July 2017

  • UCF Monitoring Tropical Storm Emily

    2017-07-30 11:55:40

    UCF’s Department of Security and Emergency Management is monitoring Tropical Storm Emily. While forecasters do not anticipate severe weather watches or warnings for Orange County, they do advise of rainy, windy conditions this evening. The storm is not expected to have a severe impact to any of UCF’s campuses, but we advise that you monitor […]

  • State Approves UCF Lake Nona Medical Center -- Construction Begins Within 18 Months

    2017-07-27 10:24:48

    UCF and HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division will start building a new hospital next to the College of Medicine in Lake Nona within 18 months. The state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) this week gave final certificate of need approval for a 100-bed medical and surgical hospital that officials hope will be open for […]

  • 3,700 Students to Graduate Aug. 5

    2017-07-27 10:02:22

    About 3,700 University of Central Florida students are expected to graduate in two ceremonies Aug. 5 at the CFE Arena. The commencement ceremonies for the different colleges will be: 9 a.m. – College of Arts & Humanities, College of Business, College of Education & Human Performance, College of Graduate Studies, College of Nursing, College of […]

  • UCF, Nemours Collaborate to Defeat Difficult-to-Treat Childhood Cancer

    2017-07-27 10:00:19

    Attaching curcumin, a component of the common spice turmeric, to nanoparticles can be used to target and destroy treatment-resistant neuroblastoma tumor cells, according to a new study published in Nanoscale. The study, conducted in partnership by researchers at Nemours Children’s Hospital and the University of Central Florida, demonstrates a potentially novel treatment for neuroblastoma, the […]

  • UCF Rolls Out Active Shooter Training Video

    2017-07-27 09:48:36

    This summer, UCF is rolling out a new training video to prepare the campus community for the worst-case scenario of an active shooter. The 4-minute video uses the Run, Hide, Fight advice created by the City of Houston and supported by the Department of Homeland Security to show viewers how to think and act quickly […]

  • Flying Horse Big Band Hits Milestone on Jazz Charts

    2017-07-27 09:35:56

    The Flying Horse Big Band, composed of students in UCF’s jazz studies program, reached a milestone this week – placing its third album on the top three national jazz charts. “This trifecta is a first,” said Jeff Rupert, director of the program and band. “It’s not often that college jazz programs receive this kind of […]

  • Everyone Can Enjoy Reading—If Given the Right Book

    2017-07-26 09:00:48

    When I was 4 years old, I demanded my mom teach me to read so I could read my own books instead of being read to. At 9, my best friend introduced me to Harry Potter. I devoured the four released books, then wrote a letter to author J.K. Rowling informing her that I had […]

  • UCF Graduate Designs New Orlando Flag

    2017-07-25 11:11:26

    Orlando’s new official city flag – picked out of 1,100 contest entries from around the world – was designed by UCF graduate and graphic designer Tim Eggert of Winter Park. The design depicts Lake Eola’s iconic fountain surrounded by a letter “O” created from an arch and its reflection in the water. The official description […]

  • Researchers Land $400,049 NSF Grant to Create Photon Funnels

    2017-07-24 10:36:27

    The National Science Foundation has awarded a UCF-led team $400,049 to develop new devices for concentrating and controlling light called “photon funnels.” Concentrating light is used in a variety of electronics and machines people have come to depend on, from computers and cell phones to fiber optics and sensors that detect toxic spills. These devices […]

  • UCF Earns $278K in Rebates from Duke Energy for New Sustainable Measures

    2017-07-24 10:00:19

    The University of Central Florida earned $278,000 in rebates recently from Duke Energy for new energy-efficient measures implemented this year. The rebate is one of the largest Duke Energy has issued in years. The purchase of two water chillers for District Energy Plant IV, an under-construction water plant that will produce chilled and hot water […]

  • UCF Graduate to Debut Series on Netflix

    2017-07-24 08:00:57

    UCF alumnus Sam Borkson ’01 will debut an animated video series that blends art and technology on Netflix in August. True and the Rainbow Kingdom is part of the FriendsWithYou collective, which he started in 2002 with partner Arturo “Tury” Sandoval III to produce fine art in a wide variety of mediums that spread a […]

  • UCF Study Finds Gene Variant Increases Risk for Depression

    2017-07-20 10:39:43

    A University of Central Florida study has found that a gene variant, thought to be carried by nearly 25 percent of the population, increases the odds of developing depression. People with apolipoprotein-E4, called ApoE4 for short, have a 20 percent greater chance of developing clinically significant depressive symptoms later in life compared to those who […]

  • Partnership Horse-Therapy Center Receives International Stamp of Excellence

    2017-07-20 10:16:04

    The Osceola Equestrian Therapy Center, a partnership with the UCF College of Medicine, Osceola County and the McCormick Research Institute, was recently named a premier accredited center by the leading credentialing organization for equine-therapy facilities. The recognition by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International, means the center demonstrates the highest industry standards and makes […]

