October 2017

  • Med School "Cancer Assassins" Honored at UCF-Austin Peay Game

    2017-10-30 17:30:24

    College of Medicine researchers leading the fight against cancer were honored at Saturday’s UCF-Austin Peay game along with officials from the AutoNation Cure Bowl, which supports breast cancer research at the university. The “Cancer Assassins” along with Alan Gooch, CEO of the Cure Bowl, and Mack McLaughlin, president of the Orlando Sports Foundation, were introduced […]

  • Women's Soccer Clinches Regular Season American Conference Title

    2017-10-30 14:58:34

    The No. 7 UCF women’s soccer team clinched the American Athletic Conference regular season title after playing USF to a 1-1 double overtime draw on Friday night at the UCF Soccer Stadium. “I was actually really nervous for this game, because I want it so badly for this team and the seniors,” UCF head coach Tiffany […]

  • Apply Now for Scholarship Competition for Socially Conscious Business Ideas

    2017-10-30 12:11:20

    Applications are open until Sunday, Nov. 5, for the Social Venture Competition. The competition, hosted by the UCF Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), challenges students to pitch business ideas that serve a higher social purpose. Scholarship awards, sponsored by State Farm, total over $4,000. The easy application requires students to answer six questions about their […]

  • Engineering Grant Seeks to Predict Falls – and How to Stop Them

    2017-10-30 12:09:57

    More than 2.8 million older Americans visit emergency rooms for fall-related injuries each year, but UCF Assistant Professor Helen Huang hopes those numbers can be reduced with the help of a new $1.5 million research grant she received to find new approaches for predicting fall risk and creating balance-training programs. Huang secured the National Institutes […]

  • UCF Research Aims to Improve Engine Efficiencies

    2017-10-30 00:30:07

    UCF engineers are leading a project that could ultimately make gas turbines, such as those used to generate power and run jet engines, safer and more efficient. The project, led by Seetha Raghavan and co-investigator Ranajay Ghosh, of  the College of Engineering & Computer Science, focuses on using optics and sensors along with advanced computational […]

  • Presidential Search Update

    2017-10-27 13:01:58

    As you know, President Hitt shared his plans on Tuesday to retire as president effective June 30, 2018. As I said at his announcement event, in terms of impact, integrity and longevity, there has never been a university president like John Hitt. There’s John — turn the page — and then everyone else. As we […]

  • Med School Helps Confront Orange County's Opioid Epidemic

    2017-10-26 14:46:26

    Orange County leaders seeking to stem the community’s opioid epidemic heard recently from Dr. Martin Klapheke, assistant dean of medical education, who has led the medical school’s efforts to train tomorrow’s physicians about the dangers of prescribing opioids for pain. The Orange County Heroin Task Force Advisory Committee invited Dr. Klapheke to discuss the college’s […]

  • UCF to Honor, Remember Veterans in November

    2017-10-26 12:45:41

    The University of Central Florida will honor veterans by hosting numerous events and workshops throughout November. The events will recognize veterans for their service and provide the public opportunities to attend workshops and access veteran resources. Rated as “Military Friendly” by G.I. Jobs magazine, UCF is also ranked one of the best universities in the […]

  • UCF Lunar Event Planned Oct. 29 at Knights Plaza

    2017-10-26 11:25:10

    An event for lunar observers is planned Oct. 29 at UCF’s Knights Plaza with telescopes, a mining robot and other activities. The event, organized by the UCF physics department, Robinson Observatory and student organizations including the Astronomy Society, is being held as part of the worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration. The UCF gathering, […]

  • College of Medicine/HCA Consortium Announces New Geriatric Fellowship

    2017-10-25 11:34:21

    A new geriatric fellowship program, based at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, has received initial accreditation and is seeking immediate applicants. The program is part of a UCF College of Medicine-Hospital Corporation of America consortium seeking to add 600 residency slots to Florida by 2020. The consortium has added 17 graduate medical education […]

  • Drop Off Old, Unused Meds at Thursday's Drug Take Back

    2017-10-25 09:52:56

    Members of the UCF community will be able to hand over their unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications with no questions asked Thursday, Oct. 26. UCF’s Drug Take Back event will take place in the Student Union Atrium from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. People can anonymously drop off pills, inhalers, ointments and even pet […]

  • UCF Helps Launch Go Baby Go! in Belgium for Children with Limited Mobility

    2017-10-25 09:46:15

    The first Belgian chapter of Go Baby Go!, an outreach program that works to give children with mobility impairments more freedom, launched this week thanks to the help of the University of Central Florida. Vives University College presented 6-year-old Briek Torresan from Belgium with the chapter’s first modified ride-on toy vehicle on Oct. 24. Go […]

