December 2018

  • Fiesta Focus: 18 Photos from UCF Football's Trip to Arizona

    2018-12-30 19:51:44

    The UCF football team landed in Phoenix, Arizona, on Dec. 27, eager to experience the environment surrounding the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The Knights have fond memories at the Fiesta Bowl, where they upset Baylor in 2014. With that victory, UCF became the youngest school (1963) and football program (1979) to win a BCS bowl game. […]

  • Running Down a Dream

    2018-12-30 12:32:35

    UCF sophomore running back Greg McCrae was overlooked as a recruit by too many schools to count, but he is currently the leader in total touchdowns for the No. 7 team in the country. He is listed third on UCF’s depth chart at running back, but he is the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2013. […]

  • Bayou Bred, Fiesta Bound

    2018-12-29 12:05:23

    Less than 24 hours after the announcement was made that UCF would square off against LSU in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Sports Illustrated ranked the matchup as the most anticipated game of this year’s bowl season. Of everyone who is looking forward to the New Year’s Day game, UCF linebacker Nate Evans, defensive lineman Brendon […]

  • The Value of Investing Time, Energy and Creativity to Comfort Others

    2018-12-26 09:00:26

    When our loved ones die and their estates have been settled, we usually expect it to be the end of their giving. Sometimes it is, but oftentimes the ripples of their memories continue in ways we might not expect. Some people make fun of me because I like crocheting. They tease me about being a […]

  • New Report Highlights UCF Research from 2018

    2018-12-21 09:00:45

    Research isn’t just a number, a statistic, a figure or a dollar amount. It’s a story that begins with an idea, a need and then branches into a narrative of everyone it touches. The beginnings of some of these stories unfold in the new 2018 annual research report published today by the University of Central […]

  • Watch: UCF's Best of 2018

    2018-12-20 09:50:41

    When confetti rained down at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018, the scene foreshadowed the many milestones UCF would celebrate throughout the year. UCF reflected on these moments in the “Best of 2018” video. To learn more about what you see in the video, read the stories listed below. 2018 was a year […]

  • UCF Class Spotlight: Conflict Resolution and Negotiation

    2018-12-20 08:40:13

    Class Name MAN 4441, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation. Description How to apply conflict resolution and negotiation theories and processes to managerial best practices in the workplace. Instructor Gary Nichols ’87, who earned a bachelor’s in marketing from UCF and has been teaching at the university since 2006  When is it offered? Fall, spring and summer […]

  • The Early Days of UCF Football

    2018-12-19 16:39:51

    I have been flooded with fond memories while watching the UCF football team become an NCAA powerhouse the past two seasons. As a professor emeritus of communication, I announced the games for the first five years of UCF football starting in 1979. Announcing over the Tangerine Bowl (now Camping World Stadium) public-address system at that […]

  • UCF Business Alumni, Partners to be Honored at 20th Annual Hall of Fame

    2018-12-19 16:02:08

    UCF’s College of Business will host its 20th annual Business Hall of Fame gala Feb. 12, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rosen Shingle Creek. During the event, which honors the college’s most distinguished alumni and partners, three UCF graduates will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Nine other UCF alumni and two organizations […]

  • Makers of League of Legends, Halo Video Games Create Arm Designs for Limbitless Solutions

    2018-12-19 11:15:52

    Future recipients of 3D-printed prosthetic arms from UCF’s Limbitless Solutions will have new designs to choose from beginning in 2019, thanks to the makers of video games League of Legends and Halo. Riot Games, creator and publisher of League of Legends, and 343 Industries, maker of Halo, collaborated with Limbitless Solutions to create seven new […]

  • Research Builds Molecular Profile of Proteins Linked to Alzheimer's

    2018-12-19 09:52:03

    In the search for a cause and cure for Alzheimer’s, it’s key to fully understand your suspects. That’s the objective of a College of Sciences and College of Medicine joint research project, which is focusing on the proteins commonly found in the brains of people with the neurodegenerative disease. Certain proteins and their shorter versions, called peptides, can […]

  • The Coincidence That Made Me Realize How Small Our World Is

    2018-12-19 09:10:43

    We tend to think of human development as an unfolding of stages. As we mature from infancy through adulthood, we exhibit common developmental landmarks such as taking our first baby steps, saying our first word, experiencing puberty, and adapting to the vicissitudes of middle- and late-adulthood. One problem with this view is that while it […]

  • Entrepreneur Makes Program-Changing Philanthropic Commitment to Limbitless Solutions

    2018-12-18 13:09:24

    It all started with a video. Self-proclaimed “Marvel nerd,” Gary Zhou, saw Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. comparing bionic arms with Alex Pring, the first recipient of a Limbitless Solutions-built arm, and he was intrigued. “That video just hit me, and I reached out to them,” he says. “I just basically said—‘How can I […]

