September 2018

  • UCF Collaborates with Microsoft to Enhance Research, Learning and Student Success

    2018-09-20 10:30:10

    A new collaboration with Microsoft will have a big impact for UCF students and the Central Florida community. “Microsoft will bring invaluable insight and expertise to UCF as we create 21st-century learning environments that will prepare our students for the jobs of the future and better position them for opportunities in growing industries.” As part […]

  • UCF Alumnus Directs Lockheed Martin’s Relief Efforts for Hurricane Maria

    2018-09-20 10:29:13

    Forty horses. Sixteen cars. One commercial airplane. What do these things all have in common? They each weigh roughly 80,000 pounds, the amount of relief supplies Lockheed Martin’s crisis-management lead Ron Hawks ’12 helped a team to collect, organize and deliver to Puerto Rico last year after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria. One year ago […]

  • UCF Football vs. FAU: What You Need to Know for Friday on Campus

    2018-09-20 09:59:03

    The No. 16 UCF Knights will go head to head against the FAU Owls in Spectrum Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, for a nationally televised game on ESPN. UCF owns the longest winning streak in the nation, now at 15 games, and is the highest-ranked team in Florida and the top team in […]

  • Let’s Talk About UCF’s Future

    2018-09-19 18:44:51

    Since my first day as president, I’ve talked about building a bold, new future with your help. That’s why I hope you’ll join me next week for a series of campus conversations to share your aspirations for UCF and how we can make them a reality. Monday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. Lewis Auditorium (COM102), College […]

  • Desiree Díaz Inducted as Fellow of Academy of Nursing Education

    2018-09-19 16:38:24

    Desiree Díaz, a healthcare simulation educator and assistant professor of nursing, has been inducted into the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Díaz, who was one of 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted in the 2018 class of fellows, was honored for her contributions to innovative teaching and learning strategies, […]

  • Researchers Get Funding Boost for Deadly Pancreatic Cancer

    2018-09-19 14:08:25

    Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rate of any major cancer but a team of UCF College of Medicine researchers is developing a novel therapeutic to slow the cancer’s growth and increase survival. Dr. Deborah Altomare, a cancer research in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Otto Phanstiel, a medical education professor and […]

  • UCF Student Joins Team USA for World University Weightlifting Championships

    2018-09-19 09:35:11

    Not many people would move to a town strictly for a gym, but then again, not many people are like UCF hospitality management senior Allison Fleming. Fleming felt at home from the moment she stepped into AMP Training about two years ago. After a few months of nearly 100-mile round trip commutes daily to Daytona […]

  • Let’s Retire the Trope of the Hapless Dad

    2018-09-19 08:30:22

    Welcome to the winter of 2010. That’s me in the boots and puffy jacket because this is Cincinnati and it’s February and there’s snow on the ground. I’m a full-time grad student, teaching assistant, and writer. During the day, my wife works. When she comes home, I write. I teach at night. I would write […]

  • UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tools Thursday

    2018-09-18 15:41:24

    UCF’s preparations for potential emergency situations include regular tests of the communication tools that provide critical information to the UCF community. Several of those UCF Alert communication tools will be tested Thursday, Sept. 20. In preparation for Thursday’s Alert testing, students and faculty and staff members are encouraged to log into myUCF and review their […]

  • International Study Suggests Ancient Globalization

    2018-09-18 14:07:38

    Using energy consumption as a measure, a team of international scientists has found that ancient civilizations engaged in globalization more than previously believed, suggesting that an integrated global economy is nothing new and may have benefited societies for ages. This archaeological research is the first of its kind, because instead of focusing on specific regions […]

  • Shaquem Griffin, Limbitless' Bionic Kids Featured on Monday Night Football

    2018-09-18 14:00:19

    Football fans who tuned into ESPN’s broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks’ Monday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears were treated to a UCF-heavy night thanks to a special pregame feature on Shaquem Griffin ’16 and standout performances by teammates and fellow UCF alumni, Shaquill Griffin ’16 and Brandon Marshall ’06. Shaquem made history in April when […]