  • Engineering our Future: The Search for Solutions

    2017-10-25 09:00:13

    We are bombarded on a daily basis by both old and new problems – crises that have either been many years in the making or have risen up almost instantaneously. Where should we look for solutions? The answer is simple: engineers! Engineers are creative minds who can look beyond political rhetoric, stale theories and magic […]

  • UCF Part of National Team Helping Protect Infrastructure from Future Hurricanes

    2017-10-25 09:00:02

    Simple words spoken by an elderly woman in Cape Coral are an example of why UCF engineering Assistant Professor Luis Arboleda-Monsalve works so hard to make a difference in his profession, which in turn has a direct impact on hurricane readiness. “She told us to make sure to do something good with the report,” said […]

  • UCF, Orlando Philharmonic Partner for Free National Young Composers Challenge Concert

    2017-10-25 08:58:19

    The University of Central Florida, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Young Composers Challenge will join forces Nov. 12 to present the 2017 Composium at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The Composium will feature the top three judged orchestral and top three ensemble compositions written by musicians 13 to 18 years old. The […]

  • World Health Organization Tags UCF Team for Global Health Crisis Communication

    2017-10-25 08:00:40

    The next time there’s an international health crisis, such as an Ebola outbreak or spread of the Zika virus, communication with the general public should be better, thanks to the recommendations of a UCF research team. Professor Tim Sellnow and associate professors Ann Miller and Lindsay Neuberger from the Nicholson School of Communication conducted research […]

  • ‘Community Hero’ to Retire: UCF President Hitt Stepping Down

    2017-10-24 15:00:22

    University of Central Florida President John C. Hitt announced today that he will retire, concluding a remarkable 25-year tenure that has seen UCF become one of America’s greatest higher education success stories and one of the state’s most valuable and innovative partners. His retirement will be effective June 30, 2018. “I’ve never felt better about […]

  • President Hitt: The Right Time

    2017-10-24 09:45:50

    I’ve long believed that timing is important in life. Almost 26 years ago, the time was right for me to become UCF’s fourth president. Today, the time is right for me to retire. With the firm belief that the future is bright for UCF, I will step down as president effective June 30, 2018. I […]

  • Fall 2017 SGA Scholarships are Now Available

    2017-10-24 09:16:17

    The SGA Scholarship committee meets to create new and diversified scholarships which are then released and available for all UCF students to apply for. All of SGA’s scholarships are now offered through UCF’s A2O Portal, a new central location for UCF scholarships. For more scholarships, be sure to check out the Office of Student Financial Assistance’s Scholarships […]

  • UCF Leads Nation in Supplying Graduates for Aerospace and Defense, Three Years Running

    2017-10-23 11:45:56

    For the third consecutive year the University of Central Florida has produced more graduates who get hired by aerospace and defense companies than any other university in the nation. That’s according to an annual Workforce Study conducted by Aviation Week Network, the Aerospace Industries Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and PwC, leaders in […]

  • Math Discovery Makes Difference in Medical, Oil, Other Industries

    2017-10-23 11:40:28

    Whoever said studying mathematics has no practical application, doesn’t know UCF math Professor Alexander Katsevich. Katsevich has liked math since an early age, and in 2001 he developed a breakthrough algorithm, which efficiently and accurately processes the data collected from high-speed computed tomography scanners and translates them into clear 3-D images. The “Katsevich Algorithm” is […]

  • UCF Football Moves Up in Rankings After Win at Navy

    2017-10-23 11:30:51

    The UCF football team is 6-0 for the first time in school history and voters of the Coaches and Associated Press polls continue to take notice. The Knights moved up once again this week, ranking No. 17 and No. 18 in the two polls, respectively. This marks the fourth straight week that the Knights have found themselves […]

  • UCF to Host International Conference on Digital Learning

    2017-10-23 11:11:10

    Collaborations of the digital and humanities worlds will be presented at an international gathering Nov. 3-4 at the University of Central Florida to look at new ways of teaching and research in an age when many say the printed word is no longer the main medium for education and its distribution. The conference for the […]

  • Florida & Metro Forecast: Political Storm, Not Hurricane, Is Biggest Risk to Florida Growth

    2017-10-20 12:05:49

    Much of Florida still may be cleaning up after Hurricane Irma, but the Category 4 storm that smacked the Sunshine State in September is no match for Florida’s strong economy, says University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith. “The greatest risk to Florida’s economic growth is not Irma, but the political tempest raging in Washington, […]

