Student Discovers New Organism During New York Internship

Student Discovers New Organism During New York Internship

While many students spent their summer break enjoying the beach, University of Central Florida junior Grace Avecilla helped discover a new organism while interning at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Getting a chance to culture single-celled protists, a diverse set of microorganism, was the highlight of the internship, made possible through […]

  • New Greenhouse Means More Opportunity for Arboretum

    UCF’s Arboretum will build a new greenhouse later this year for research, plant propagation and other projects near a former glass-enclosed structure damaged by hurricanes a few years ago. The new greenhouse will stand on the east side of campus near Physical Sciences and will provide the Arboretum and the Department of Landscape and Natural […]

  • 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 […]


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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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