  • Avast, Ye Landlubbers — Get Ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day

    2018-09-18 12:14:21

    David Head, a UCF history lecturer, says he can’t remember exactly when his affinity for pirates began — but it could have been when he was in the first grade and the Disney Channel showed the miniseries Return to Treasure Island, a child’s sequel to the classic story. “I watched every Friday night with my […]

  • Drinking 101: Debunking Myths, Some Do’s and Don’t’s for Your Health, and Resources for UCF Students

    2018-09-18 09:28:35

    Does everyone go to keg parties in college? Does alcohol make you happy? Can coffee cure a hangover? UCF psychology professors Michael Dunn and Robert Dvorak have heard them all. The two dedicate their careers to studying alcohol consumption among college students, health-compromising behaviors and intervention methods for safer drinking habits. They’re here to clear […]

  • New Understanding of Light Allows Researchers to See Around Corners

    2018-09-17 11:03:07

    Covert sensing of objects around a corner may soon become a reality. Aristide Dogariu, a University of Central Florida Pegasus Professor of Optics and Photonics, and his colleagues published a paper in Nature Communications this month demonstrating how to passively sense an object even when direct vision is impeded. It’s a bit complicated, but the […]

  • UCF’s Live Oak Event Center Will Be Early Voting Site for General Election

    2018-09-17 10:33:25

    University of Central Florida students, faculty and staff will be able to cast their ballots before Election Day on UCF’s main campus at a new early voting site at the Live Oak Event Center. The Student Government Association worked with Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles to establish the early voting center where members […]

  • UCF English Language Institute Teams with Atlanta Braves to Break Communication Barriers

    2018-09-17 08:57:48

    The UCF English Language Institute renewed a partnership this week with the Atlanta Braves to teach language and cultural programs for young baseball prospects from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba and Nicaragua. The program, which launched in April and graduated its inaugural class Aug. 22, welcomes a new group of players today for […]

  • FIEA Alumnus Wins Emmy For VR Story

    2018-09-17 08:45:37

    While the world of television is recognized at the 70th Emmy Awards tonight on NBC, one of those coveted shiny, gold trophies has already found its place in the home of Jeremiah Graves ’12MS. The interactive entertainment alum from UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy won a Daytime Emmy earlier this year for ASTEROIDS!, an interactive, virtual reality, short story […]

  • Kid-sized Simulated Patient Has Big Potential

    2018-09-14 12:19:16

    It’s a fact. Children behave and communicate differently than adults. For healthcare providers, the verbal and nonverbal nuances of children’s behavior can be critically important for diagnosis and treatment. However, current training tools are limited in their capability to replicate a pediatric patient. Standardized child patients, or actors, are not readily available. Mannequins have a […]

  • Nursing Awarded 2 Innovation Grants to Improve Student Learning

    2018-09-14 11:43:28

    Two research projects using healthcare simulation have received $10,000 Program Innovation Awards from UCF for the What’s Next, Quality Enhancement Plan. The grants are awarded to projects that seek to improve student learning outcomes by making changes either to existing programs or by creating new programs. Acute care A team led by Clinical Associate Professor […]

  • An Important Leadership Update

    2018-09-13 17:18:41

    Today is a difficult day for UCF. Board of Trustees Chairman Marcos Marchena and I shared with the Board of Governors — the body that oversees the State University System — that UCF used inappropriate funds to construct the new Trevor Colbourn Hall. This decision was made several years ago; however, as president, I am […]

  • UCF's International Chemistry Exchange Program Changing Lives

    2018-09-13 14:49:48

    Carlos Salazar is wrapping up a month-long educational experience in one of UCF’s chemistry labs this week – and he says it has changed his life. “I had only read about computational chemistry and chemistry modeling back home” in Peru, Salazar says. “We don’t really have access to that, but now I’m thinking about getting […]

  • FIEA Alumna Changing the Game for EA SPORTS

    2018-09-13 10:38:43

    “Story is king” Karen McCarthy ’13MS says with emphasis when asked about her approach to making a character. The FIEA alumna and current character artist at Electronic Arts’ Tiburon Studio has worked on EA SPORTS Madden NFL, NBA Live and Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. And before she sculpts the first pixel, she thinks about the small details that will […]

  • College of Business Launches 1st Podcast, “Is This Really a Thing?”