  • SARC Honored Nationally for Excellence as a Learning Center

    2017-10-20 09:55:09

    The Student Academic Resource Center at UCF last month earned three national awards, including a highly regarded honor for higher education learning centers. SARC was awarded the Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award, the Innovative Use of Technology Award and the Website Excellence Award from the National College Learning Center Association at its annual […]

  • UCF Puerto Rico Educational Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico

    2017-10-20 09:53:32

    We are all concerned about the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria. Our thoughts are with the families and communities who have experienced loss. To assist current and prospective students, we have established this website that contains information about admissions, registration, transfer and transition services, and student support programs and services. We have also established a website and […]

  • UCF Honors Luminary Leaders for Changing the World

    2017-10-19 09:53:50

    UCF recognized 45 faculty members Wednesday during the university’s inaugural Luminary Award presentations for making an impact on the world. The event, themed like Oscar night, honored those who are academic leaders in their field and are making contributions to the world that are having a significant impact. “Merriam-Webster defines a luminary as a person […]

  • President Hitt: Higher Education the Key to Transforming Lives

    2017-10-18 13:46:32

    UCF President John C. Hitt discussed how a college degree significantly boosts the chance of social and economic mobility during his State of the University address Tuesday. That philosophy has driven UCF’s growth to become one of the nation’s largest universities at more than 66,000 students and the leading producer of bachelor’s degrees in the […]

  • UCF Med Students Host Free Asthma Screening Saturday

    2017-10-18 11:38:18

    Asthma symptoms affect an estimated 26 million Americans, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. And asthma cases in Central Florida exceed the national average, with rates among the Hispanic population particularly prevalent due to lack of adequate access to care. That’s why a group of UCF medical students are conducting a free […]

  • The Search for the Meaning of Life May be as Important as Finding It

    2017-10-18 09:05:55

    Throughout my lifetime, I have been a seeker of purpose and meaning. I was a questioning child, always asking my parents and teachers: “Why?” My fourth grade teacher once shared with my mom that every answer she provided was immediately followed by yet another question. I have come to believe this is part of my […]

  • UCFPD Adds a Soft, Safe Space for Reporting Violent Crime

    2017-10-17 12:00:40

    The UCF Police Department and UCF Victim Services on Tuesday unveiled a new room designed to serve as a softer, more comforting space for victims of violent crime to speak with police. A traditional interview room at UCFPD was transformed into soothing, homey space thanks to the generous donation of Veronica and Tony Figueroa of […]

  • UCF Alum Prioritizes Integrity to be Successful Entrepreneur, Father

    2017-10-17 10:02:23

    UCF College of Business alumnus Carey Sobel ’09 has made it a priority to conduct himself and his businesses with integrity. It’s what he hopes he will always be remembered for. Now a partner at both Three21 and Boss Group International, he has been growing his reputation as an entrepreneur in the Orlando community since […]

  • Puerto Rican Education Symposium: Addressing Needs after Hurricanes Irma and Maria

    2017-10-17 09:20:35

    A panel discussion on Central Florida’s role as educators and leaders in serving Puerto Rican residents affected by the recent hurricanes is Thursday, Oct. 19. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon in UCF Global, room 101, and is open to the public. Hurricanes Irma and Maria left many in Puerto Rico without basic human necessities, and the current […]

  • Tuesday: President Hitt to Present State of the University Address

    2017-10-16 16:20:30

    UCF President John C. Hitt will present the 2017 State of the University address at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. The program will discuss the university’s achievements during the past year and future opportunities. The doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and a reception will follow the address. Parking is recommended in Garage D. Those […]

  • Med School Researcher Featured In Lifetime TV Breast Cancer Campaign

    2017-10-16 13:20:58

    As a teenager, Dr. Annette Khaled watched her grandmother battle cancer, and it was then she committed to trying to find a cure. Today, she is a breast cancer researcher at the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and is featured in a national TV public service announcement (PSA) airing on Lifetime network […]

  • Fall Showcase to Highlight Short Films by Students

    2017-10-16 12:32:35

    Fifteen short films by students in the School of Visual Arts & Design will be screened Nov. 3 in the eighth annual Fall Showcase. The films, created by students in directing classes or as capstone projects, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room 132 of the Visual Arts Building. The lineup is: A Grave […]

  • Inaugural Event Honors 'Shining Knights' Alumni

    2017-10-16 10:50:51

    Four individuals were recognized for their outstanding service and philanthropy at the Shining Knights Alumni Awards held at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center as part of Homecoming activities on Oct. 13. The Shining Knights Alumni Awards is a program that highlights UCF Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving’s three major awards: Young Alumni Award, John C. […]

  • Professor and Global Health Expert Inducted as Fellow of American Academy of Nursing

