April 2018

  • Fueling the Passion to Heal Pediatric Patients

    2018-04-25 17:24:48

    Senior Rebecca Bruce of Deland knows that she can ease the pain of sick children and their families one bedside at a time. Her classmate, Caitlin Cox of Tavernier, dreams of lessening the struggles of pediatric patients. As the first recipients of the newly established Alfred I. duPont Endowed Nursing Scholarship, both students are much […]

  • Student Earns UCF’s First National Championship for Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis

    2018-04-25 17:17:01

    One student served up success over the weekend by bringing home a first-time win for UCF in the National Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis Championship. On Sunday, junior public administration major Auburn Smith completed her second victory over  players from the University of Alabama to secure the national championship title in the Singles C division. The tournament […]

  • UCF Receives $100,000 Grant from Disney for New Literacy Programs

    2018-04-25 11:14:42

    UCF CREATE (Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment) and Page 15 have been awarded a $100,000 grant from Walt Disney World Resort to create new workshops, summer camps and afterschool programs for K-8 students in Central Florida. This grant is one of five presented to nonprofit organizations throughout Central Florida. The […]

  • UCF to Celebrate Denim Day on April 25

    2018-04-25 09:00:41

    April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and April 25 is Denim Day. Denim Day started in Italy 19 years ago after a woman’s sexual assault case was overturned because the Supreme Court believed her tight jeans implied consent. Outraged by this decision, women in the Parliament wore jeans to show solidarity for the victim. […]

  • Equal Pay Day Conversations Remind Me That All Voices Should be Heard

    2018-04-25 09:00:18

    Equal Pay Day this year was just reached on April 10. This day symbolizes how far into the current year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. For women of color, the dates for Equal Pay Day are even more dramatically different, and for the most part go much further […]

  • New UCF-HCA Residency Approved

    2018-04-24 14:53:10

    A new Transitional Year Residency Program, based at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, has received initial accreditation and is seeking immediate applicants. This program is part of the UCF College of Medicine-Hospital Corporation of America North Florida Division Consortium seeking to add more than 600 residency slots to Florida by 2020. In the […]

  • What to Know about Autism and How You Can Support Individuals Who Have It

    2018-04-24 12:55:35

    One in every 68 children in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. The developmental disability can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Despite that staggering statistic, few people understand the developmental disorder, says Teresa […]

  • Renovation of Reflecting Pond Nearly Finished

    2018-04-23 14:00:14

    The most scenic feature on the UCF campus – the Reflecting Pond – will be back in picture-perfect shape by April 30, just in time for graduation photo shoots. The Reflecting Pond was drained in October after Spirit Splash and has been undergoing an extensive renovation ever since. Work has progressed rapidly over the past […]

  • Stock Named Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association

    2018-04-23 13:02:36

    Assistant Professor Matt Stock of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has been selected a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The prestigious recognition is bestowed to members who have an exemplary record of frequent and sustained contributions to the profession through service, research and scholarship. Just 75 of the association’s more than […]

  • The Cure for the Common Cut

    2018-04-23 11:39:33

    Ask young kids what it’s like to get a shot or go to the doctor, and you’re likely to get some frowns. Two students in the interactive entertainment master’s program at UCF, Christine Wright and James Gaiser, wanted to change that. Their invention, “Boo Boo Snap” is a prototype for an app on your smartphone […]

  • UCF Announces May 2018 Commencement Speakers

    2018-04-23 09:00:35

    UCF has announced its six commencement speakers for this year’s six commencement ceremonies, which run May 3 through 5 at the CFE Arena. The speakers will address roughly 8,118 UCF students who are expected to graduate this semester, and President John C. Hitt will confer 6,788 bachelor’s, 1,183 master’s and 147 doctoral degrees. UCF has awarded […]

  • UCF Students to Premiere Animated Short Films

    2018-04-21 11:02:26

    A young girl with a speech disorder learning to express herself. A baby sea turtle trying to make its way to the ocean while confronted with obstacles. UCF’s animation programs were ranked No. 4 among the Top 40 Public Animation Schools and Colleges in the nation by the Animation Career Review. The films produced by […]

  • UCF Programming Team Places 1st in North America, 10th Worldwide

    2018-04-21 07:47:33

    UCF’s student programming team ousted all competitors from the U.S. and Canada to finish first in North America and 10th worldwide in the Association of Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest held in Beijing this week. This was the team’s highest finish in more than three decades of competition. “It was great to show North […]

  • The Most Common Neurological Disorder You’ve Never Heard Of

    2018-04-20 17:48:36

    Ed Linde always wore long pants as a young man to hide his skinny legs and cover the metal braces he had to wear, because of his condition. Linde suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a debilitating neurological disease that takes away a person’s mobility. Most people have never heard of it, but it affects one in 2,500 […]

  • How Does Age Impact Your Ability to Make Decisions?

