December 2017

  • UCF Ready to Propel Smart Prosthetic Implants Innovation

    2017-12-28 12:00:36

    UCF research may lead towards an exciting future where the blind see again, neurostimulator implants help relieve chronic pain and war veterans feel the sensation of touch in their prosthetic limb. Dr. Melanie Coathup, an internationally recognized specialist in bone regeneration and implant design, has been hired to lead the university’s new Prosthetic Interfaces faculty […]

  • Ailing Teen Gets Wish To Be Med Student

    2017-12-28 01:09:16

    Tears streamed down Karen Culler’s face as she watched her teenage daughter Hannah receive her white coat from the UCF College of Medicine dean. The tears continued as she watched her daughter help deliver a baby from a robot simulator, diagnose a computerized mannequin with congenital heart failure and interview a patient complaining of abdominal […]

  • Traveling Expands Your Boundaries of Cultural, Social Experiences

    2017-12-27 09:00:13

    Why do we travel? And what does it do to our psyche? This year has been one with a number of interesting travel excursions for me, some work related and others more personal with family. As 2017 draws to a close, I am headed out again with my family to visit India. We often travel […]

  • AutoNation Cure Bowl Raises $3.3 Million For Breast Cancer Research

    2017-12-21 12:30:08

    Saturday’s third AutoNation Cure Bowl has brought a total of $3,305,000 to cancer research – including almost $1 million to a College of Medicine scientist. Cure Bowl and College of Medicine leaders, elected officials, cancer survivors and football fans applauded the event, held at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, for increasing awareness and funding for breast […]

  • What to Know to Cheer on the Knights at the Peach Bowl

    2017-12-21 12:15:49

    The No. 12 UCF Knights will face off against the No. 7 Auburn Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Jan. 1. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and will be broadcast live on ESPN. A limited number of tickets remains for the game, and can be purchased through the […]

  • Scientist's Research Fuels Private Industry

    2017-12-21 12:00:39

    The University of Central Florida closes the 2017 calendar year by sharing one of its biggest bench to market success stories to date. The story began in the 1990s when a Russian scientist moved to the United States to expand his research in optics and photonics. Leonid Glebov arrived in 1995, set up his lab […]

  • Humanity Shines Brightest When We Care About One Another

    2017-12-20 09:00:19

    I often reflect on the wisdom of the well-known quote by poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I have intense appreciation for this observation. For me, it encapsulates the […]

  • Professor Aravinda Kar Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

    2017-12-18 14:08:27

      Aravinda Kar, a UCF professor who has received 29 patents, was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors last week. Kar, of CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, is the 11th NAI Fellow from UCF. According to the nonprofit organization, it’s the highest professional accolade bestowed solely upon academic inventors who […]

  • Florida & Metro Forecast: ’Tis the Season for Continued Florida Growth

    2017-12-18 13:30:44

    Santa and his reindeer might have to dodge a few blue tarps on rooftops this Christmas Eve, but that shouldn’t dampen Florida’s holiday spirit as the state’s economic growth continues to outpace the national average, says University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith in his fourth quarter forecast. “Even Hurricane Irma, doing its best Grinch […]

  • College of Medicine/HCA Consortium Announces New Transitional Year Residency Program

    2017-12-18 10:46:17

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

  • Medical Researcher Earns Ph.D., Stays At UCF To Continue Finding Cancer Cure   

    2017-12-15 15:48:28

    Ana Carr’s passion is helping people with cancer. She lost her grandfather to the disease, volunteered at a pediatric oncology hospital in her native Brazil as a teenager, and is currently working to find a cure for a condition that kills 8.8 million people worldwide each year. “We all know somebody, or have a family […]

  • UCF Grad’s Life With Knightro

    2017-12-15 10:29:26

    When Michael Callahan ’05 ’09MBA ’17EdD graduates this weekend with his third degree from UCF – a doctorate in higher educational leadership – those in the audience at CFE Arena likely won’t notice any difference between him and the others receiving their diplomas. And that’s exactly what he has been accustomed to in his double […]

  • Brand USA President, China Tourism Leader Honored During Summit at Rosen College