    2018-09-13 09:22:00

    People are talking about backyard chickens and Bitcoin and even whether you should buy your backyard chickens with Bitcoin. But are backyard chickens and Bitcoin really a thing? That’s the premise of “Is This Really a Thing?”— a new podcast from UCF College of Business Dean Paul Jarley. The college’s first podcast launched today in […]

  • Building a Green Future at UCF

    2018-09-12 15:50:37

    There is a clear vision for the future of sustainability at UCF, and it involves the integration of green initiatives into all aspects of university life. By 2030, the university plans to be a zero-waste institution, and by 2050, UCF aims to achieve climate neutrality, a designation signifying the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions and […]

  • UCF Athletics, Kinesiology Program Team Up for Student-Athletes' Well-Being

    2018-09-12 12:49:34

    UCF Athletics and the university’s new School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy are partnering to enhance the well-being and performance of the university’s student-athletes. Kinesiology faculty member Michael Redd is now working with coaches as the first director of sports science appointed by the athletics program. He also is supervising UCF students selected for a […]

  • Can’t We Make Better Decisions to Ensure Ethical Outcomes?

    2018-09-12 12:38:39

    Ethics is not just for deep philosophical discussion. Check out the news on any given day and you are apt to find a report that makes you wish people acted more ethically. Our contributions to the UCF Forum are a series of conversations about ethics. We are exploring why people should care about ethics, if […]

  • Puerto Rican Student Association’s Refocused Priorities Unite Community

    2018-09-11 16:38:12

    When senior economics major Jose Rivera founded the Puerto Rican Student Association at UCF in mid-September 2017, he had no idea that within a few days the organization’s priorities would switch from primarily uniting students on campus to helping relief efforts for the island after Hurricane Maria swept through on Sept. 20. The storm results […]

  • RESTORES PTSD Clinic Renamed in Honor of Alum, $1 Million Donation

    2018-09-11 16:36:11

    The PTSD clinic of UCF RESTORES has been renamed in honor of alum Jim Rosengren ‘81 and his wife Julia, who donated $1 million to the clinic. In a ceremony Friday, the Rosengrens and Deborah Beidel, the clinic’s director and a Pegasus professor of psychology, unveiled the new name: Rosengren Trauma Clinic at UCF RESTORES. […]

  • UCF to Launch Minisatellite to Study Ways to Keep Electronics Safe in Space

    2018-09-11 14:53:46

    NASA and commercial space companies someday may get some critical information about building safer spacecraft, thanks to the work of UCF physics Assistant Professor Adrienne Dove and her team of students. Dove and about a dozen graduate and undergraduate students have built SurfSat, a cube satellite scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta […]

  • UCF-UNC Football Game Canceled

    2018-09-11 14:02:45

    With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, University of North Carolina officials announced Tuesday that the UCF-UNC football game scheduled for Saturday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will not be played. “First and foremost, our thoughts are with everyone who may be affected by this storm,” UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny […]

  • Thinking of Grad School? Get Some Answers at Grad Fair

    2018-09-10 23:01:29

    Thinking about getting a master’s degree or a doctoral degree? Come to UCF’s annual Grad Fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the Pegasus Ballroom at the Student Union. All colleges will be represented and you can chat one-on-one with representatives and get additional information. Choosing to pursue a graduate education […]