    2018-04-20 15:48:10

    You’re in the grocery store, meandering past the bananas (too much sugar) and the asparagus (too pricey). There was a time years ago when you would have loaded up on both items. But now you’re more interested in Brussels sprouts. This is a fascinating phenomenon to Assistant Professor of Psychology Nichole Lighthall. “Everyday decision making […]

  • UCF Student Hannah Sage Finishes 3rd in Jeopardy! College Championship

    2018-04-20 15:00:00

    Sophomore Hannah Sage finished in third place at the Jeopardy! College Championship finals, collecting $25,000. Over the course of the weeklong competition, she defeated students from Darmouth College, Oklahoma University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Stanford University to advance to the finals. “I never would have imagined I would’ve made it to the finals and was so happy […]

  • How UCF Alumni Are Building a More Sustainable Orlando

    2018-04-19 09:44:24

    The sounds of construction can be heard on the third floor of Orlando City Hall. The building is being retrofitted with energy efficient technology as part of the City of Orlando’s sustainability initiatives. It’s one of the many projects currently underway and supervised by sustainability director Chris Castro ’10 and sustainability project manager Brittany Sellers […]

  • New Additions to UCF's Senior Design Showcase Highlight Florida's Tech Talent

    2018-04-18 15:55:04

    From an augmented reality restaurant menu that could change the way we order food to proposed solar sculptures for Orlando City Stadium, 600 UCF engineering  and computer science students will display 125 innovative projects Thursday during the Spring 2018 Senior Design Showcase. The projects, which will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. […]

  • An Example of Renewal for All of Us

    2018-04-18 09:00:52

    We are now in the annual renewal of spring, which is something that gives hope to us all under any temporary daunting or discouraging circumstances. Two years ago, the sago palm at the corner of my house bloomed. She hasn’t been the healthiest of plants, wedged in under the eave near the garage. A few […]

  • A Guide to Trees on the UCF Campus

    2018-04-16 13:50:59

    The UCF campus will become home to 29 new trees on April 18, in observance of the university’s ninth annual Arbor Day, a holiday that encourages public tree planting and care. Over the past eight years, more than 130 trees have been added to the UCF campus in observance of the day. This year, 20 […]

  • Seal to be Inducted into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

    2018-04-16 12:50:13

    UCF scientist Sudipta Seal, whose research has led to groundbreaking therapeutic applications in regenerative nanomedicine, has been chosen as a 2018 inductee into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Seal, who is a UCF Trustee Chair, Pegasus and University Distinguished Professor, is one of seven inventors who will be inducted in September at an annual […]

  • 85 Faculty Members Promoted

    2018-04-16 12:40:42

    Eighty-five UCF faculty were promoted this week, including 36 who received tenure, contingent upon approval from the Board of Trustees May 2. Among the promotions were another 24 who were named full professors. “The promotion and tenure process is vital for the success of a great university, particularly a metropolitan research university such as UCF,” […]

  • Back Pain Treatment Costs, Opioid Use Drop When Patients Seek Immediate Care

    2018-04-16 12:30:24

    Low back pain affects nearly 70 million Americans and is considered the leading cause of disability in the United States. Costs associated with the condition exceed more than $100 billion each year. A research team led by the University of Central Florida has evaluated how the use of physical therapy to treat acute low back […]

  • Thor ORE Wins 2018 Joust New Venture Competition

    2018-04-13 16:53:02

    For Dylan Weitzman and Brandon Carpenter’s company, Thor ORE, the third time was the charm. After three years of applying for the UCF Joust New Venture Competition and failing to reach the final round, Thor ORE beat out the competition Wednesday to take home first place, a $12,000 check and more than $50,000 in business […]

  • UCF to Celebrate Optics Day

    2018-04-11 11:44:00

    Developments in the fields of optics and photonics have had significant impacts on modern life, but many people don’t often realize it. The internet, smartphones, fast computers, modern cancer-monitoring techniques, and laser-based imaging systems for self-driving cars would be unthinkable without optical science. On April 13, UCF’s College of Optics & Photonics will open its […]

  • How to Reduce Stress

    2018-04-11 11:35:17

    You would never know it by listening to Karen Hofmann’s calm voice that April is one of the busiest times on her calendar. As the director of UCF’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), she is mentally in the shoes of other people all year. Her staff of 50 counselors and support staff will experience the […]

  • 9 Best Spots to Take a Study Break on the UCF Campus

    2018-04-11 11:05:22

    Between final papers, projects and exams, the end of the semester is a busy and stressful time. While it may feel like you need to devote every waking moment to your studies, be sure to schedule some downtime to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to check social media […]

  • UCF Student Uses Math, Philosophy Skills to Score Summer Project at Harvard

    2018-04-11 11:01:19

    A UCF math major is headed to Harvard University this summer to study forest ecology through an interdisciplinary research project that combines philosophy, math algorithms and principles of ecology. Evan Waldmann credits working with Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jonathan Beever and his team for helping him land a Research Experience for Undergraduates grant from the […]

  • Puerto Ricans are Resilient, but Island Still Needs Our Help after Hurricane Maria

    2018-04-11 10:55:19

    I traveled to Puerto Rico in January, about four months after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20. I had much anticipation to see for myself how the island was doing, not only as my role as a disaster researcher, but as a member of the Puerto Rican diaspora and as a […]

  • UCF Celebrates Planned Giving

    2018-04-10 16:48:38

    UCF celebrated Charles Millican Legacy Society members during opening night of UCF Celebrates the Arts on April 6. More than 80 donors who have included the university in their estate plans were honored at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and thanked for their commitment by Jeff Moore, dean of the College of […]

  • Orlando Partners with UCF, OUC on National Solar Energy Research Grant

    2018-04-10 14:12:31

    Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer today announced Orlando is one of nine teams selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to participate in a collaborative research to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid. The city is partnering with the Orlando Utilities […]

  • UCF Ranks 25th in Nation for National Merit Scholars

    2018-04-09 17:06:13

    UCF was ranked 25th in the nation for enrollment of freshmen National Merit Scholars in Fall 2017, according to the annual report recently released by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. With 88 National Merit Scholars enrolled, UCF also was ranked the 13th highest public institution in the country. The ranking places UCF above institutions such […]

  • UCF Student’s Innovative Beach Gear Wins $3,000 in State Startup Competition

    2018-04-09 14:54:40

    With an idea to create a new watersport based around skimboarding and a distribution deal lined up with Ron Jon Surf Shop, senior Matthew White took second place and $3,000 at the third annual Governor’s Cup Pitch Competition at Florida State University on Friday. The new-business-venture competition featured top-performing collegiate startups from nine universities across […]

  • Arecibo Observatory Transitions to UCF-Led Management Team, Only the Beginning

    2018-04-09 11:30:36

    When the University of Central Florida took the helm of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico on April 1, the university entered a new era. “We are forging new ground for UCF,” said Elizabeth Klonoff, vice president for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies. “We already have outstanding research in planetary sciences, […]

  • UCF Student Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

    2018-04-09 10:00:27

    Two UCF students recently were honored by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program and Excellence in Education Foundation for their outstanding undergraduate research. Goldwater Scholarships are a prestigious honor that recognizes exceptional research work by undergraduate sophomores and juniors in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. Junior George Walters-Marrah was awarded a 2018 Goldwater Scholarship, a […]

  • UCF Students to Exhibit Oil-Cleanup Invention at D.C. Expo

    2018-04-05 11:30:07

    A group of University of Central Florida students has developed super high-tech sponges to clean up ocean oil spills. The sponges soak up oil but repel water, leaving behind no toxic byproduct. It’s a green solution with a bonus – the oil could be recycled for future use. The students will showcase their invention at […]

