July 2016

  • UCF to Establish Permanent Sea Turtle Research Field Station on Archie Carr National Refuge

    2016-07-28 08:00:40

    The University of Central Florida and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have reached a historic agreement that will establish a permanent conservation research facility along the Brevard County coastline. UCF has run a sea turtle monitoring and research program on the beaches of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in southern Brevard County for […]

  • At Summer Commencement, 3,600 Students Will Join Ranks of Alumni

    2016-07-28 07:00:45

    Some 3,600 students are expected to graduate from the University of Central Florida during two commencement ceremonies Aug. 6 at CFE Arena. The commencement speakers are alumnus Alan Eustace, a retired Google executive who set the record for the highest freefall parachute jump, and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. The ceremonies will be: 9 a.m. […]

  • UCF Go Baby Go! Receives President’s Award from National Down Syndrome Congress

    2016-07-28 06:00:32

    Jennifer Tucker spent much of her time at last week’s National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention in Orlando showcasing and leading efforts to enhance mobility in children with disabilities. But the physical therapy lecturer took a break Saturday night to accept a President’s Award from the NDSC for her work on UCF Go Baby Go!, […]

  • What If We Stopped Speaking Negatively and Instead Used Words of Kindness?

    2016-07-27 09:28:57

    Children usually begin speaking their first words about 11 or 12 months old. From “mama” and “dada” come more complex words and thoughts. These infants begin to take in the outside world and make it their own with each new experience. With those new experiences and growth come a perspective on the world and the […]

  • UCF in CLASS of Its Own Studying Space

    2016-07-25 12:08:05

    UCF has diligently and methodically been making a name for itself in the world of planetary exploration, and it’s beginning to pay off in big ways. Not only are two UCF professors part of the upcoming NASA OSIRIS-REx mission to collect asteroid samples – a first for the United States scheduled for launch Sept. 8 […]

  • Med Students Host Free Asthma Screening August 6

    2016-07-25 11:59:35

    A UCF medical student-led initiative, Asthma Awareness Inspires Relief (AAIR), is volunteering to help community members “take back their air.” Second-year medical students Sven Eriksson, Morgan Beebe, Jessica Kris and Angela Sterling, along with fourth-year Rhea Ranjit from Florida State University’s College of Medicine  are organizing a free asthma screening  from 10 a.m. to 4 […]

  • The Only Time You Truly Can Have Everything is on a Bagel

    2016-07-24 11:00:39

    Of all of the bagels there is nothing quite as satisfying to me than the Everything Bagel with cream cheese at a shop in town. It gives me everything I want out of life: a warm bagel that is crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside; a savory and salty blend of sea salt, […]

  • Smith Joins UCF as New Chair of Legal Studies

    2016-07-21 10:48:59

    Alisa Smith, a practicing attorney with a doctorate in criminology and nearly 20 years of teaching experience, is the new chair of the Department of Legal Studies in the College of Health and Public Affairs. “I am extraordinarily pleased to announce that Dr. Smith has joined the college’s leadership team,” said college Dean Michael Frumkin. […]

  • UCF's 1st Building to be Transformed into '21st Century Library'

    2016-07-21 08:55:24

    UCF’s first building – now called the John C. Hitt Library – is about to undergo a complete transformation that will provide new amenities for students such as an automated book-retrieval system, additional open shelving for materials, 24-hour study rooms, and space for researchers to collaborate. The original library was built in 1967 and more […]

  • UCF Student Ideas Could One Day Make Their Way into Target Stores

    2016-07-21 08:51:17

    From an app that offers instant home décor suggestions to a virtual reality kiosk designed to enhance customer purchase decisions, University of Central Florida business students’ innovative ideas just might find their way into a Target store near you in the future. Last week 11 student teams competed for $2,000 in cash prizes by pitching […]

  • UCF Gives Kids in Foster Care a Feel for College Life

    2016-07-21 06:00:24

    The University of Central Florida is partnering with Community Based Care of Central Florida and First Star – a national nonprofit serving abused and neglected children – in hosting local foster children on campus in an effort to increase their educational opportunities. During the month of July, 12 students in grades 8-12 will live on […]

  • UCF Alumna's Son Seeks Bone Marrow Donor

    2016-07-19 10:30:20

    Parents of little Korbyn Martinez still are looking for that perfect donor to give him life-saving bone marrow and a chance at a healthy life. So the UCF community is rallying again with OneBlood and the “Be The Match” organization to help the 21-month-old son of engineering alumna Hillary Martinez.  Korbyn needs a bone marrow […]

  • UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tools July 20

    2016-07-18 15:44:59

    UCF will perform a test of its communication tools that provide critical information to students, staff and faculty members, and the public in the case of an emergency on July 20. During an actual emergency, the UCF website, www.ucf.edu, is the best place to find the latest updates. The main UCF website will test its […]

  • UCF Ranks in Top 20 of Public Universities for 2015 U.S. Patents

    2016-07-18 12:30:29

    The University of Central Florida ranked 19th in the nation among public universities and 40th in the world for the number of U.S. patents it secured in 2015, according to a new listing by the National Academy of Inventors. UCF secured 50 utility patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2015, ranking just […]

  • UCF and the Next Space Frontier: Making the Case for Mars

    2016-07-18 11:08:59

    Many feared the United States’ role in space exploration was over after an accident took the lives of a second space shuttle crew in 2003. After another long grounding of the shuttle fleet, flights restarted briefly but by 2011 the program was retired and no manned missions were on the horizon. Prospects were dim. But […]

  • UCF Led Team Discovers New Venomous Snake

    2016-07-18 11:00:17

    An international team of scientists has solved a case of mistaken identity and discovered a new species of venomous snake. The newly discovered Talamancan Palm-Pitviper is a striking green-and-black snake living in some of the most remote regions of Costa Rica. The coloring is a characteristic it shares with its close relative the Black-Speckled Palm-Pitviper. […]

  • #KeepDancingOrlando Med School Style

    2016-07-15 13:06:55

    College of Medicine faculty, staff, students and leaders participated in the #KeepDancingOrlando social media effort to support victims of the Pulse terrorist attack. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNSQdSNSV-Y&feature=youtu.be See our great dance moves from physicians, nurses, administrators, researchers, librarians, residents, graduate and M.D. students – and even our dean, Dr. Deborah German. “We dance to show our love of […]

  • UCFPD: Stay Alert While Playing Pokémon Go

    2016-07-14 16:49:39

    The Pokémon Go craze has swept the nation– and UCF is no exception– but the UCF Police Department reminds players to stay alert and aware of their surroundings. Pokémon Go is a mobile game that creates an ”augmented reality” using GPS power. Players collect Pokémon characters as they explore their physical surroundings. The game has […]

  • Construction Projects Bring More Parking, Labs – and Coffee

    2016-07-14 09:07:48

    The size of UCF’s student body isn’t the only thing growing on campus. There’s also plenty of construction – and even more on the way. The work is meant to meet the university community’s needs, from more parking to new research labs to another place to grab a cup of coffee. Here’s a sampling of […]

  • UCF Alumna Now Part of Orlando Pride

    2016-07-14 06:00:43

    UCF alumna Kim (Newsome) Reynolds walked into the Orlando Pride locker room for the July 10 match against Boston, just as she had on many gamedays before as an amateur member of the team. Normally, the amateur players are there to offer moral support to the rostered members of the team. This time, though, she […]

  • UCF Cybersecurity Champ Awarded One of Seven National Veteran Scholarships

    2016-07-14 05:00:29

    The research aspirations of University of Central Florida engineering student Heather Lawrence, who wants to discover ways to teach computers to analyze and fend off cyber attacks to reduce the burden on human defenders, will advance with some help from a scholarship awarded to only seven student veterans in the nation. The Student Veterans of […]

  • UCFPD Honors Pulse Victims With New Cruiser

    2016-07-13 13:37:12

    The UCF Police Department recently added a new car to its fleet that honors the lives taken during the Pulse nightclub tragedy. The Dodge Charger features the word “POLICE” in Pride colors rather than the typical black as a symbol of support for the LGBTQ+ community. The vehicle number is “9049”, with the “49” also […]

  • What Holds Us Back From Achieving a Better Society?

    2016-07-13 09:39:31

    Until the mid-20th century, toil and scarcity were unavoidable facts of life for most people. By contrast, the aristocrats and a few clergy and merchants could indulge themselves in the finest things of life – the arts, sciences, philosophy, athletics, travel and politics. These privileged few could live as amateurs and dilettantes, expending their effort […]

  • Students Organize #BlackLivesMatter Candlelight Vigil

    2016-07-12 17:57:27

    The community is invited to join with UCF students to pay respect to black lives lost this year. A candlelight vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. Organizers are asking attendees to wear all black. For more information, email theorganizedcoalition@gmail.com.