  • New K-9 on Patrol at UCF

    2018-09-10 17:26:14

    UCFPD’s newest officer has a nose for crime — and a love for tennis balls. Echo, a 20-month old German Shorthaired Pointer, recently completed a six-week training course and is the newest member of the UCFPD’s K-9 unit. He will specialize in explosives detection, conducting sweeps of venues around campus and assisting UCFPD’s partner agencies […]

  • Flu Shots Now Available at Health Center

    2018-09-10 13:18:54

    Flu vaccines have resumed at UCF Student Health Services for the upcoming season, which is following an unusually high year of cases. Each year up to 20 percent of the general U.S. population contracts the flu, said Crystal Colvenbach, coordinator of university relations and public affairs at the campus health center. “Peak flu season is […]

  • UCF Ranks Among the Nation’s Top 10 Most Innovative Universities

    2018-09-10 06:00:07

    For the second year in a row, the University of Central Florida was named among the “most innovative schools” in the nation, recognizing the university’s groundbreaking approach to higher education. “UCF is defining what it means to be a 21st-century university committed to fueling the talent, ideas and innovation that will drive our community and […]

  • UCF Collaboration on Track to Launch First Puerto Rican-Made CubeSat into Space

    2018-09-07 10:37:47

    Puerto Rico may finally see its first CubeSat launched into space, thanks to a collaboration between the Interamerican University on the island and the Florida Space Institute at the University of Central Florida. Interamerican aerospace engineering Professor Amilcar Rincon Charris and two of his students visited UCF this week to consult with UCF faculty and […]

  • President Whittaker Honors 3 Women Faculty

    2018-09-07 09:22:07

    President Dale Whittaker honored new women faculty in a welcome reception Wednesday, and three women faculty members were presented with the Women of Distinction award by Faculty Excellence. Applicants were required to show how they took an idea and turned it into a success. This year’s recipients are: Barbara Sharanowski Sharanowski is an associate professor […]

  • Virga Family’s $10 Million Donation Sets New UCF Standard

    2018-09-07 08:00:08

    Vince ’95 and Joyce ’98 Virga have committed $10.25 million to UCF, making theirs the single largest alumni gift in the university’s history. This blended commitment of estate and current-use resources —supporting programs in the College of Business and UCF Athletics — is a creative way to make a difference for both now and into […]

  • Researchers Receive $1.25 Million Grant to Map Marine Ecosystems With Drones

    2018-09-06 10:43:53

    You may soon be able to spot UCF drones collecting data all along the Pacific coast — from San Diego, California to Alaska. Timothy Hawthorne, assistant professor of GIS in the Department of Sociology, and his collaborators at the Smithsonian Institution, Cornell University and the University of California-Davis recently received a $1.25 million grant from […]

  • Pluto a Planet? New Research from UCF Suggests Yes

    2018-09-06 10:35:05

    The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union, a global group of astronomy experts, established a definition of a planet that required it to “clear” its orbit, or in other words, be the largest gravitational force in […]

  • Tumor-Disorder Researcher Receives $3.1 Million NIH Boost

    2018-09-05 15:24:12

    UCF research into finding a cure for a disorder that causes tumors in the nervous system has received support from federal funding agencies. Cristina Fernandez-Valle, a professor of neuroscience and cancer research, recently received a five-year $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for her research into Neurofibromatosis type II, a genetic condition […]

  • UCF Connect Introduces an Innovative Model for Supporting Student Success

    2018-09-05 14:56:19

    UCF provides a diverse menu of services to help students succeed in their studies and earn a life-changing college degree. Programs offer assistance with academic planning, financial aid, accessibility, health and wellness, career planning and more. But many students can benefit from advocacy that goes beyond these traditional resources. While nothing can replace the critical […]

  • How Learning to Play Bass Rocked My World

    2018-09-05 09:00:30

    I’ve always wanted to sing, but I’m not very good. I have a loud, strong voice, but a short range, and I am not always on key. When a School of Rock opened near my home to offer music classes, I took my son on a tour, wishing someone had signed me up for voice […]