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 […]

  • UCF Invites Children to Special International Moon Observation Night

    Planet hunters at the University of Central Florida invite children to join them for International Observe the Moon Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Last year, UCF’s Planetary Sciences Group sponsored an event to coincide with the international observation, which drew more than 100 people. So this year the group decided to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Vomit Comet Equals Opportunity of a Lifetime, Job for One

    Never have five UCF students been so excited at the possibility of vomiting. They’ll likely do it all in the name of science beginning Monday, July 21, when they will board a specially equipped plane that NASA uses to train astronauts and run microgravity experiments. The plane is nicknamed the vomit comet because first-time flyers […]


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  • EU Arson Investigators Get Help From National Center for Forensic Science

    The University of Central Florida is home to one of the best resources for arson investigators in the nation, and starting next year the university will also be a resource for European investigators. UCF’s National Center for Forensic Science houses the Ignitable Liquids Reference Collection and the Substrate Database. The collection is a compilation of […]

  • 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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