  • Learning From a Complex Communications Experiment in My Own Home

    2017-07-19 11:59:22

    I am living in what I believe is the most complex communications experiment that could be designed by researchers. I have a 15-year-old son. He is very much like me. He is witty but also sometimes very direct in his communication style. I can appreciate talking with him, though, because I am never left second-guessing […]

  • UCF Alumni Announces 30 Under 30 Awards

    2017-07-19 10:31:47

    UCF Alumni announced the recipients of its third annual 30 Under 30 Awards on Tuesday, with this year’s class including entrepreneurs, attorneys, security analysts, business professionals, education leaders, doctors, social media experts and others. “This year’s 30 Under 30 class is a bold group of young alumni who have made an impact from the early […]

  • UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tools Thursday

    2017-07-18 20:15:27

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

  • Study: Building Robots May Keep Adults 55+ Active, Engaged

    2017-07-17 10:20:09

    None of us is getting any younger, and for that reason alone researchers of an interdisciplinary project at UCF want to introduce some of us to the benefits of robots – but maybe not in the way you expect. These aren’t robots to take out the garbage or play chess. Instead, they are small assembly-kit […]

  • UCF Energy Researchers Receive $3.1 Million to Make Solar Affordable

    2017-07-17 09:52:45

    The University of Central Florida recently was selected to receive two awards totaling $3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative that is focused on making solar energy systems more efficient and affordable. The UCF projects led by researchers Kristopher Davis and Joe Walters of the university’s College of Engineering & Computer Science […]

  • UCF Lends Space, Volunteers to Downtown Camp for Young Writers

    2017-07-17 09:48:26

    If you want to see 12-year-old Adriana Oaks’ face light up, ask her how she feels about going to a writing summer camp. “I like everything about it,” the rising 7th grader at Howard Middle School said, her arms spread wide. “I mean, this is the greatest thing that I’ve ever done.” Adriana recently attended […]

  • Citizen Science GIS Honored with International Recognition

    2017-07-17 09:47:18

    Esri,  a leader in spatial analytics, recognized a team from the University of Central Florida with its Special Achievement in GIS Award during the annual Esri User Conference last week. Citizen Science GIS, a collaborative effort led by UCF geographic information system Assistant Professor Tim Hawthorne, was among the 180 selected from more than 300,000 nominees around the world. They were selected for their innovative use of GIS to capture, store, […]

  • UCF to Celebrate Success of 30-Year-Old NSF Funded Program

    2017-07-14 17:16:23

    The University of Central Florida will celebrate the 30-year success story of the nation’s longest-running Research Experience for Undergraduates on Monday, July 17, with an all-day program focused on how research can help undergraduate students succeed. REU is a National Science Foundation-funded program. It offers grants to universities to establish research experiences that enrich undergraduate […]

  • Join UCFPD Wednesday for Coffee and Conversation

    2017-07-13 16:09:41

    The UCF and local communities are invited to join UCF Police Department for Coffee With A Cop Wednesday, July 19. The event will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at McDonald’s on Alafaya Trail, across the street from the main campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to chat with officers about any topic, all while […]

  • New UCF-Created Program Gets Seniors, Kids Exercising Together

    2017-07-13 10:59:52

    A new program that gets seniors and children exercising together is happening in the community thanks to two physical-therapy faculty members at the University of Central Florida. Grow and Play is an eight-week program designed by Jennifer Tucker and Nicole Dawson that pairs seniors averaging 80 years old and children averaging 9 years old to […]

  • Students, Faculty Gear Up for Med Mission to Peru

    2017-07-13 10:57:01

    Instead of taking a vacation this summer, student volunteers are busy collecting supplies and brushing up on their Spanish-speaking skills for MedPACt’s first medical mission trip to the Yantalo in the Amazon rainforest in Peru, July 29 – Aug. 5. The volunteer medical trip gives students an opportunity to care for a rural underserved population […]

  • American Athletic Conference Honors 5 UCF Students

    2017-07-13 06:00:33

    A school-record five UCF student-athletes were honored Wednesday by the American Athletic Conference for their all-around excellence. Cross country runner Anne-Marie Blaney, rower Ashleigh Boyd, men’s tennis player Harrison Richmond, women’s tennis player Monica Matias and indoor track and field runner Rosie Chamberlain earned The American’s Sport Excellence Awards. These honors are given to a […]

  • There Will Come a Time When You’ll Have to Leave Something Behind

    2017-07-12 09:48:00

    Goodbyes are never fun, except when they are. Even if you haven’t read Gone with the Wind or watched the movie, everyone knows Rhett Butler’s famously delivered line as he says goodbye and shuts the door on his relationship with Scarlett O’Hara: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!” When I was a young […]

  • UCF 1 of 6 Teams Selected to Lead Research Partnerships for High-Performance Housing

    2017-07-11 16:49:57

    The University of Central Florida is one of six teams selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive $3.7 million to study how to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality in homes. The selected projects are expected to lead to improved home energy efficiency and smarter home operation for millions of American families, […]

