February 2018

  • College of Business Honors Dr. Hitt, Alumni, Partners, Executives at Hall of Fame

    2018-02-27 09:14:06

    From an opening torch lighting to a final call of “Do you believe in miracles?,” the UCF College of Business 2018 Hall of Fame: Knights on Ice paid homage to the Winter Olympics while feting its own gold-medal-caliber alumni, partners and leaders at Rosen Shingle Creek. More than 800 students, alumni, faculty, corporate partners and […]

  • Alumna Overcomes Eating Disorders to Help Others Back to Health

    2018-02-23 13:53:27

    On the surface, Kaitlyn Chana ’13 had it all together. In fact, she basically owned life. The former straight-A student at Lake Brantley High School started her own nonprofit as a teenager that sent cards of kindness to hospitalized children. She was a member of UCF’s President’s Leadership Council, LEAD Scholars and received UCF’s most […]

  • More Convenient, More Affordable, Enhanced Online RN to BSN Program

    2018-02-23 10:58:42

    From our backyard in Central Florida to across the globe in Zambia, RNs are returning to school to meet national demand and further their career thanks to the convenience and flexibility of online learning at UCF. In addition to a reputation for academic excellence and recognition by U.S. News & World Report as one of the […]

  • UCF-led Consortium to Manage Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

    2018-02-22 10:05:14

    The largest fully operational radio telescope on the planet – the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico – will soon be under new management. “UCF’s oversight of this crucial resource further solidifies our university as a leader in space-related research,” said UCF President John C. Hitt. A consortium led by the University of Central Florida will […]

  • FAIRWINDS Credit Union to Donate $1.1 Million for Endowed Professorship

    2018-02-21 15:08:03

    FAIRWINDS Credit Union will fund a new $1.1 million endowed professorship for a proposed UCF FinTech program, the first of its kind in the State University System. The gift to benefit financial-technology education, to be fulfilled over the next eight years, was announced Feb. 20 at the UCF College of Business Administration’s annual Hall of […]

  • Student Jazmyne Burroughs on Student Involvement and the Black Identity

    2018-02-21 12:05:22

    Jazmyne Burroughs can often be found in the UCF Multicultural Student Center’s office helping to plan and promote cultural events for UCF students. Her position as marketing co-director keeps her busy and allows her to interact with students from many different backgrounds. As a black student leader at UCF, she is making a difference by […]

  • Moments of Calmness Teach Us the Most About Love, Kindness

    2018-02-21 09:00:53

    A few weeks ago I was sitting outside a classroom in UCF’s Teaching Academy, waiting for a group to finish a session. It was around 6 p.m., and I had arrived early with the hope of relaxing for a few minutes before leading a workshop. As an educator on topics associated with diversity and inclusion, […]

  • Chemistry Ph.D. Student's Research Becomes Journal Cover Story

    2018-02-20 14:23:48

    Tatiana Fedotava-Molden, a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry, has already had her first research breakthrough and publication in one of the most prestigious international chemistry journals. Molden began working in Assistant Professor Dmitry Kolpashchikov’s lab, where research is focused on biochemistry of nucleic acids, DNA and RNA. Many research projects in the […]

  • UCF, HCA Announce New Psychiatry Residency

    2018-02-20 10:53:31

      A new Psychiatry Residency Program, based at Osceola Regional Medical Center and the Orlando VA Medical Center has received initial ACGME accreditation and is seeking immediate applicants. This program is part of the UCF College of Medicine-Hospital Corporation of America North Florida Division Consortium seeking to add more than 600 residency slots to Florida […]

  • Is a Metal like Vibranium Possible? What We Can Learn from Black Panther

    2018-02-19 09:00:13

    It’s a superhero movie. So during opening week of Black Panther, moviegoers entered theaters for reasons more predictable than the plot. To turn off the cellphones and turn on the imagination. To escape work, school, and routines. To enter a bubble of wonder. When the film was over, the crowds walked out with a question […]

  • 22 to Receive Order of Pegasus, UCF's Highest Student Honor

    2018-02-19 08:30:36

    Twenty-two UCF students have been named as recipients of the 2018 Order of Pegasus, the university’s most prestigious student award. The recipients were selected from a pool of 79 nominations. The new class includes seven LEAD Scholars, five President’s Leadership Council members, one Student Government Association leader, 12 from The Burnett Honors College, four Greek members, […]

  • How Caregivers Can Best Care for Themselves

    2018-02-19 08:00:30

    There is nothing fictional in the most famous line from The Wizard of Oz: “There’s no place like home.” It’s true when we’re growing up … and it’s just as true as we reach our twilight years. Which is why more than 42 million Americans provide care inside the home for aging family members. But […]