    2017-12-14 15:22:40

    Christopher L. Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA, and Dr. Zhongguang Li, vice president of the China Tourism Academy, were recently honored at the 2nd USA-China Tourism Research Summit and Industry Dialogue for their contributions in developing and promoting tourism growth and exchanges between the United States and China. Both tourism and hospitality leaders […]

  • Cuban Immigrant Graduate Living Her Father’s Dream

    2017-12-14 12:25:00

    Jeanine Garcia was too young to remember the day her father Lazaro set sail from Cuba on a raft made of beer kegs and rope, armed with a parcel of food and a dream for a better life in America. When Garcia walks across the UCF stage Saturday to collect her Bachelor of Science degree […]

  • Nearly 4,000 UCF Students to Graduate

    2017-12-14 10:54:48

    About 3,980 University of Central Florida students are expected to graduate in three ceremonies Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16, at the CFE Arena. The commencement ceremonies for the different colleges are: 9 a.m., Friday – College of Education & Human Performance, College of Health & Public Affairs, and Rosen College of Hospitality Management 2:30 p.m., […]

  • Med School's “SP Dave” Wins Growing Bolder Award For Improving Community Health

    2017-12-13 16:45:39

    A standardized patient who has helped educate medical students since UCF’s medical school opened in 2009 was honored December 6 for helping build a healthier community. David Shaheen, a retired NASA bookkeeper known at the medical school as “SP Dave,” received a “Boldy” award from Growing Bolder, an Orlando-based media group dedicated to inspiring people […]

  • Florida Organization of Nurse Executives Honors UCF Faculty

    2017-12-13 15:36:27

    Two faculty members at the UCF College of Nursing were recently recognized by the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives (FONE) for their contributions to the nursing profession. FONE, which promotes excellence in leadership to shape the future of health care in Florida, honored Diane R. Andrews, associate professor, with the 2017 Excellence in Nursing Education […]

  • Capstone Case Competition Team Sails Away with Top Prize

    2017-12-13 11:43:13

    Attention to detail proved to be the winning formula for team Smooth Sailing Consulting at the Great Capstone Case Competition at UCF College of Business Administration on Friday. From an informed presentation that showed a strong understanding of the MasterCraft boating brand all the way to the brochure they created for their proposed “elite luxury […]

  • What Do Professors Do All Day? (I've Been Trying to Answer Most of My Life)

    2017-12-13 09:00:28

    What do professors do all day? It’s a question that many people ask under their breath frequently, but that seldom gets answered directly. As a child of a professor who then became one myself, I’ve been trying to answer this question most of my life. Once, when I was about 8, a neighbor kid put […]

  • Creative Writing alumnus named 2018 NEA Literature Creative Writing Fellow

    2017-12-13 09:00:25

    Jaroslav Kalfař ‘11 might feel that literary success is elusive, but it seems to be following him closely. Kalfař was recently awarded a highly competitive and prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship for $25,000. Kalfař majored in Creative Writing at UCF before completing his MFA at New York University, and published his […]

  • Easterseals Name UCF Social Work ‘Partners of the Year’

    2017-12-13 07:13:18

    UCF’s School of Social Work in the College of Health and Public Affairs has been awarded the 2017 Program Partnership of the Year by Easterseals Florida in recognition of its three-year service learning partnership with the organization. Since fall 2015, more than 50 undergraduate social work students have delivered more than 1,000 hours of service. […]

  • UCF Seeks Online, In-Person Feedback for Presidential Search

    2017-12-11 13:00:46

    The president of the firm hired to assist with UCF’s presidential search said Monday that UCF’s momentum and constant pursuit of big projects will be an advantage in recruiting candidates. Strong candidates “want to be part of an institution with forward trajectory,” Laurie C. Wilder of Parker Executive Search told the search committee that will […]

  • Strange Asteroid from Other Solar System Sparks Excitement

    2017-12-11 10:45:40

    A cigar shaped asteroid making its way through our solar system to an unknown destination is capturing the imagination of scientists around the globe. This is this first confirmed object from another star system, which is what got University of Central Florida Associate Professor Yan Fernandez fired up and calling up friends to get telescope […]