    2017-10-12 13:56:05

    Michele Upvall, professor at the UCF College of Nursing, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Upvall, who is one of 173 highly distinguished nurse leaders inducted in the 2017 class of fellows, was selected for her dedication to innovations in global health. The newly inducted fellows were honored during […]

  • UCF Team Building Mini Satellite to Fly in Space in 2018

    2017-10-12 10:02:15

    A team of UCF researchers and their students is building a small satellite that will conduct experiments as it orbits the Earth next year. The NASA-funded project code-named Q-PACE will help Physics Professor Joshua Colwell and his team better understand how planets form. The experiments involve marble-sized particles and what happens when they collide at […]

  • UCF’s 25th Annual Diversity Week Celebration to Kick off Monday

    2017-10-12 08:00:19

    The 25th annual celebration of UCF’s Diversity Week kicks off Monday with a sold-out breakfast honoring Valarie Greene King, a champion of diversity at the university and a 24-year employee who died earlier this year. King was the Office of Diversity Initiatives’ director when she retired in 2013. She designed the Leadership Empowerment Program that […]

  • Nursing Restructures to Reflect Broader Scope of Program and Profession

    2017-10-11 13:00:28

    Effective this fall semester, the University of Central Florida College of Nursing is now organized by program focus instead of degree. The college, which educates the most newly licensed baccalaureate prepared nurses in the state, has changed its internal structure from undergraduate and graduate departments to the Department of Nursing Systems and Department of Nursing […]

  • Harvard Rejection Prompts Student to Attend UCF, Become State Legislator

    2017-10-11 12:50:11

    When Amber Mariano opened her application letter from Harvard in her senior year of high school, she cried – not tears of joy, but tears of rejection. It had been her goal to go to law school – Harvard, in particular, that she worked so hard for – and then eventually run for political office […]

  • Facing Increasingly Frequent Storms of Wind, Rain, Fire – and Bullets

    2017-10-11 09:15:37

    Sometimes a particular season takes on a character of its own. Often we don’t notice until years or decades later that phenomena such as Freedom Summer (1964) and the Summer of Love (1967)—though they also may be traced to identifiable human causes—seemed simply to emerge out of the air. Today, I write after a horrible few weeks […]

  • Student Open Forum to be Hosted Oct. 12

    2017-10-10 11:15:46

    An open forum for UCF students will be hosted Oct. 12 by President John C. Hitt and several top administrators. All students are invited to discuss their ideas, concerns and experiences at the forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union’s Key West Ballroom, Room 218ABCD. For those unable to attend, the […]

  • Expo Attracts Students to Learn about Being a Healthy Knight

    2017-10-09 14:31:08

    The 11th annual Healthy Knights 2020 was held on October 4 in the Pegasus Ballroom impacting 1,260 students. The expo offered health and wellness information to students and was the most interactive in the event’s history. Students enjoyed healthy cooking demos, group exercise, body mass index readings, drum circles and relaxation stations. Annually the event […]

  • UCF Grad Has a Lock on Keyless Technology

    2017-10-09 12:30:53

    The CEO of one of the world’s leading smart lock companies developed his hatred for keys while in high school. He was tasked with stopping whatever he was doing and letting his older sister into their Oviedo home every time she forgot her keys – which was often. It was the early 1990s and Phil […]

  • Collaboration Attracts Funding for Advanced Imaging Device

    2017-10-09 11:53:51

    Because of the collaborative nature of UCF’s faculty, the National Science Foundation has awarded the university a grant that will help fund the purchase of a $900,000 imaging device that will do everything from design nanoparticles of the future to delve into our civilization’s past. The NSF approved the funding request because in addition to […]

  • For 1st Time, Class of UCF Law Enforcement Interns at Sheriff’s Office are All Women

    2017-10-09 10:30:45

    An annual Orange County Sheriff’s Office internship program for University of Central Florida students interested in law enforcement has its first all-female class of interns. Six women this semester were chosen for the Law Enforcement Officer Training Corps internship program, which was created in 1999 as a partnership between the sheriff’s office and UCF with […]

  • Helping Rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane has Changed Residents – and Me

    2017-10-09 10:00:27

    It all started with a hammer. Actually, it all started with THE hammer. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans leaving nothing but endless flooding, destroyed homes, lost lives and displaced families throughout the United States. A year later, 10 graduate students from UCF’s DeVos Sports Business Management program, director Richard Lapchick and […]

  • So Why a Graduate Degree? Find out at Annual Grad Fair

    2017-10-09 06:00:40

    So, why should you pursue a graduate degree? Find out some basics at the annual Grad Fair from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom at the Student Union on today to see whether it is right for you. The College of Graduate Studies hosts the fair which gives students an opportunity to […]