  • Saudi Arabian Educators to Spend Yearlong Immersive Program at UCF

    2018-02-16 11:18:38

    A contingent of 67 educators and 155 family members from Saudi Arabia will begin a one-year immersive program at UCF on Monday for the visiting principals, teachers and counselors to learn how to build leadership qualities. The participants will be sponsored throughout the year with all expenses paid through Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Higher Education […]

  • New Tools Give BRIDG More Options for Industry

    2018-02-16 09:49:28

    A growing array of tools is filling the BRIDG wafer-fabrication facility in Osceola County, making the center increasingly useful to high-tech industries. The University of Central Florida is a founding supporter of BRIDG (Bridging the Innovation to Development Gap), together with Osceola County and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. Since the opening of the […]

  • UCF Presidential Search Committee Selects 8 Semifinalists

    2018-02-15 11:34:34

    The University of Central Florida’s Presidential Search Committee today selected eight semifinalists vying to become the university’s fifth president and next visionary leader. “The quality of our semifinalists indicates we are well-positioned to build on UCF’s momentum,” said David Walsh, the UCF trustee who chairs the Presidential Search Committee. “We look forward to meeting with […]

  • Black History Month: Student Travis Slocum on Racism, Need for More Diversity

    2018-02-15 11:22:29

    UCF junior Travis Slocum has vivid memories of facing racism while growing up. Born in Little Rock, Ark., and raised in a military family, he frequently moved around the South and encountered animosity for the color of his skin. “I would walk down the street and get called names,” Slocum says. In adulthood, Slocum continues […]

  • Love: It May Surprise You

    2018-02-15 11:04:00

    “Reader, I married him”—the classic line from Jane Eyre—may have been the main referent for unusual marriages for more than 100 years. Well, reader, I married him, too, but not until I was 49. What constitutes an unusual marriage constantly shifts. In a way, I represent a trend. The U.S. Census Bureau has shown that […]

  • Biofuels or Bust: Researcher Studies Next-Generation Energy

    2018-02-15 10:00:39

    Ask Subith Vasu what drives him, and he’ll answer a rapidly changing automotive industry and consumer demand for environmentally friendly products. The assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering works with his student research team testing next-generation fuels to find out which ones are actually better for cars and the planet. “There are a number […]

  • Tricking Photons Leads to First-of-Its-Kind Laser Breakthrough

    2018-02-15 08:18:17

    A team of optics researchers at the University of Central Florida has demonstrated a new laser technology that has the potential to substantially improve the efficiency, beam quality, and resilience of semiconductor laser arrays. The results of the “nonmagnetic topological insulator laser” are presented in two research papers in Science, one describing the theory of […]

  • A UCF Love Story: From Pride Commons to the Wedding Aisle

    2018-02-12 15:38:41

    The wedding ring popped out of the box, rolled onto the gazebo floor and continued rolling right on into the depths of Lake Baldwin during the middle of Nicole Dumbroff ’15 and Cecil Chik ’09 ’15MA’s wedding ceremony. Thanks to theringfinders.com, the ring is back on Nicole’s finger after spending two weeks in the lake, […]

  • UCF Celebrates Faculty Authors

    2018-02-11 19:34:35

    Forty faculty authors were recognized Tuesday night in the first-ever UCF Faculty Authors Celebration held at the Live Oak Ballroom on campus. The event, co-hosted by the Office of Research, Faculty Excellence and the John C. Hitt library, recognized faculty who have published books in the past five years. Provost A. Dale Whittaker congratulated the […]

  • "The Life Of Pi" And Other First Patient Stories

    2018-02-09 16:12:06

    The 26 year-old web developer had a tattoo of the Greek letter, Π on his back, which earned him the nickname “Pi” from six medical students who would spend 17 weeks on a mission learning how he died. On February 5, the students made a presentation called “The Life of Pi” that showed they believed […]

  • Power Like You’ve Never Seen: Inventor Issa Batarseh on the Solar Energy Revolution

    2018-02-09 15:30:39

    UCF Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Issa Batarseh is a research scholar, inventor and entrepreneur in the field of solar energy. In short, he’s a visionary. So when he says we’re tipping on the edge of something big, we all should pay attention. At a glance, you would never guess what is happening in […]