  • Florida Jails Lack Critical Mental Health Services, UCF Ph.D. Candidate Finds

    2017-12-11 09:54:48

    Florida jails lack critical mental health services and treatments for inmates, ultimately posing a risk to the community and the inmate upon release, according to research by a University of Central Florida doctoral student. The problem was identified by Orville Clayton, who graduates this week with a Ph.D. in public affairs in the health services […]

  • Campus to Conduct Prescribed Burn

    2017-12-11 08:10:56

    A prescribed burn will be conducted today on the southeast part of campus to remove dead, decaying and low-lying plants that could provide fuel for accidental fires. The burn also helps support the university’s conservation efforts by promoting good habitat conditions for native flora and fauna.    UCF Landscape and Natural Resources will conduct the […]

  • Study Finds Variation Within Species Plays Critical Role in Health of Ecosystems

    2017-12-10 11:53:07

    Concerns about biodiversity tend to focus on the loss of species, but a new study suggests that the loss of variation within species can also have important and unexpected consequences on the environment. Many species play important roles in nature and provide services important to people. For example, many fish species are harvested for food, […]

  • UCF Alumnus, Author Inspires ACE Book Club Students

    2017-12-08 07:00:46

    On a sunny Thursday afternoon in Parramore, students from the Academic Center for Excellence’s book club are eating Gringos Locos tacos in the school’s pavilion with author Matthew Laurence ‘07. In his novel, Freya, a reference to the taco shop’s large moustache logo is one of several nods to Laurence’s time attending UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy […]

  • Theatre UCF Replaces Play by Writer Accused of Sexual Misconduct

    2017-12-07 13:50:03

    Theatre UCF is replacing the previously scheduled play The Day Before Yesterday with Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl to run Feb. 22 through March 4. The decision to change the play was made after the writer of The Day Before Yesterday, Israel Horovitz, was accused by nine women of sexual misconduct. Horovitz had been scheduled […]

  • Fair Offered Students the Opportunity to Talk to School Recruiters

    2017-12-07 13:46:09

    On December 1, Career Services in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Affairs within the College of Education and Human Performance, hosted the Fall 2017 Education Career Fair. The event gave students interested in teaching an opportunity to meet with recruiters from districts, schools, and other educational organizations. There were 166 students who attended and […]

  • Christine Pugh Helps Fill Shelves at Knights Pantry

    2017-12-07 13:34:18

    You may have noticed a grand overflow of food (and love) at the UCF’s Knights Helping Knights Pantry this year. Thanks to Wellness & Health Promotion Services’ Christine Pugh and her partnership with Lucky’s Market Orlando, thousands of healthy food items have been donated to the pantry since February 2017. Pugh is a graduate of […]

  • Library to Close for Electrical Renovations

    2017-12-07 10:32:00

    The John C. Hitt Library will be closed Dec. 16 through Jan. 1 to allow workers to replace all the electrical panels as part of the 50-year-old building’s renovation. The university already was scheduled to be closed for winter break Dec. 25-Jan. 1, and this additional week of closure will affect the operations of the […]

  • New Explanation for Mars Clay May Provide Clues for Future Exploration Options

    2017-12-06 13:05:34

    A study published today in Nature provides a new explanation for how clay formed on Mars, which could help scientists and engineers figure out how to unlock the early climate history of the planet. “The basic recipe for making clay is you take rock and you add heat and water,” said Kevin Cannon, a postdoctoral […]

  • Satellite Tracking Provides Clues About South Atlantic Sea Turtles' 'Lost Years'

    2017-12-06 12:14:36

    A University of Central Florida biologist whose groundbreaking work tracking the movements of sea turtle yearlings in the North Atlantic Ocean attracted international attention has completed a similar study in the South Atlantic with surprising results. South Atlantic sea turtles do not passively ride prevailing currents as historically assumed, but instead actively swim and orient […]

  • It Has Taken Me Years to Understand What it Means to be Latino

    2017-12-06 09:00:22

    When I was growing up in Puerto Rico, the term Latino did not make much sense to me. Back then, I was me, a kid from Barceloneta (in northern Puerto Rico) who went to Catholic school and loved to play baseball. Outside of a few childhood trips to Disney World, I had never spent significant […]

