in Florida, and […]

  • What if We All Treated Life Like One Big Improvisation Skit?

    2018-03-14 09:00:51

    Whenever I need a good laugh or a light TV moment, I find relief by watching Whose Line is it Anyway? I am fascinated by the concept of improvisation and how quickly the comedians can create things off the cuff and pull together some interesting skits and stories. Even when it does not make sense […]

  • New Blackstone Partnership Expands Entrepreneurial Resources for UCF Students

    2018-03-13 09:24:41

    A new partnership between the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Techstars, a global entrepreneurial network and start-up accelerator, will offer additional mentorship, start-up support and networking opportunities for students at the University of Central Florida. The two companies announced the affiliation with the College of Business on March 7 at SXSW EDU in Austin, Texas. Through […]

  • Dale Whittaker Named UCF’s President-Elect

    2018-03-09 18:24:31

    The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees named UCF Provost Dale Whittaker the university’s president-elect Friday after a nationwide search. Whittaker, who currently serves as UCF’s provost and executive vice president, would become president July 1 if his selection is confirmed later this month by the Florida Board of Governors. He would replace John […]

  • A Letter from President John Hitt to President-Elect Dale Whittaker

    2018-03-09 18:13:55

    Dear Dale, Congratulations on being selected as UCF’s next president! Since your arrival in 2014, I have relied upon your intellect, counsel, and friendship. You are a trusted and tested leader, and placing UCF in your hands inspires confidence in our future. As you will soon know, the UCF presidency is a challenging job. But […]

  • Incubator Company Secures NSF Funding to Develop Software to Fight Cancer

    2018-03-08 14:39:20

    The National Science Foundation recently awarded a grant to an Orlando-based company and UCF Incubator client that could help improve cancer patients’ quality of life and potentially reduce the number of times patients are readmitted to a hospital. “It’s a great honor,” said Rodney Bosley, CEO and director of SegAna. “As we move forward in […]

  • Alumna Receives Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

    2018-03-08 13:59:45

    Ever since taking a UCF honors diplomacy course at The Burnett Honors College, Amanda Fleming ’15 dreamed of working as a diplomat. Armed with a 4.0 GPA and international work experience, the political science major took steps to make herself competitive for a position in the U.S. Foreign Service, but with the current hiring freeze […]

  • Technology Sometimes Moves So Rapidly That It’s Hard to Keep Up

    2018-03-07 09:10:01

    I have had to face the fact that my students know more about technology than I do. And when something goes wrong with the technology during class, I know that a student will call out, “Click on the lower left-hand corner” or “You need to minimize that screen.” As a history teacher, I have long […]

  • UCF Hosting Emergency Preparedness Exercise March 14

    2018-03-07 09:00:11

    UCF will test its capabilities to respond to a campus wide emergency during a simulation exercise Wednesday, March 14. Classes will not be affected due to Spring Break, but we want you to be aware of increased first responder presence and activities in the south parts of the campus. The full-scale exercise will run from […]

  • Griffin Shines at NFL Scouting Combine

    2018-03-05 13:43:54

    You think 20 reps on the bench press with a prosthetic arm stole the show Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis? UCF alumnus Shaquem Griffin one-upped himself Sunday by running a blazing 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds that turned the world of NFL media on its ear. Griffin’s time — identical to that […]

  • Fish' Super Power May Offer Clues About Biodiversity Evolution

    2018-03-05 12:43:07

    A group of international scientists, including a University of Central Florida biologist, recently discovered that a species of fish living in the north Atlantic Ocean has an ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions that are linked to the depth of its watery habitat. The unknown mechanism, which gives the roundnose grenadier its “super power,” […]

  • UCF Downtown to Boost Interdisciplinary Studies

    2018-03-05 12:39:37

    UCF students Jennifer Sanguiliano and Rachael Mack have found that interdisciplinary studies in public affairs and education are essential for learning about the communities around them. UCF will advance interdisciplinary studies in these areas by bringing together academic programs in education and public affairs to help form a new college that will anchor the university’s […]

  • UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tools Wednesday

    2018-03-05 09:00:32

    UCF’s preparations for potential emergency situations include regular tests of the communication tools that provide critical information to the UCF community. Several of those UCF Alert communication tools will be tested Wednesday, March 7. In preparation for Wednesday’s Alert testing, students and faculty and staff members are encouraged to log in to myUCF and review […]

  • Local Grant Awarded to Help Young Children Feel Secure, Prepare for School

    2018-03-01 17:05:31

    A local pilot program aimed at addressing the social and emotional needs of children just got a boost thanks to the Central Florida Foundation’s “100 Women Strong” giving circle. The organization provided a $45,000 grant to the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, which is partnering with the University of Central Florida to implement the […]

  • The Buzz on Alumna Kristin Harris

    2018-03-01 14:30:58

    On any given day, you can find Kristin Harris ’11 interviewing A-listers such as Ryan Gosling, Rihanna, Nicole Kidman, Bill Murray and Ed Sheeran. As BuzzFeed’s celebrity editor and head of talent relations, Harris has the job that pop culture nerds dream about. When she was 10 years old, the Lake Mary, Florida, native pictured her […]

  • Four Presidential Finalists Holding Open Forums

    2018-03-01 14:00:46

    The University of Central Florida’s Presidential Search Committee on Friday selected four finalists seeking to build on the university’s momentum as its fifth president. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are: Suresh Garimella, Ph.D., executive vice president for research and partnerships, Purdue University Mark Kennedy, MBA, president, University of North Dakota Dale Whittaker, Ph.D., provost and […]