  • Love, Politics Satirized in Theatre UCF's Gershwin Musical

    2017-10-06 09:20:32

    Theatre UCF presents a hilarious and timeless all-American classic, Of Thee I Sing, in the theatre’s Main Stage starting Thursday, Oct. 12. The musical by George and Ira Gershwin is a story of an American presidential candidate who promises to marry the partner chosen for him at a beauty pageant but ends up falling for […]

  • Hurricane Exposes and Washes Away Thousands of Sea Turtle Nests

    2017-10-05 14:30:05

    Hurricane Irma took a devastating toll on incubating sea turtle nests in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most important loggerhead and green turtle nesting sites in the world, according to new estimates from the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group. Researchers found significant dune erosion that swept away some nests and exposed […]

  • UCF Helps Lead $12M Smart Transportation Project

    2017-10-05 14:13:24

    UCF will help advance several intelligent transportation system technologies across Central Florida aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety and easing congestion, thanks to a nearly $12 million federal grant. The Federal Highway Administration just awarded $11.9 million to a team of experts from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the University of Central Florida, and MetroPlan […]

  • Students Take 3rd Place in Global Cyberlympics in Netherlands

    2017-10-04 11:42:19

    A team of University of Central Florida students who are experts in cyberdefense took third place last week in the Global Cyberlympics World Finals in the Netherlands, a competition that pitted them against top teams from around the world. The six-member team – all of them under 21 years old – faced teams of professionals […]

  • Creed Art Contest: Call for Artists

    2017-10-03 15:30:03

    The University of Central Florida presents the 2017-2018 Creed Art Contest: A call for UCF student artists for a chance to win an Apple iPad! Students are encouraged to submit original 2-D or 3-D artworks that represent the UCF Creed values: Integrity, Scholarship, Community, Creativity or Excellence. This year’s theme:  UCF Creed: Make it Shine! Eligibility: Students […]

  • Dr. Verduin Elected National President of Psychiatry Group

    2017-10-03 11:45:17

    As a young med student, Dr. Marcy Verduin never thought she would enjoy her psychiatry clerkship much less pursue a career in mental health. But it was during that clerkship that she discovered her passion for psychiatry and its ability to transform lives. A little over a decade later, she is now a psychiatry professor, […]

  • Recovery After Hurricane Can Be Emotional, Too, UCF Trauma Experts Say

    2017-10-03 09:00:25

    Every night around midnight for a week, Shawn Richichi woke up to see his youngest son, 4-year-old Zachery, standing by his bed, scared. Having endured Hurricane Irma the week before, Zachery wanted to be close to his father, seeking a source of comfort and support, like many other people affected by Hurricane Irma’s journey across […]

  • Athletic Training, Nursing Participate in Joint Training Session

    2017-10-02 16:23:04

    Students from the College of Nursing and the College of Health and Public Affairs came together for an interprofessional education (IPE) event in July. The one-day training taught the students about acute medicine, cervical spine restriction, management of concussions, management of the equipment-laden athlete with spinal injury and other medical related topics. Carlos Gual, an […]

  • Bionic Kids Help Limbitless Solutions Celebrate Opening, Kick Off Football Game

    2017-10-02 13:56:08

    Saturday was a big day for UCF football and for four children who received 3D-printed electromyographic bionic arms from UCF’s Limbitless Solutions. The nonprofit started by UCF students has given out about 20 bionic arms to children born without limbs and invited four of them to help cut the ribbon at their new headquarters near […]

  • Researcher’s Nanomaterial Can Extract Hydrogen Fuel from Seawater

    2017-10-02 10:54:09

    It’s possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF researcher Yang Yang has come up with a new hybrid nanomaterial that harnesses solar energy and uses it to generate hydrogen from seawater more cheaply and efficiently than […]

  • Knights Ranked in Top 25 for First Time Since 2013

    2017-10-02 09:58:13

    With the first 3-0 start to the season since 2013, it’s only fitting that the UCF football team made its return to the Top 25 rankings Sunday, its first appearance in the Top 25 since the end of the 2013 campaign. The Knights were ranked 25th in both the Associated Press Poll and the Coaches Poll […]

  • UCF Art Gallery's New Director Seeks to Experiment, Inspire

    2017-10-02 09:00:57

    Shannon Lindsey, new director of the UCF Art Gallery, views the university venue as a place to experiment – where process, content and form come together to educate and inspire viewers from all backgrounds. With this goal in mind, she plans to strive for interaction and collaboration between different areas of study at the university […]