May 2018

  • Surplus Property Team Wins State Award for Reducing Costs

    2018-05-25 15:43:57

    UCF’s surplus property team recently was selected as one of the winners of the 2018 Prudential Productivity Award, given out by Florida TaxWatch to acknowledge individuals and organizations that reduce costs and improve service for taxpayers. TaxWatch reviewed about 400 submissions statewide for 24 awards. The UCF team, nominated by Montel Watson, director of Resource […]

  • UCF Engineer to be Honored by World Academy of Ceramics

    2018-05-25 12:36:06

    University of Central Florida engineering Professor Sudipta Seal is one of only four Americans and 20 scientists worldwide named to the World Academy of Ceramics for 2018. The academy will honor the scientists June 4 at its 14th annual meeting in Perugia, Italy, for their “renowned contributions to the advancement of this field.” Seal has […]

  • Evans High School Becomes 1st UCF-Certified Community Partnership School

    2018-05-24 15:40:45

    UCF has been helping to build a new model of community school for children in grades K-12 for nearly 10 years. As a result, there are 16 registered Community Partnership Schools in Florida. Of those 16, Evans High School in Orlando recently became the first to be a UCF-Certified Community Partnership School. The school recently […]

  • Flea on Pluto? Arecibo Observatory Helps Provide Unprecedented View of Pulsar

    2018-05-24 09:00:24

    Imagine being able to see a flea on the surface of Pluto. That’s a good way to describe what the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico helped a group of Canadian researchers do. The team, led by Robert Main of the University of Toronto, was able to observe unprecedented details of a pulsar 6,500 light years […]

  • New Summer Festival Dedicated to Emerging Playwrights

    2018-05-23 13:46:05

    UCF is launching Pegasus PlayLab, a new summer theatre festival dedicated to developing new plays by emerging playwrights. The festival, which runs June 2-24 and Aug. 23-25 on the UCF campus, comprises three workshops and one fully mounted play. Two years ago when Julia Listengarten became artistic director for Theatre UCF, her goals were to […]

  • Interprofessional Education in Health Care Benefits Students and Patients

    2018-05-23 12:53:02

    It is becoming a more familiar scene in health care. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and social workers are working as a team to care for patients in a free clinic. But this team is comprised of students from UCF – and it’s just one of many innovative interprofessional learning opportunities being offered to prepare students […]

  • Good Leaders Don’t Have to Like People – But They Must Love Them

    2018-05-23 09:00:02

    Three years ago I read this quote by former NFL coach Vince Lombardi: “I don’t necessarily have to like my players and associates but as their leader I must love them. Love is loyalty, love is teamwork, love respects the dignity of the individual. This is the strength of any organization.” As a leader of […]

  • UCF Student Wins Equestrian National Championship Title

    2018-05-21 16:59:38

    Molly Murtha recently won UCF’s first equestrian national championship title at Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association’s National Championship Horse Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She took home the title in the individual novice equitation on the flat category, which is one of the most difficult individual titles to win at the championships because of the size of […]

  • Parking and Traffic Information for High School Students Graduating at CFE Arena

    2018-05-21 14:58:56

    Expect traffic impact and road closures on UCF campus this month as local high schools use CFE Arena for their graduation ceremonies from now until May 30. About two hours before each ceremony, road closures will occur on Gemini Boulevard between North Orion Boulevard and West Plaza Drive. The closures will remain along these roads […]

  • Serving As Physician Soldiers, Together

    2018-05-18 19:35:20

    Tears flowed as Melissa Smith ’14 received her new epaulets marking her military promotion to Army captain. She had just earned her UCF doctor of medicine degree. This moment was even more special because her husband, Arron Smith ’15, a fellow medical student and Army veteran, did the ceremonial pinning — with the spouses both in full dress […]

  • M.D. Is President Hitt’s Last Graduate

    2018-05-18 19:15:26

    Lea Meir crossed the graduation stage in tears as she shook the hand of the leader whose “dream helped all of our dreams come true.” And in doing so, Meir, now a physician, became the last student in UCF history to receive a diploma from UCF President John C. Hitt, who steps down from the […]

  • UCF RESTORES Clinic Receives $10 million Grant to Expand PTSD Treatment

    2018-05-17 15:43:26

    UCF’s cutting edge RESTORES clinic, which helps people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, has been awarded a $10 million grant to expand its work. The U.S. Army is funding RESTORES to establish programs at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Georgia, Naval Medical Hospital Portsmouth in Virginia and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in […]

  • A Green Approach to Making Ammonia Could Help Feed the World

    2018-05-17 14:00:34

    A UCF research team with collaborators at Virginia Tech have developed a new “green” approach to making ammonia that may help make feeding the rising world population more sustainable. “This new approach can facilitate ammonia production using renewable energy, such as electricity generated from solar or wind,” said physics Assistant Professor Xiaofeng Feng. “Basically, this […]

