January 2018

  • How to Identify Potential Human-Trafficking Victims

    2018-01-26 20:57:29

    Central Florida is known for its booming tourism market and thriving work industries, but a silent enslaved population of human-trafficking victims hides among the millions of people that travel throughout the region. In 2016, Orlando ranked third in the nation for the highest number of calls per capita related to human trafficking, according to the […]

  • Longtime Professor Clausen Leaves Legacy in Chemistry

    2018-01-26 20:46:18

    Professor Christian Clausen III, one of UCF’s longest-serving faculty members who taught at the university from 1969—the year after classes started—until his retirement in 2016, died Jan. 4 while visiting family in New Orleans. He was 77. During his tenure as a key figure in the Department of Chemistry, Clausen taught physical and inorganic chemistry, […]

  • UCF Announces New General Surgery Residency Program

    2018-01-26 11:27:54

    UCF College of Medicine-Hospital Corporation of America North Florida Division Consortium has established a new General Surgery residency program that will begin at Osceola Regional Medical Center and the Orlando VA Medical Center this July and is seeking immediate applicants. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recently approved the new five-year program for […]

  • Film Festival to Feature UCF Workshops on Scary Movies, Student Films

    2018-01-26 11:15:08

    Why is Florida such a good place to make a scary movie? That’s one of the topics filmmakers will discuss as part of free workshops sponsored Feb. 8 by UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities to kick off the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford. The Feb. 8-11 festival will feature 80 short films […]

  • Ireland’s Former President Mary Robinson to visit UCF

    2018-01-25 16:09:40

    Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will visit the University of Central Florida on Feb. 8. A long-standing advocate for human rights, Robinson will give a free, public presentation titled “Climate Justice: The Nexus of International Leadership, Climate Change, Food, Water and Poverty.” Her presentation will […]

  • New Siemens Partnership to Enhance BRIDG Efficiency

    2018-01-25 15:14:25

    Siemens announced a partnership with BRIDG Thursday, and also donated $30 million worth of specialized software to the wafer fabrication facility at NeoCity. The software is expected to make BRIDG’s senor manufacturing work more efficient and cost effective. This is the first time Siemens has given its Digital Enterprise Solution software to a semiconductor facility. […]

  • UCF Hosts National Undergraduate Research Institute

    2018-01-25 14:30:37

    Ten years ago, Kimberly Schneider, assistant dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies and director of Undergraduate Research, attended a conference in Tucson, Ariz., that would help shape the academic experience for UCF’s undergraduate students. It was the Council on Undergraduate Research’s institute on Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs. “When I attended the CUR […]

  • UCF Alumnus’ Mission to Champion Orlando Leads to NFL Pro Bowl, Community Projects

    2018-01-25 10:45:49

    During last year’s NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports Steve Hogan ’91 had a unique perspective of the game. From the sidelines, he watched as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ children played catch with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hovered close […]

  • UCF Spinoff Company Awarded NSF Grant Aimed at Commercialization

    2018-01-25 09:23:46

    A University of Central Florida spinoff company has been awarded a highly competitive national grant, which it will use to develop a prototype device that could help manufacturers of electronic devices significantly reduce their costs. This could lead to less expensive and smaller size devices for consumers. Nanoscience Professor Jayan Thomas and UCF electrical engineering […]

  • UCF Researchers Eager to See NASA’s GOLD Mission Launch Thursday

    2018-01-24 15:14:29

    Several University of Central Florida professors and their colleagues in Colorado expect to see almost a decade of sweat and tears pay off Thursday, when one of NASA’s missions launches from Kourou, French Guiana. The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, mission is the first time NASA will fly a hosted instrument […]

  • Parents, Hang in There—It's All Worth It

    2018-01-24 08:18:45

    One of the greatest blessings in my life is being a mom. I have a son and daughter, now in their 20s. From the moment I found out I was expecting, the joy of having a new life to love and cherish was overwhelming. Each step of the way—hearing the heartbeat, seeing the sonogram, picking […]

  • Provost’s Update: New Colleges, Schools Will Chart Bold Future for UCF

    2018-01-22 18:59:29

    As we like to say at UCF: If there’s a better way, we should do it. We know that successful 21st-century institutions must evolve as rapidly as the environment around them. Embracing change is in UCF’s DNA. In August, I charged academic leaders, faculty and staff to make recommendations that reimagine how we leverage our […]

