UCF’s Pendulum Swings Again, Thanks to Alumna

UCF's Pendulum Swings Again, Thanks to Alumna

For the first time in more than 20 years, the pendulum in the atrium of the Mathematical Sciences building is swinging back and forth again. The Foucault pendulum, named after  French physicist Léon Foucault, was part of the original building and has been on campus since October 1970. Back then the pendulum hung unobstructed until […]

Satellites Show Florida Beaches Becoming Darker, and That’s Good for Sea Turtles

Newly published research that started as a high school science project confirms that the density of sea turtle nests on Florida beaches is reduced where artificial lights along the coast deter nesting females. But the data also show that the network of sea turtle-friendly lighting ordinances along Florida’s coast seems to be working. “It’s a […]

2 UCF Professors Receive Air Force Grants

A University of Central Florida researcher who is using laser pulses to create more powerful electronics, and a professor who is looking to combine thousands of transistors into a single computer chip have earned $840,000 in grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Michael Chini, an assistant physics professor, and Sumit Jha, an assistant […]

UCF Researchers to Study Lingering Pollutants in Gulf of Mexico from BP Oil Spill

Scientists have been studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico for years, but research by UCF professors – and a $1.5 million grant that funds their work – could shed new light on undetected pollution lurking beneath the seafloor. The catastrophic blowout of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig […]