May 2017

  • UCF Alumna Harvard Bound after Earning Nearly Perfect Score on LSAT

    2017-05-30 07:00:51

    Years ago, Rebecca Fate’s vision of her future never included college. Neither of her parents earned college degrees, and growing up in a single-parent household meant there was little to no extra money to send her to school, she said. But when her fifth-grade teacher opened Fate’s eyes to her potential, her vision of the […]

  • The Human Factor: Meet the New Patients in Simulation

    2017-05-26 16:40:28

    He can sense and respond to touch, look you in the eyes and exhibit real emotions. But this patent-pending simulated patient, developed by a team of UCF researchers, is not human. “One of the unique aspects of this new tool is its ability to bring humanity to simulation,” said Gregory Welch, a computer scientist and […]

  • 'Florida Trend' Highlights UCF Transformation Under President Hitt

    2017-05-26 09:32:42

    UCF’s rise to national prominence under the direction of President John C. Hitt is featured in the latest edition of Florida Trend magazine. “Strength in Numbers,” the cover story in the June edition that focuses on higher education in the state, chronicles the past 25 years of the university as it tripled in enrollment to […]

  • UCF Research Could Bring ‘Drastically’ Higher Resolution To Your Phone and TV

    2017-05-25 14:50:55

    Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a new color changing surface tunable through electrical voltage – a breakthrough that could lead to three times the resolution for televisions, smartphones and other devices. Video screens are made up of hundreds of thousands of pixels that display different colors to form the images. With […]

  • UCF Captures National Computer Programming Title, Places 13th in World

    2017-05-25 14:49:27

    A team of three University of Central Florida students earned the title of national champions Wednesday and finished 13th in the world in an elite computer programming contest known as the “Battle of the Brains.” In the competition at the Association of Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest in Rapid City, SD, the UCF trio […]

  • TeachLivE Lab’s Success to be Showcased at Teachers Conference

    2017-05-25 14:48:35

    Everyone agrees that making mistakes teaches lessons. But if you’re a teacher, counselor or police officer, making mistakes can have traumatic, if unintentional consequences. Long a leader in training professionals using virtual reality and digital simulations through the TeachLivE Lab, the University of Central Florida will host a conference June 7-9 for those using the […]

  • My Recent Firsthand Lesson: Understanding Challenges of People with Disabilities

    2017-05-24 09:51:33

    I’ve had lots of minor scrapes and bumps in my 73 years, but nothing of consequence in the way of health-related problems, certainly nothing that needed surgery – excluding having tonsils taken out at the tender age of 5 and a few skin cancer excisions later in life. I was fortunate. Then it happened. Two […]

  • UCF Clinic for Local Farmworkers Wins National Award for Interprofessional Education

    2017-05-23 16:30:27

    A UCF collaboration that provides free healthcare to uninsured farmworkers in Apopka has received an inaugural national award from the U.S. Public Health Service and Interprofessional Education Collaborative. The two organizations selected UCF as the recipient of their first Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award that honors interdisciplinary healthcare teams that significantly impact […]

  • Student Earns NSF Grant to Study Lack of Women in Physics

    2017-05-22 10:15:23

    UCF physics doctoral student Brian Zamarripa recently landed a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to study the gender disparity in the field of physics. According to the American Physical Society, fewer than 20 percent of undergraduate and doctoral students who earned degrees in physics in 2013 were women. Zamarripa hopes to change that. He […]

  • UCF’s Dove Wins NASA Award for Space Research

    2017-05-22 08:00:22

    Adrienne Dove, a University of Central Florida assistant professor in the physics department, recently was awarded NASA’s Susan Mahan Niebur Early Career Award for her research on microgravity and dusty plasmas, collisions and planet formation. Her work is helping scientists who have been puzzled for decades understand some mechanisms of dust charging and transport, which […]

  • From Broadway To Medicine

    2017-05-19 19:45:14

    As a youngster, Joey Caravaglio performed on Broadway, playing Chip the teacup in Disney’s musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” Today, he’s a doctor. Caravaglio was one of 113 M.D. students who graduated from UCF’s College of Medicine May 19. On July 1, he’ll begin a transitional UCF residency at Osceola Regional Medical Center before doing […]

  • Med School Graduates 113 Physician Knights

    2017-05-19 19:35:46

    Twenty-six of Prisca Takundwa’s family members traveled worldwide to see her become a physician Friday, an accomplishment a med school adviser called “a credit to her tenacity and pushing herself forward no matter what life threw at her.” Takundwa was one of 113 UCF medical students – poets, engineers, painters and microbiologists — who received […]

  • UCF Hosts Evans High School Students at Youth Summit

    2017-05-18 16:15:24

    Leaders from Evans High School and University of Central Florida came together for a day of service, networking and award recognition. Forty juniors and seniors from Evans participated in the inaugural Leadership for Educational Attainment Developed through Service Youth Summit May 2 at UCF. LEADS is a collaborative leadership program between the Center for Community […]

  • Remembering Pulse

    2017-05-18 09:00:43

    UCF invites the community to campus on June 8 to honor and remember the 49 lives taken at Pulse. Below is a message from UCF President John C. Hitt detailing how the university will mark the one-year remembrance. Nearly one year ago, our vibrant, welcoming city was attacked in an act of hate. On June […]

  • UCF's Lapchick Named to Board of onePulse Foundation

    2017-05-18 08:00:08

    Richard E. Lapchick, chair of the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at UCF College of Business, was recently named to the board of trustees for the onePULSE Foundation, which was set up to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. June 12 marks the one-year anniversary of the nation’s deadliest mass shooting. “I […]

  • 113 Medical Doctors to Graduate from UCF Friday

    2017-05-18 07:33:49

    The UCF College of Medicine will celebrate its fifth commencement at 10 a.m. Friday, May 19. A total of 113 students will cross the stage at The Venue behind the CFE Arena on the main campus. All those earning their medical degrees have matched with a residency program where they will practice medicine for the […]

  • Nursing Simulation Expert Reelected to International Board

    2017-05-17 13:50:14

    Simulation expert Laura Gonzalez, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing, has been elected for a second term as vice president of programs of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL). The INACSL is a community of more than 1,500 members in 13 countries dedicated to […]

  • GOLD Mission Takes Next Step for End-of-Year Launch

    2017-05-17 11:42:32

    An instrument that will provide unprecedented imaging of the Earth’s upper atmosphere has been successfully installed on a commercial satellite that will carry it into geostationary orbit some 22,000 miles above the planet. The GOLD instrument, which is short for Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk,  is expected to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon […]

  • Allow the Waves to do Their Work

    2017-05-17 09:00:23

    I have found that the beach is one of the most relaxing places to visit. Fortunately, I live in the great state of Florida where I am able to visit a beach on either coast on just about any day of the year. So it was that I found myself recently walking along one of […]

  • Chief Beary to be Inducted into Florida Officers’ Hall of Fame

    2017-05-17 08:54:50

    Starting Saturday, the UCF Police Department will have a permanent place inside Florida’s State Capitol. That’s because Chief Richard Beary has been selected for the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame. Beary is among five officers to be inducted in a ceremony at the Capitol that will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20. […]

  • UCF Police Officers Bike 250 Miles to Honor Fallen Heroes

    2017-05-15 14:11:17

    Three UCF Police officers have spent the past few days biking from Virginia to Washington, D.C. to honor officers killed in the line of duty. UCFPD Officers Terrell Alexander, Agustin Gonzalez and Maurice Thompson began the 250-mile journey May 10 after months of training and fundraising. They’re accompanied by UCFPD Corporal Alan Elliot, who is […]

  • Physics May Speed Up Solutions for Tough Computational Problems

    2017-05-15 09:18:27

    A well-known computational problem seeks to find the most efficient route for a traveling salesman to visit clients in a number of cities. Seemingly simple, it’s actually surprisingly complex and much studied, with implications in fields as wide-ranging as manufacturing and air-traffic control. Researchers from the University of Central Florida and Boston University have developed […]

  • Brothers Share Cool Idea at UCF Downtown Event

    2017-05-15 08:00:10

    The groundbreaking of the UCF Downtown campus on Thursday had a little extra pop of flavor thanks to local businessmen and brothers, Brandon ’10 and Adam Chandler. The owners of Pop Parlour, a gourmet frozen pop and coffee shop, crafted the Partnership Pop of a strawberry, mango and chocolate mashup to commemorate the special occasion. […]

  • UCF to Provide Cybertraining, Research Support for U.S. Army

    2017-05-12 15:46:34

    The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence will look to the University of Central Florida for training and research support as a result of a new memorandum of understanding. In addition to workforce development, the memorandum enables the Army to utilize laboratories at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training to support research in behavioral cybersecurity, […]