  • Campus Community Invited to April 9 Safety Forum

    2018-04-05 09:00:17

    Safety is a priority, and it’s always on everyone’s mind. So let’s talk about it. Join campus leaders for an open discussion about campus safety and well-being that will start at 10 a.m. Monday, April 9, in the Cape Florida Ballroom, Room 316AB of the Student Union. The one-hour forum will include an overview of […]

  • Florida & Metro Forecast: Tax Reform to Bolster Growth, Encourage In-Migration

    2018-04-04 15:31:59

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been called the most radical, comprehensive reform of the nation’s tax code in decades and it will also be a major boon for Florida’s economy, according to University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith. While consumers and companies across the United States are likely to reap the benefits […]

  • Founders’ Day Honors Professors’ Commitment to Students

    2018-04-04 12:50:42

    UCF’s annual Founders’ Day Honors Convocation today celebrates outstanding achievements of the university’s faculty members, staff and students. Among the recognitions this year are five Pegasus Professors, five Reach for the Stars recipients, service awards and other campus achievements. View a full list of Founders’ Day Honors Convocation honorees. The Pegasus Professor Award is the highest academic honor […]

  • What Are Your Life Quotes and Why?

    2018-04-04 10:59:32

    I don’t mind admitting this, but I am a “quotes” type of person. I love quotes. I love the different meanings they can have. I love the effect they can have on a person. And I love how they can serve as a significant guide in your life when you come across a good one. […]

  • Funding Available to Help Hire Postdoctoral Scholars

    2018-04-04 09:23:47

    The College of Graduate Studies has money to help faculty researchers hire postdoctoral scholars who are new in this role at UCF. The program is called the Preeminent Postdoctoral Program or P3. Principal investigators can receive up to $58,000 over two years to cover the salary and benefits of a postdoctoral scholar. In addition, there […]

  • Declining Bee Population to get Helping Hand with National Project

    2018-04-03 10:56:17

    Bees are going to get a helping hand next year when a UCF biologist launches her nationwide Bee Wild project. Funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Barbara Sharanowski will coordinate a nationwide team of citizen scientists who will convert lawns into native wildflower havens especially designed to attract native bees and other […]

  • UCF Feels the Love During Day of Giving

    2018-04-03 08:06:39

    The command center at the UCF Foundation was buzzing with activity. Formally known as an everyday conference room tucked in the back of the second floor of the foundation offices in Research Park, the room had been transformed for the day. Screens were being watched carefully and results were being analyzed, as a first-ever giving […]

  • It’s Not About the Ball

    2018-04-02 17:00:10

    Katie Abrahamson-Henderson has dominated the sport of basketball both on the court as a player and off as a coach. After playing under Hall of Fame coaches for the University of Georgia and University of Iowa, as well as one season professionally overseas, Abrahamson-Henderson began coaching in 1990. This season, as head coach of UCF’s […]

  • Transition Updates from President-Elect Dale Whittaker

    2018-04-02 15:25:36

    Last week, the Florida Board of Governors voted to confirm my appointment as UCF’s fifth president. As I said after the vote, I am incredibly thankful to you, the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of this fantastic institution. Because of you, UCF is one of the largest and best universities in the country; it’s […]

  • UCF Receives Grant to Expand Community Nursing in West Orange with Shepherd’s Hope

    2018-04-02 13:19:50

    A grant recently awarded from the West Orange Healthcare District will enhance the real-world education for UCF nursing students while aiding in the care of the growing number of uninsured patients at Shepherd’s Hope. A $62,000 grant will fund a new UCF Community Nursing Coalition, or community-focused service learning program for students. The coalition will be […]

  • Apps to Keep Children Safe Online May be Counterproductive

    2018-04-02 09:13:43

    Mobile apps designed to help parents keep their children safe from online predators may actually be counterproductive, harming the trust between a parent and child and reducing the child’s ability to respond to online threats, conclude two new studies from the University of Central Florida. According to the national Crimes Against Children Research Center, 23 […]

  • Choruses Promote Social Justice at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018

    2018-04-01 09:19:24

    The UCF Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble, University Chorus, and Chamber Singers will treat guests to music with a message at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018. Their concert, entitled “Journey to Justice (Singing the Journey),” addresses social inequalities, prejudice, and discrimination, but also hopefulness and the potential for change. The performance is on Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 […]