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

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

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 […]

  • PRIME STEM Learning Community Initiative

    PRIME STEM/Student Support Services has launched its first learning community. The PRIME STEM Learning Communities are a resource designed to support scholars to succeed in their coursework and promote overall academic success.  “Think of this as study groups by subject,” said Rebekah McCloud, program director. The learning communities are scholar facilitated (and can be aided […]

  • Volunteers Sought to Restore Eroding Shorelines, Help Oysters in Lagoon

    UCF Biology professor Linda Walters is looking for help this summer for a variety of community projects to help restore eroding shorelines with native plants and rebuild colonies of oyster beds in the Mosquito Lagoon. There are opportunities in June and July to work on different projects. The first involves restoring the oyster reefs that […]

  • Termites, Fungi and Climate Change

    Climate change models could have a thing or two to learn from termites and fungi, according to a new study released this week. For a long time scientists have believed that temperature is the dominant factor in determining the rate of wood decomposition worldwide. Decomposition matters because the speed at which woody material are broken […]


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  • New Grasshopper Species Named After Grammy Winner

    A newly discovered grasshopper by UCF scientists now bears the name of Grammy-award winning singer and activist Ana Lila Downs Sanchez. The scientists named the new species discovered on the side of a mountain road near Oaxaca, Mexico, after the Mexican-American singer as a nod to her efforts to preserve indigenous culture and penchant for […]

  • Gift to Computer Scientist Inspires Open-Ended Discovery

    Computer science researcher Dr. Ken Stanley has met his match with donor Dr. Charles “Ed” Bailey, and he couldn’t be more pleased. The pair has found common ground about science. And about life. The UCF associate professor has built quite a resume in the field of artificial intelligence. Stanley runs the UCF’s Evolutionary Complexity Research […]

  • App Aims to Prevent Boat Mishaps, Protect Mosquito Lagoon

    UCF is banking that technology in the hands of water enthusiasts will help protect the Mosquito Lagoon’s fragile ecosystem in Brevard and Volusia counties. REEL Florida, a free app available for the iPhone, debuts this month thanks to the dedication and ingenuity of biologists, communication experts, and techies at the University of Central Florida. The […]

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A bold move by UCF. 30,000 jobs. And billions in economic development. The only project of its kind. Some call it a game changer. We call it a medical city. With research, hospitals and a College of Medicine…we’re transforming and savings lives. I’m Rick Walsh, UCF Class of ’77.