  • Blue-Ribbon Panel Members Needed: Positioning UCF as an Energy Research Leader

    2017-12-06 06:00:39

    The University of Central Florida is assembling Blue-Ribbon Panel to strategize how UCF energy-related research can help meet the rapidly increasing demand for clean and economical energy. UCF has various groups and individuals conducting cutting-edge research in the areas of solar energy, alternative energy sources, electricity distribution, and power generation, among others, bringing in tens […]

  • UCF Students Shine at World's Largest Modeling, Simulation Conference

    2017-12-05 12:06:45

    UCF graduate students took three of the five top honors at the I/ITSEC scholarship competition last week and another group took top honors in the organization’s game competition. I/ITSEC  (Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training conference, which is held in Orlando each year because of the […]

  • New Med School Genetic Counseling Program Moving Forward

    2017-12-05 10:04:46

    The College of Medicine has hired a program director for its new M.S. in Genetic Counseling program and hopes to begin teaching its first students by fall 2018. The new graduate program – one of the first in Florida – is designed to meet the growing demand for counselors who can help patients make sense […]

  • Students Earn National Honors for Papers about Robots, Visualization Tools

    2017-12-05 06:00:02

    Two doctoral students in the Modeling & Simulation (M&S) program have been recognized with best student paper awards for their work establishing frameworks for improving complex decision making in both humans and robots. The research is partially funded by grants from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research, agencies supporting research […]

  • Graduation Rates: UCF Wins Championship Among New Year’s Six Bowl Teams

    2017-12-04 14:00:03

    If the national championship were decided by football student-athletes’ graduation rates, the University of Central Florida would be the winner among the 12 teams competing in New Year’s Six bowl games. UCF’s 92 percent Graduation Success Rate for football student-athletes tops Miami’s 88 percent and Clemson’s 85 percent. UCF also leads the 12 teams in […]

  • Important Foraging Hotspots for loggerhead Turtle Rookery Identified

    2017-12-04 13:26:27

    UCF alumna Simona Ceriani today published a new study that finds sea turtles are what they eat – but where they eat may be even more important. Ceriani, who is a tenured research scientist with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, collaborated with three UCF Department of Biology researchers on the study, published in Scientific […]

  • Knights Heading to Atlanta for Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day

    2017-12-04 13:04:26

    2017 has been a peach of a perfect season for the UCF Knights, and now the team is gearing up to face the Auburn Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1. UCF (12-0), the nation’s only undefeated team, will take on Auburn (10-3) at 12:30 p.m. in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This year’s team […]

  • Online Risks Are Routine for Teens, Most Bounce Back

    2017-12-04 10:02:59

    Teens routinely encounter online risks, such as sexual solicitations, cyberbullying and explicit material, but research shows that the negative effects of such exposure appear to be temporary, vanishing for most teens in less than a week. A new study from the University of Central Florida, Pennsylvania State and Ohio State found that typical teens seem […]

  • Innovators Honored for Making an Impact

    2017-12-01 11:52:55

    Twenty-seven university faculty members were inducted into the UCF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors at the second-annual gala on campus Thursday. The scientists, who represent a cross section of the university, including engineering, optics, biomedical, energy, nanoscience, advanced materials and chemistry, cumulatively hold 127 of the 990 patents the university has claimed since […]

  • Study Union Helps Students Review for Finals

    2017-12-01 09:27:33

    This semester the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) is proud to offer 75 live test review sessions at the union, 56 of which will be streamed live during finals week, December 3-9, on the YouTube channel. All sessions indicated on SARC’s Study Union Fall 2017 Final Review Schedule will be live streamed, and recordings of those sessions will also be available within 24-hours via […]

  • Idea for Accessible Public Transportation Wins Social Venture Competition

    2017-12-01 08:00:03

    University of Central Florida doctoral student David Thomas Moran and his company, Omnimodal, LLC, which uses real-time data to enhance the quality, efficiency and reliability of public transportation in car-centric metropolitan cities, took home first place and a $2,000 scholarship in the second annual Social Venture Competition presented by the UCF’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. […]