  • UCF Undergrad Defines Role of CO2 in Combustion

    2018-12-18 12:59:11

    Elizabeth Wait, a senior at UCF studying biotechnology, recently published her fifth academic paper and made the cover of International Journal of Chemical Kinetics for her study on how adding carbon dioxide to the combustion process could affect the rates of reaction. The study, funded by the Department of Energy, was aimed at investigating if […]

  • UCF-HCA Announce New Hospice/Palliative Care Fellowship

    2018-12-17 11:07:55

    A new UCF Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Program, based at North Florida Regional Medical Center, has received initial accreditation and is seeking immediate applicants. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medicine Education (ACGME) approved the one-year program for two fellows per year. The program will be directed by Charles Suggs who completed his residency in […]

  • UCF's Top Stories of 2018

    2018-12-17 09:20:46

    Between the UCF football team’s historic streak, a nationwide search for the university’s next great president and groundbreaking research discoveries, UCF has had quite the year. This list counts down the top 15 UCF Today stories based on page views (as of Dec. 17). 15. UCF-led Consortium to Manage Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico UCF announced […]

  • UCF Researchers Develop Method to Hide Images and Information in Plain Sight

    2018-12-17 07:35:53

    What is real is not always as it appears. UCF researchers have found a way to hide information on materials and only make it visible to a person using the right tech. “We found we can create a surface where we preferentially control absorption of light,” says Debashis Chanda, an associate professor of physics, optics […]

  • The 30 Best Photos of 2018

    2018-12-14 14:00:11

    Jan. 1 –  After UCF completed their first perfect football season and a 34-27 defeat over Auburn at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, former UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin ’16 admires the championship trophy. Shaquem made history in April when he became the first one-handed player to be drafted in the NFL, joining his brother Shaquill Griffin ’16 on the Seattle […]

  • Bowl Game Supports UCF Breast Cancer Research

    2018-12-14 13:45:13

    Saturday’s AutoNation Cure Bowl has raised $3.55 million for breast cancer research in the last three years – with over $1.1 million going to College of Medicine researcher Dr. Annette Khaled. And at a pre-game press conference Dec. 15, Khaled and football players from Tulane University and Louisiana-Lafayette talked about the impact of breast cancer, […]

  • Football Player-Turned-Scientist Among Burnett Fall Graduates

    2018-12-14 09:53:40

    Cody Sharp had always dreamed of playing pro football until a shattered shoulder ended those hopes.  But he was determined that injury wouldn’t mark the end of his story. On Saturday, he will collect his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences – one of 181 students graduating from the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. […]

  • Meet the Police Commander Who Will Lead UCF Downtown Safety Efforts

    2018-12-14 09:26:46

    In fall 2019, UCF Downtown will open its 21st-century campus to nearly 8,000 students, faculty and staff in the heart of downtown Orlando. To create an ideal learning and working environment, the UCF Police Department will have a dedicated team of officers to patrol the campus, led by Commander Scott Freeman ’11. “We’re looking forward […]

  • Watch the Livestream of UCF's Fall 2018 Commencement

    2018-12-14 09:00:32

    UCF has announced its speakers for the Fall 2018 commencement ceremonies. U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy will join UCF Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus Michael J. Grindstaff and President Dale Whittaker in addressing graduates during four separate ceremonies Dec. 14-15 at the CFE Arena. More than 5,700 degrees will be conferred during UCF’s annual fall commencement ceremonies. […]

  • 40 Million Reasons

    2018-12-13 16:02:40

    Since becoming president in July, I’ve been continually impressed by our students — not just their academic performance, but their tenacity and creativity. It’s this perfect combination of book smarts and street smarts that creates all-around excellence. Just look at our national champion cyber defense and computer programming teams! Or our 25-0 Knights! And the […]

  • UCF Research Flies Aboard 1st Virgin Galactic Space Flight

    2018-12-13 14:36:32

    Virgin Galactic launched its first rocket into space today carrying a crew of two along with NASA-supported research projects, including one from the University of Central Florida. “It’s always exciting when you have something about to go up on a rocket,” says Joshua Colwell, a UCF physics professor whose research was aboard the flight. NASA’s Flight Opportunities […]

  • From Hospital Bed to UCF Graduation Ceremony

    2018-12-13 09:48:03

    Sonia Cox didn’t feel right. There was pressure in her chest. She asked her husband, Robert, to pull the car over in a parking lot. She vomited due to the pain. Robert wasted no time and drove his wife of 26 years straight to Viera Hospital in Brevard County. Doctors told her she was having […]

  • How Wheelchair Basketball Changed My Life

    2018-12-12 11:42:03

    I have been around sports all my life. My older brother played basketball when we were kids and I always remembered sitting in the stands cheering him on. He loved the sport so much that my parents bought him a basketball hoop so he could play basketball at home whenever he wanted. At the time […]

  • UCF Invests Record $40 Million in Student Success

    2018-12-12 09:29:18

    The University of Central Florida today dedicated an additional $40 million to scholarships and other institutional aid that supports student success, a strategic move that will help students graduate faster and with less debt. “Our commitment to excellence means investing in all of our students’ success, because we know this investment will impact thousands of […]