  • National Violence a Wake-Up Call to Respect

    2016-07-12 17:46:42

    The below note from Vice President Maribeth Ehasz and UCF Police Chief Richard Beary was emailed to students and faculty and staff members Tuesday, July 12. Incidents of violence in Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas, Michigan and around the country are frightening and heartbreaking. The victims are our brothers, our friends and our neighbors. During times like […]

  • 2016-17 Knight Vision

    2016-07-12 16:06:29

    The Student Government Association Student Body President Christopher Clemente and Vice President Rachel Altfield have a Knight Vision for 2016-17. Born and raised in Tampa, Clemente is a double major in political science and history with a minor in philosophy. He has described his involvement at UCF as a confidence builder and because of that, […]

  • UCF Cocoa Campus Reopens Thursday

    2016-07-12 11:33:29

    UCF’s Cocoa Campus will reopen Thursday, July 14. Classes will resume as normal.

  • UCF Alumna Headed to Rio Olympics

    2016-07-12 10:08:10

    One of UCF’s most decorated student-athletes in school history is headed to the Rio Olympic Games. Brazilian Aline Reis, an All-American goalkeeper for the Knights’ women’s soccer team from 2007-11, was named to her home country’s National Team roster for the first time on Tuesday. “Being on an Olympic roster is something very special. It’s […]

  • Career Services to Offer 3 New Programs for Students

    2016-07-11 14:00:44

    Three new programs to help students prepare for employment after college will be introduced by UCF Career Services when the fall semester begins. To provide additional career footing, the programs are: Career Readiness Week     Some of Career Services’ existing activities will be merged Sept. 19-23 to help students prepare for the following week’s Career Expo, […]

  • Health Leaders Camp Inspires High School Students

    2016-07-11 12:00:08

    Seventy eager high school students from the Central Florida area are getting an immersive introduction to careers in health and medicine at the Health Leaders camp this week.The camp is an initiative of the College of Medicine’s Health Leaders and Explorers (HEAL) pipeline program which is designed to increase the diversity of students in medical […]

  • Free Startup Coaching and Resources at the Blackstone LaunchPad at UCF

    2016-07-11 10:12:25

    Do you have an idea for a product, service, or new initiative but don’t know if it’s worth pursuing?  Do you want to make a difference in other’s lives and explore entrepreneurial employment options? Visit the Blackstone LaunchPad at UCF in the Student Union lobby to get FREE startup coaching and FREE startup resources! The […]

  • UCF Kiteboarding Knights Win National Championship

    2016-07-07 10:34:21

    The UCF Kiteboarding Knights recently won a national club championship in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, after finishing as runner-up last year. Melanie Alfieri, a team member and the 2016 national runner-up in the women’s division, said finishing second last year motivated the club. “We all work together to grow as individuals and as a club […]

  • Students Building Chess Dynasty at UCF

    2016-07-07 08:00:00

    Lavine Von’s grandfather taught her how to play chess when she was 5. “It’s a popular game in the Philippines and so he taught me,” said the UCF computer engineering major. “Maybe that’s why it feels so good to play. We were close. He’s been gone for a while now.” Von is one of about […]

  • UCF Student Wins Miss Florida Pageant

    2016-07-07 01:00:42

    Miss Orlando Courtney Sexton, a UCF student seeking a master’s degree in health administration, was named Miss Florida on Saturday and will compete in the upcoming Miss America Pageant. The addition of Sexton, 23, to the national competition means at least two contestants with UCF ties will vie for the Miss America title Sept. 11 […]

  • The Sacrifices We Parents Make – Even When We Don't Understand Why

    2016-07-06 09:37:01

    One recent night I sat in a stadium – being eaten by mosquitos – with my 14-year-old daughter and watched a women’s soccer game. Last summer, after saving for a year, I took my daughter to Canada two weeks for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. I walked a mile from parking to the stadium every […]

  • Library's New Digital Repository Stores All Things UCF

    2016-07-05 13:35:27

    A growing, new collection of UCF digital information – from Central Florida history podcasts to theses such as Exploring the Effects of Social Media Use on the Mental Health of Young Adults – can be accessed around the globe in a new institutional repository system administered by UCF Libraries. STARS – an acronym for Showcase […]

  • 424 and Counting: Blood Drives Continue July 5-6

    2016-07-01 15:58:31

    Since the June 12 shootings at the Pulse nightclub, University of Central Florida blood drives have netted 424 units of blood to help replenish the region’s supply. The UCF community also has responded to help search for a bone marrow donor for 20-month-old Korbyn Martinez, the son of a UCF engineering graduate. Korbyn suffers from […]