  • Human Trafficking: UCF Faculty, Alumni Combat the Epidemic

    2018-01-22 16:36:36

    Although the term “human trafficking” is relatively new, the phenomena it comprises—sex trafficking, forced labor and debt bondage—have been around for nearly as long as civilization itself. The United Nations defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud or coercion) for an […]

  • An Interview with Dinaw Mengestu

    2018-01-20 11:15:24

    “I grew up in the shadows of a half-dozen names,” said Dinaw Mengestu, speaking of the family members he never met. Mengestu — the author of this year’s Big Read at UCF book, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears — moved to the U.S. from Ethiopia when he was two. “What inspired me most was […]

  • Newest UCF Research Building Coming Online

    2018-01-19 17:05:28

    The long-awaited Research I building located between Engineering and CREOL is just about ready for business. Faculty members from various colleges and centers will begin moving into the 105,775-square-foot facility this month. They will share three floors of wet labs, conference rooms, lecture halls and offices. The building was built to provide the infrastructure, atmosphere […]

  • UCF Extends In-State Tuition Rate for Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

    2018-01-18 16:19:52

    The UCF Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to continue to allow students displaced by Hurricane Maria to qualify for in-state tuition. The board extended the tuition reduction, which started this spring, through the spring 2019 semester for students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The reduction applies to students who fled Puerto […]

  • Knight Inducted into Flag Football Hall of Fame

    2018-01-18 15:51:46

    Tatianne DeAraujo, a 2017 sports and exercise science graduate in the College of Education and Human Performance, recently was named to the National Collegiate Flag Football Championships Hall of Fame in Pensacola. She is the third Knight in seven years to be inducted into the hall. DeAraujo is a three-time Most Valuable Player at the […]

  • VIDEO: Knights Take 2nd in National Cheerleading Championships

    2018-01-18 13:46:12

    The UCF Knights Cheer team captured second place at the national championships last weekend in Orlando, competing against 13 other teams at Walt Disney World Resort. The Knights have now placed in the Top 10 of the College Cheerleading National Championships 23 times in the past 25 years under head coach Linda Gooch, including national titles […]

  • UCF Launches National Center to Find Big-Picture Solutions to Coastal Threats

    2018-01-17 09:30:52

    UCF has launched a national research center focused on finding big-picture solutions to threats facing coastal communities. In 2017, federal and local governments in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico spent more than $284 billion to deal with the impact of hurricanes and flooding, according to NOAA. “There’s a perfect storm coming,” said Graham Worthy, UCF […]

  • The Best Things in Life Come From Stretching Ourselves

    2018-01-17 09:30:26

    How often do you get uncomfortable? A couple of years ago I bought a shirt as part of an adoption fundraiser. The front of the shirt said: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” That phrase has really resonated with me and has increasingly pushed me in many areas of my life – […]

  • UCF Study Shows Benefits, Challenges of Lunch Programs for Elderly

    2018-01-16 13:42:09

    Eating lunch with others benefits the health of elderly Orange County residents, according to a study conducted by public affairs’ researchers at UCF. The nonprofit Seniors First, which offers the Neighborhood Lunch program in Orange County, partnered with UCF to review its program and impact on participants. Doctoral students Faisal Mohamidi and Safiya Prysmakova and […]

  • A Breakthrough in Graphene Research May lead to Next-Generation Tech

    2018-01-12 12:15:41

    A finding that enables graphene to better absorb light could be the key manufacturers have been waiting for to utilize the super-strong, superlight material in next-generation devices including light detectors, touchscreens, glucose testing meters and even water filtration systems. For the first time, the UCF team demonstrated more than 45 percent absorption of light in […]

  • UCF to Host Florida International Summit

    2018-01-11 17:01:40

    On Jan. 30, the Florida Network for Global Studies will hold its annual Florida International Summit at UCF. The theme for the summit is Transatlantic Security, and addresses the important relations shared between the U.S. and European countries and political institutions. Attendees will gain expert insights on various aspects of transatlantic relations, including military, economic, and […]

  • Girls & Games Conference Strives to Bridge Gender Gap in Gaming Industry

    2018-01-11 16:15:31

    UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy will host an inaugural “Press Play” conference on Saturday, bringing together students and speakers focused on bridging the gender gap in the gaming industry. The graduate video game school is teaming with industry leader Electronic Arts to present the conference. More than 250 mostly female high school and college students […]

  • UCF Online Undergraduate Programs Named Top 20 in Nation

    2018-01-10 17:40:26

    U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UCF No. 16 for online undergraduate programs out of 346 schools, jumping up 20 positions from No. 36 last year. UCF also placed No. 13 for undergraduate programs for veterans. The rankings examine the ease and affordability of each program, as well as student engagement, services, faculty credentials […]