  • College of Medicine-HCA Consortium Receives Approval for Two More Residencies

    2017-05-12 13:51:02

    A UCF College of Medicine-Hospital Corporation of America consortium, working to add needed residency slots to Florida, has received approval for two more programs – one in family medicine, another in obstetrics-gynecology. The OB-GYN residency at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, FL has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education […]

  • Burnett School Student Research Advances Medical Discovery

    2017-05-12 10:00:27

    Calling medical research “opening a door no one has ever walked through before,” College of Medicine graduate student Jamillah Hammond hopes to mend broken hearts – literally – with stem cells. Hammond, who is doing a master’s in biotechnology, was one of 17 master’s and Ph.D. students who presented their thesis research at the College […]

  • Campus Groundbreaking Signals New Day for Community, Downtown Orlando

    2017-05-11 11:27:33

    Children from the Parramore community helped Central Florida leaders sink shovels into the dirt today at a groundbreaking ceremony ushering in a transformative campus that will soon rise in downtown Orlando. Dr. Phillips Academic Commons is the first building to be built at the new campus the University of Central Florida will share with Valencia […]

  • UCF Lunar Knights to Compete in NASA Robotic Competition

    2017-05-11 07:00:03

    University of Central Florida students who make up the Lunar Knights Mining Club will compete this month in NASA’s national Robotic Mining Competition that was developed to help in the exploration of Mars. The eighth annual competition is May 22-26 at Kennedy Space Center. About 50 student teams from across the country have entered a […]

  • Health Sciences Advisor Jennifer Farran Wins National Award

    2017-05-10 10:10:18

    Academic advisor Jennifer Farran is one of four winners of the 2017 Outstanding New Advisor Award Winner from NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising. The award recognizes outstanding academic advising of students by individuals who have served as an advisor for three years or less. This is not Farran’s first award in this position. […]

  • UCF Hosts Inaugural Celebration Honoring Graduating Latino Students

    2017-05-10 09:30:07

    The University of Central Florida hosted a new graduation event this month to celebrate a growing community at the university: Latino students. Fifty students and their families gathered in the Live Oak Center for Nuestra Graduación [Our Graduation], which was a celebratory event put on by the Latino Faculty & Staff Association. More than 2,000 Latinos, who […]

  • Central Florida Celebrates Downtown Campus Groundbreaking Thursday

    2017-05-10 09:10:50

    Leaders from across Central Florida are expected at the highly anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for the UCF Downtown campus from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, May 11. The UCF community is invited to attend the festivities at the UCF Center for Emerging Media, 500 W. Livingston St., with partners from Valencia College, the City of Orlando, […]

  • Maybe Colleges Should Take a Lesson from Zoos

    2017-05-10 09:00:35

    What would it take to create a more learning-efficient campus? What elements must we have, what culture must we extend to promote a more responsive campus to bolster student success? The answer may be in the seemingly unrelated work of Australian architect and zoo director David Hancocks. In his 2002 book, A Different Nature, Hancocks […]

  • 'Unwavering Determination' Takes Physician to Researcher and Resident

    2017-05-09 13:26:23

    After earning her medical degree in Myanmar (formerly Burma,) Zin Mar Htun said she knew how to care for sick people – but didn’t know how to conduct research that would find ways to prevent their disease. So she came to UCF to become a physician scientist – and is now onto her residency training […]

  • 1st-Generation UCF Accounting Graduate to Start Dream Job

    2017-05-08 17:32:00

    When transfer student Renee Richards first met University of Central Florida marketing associate lecturer Carolyn Massiah at a luncheon two years ago, Richards was so nervous she couldn’t make eye contact with the popular professor. Now Richards counts Massiah as a mentor who has helped her reach her goal of becoming the first in her […]

  • UCF Professor Receives $1.2M To Build Mobile STEM Displays for Hospitalized Kids

    2017-05-08 11:10:10

    University of Central Florida Professor Megan Nickels, whose work teaching mathematics, robotics and science to children with critical illnesses has been nationally recognized, has received a $1.2 million NASA grant to create mobile science and technology carts in partnership with the Orlando Science Center. Nickels and a team of UCF scientists and educators are creating […]