  • UCF Partners on First U.S. Clinical Trial for 3D-printed Prosthetics for Children

    2018-05-16 10:15:56

    The first U.S. clinical trial of bionic arms for children produced on 3D printers launches today thanks to researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and the team at Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit based at UCF that creates bionic arms for children. “We hope our work will ultimately allow us to provide prosthetic arms […]

  • How Partnership Improves Patient Care

    2018-05-16 09:00:49

    Hospitals and researchers can dramatically improve patient outcomes by using big data so “care improves and informs care,” a national healthcare leader said at an inaugural Grand Rounds ceremony honoring retiring UCF President John C. Hitt. Thanks to a donation from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, UCF’s College of Medicine held its first Dr. John […]

  • The High School Commencement Speech of My Dreams

    2018-05-16 09:00:06

    The other night I dreamt I gave a high school commencement address. While the graduates would not all be headed to college, in my dream state that is whom I addressed. It went something like this: Dear Soon-to-be College Freshman: Here is my advice, brought to you by my two decades of teaching at a […]

  • UCF-Designed Solar-Powered Sculpture to be Installed at Orlando City Stadium

    2018-05-16 08:00:57

    A solar-powered art sculpture designed by a multi-disciplinary team of UCF students has been selected to grace the entryway of Orlando City Stadium, home of the Orlando City Soccer Club in Major League Soccer and the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League. The sculpture, after lighting effects, will produce 1,264 kilowatt-hours annually, more […]

  • From Cancer Patient to UCF Cancer Doc

    2018-05-15 15:28:06

    “Say your goodbyes. He’s not going to be here with us in the morning,” the doctor said. 1,196 doctor’s appointments 157 doses of chemotherapy 68 blood transfusions 57 emergency room visits 30 spinal taps 25 surgeries Fourteen-year-old Robert Lisac lay in the ICU on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma, his family gathered at his […]

  • Bill Gates on What Sets UCF Apart

    2018-05-14 11:38:47

    In a post on his personal blog, philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates described the University of Central Florida as an example of how universities can effectively use online learning to boost access and student success while still keeping tuition affordable. “Our colleges and universities need to be bigger and better,” Gates wrote.“UCF has been a […]

  • UCF-Orlando Health Physical Therapy Residency in Neurology Gains National Accreditation

    2018-05-14 09:10:31

    Orlando’s first physical therapy residency program in neurology was accredited April 30 by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency program is now one of three such accredited programs in Florida ― and one of just 48 nationwide. Physical therapists with advanced […]

  • Focus on Faculty: New Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence Named

    2018-05-10 11:44:35

    Jana L. Jasinski has been named the new vice provost for Faculty Excellence. She officially starts in her new role on June 29. Jasinski has served as interim vice provost for Faculty Excellence since July 2017. As interim, she has led faculty recruitment, retention, development and diversity efforts, as well as other initiatives and programs […]

  • After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican Student Finds New Career Focus

    2018-05-09 17:21:20

    While Hurricane Maria undoubtedly took away many things from people on the island of Puerto Rico, it has given one UCF student a shift in focus, a new sense of independence and opportunities to create a greater future. Sophomore criminal justice major Yolimar Garayalde Figueroa, from northern Puerto Rico’s city of Guaynabo, had to enter […]

  • Looking for Summer Camps in Orlando? Here Are 25 that Will Be Held at UCF

    2018-05-09 16:45:45

    From athletics to the arts, there are plenty of summer camps for learning and play affiliated with UCF that can help keep students busy during the summer break. UCF employees are offered a discount on some camp rates, so be sure to sign up early to take advantage of this benefit. ATHLETICS Knights Cheer and […]

  • Helping the Helpers

    2018-05-09 10:25:54

    If you build it, they will come. This isn’t the saying that comes to mind when thinking of treatment facilities dedicated to anxiety, trauma and PTSD. But it certainly has been the case for a one-of-a-kind clinical research center at UCF dedicated to treating those areas for combat veterans and military personnel. Deborah Beidel joined […]

  • Does it Ever Become Too Late to Get Back in Touch?