  • UCF Biologists Partner with Special Needs Advocate Group to Help Local Waterways

    2017-07-10 14:20:13

    A group of conservation biologists and a non-profit agency that advocates for individuals with special needs are partnering to help keep local waterways healthy. UCF Biologist Linda Walters, whose research and volunteer efforts help restore eroding shoreline and oyster habitats along the Mosquito Lagoon, is teaming up with The Arc of Indian River County to […]

  • UCF Training to Help Prevent Serious Substance Misuse

    2017-07-10 13:37:30

    Licensed mental health professionals and other health care providers will have an opportunity to expand their knowledge base in August. The School of Social Work will host a Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment training from 1 to 4 p.m., August 11 at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. Participants must register by August 4. SBIRT […]

  • Breaking Down the Stigma of Physics with Free Camp

    2017-07-10 08:00:10

    While many teenagers enjoy their summer break on the beach or at theme parks, a small group of high school students spent a week at the University of Central Florida getting over their fear of physics. UCF held its free one-week physics camp in June to help students explore, create and learn about physics in […]

  • Advanced Modeling Technique Suggests Extreme Coastal Sea Levels More Likely

    2017-07-07 09:45:17

    Improving projections for how much ocean levels may change in the future and what that means for coastal communities has vexed researchers studying sea level rise for years, but a new international study that incorporates extreme events may have just given researchers and coastal planners what they need. The study, published today in Nature Communications  […]

  • Undersea Life Holds Promise for Killing Tuberculosis

    2017-07-06 08:00:10

    A team of researchers at the University of Central Florida has discovered a potential new weapon in the fight against tuberculosis, and it lives in the Little Mermaid’s realm. UCF graduate student Carolina Rodrigues Felix led the study in UCF Assistant Professor Kyle Rohde’s lab. Through a partnership with Research Professor Amy Wright of the […]

  • Seminar Teaches Lessons Beyond Writing on UCF’s Main Stage

    2017-07-06 07:55:18

    This week, Theatre UCF has a unique summer “seminar,” where attendees don’t have to take notes, write papers, or even attend class. All they need to do is sit back and enjoy a play. That “seminar,” of course, is Theresa Rebeck’s 2011 play, Seminar. In this contemporary comedy four aspiring writers hire an international literary […]

  • 30 Million Expected to Call Florida Home by 2046

    2017-07-05 16:54:50

    Florida should see steady growth within the next 30 years, reaching 30 million residents and the economy surpassing $1.8 trillion, but not without a few hiccups along the way, said Sean Snaith, University of Central Florida economist. “While the population and real gross domestic product will continue to climb over the next three decades, it’s […]

  • Molecular Electronics Scientists Shatter ‘Impossible’ Record

    2017-07-05 10:27:57

    An international research team that includes University of Central Florida Professor Enrique del Barco, Damien Thompson of the University of Limerick and Christian A. Nijhuis of the National University of Singapore has cracked an important limitation that for nearly 20 years has prevented the practical use of molecular diodes. Electrical circuits are the basic building […]

  • The World is Complex – That's Why We Need All of Us

    2017-07-05 08:40:39

    Humanities is just about reading old books and writing new ones, isn’t it? Not anymore – think digital. People usually think of the humanities as stuck in the past, as focused on dusty old texts or pictures of Greek temples in dark lecture halls. Worse, those who study humanities are sometimes seen as unproductive or […]

  • UCF Professor Talks About Why Uber Acquired His Startup

    2017-07-03 10:37:04

    For Ken Stanley, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida, the past two years have been a whirlwind that’s landed him in the international spotlight. First, in 2015, he co-founded Geometric Intelligence, a startup designed to be a unique, research-oriented, private-sector lab that would focus on the cutting edge of […]

  • UCF PTSD Clinic’s Intensive-Therapy Approach Proves Highly Effective

    2017-07-03 08:30:54

    At the University of Central Florida RESTORES Clinic that treats post-traumatic stress disorder, veterans and active military members are put face-to-face with what has caused them anguish. Through virtual reality, patients see bombs detonate and the smell of smoke or gunfire fills their nostrils. It’s like being on the front lines in Iraq or Afghanistan, […]

  • UCF Professor Wins National Master Ethics Teacher Award

    2017-07-02 22:47:54

    With the number of businesses running into trouble for everything from inappropriate funding to sexual harassment allegations, UCF Professor Marshall Schminke makes sure students in his classes are schooled in business ethics. His college colleagues say he is a pro and this summer so did his colleagues nationwide. Schminke was one of four professors recognized […]

  • Business Incubator Helps Propel Nursing Business to Millionaire Club

    2017-07-02 22:38:17

    Nurses can run successful businesses with a heart. Really. Long-time friends with UCF ties launched Nurses First Solutions in 2014 and with a little help from the UCF Incubator program have seen their company grow from three employees to 12 and revenue climb from $300,000 to $6 million. The say their keys to success have […]