  • UCF/HCA Consortium Announces New Anesthesiology Residency

    2018-02-09 10:16:24

    A new Anesthesiology Residency Program, based at Ocala Regional Medical Center, has received initial accreditation and is seeking immediate applicants for physicians who are completing their internships and will begin second-year training on July 1, 2018. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medicine Education (ACGME) approved the three-year Anesthesiology program for a total of 27 residents […]

  • New UCF Center Takes Bold Stand Against Human Trafficking

    2018-02-09 09:00:40

    The University of Central Florida has established a new Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery to proactively address the growing human-trafficking problem that communities face in Central Florida, the United States and around the world. One of the largest criminal enterprises, human trafficking keeps as many as 40 million people in […]

  • UCF to Mark Valentine’s Day With Events Focused on Safe, Healthy Love

    2018-02-08 16:14:23

      Valentine’s Day is an annual recognition of love, and this Feb. 14, UCF will mark the day with events that celebrate safe love and healthy relationships. One Billion Rising, the global event where female survivors of violence and their supporters stand up and speak out, will start at noon Wednesday in the Student Union […]

  • UCF Hydrogen Fuel Expert Selected for International Award

    2018-02-08 12:02:24

    A UCF Florida Solar Energy Center scientist with 40 years of experience in research and innovation in the field of hydrogen energy has been selected to receive an international award named after the visionary futuristic writer Jules Verne. Nazim Muradov has spent his entire career promoting and popularizing the ideas of the global hydrogen economy, […]

  • 4th UCF Celebrates the Arts to Feature Tributes to Bernstein, President Hitt

    2018-02-07 17:40:45

    UCF Celebrates the Arts — eight days of music, performances and visual displays — returns April 6-14 for a fourth year. The university’s annual showcase of student and faculty presentations at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando will open with a tribute to American composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein and […]

  • The #LateKnightHype Podcast Is Helping Minority Students Find Their Voices

    2018-02-07 17:12:00

    “The black audience here at UCF was missing a voice,” says Patricia Hartley, on why she started the #LateKnightHype podcast. The show, which is recorded at Black & Gold Studios on campus, acts as a platform to recognize minority organizations making a difference at UCF. “[The podcast] has provided a voice for minority student organizations […]

  • Some Collisions are Good, Some are Bad…

    2018-02-07 09:00:25

    When life events collide, sometimes the results are good and sometimes they’re bad. In this case I couldn’t have been more pleased. During my junior year of undergraduate education at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, I participated in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. To be honest, before […]

  • Study: Employers Should Push Ethics to Offset Stress of High Demands in Workplace

    2018-02-05 15:36:53

    Businesses looking to stay out of headlines for cheating and other unethical behavior may want to push for ethical standards within their institutions. Demanding high performance by employees without emphasizing the need to follow a code of ethics encourages cheating in the workplace, according to a study led by professors from the University of Central […]

  • UCF Plans to Select New President in March

    2018-02-05 11:00:26

    Citing a “robust national interest” in the UCF presidency, the UCF Presidential Search Committee today outlined a process that will have a new president confirmed by the end of March. David Walsh, a member of the UCF Board of Trustees and chairman of the Presidential Search Committee, said now is the time to start interviewing […]

  • $1 Million Grant from National Science Foundation to Help STEM Transfer Students

    2018-02-02 12:49:27

    A nearly $1 million grant to support scholarships for transfer students in their quest for STEM degrees was recently awarded to UCF by the National Science Foundation. The $999,994 grant – STEM TRansfer Students Opportunity for Nurtured Growth, or STRONG for short – was awarded to the Office of Research & Commercialization to run from […]

  • Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Starting to Fade? It’s Not Too Late to Reset

    2018-02-02 09:15:03

    It’s that time of year again, when we all crack open our New Year’s resolutions vault, sift through the rubble of past goals and evaluate what we would like to see ourselves accomplish this year. I always look forward to this time of year because for me when I was growing up I was taught […]

  • Anthony B. Major Draws From the Past to Help Shape Future of Black Excellence

    2018-02-01 12:35:40

    Whenever students from black organizations on campus are in need of support or a phenomenal speaker for their events, Anthony B. Major is the man they know they can count on. As program director for the Zora Neale Hurston Institute for Documentary Studies and the Africana studies minor, as well as an associate professor of […]

  • UCF Seeks New Way to Mine Moon for Water

    2018-02-01 08:43:30

    UCF’s Phil Metzger and Julie Brisset from the Florida Space Institute recently landed a contract to develop a model to mine the moon for water. Data suggests the moon has water locked away in its icy soil, especially at the moon’s poles. The challenge is finding an effective and inexpensive way to get it. Water […]