    2018-05-09 08:50:59

    The saved black-and-white pictures are hard to make out and for most of the people there is no information on the back to identify who they are. In one, I am sitting in a highchair with three other children with a cake and candles in front of me. In a second, there is a birthday […]

  • Professor to Showcase Work to Congress During D.C. Exhibit

    2018-05-08 08:30:01

    UCF engineering Assistant Professor Talea Mayo will showcase her work about coastal flooding today during the Coalition for National Science Funding’s 24th annual Capitol Hill Exhibition in Washington, D.C. The coalition hosts the event each year as part of its overall mission to “impress upon Congress the importance of steady and sustained investments in science…if the […]

  • New Sensor to Detect, Prevent Fire-Causing Gases in Spacecraft Developed at UCF

    2018-05-07 12:00:18

    A team of UCF researchers has developed a hazardous-gas detecting sensor that may be used to detect and prevent fires aboard spacecraft. The team published its findings in the only international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to space innovation and entrepreneurship. The article describes a hazardous-gas-detecting sensor that uses broadband light-emitting, diode-based absorption spectroscopy. That means the […]

  • UCF at Forefront of Health Care Simulation with Elite Trio of Global Experts

    2018-05-07 11:30:05

    Professors Mindi Anderson, Desiree Díaz and Laura Gonzalez from the College of Nursing are among just 28 simulation educators worldwide who have earned advanced certification in the field. “Very few, if any, universities in the country have the same level of advanced educators on faculty,” said Mary Lou Sole, dean of the UCF College of […]

  • UCF Planetary Physicist Crowned Space Engineering Rock Star

    2018-05-07 11:00:10

    UCF planetary physicist Philip Metzger has been crowned one of space engineering’s rock stars by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Metzger, who is an associate in planetary science research at UCF’s Florida Space Institute in Central Florida Research Park, was honored with ASCE’s Outstanding Technical Contribution Award this month. The award is given to […]

  • Cinco de Mayo: How a Small Mexican Battle Became a Major U.S. Holiday

    2018-05-04 16:00:20

    Cinco de Mayo is one of the biggest celebrations in the United States, with estimates for beer sales on the holiday outweighing even the Super Bowl. While many people think May 5 is the Mexican Day of Independence, the date actually marks the country’s small, but significant battle against the French in Mexico’s city of […]

  • How UCF Can Help Start and Grow Your Business

    2018-05-04 10:19:03

    Entrepreneurship is on the rise more than ever, with 28 million small businesses accounting for 54 percent of all sales in the United States last year. While pursuing a business degree can certainly be helpful in starting a business, students from every discipline can find success in the free market. “Entrepreneurship allows students to solve […]

  • Nobel Peace Prize Nominee to Graduate from UCF

    2018-05-03 09:47:53

    When UCF graduate student Jaha Dukureh started Safe Hands for Girls in 2013 to help end female genital mutilation, she admittedly knew nothing about running a nonprofit organization. “The only thing I had was passion, but with this work, I knew that it would take more than passion to drive the organization to where I wanted […]

  • Leadership Moves Will Ensure UCF’s Success Continues

    2018-05-03 08:00:43

    One of the reasons the University of Central Florida has grown remarkably in stature and reputation is its close partnerships with elected officials at the local, state and national levels. A pair of leadership moves announced today will ensure UCF’s upward trajectory continues. UCF has appointed Janet Owen as vice president for government relations. Owen […]

  • From Dreamer to Nursing Residency

    2018-05-02 17:28:12

    You can hear it in the voice of Eliany Torrez Pon. Compassion. Gratitude. Determination. It’s all there when she talks about graduating Friday with a degree in nursing, pursuing a career in pediatric oncology, and knowing first-hand the uncertain paths of  “dreamers” in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “Nurses can have a […]

  • UCF Announces May 2018 Commencement Speakers

    2018-05-02 16:00:35

    UCF has announced its speakers for this spring’s six commencement ceremonies, which run May 3-5 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 more than 318,000 degrees […]

  • How a Song Provided Comfort after Hurricane Maria

    2018-05-02 11:19:42

    Arleen Ramirez doesn’t think the word “busy” applies to her. But just try to keep up. Ramirez is a family-first wife and mother of four, ranging in age from 3 to 19. She is a studio artist at Opera Orlando, mentors aspiring musical artists on Skype, and writes and performs her own music — including […]

  • Engineering Profession Must Re-establish Relationship of Trust Following Catastrophes

    2018-05-02 09:01:58

    This past month has been very disheartening for me as an engineer. A confluence of national events of catastrophic failures and stories of inadequate design decisions have shined a negative light on the profession of engineering. This should never happen! This is another way of saying that we must design and build things in such […]

  • Students Earn National Fellowships For Huntington’s Research

    2018-05-01 13:14:17

    Three years ago, UCF undergraduate Ethan Smith watched his aunt deteriorate from a rare neurological disease – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. That experience inspired him to do lifesaving medical research.  A recently awarded research fellowship from the Huntington’s Disease Society of America is helping him to realize his dream. “What […]

  • UCF Featured on 60 Minutes with Bill and Melinda Gates

    2018-05-01 09:00:59

    A segment about low-income and first-generation students who are finding success at UCF broadcasted nationwide Sunday on 60 Minutes. A crew from the venerable CBS news show was at UCF in October at the same time Bill and Melinda Gates visited campus. The news show and the Gateses both came to learn more about how […]