  • UCF Docs Named To Top and Best Doctors 2017

    2018-01-10 13:53:17

      Nine UCF physicians, including six who practice at UCF Health, have been named as Best and Top doctors in the December 2017 issue of Orlando Magazine. Included in the list are: Dr. Shazia Bég – Rheumatology Dr. Maria Cannarozzi – Internal Medicine Dr. Mariana Dangiolo – Geriatrics Dr. Bernard Gros – Cardiology Dr. Marcia Katz – Pulmonology Dr. Sergio […]

  • Clinical Trial that Uses Gaming to help Older Patients with Cancer Underway in Orlando

    2018-01-10 12:28:26

    A clinical trial is underway to help older cancer patients facing chemotherapy, learn to take better care of themselves at home. University of Central Florida endowed professor in oncology nursing and cancer researcher Victoria Loerzel developed the education tool. The trial, being conducted at the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health, is studying patients […]

  • Let’s Be Clear: UCF Launches New Title IX Campaign

    2018-01-10 10:13:08

    As members of the UCF community return to campus for the New Year, they’ll notice a new message advertised on campus: Let’s Be Clear. Let’s Be Clear messaging will be packaged with phrases about expectations for behavior as well as the availability of support resources for all students and faculty and staff members impacted by […]

  • The Awesome Power of Faith Helps Us Endure

    2018-01-10 09:17:47

    A mixture of Irish and Belgian heritage is what my stepdad used to explain his enormous stubborn streak. My mother, his wife of 21 years, was the only one who could talk sense into him when he reached an impasse with anyone. It was a character flaw in an otherwise kind, hard-working, loving man. We […]

  • Armed Services Turn to UCF for Help with New Technology

    2018-01-08 16:35:54

    The U.S. Army and the U.S. Office of Naval Research have turned to the University of Central Florida to help push the limits of additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D printing with metallic alloys. Additive manufacturing looks to use different metallic alloys to print a variety of finished components used in everything from children’s toys […]

  • European Commission to Fund New International Exchange Program with UCF

    2018-01-08 09:39:56

    The European Commission will fund a new international collaboration between UCF and Kaunas University of Technology in Kaunas, Lithuania, thanks to an exchange agreement signed recently. UCF students and faculty and staff members may now apply for financial support to visit KTU to learn, teach and network, and members of KTU may apply for support […]

  • Keep Your Resolutions Short, Simple, Specific to be Successful

    2018-01-08 09:00:01

    ‘Tis the season for making New Year’s resolutions, a custom that goes back 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonian empire. The Babylonians also gave us New Year’s celebrations, although they celebrated in March when they planted their crops. They had two consistent resolutions: Pay off their debts and return things they borrowed. Obviously, my neighbor […]

  • Faculty on Picking UCF's Next President

    2018-01-07 11:51:37

    It’s no secret that 2018 will be a big year – starting with the Knights’ spectacular Peach Bowl victory against Auburn. This spring, we will select our next president. UCF is in a transformative time, and we each have an opportunity to shape our collective future. As faculty representatives on the search committee to find […]

  • Testing in the Age of Technology

    2018-01-04 22:01:40

    Living in a digital age, it’s hard to imagine not being able to do something on your laptop, tablet or phone. So what happens when the discipline you teach still relies on pen and paper for assessing students? In true UCF fashion, you find a better way. “I saw so many other disciplines turning to […]

  • UCF to Join The Big Read with Free Books, Lectures, Play

    2018-01-04 09:58:59

    As part of the upcoming annual Big Read supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, UCF will celebrate The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, the debut novel of African journalist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow Dinaw Mengestu. Events include an art exhibition, play, book clubs, lectures, artist talks and book signing. Woven throughout these events […]

  • Alumna Giving Back To Atlanta in Celebration of Daughter’s Memory, Perfect Season

    2018-01-02 07:51:23

    On Dec. 31, 2011, Sarah Dodson ’01 knew New Year’s Eve would never hold the same meaning to her again. After five years of treatment, her 8-year-old daughter Marlie, who dreamed of becoming a UCF cheerleader and nurse, died of a brain tumor. In 2012, Dodson and her family established a new tradition with the […]

  • Knights Defeat Auburn in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

    2018-01-01 19:59:35

    The UCF football team completed its perfect season with a 34-27 win over Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day. “I’m so happy for these guys,” UCF head coach Scott Frost said. “I told them in the locker room, this was an 0-12 group when I got there, and they looked like they weren’t having […]