  • Finding Family Diversity on the Bookshelf

    2017-05-08 11:07:13

    When UCF librarian Kristine Shrauger first looked for books that reflected her interracial family – she is white and her adopted daughter is from Ethiopia – she found the shelves were sparse. She also discovered that other parents of diverse families thought the same thing, whether their families were interracial, both parents were the same […]

  • Stepfather, Stepdaughter to Graduate Together Despite Different Paths to College

    2017-05-05 09:11:15

    By the time they make it to college, most students don’t look to their parents to help them study. But Raquel Toro had a good reason: Her stepfather was in several of her classes. Toro will join her stepfather Richard Arroyo again on Saturday, when each will don a cap and gown and graduate from […]

  • UCF Students' Solar-Powered Art Sculpture to be Installed in Lake Nona

    2017-05-04 11:25:11

    A team of University of Central Florida students who designed a solar-powered art sculpture celebrated this week after the Orlando Utilities Commission and Tavistock Development selected its project to be built in the innovative, master-designed Lake Nona community later this year. Four teams of senior-level undergraduate students in mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and […]

  • UCF Graduates 5th Sibling from Family of Knights

    2017-05-04 09:21:38

    Connie Albers was proud when her oldest son excelled as an engineering student at UCF. And, a year later, just as happy when her oldest daughter found a home at the University of Central Florida. Then, her third child. And her fourth. On Saturday, Jonathan Albers – her fifth child – will graduate, topping off […]

  • UCF to Honor Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton, Public Service Leaders

    2017-05-04 07:00:08

    Lt. Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department will be honored posthumously Tuesday as part of UCF’s Public Service Recognition Week celebration that annually recognizes exceptional public administration alumni and public service community leaders. Seth Clayton, the officer’s husband, will accept a plaque at the ceremony on her behalf that honors her work as a […]

  • UCF Faculty Receive National Awards for Excellence in E-Learning

    2017-05-03 10:56:54

    University of Central Florida faculty were recognized for excellence in online education, receiving two national awards from the United States Distance Learning Association. Thomas Cavanagh, associate vice president of UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning, received the Outstanding Leadership Award. The award recognizes leaders who “excel within their organization, consistently reaching out through mentoring, sharing and […]

  • There's More Than $ Involved When it Comes to Understanding Costs of Fracking

    2017-05-03 08:29:42

    Several of society’s next grand challenges relate to the production of electrical energy. In the United States, fossil fuels continue to be the largest production source of electricity. Over the past 30 years or so, the fossil fuels of natural gas, petroleum and coal have annually accounted for approximately 70 percent of our electricity production, […]

  • Prison to Law School: How Education Turned a Former Gang Member’s Life Around

    2017-05-02 07:00:49

    Angel Sanchez has spent much of his college career helping those who, like him, yearned for a second chance. He’s mentored previously incarcerated students, and through his position as president of Moot Court at UCF, an organization that gives pre-law students practice at arguing cases, he helped collect more than 300 books to donate to […]

  • Knights Paintball Club Captures 2nd National Championship in 4 years

    2017-05-01 14:05:40

    The Knights Paintball Club won its second national championship recently with a 7-5 defeat of Florida Atlantic University at Austin Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, FL. The Knights, after organizing as a team just four years ago, are now 6-1 against the Owls since 2015 and it was the first time the two in-state rivals […]

  • First-Generation Graduate Is Prepared to Fly High

    2017-05-01 09:00:07

    Brandon Hanner’s passion for aviation began when he was about six years old. “My grandfather took me to my first air show,” said Hanner, a 24-year-old first generation student who graduates Saturday, May 6 from the University of Central Florida. “I saw all the planes and I was fascinated, but when I saw one of […]

  • To Theatre Graduate, Acting Can Help Change the World

    2017-05-01 08:00:24

    Jarrett Poore sees the time honing his acting skills at UCF as more than just performing on stage. He sees it as a way to change the world. He loves the bright lights – such as when he portrayed the traveling peddler in Oklahoma! at the recent UCF Celebrates the Arts festival – but the […]

  • Researchers with UCF Connections Honored with Asteroid Names

    2017-05-01 07:00:34

    The University of Central Florida hosts a chapter of an out-of-this-world club, which recently grew by two. Planetary astronomer Noemi Pinilla-Alonso from the Florida Space Institute and UCF alumna Emily Kramer were honored when asteroids were named after them to recognize their contributions to planetary science research. That increases the UCF membership in the international […]