  • First Images from OSIRIS REx Mission Have Scientists Buzzing with Excitement

    2018-12-10 14:00:06

    The holidays came early for the science team leading NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to collect samples from a near-Earth asteroid. Today they announced findings from the mission thus far, which arrived at asteroid Bennu Dec. 3 Scientists were already buzzing with excitement in November when the spacecraft’s long-range cameras began beaming early images of the asteroid. […]

  • Bolivian Mud Could Unlock Ancient Agriculture Secrets

    2018-12-10 12:28:25

    A group of anthropology researchers are counting on some dirty work to unlock the secrets of past civilizations. More specifically, they’re studying Amazonian mud, carefully extracted from a Bolivian swamp and transported back to a laboratory on UCF’s campus. Their goal is to date the pollen and other biological sediments layered in close to five […]

  • UCF Partners with Carnegie Museum on Augmented Reality App That Brings Gardens to Life

    2018-12-06 12:31:35

    A new 3D augmented reality app that allows users to visualize and create virtual Appalachian gardens has launched and its developers hope it will both educate and inspire nature lovers. Maria Harrington, an assistant professor of digital media, along with Zack Bledsoe ’18, Chris Jones ’18, and Alexandra Guffey, created The AR Perpetual Garden App […]

  • UCF Student Wins National Sales Challenge Competition

    2018-12-06 10:52:28

    Competing against more than 75 top performing sales students from the United States and abroad, UCF marketing student Oliver Saikaly won the individual championship at the recent 2018 National Sales Challenge at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Saikaly and teammate Emily Davila, both members of the College of Business’ Professional Selling Program, also […]

  • Best Places to Get in the Holiday Spirit in Central Florida

    2018-12-06 10:07:04

    The holiday season is already in full swing, and no matter what kind of merriment you’re looking for, odds are Central Florida has it — yes, even snow. While Orlando’s theme parks get an A+ for their effort in going all out for the holidays, we rounded up 15 other events that deserve a shoutout, […]

  • Graduating Venezuelan Transfer Student Inspired to Start Nonprofit

    2018-12-06 09:00:51

    Nearing the end of any collegiate journey is typically a joyous time for most students. After years of juggling classes, working on projects and studying for exams, the end goal — a degree and chance at a better future — is within sight. However in 2016, when clinical psychology major Jennifer Martinez de Pinillos was […]

  • WUCF, Producer Win Emmy for Mister Rogers Program

    2018-12-05 15:12:39

    TV producer Kyle Fuchs and WUCF won a regional Emmy on Saturday for the program Mister Rogers in Our Neighborhood, a broadcast about Fred Rogers’ Winter Park roots and his legacy in Central Florida. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented the Suncoast Regional Emmy Award in the nostalgia program category during an […]

  • UCF’s Top 10 Research Findings of 2018

    2018-12-05 12:07:38

    The University of Central Florida’s football players are not the only Knights dominating their field in 2018. This year was also a spectacular one for research at UCF. Not only did UCF hit a record $183 million in research funding, it also made positive impacts on the world. Space was the winner this year with […]

  • UCF Joins Ford, Uber as Semifinalists in National Competition to Make Driving Safer

    2018-12-05 10:07:21

    UCF researchers have beat nearly 50 other teams in a national traffic-safety-improvement competition and now find themselves the only university team competing among industry giants such as Ford and Uber. Their entry, Real-Time Crash Visualization Tools for Traffic Safety Management, is a computer program that uses big data to predict, and hopefully prevent, traffic accidents […]

  • For the Love of Brownies: A Bitter Batter Battle

    2018-12-05 10:02:03

    I remember the moment like it was yesterday. My older son came home from a friend’s house where he’d had his first box brownie. When he told me about them, a rapturous kind of glaze came over his eyes and he told me they were the best brownies he had ever had. As a scratch […]

  • UCF, Conservation Florida Join Forces to Protect Natural Lands

    2018-12-05 10:01:20

    A new partnership between Conservation Florida and both UCF’s Biology department and UCF Coastal increases the bench strength of statewide land protection work. The partnership aims to produce research, guidance, and a multidisciplinary voice to land and wildlife conservation to propel advancement in the greater Central Florida region. Conservation Florida brings 19 years of land […]

  • UCF Cyber Defense Team Wins National Championship

    2018-12-04 16:32:06

    UCF’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Team on Saturday won the Department of Energy’s CyberForce National Competition that challenges teams across the country to build a robust corporate network that can withstand attacks to steal data, deface websites or wipe out critical systems. The competition drew bids from 97 schools to participate and UCF was one of […]

  • UCF Writing Center Director Wins International Award

    2018-12-04 14:58:01

    Mark Hall, program director of the UCF Writing Center and professor of writing and rhetoric, knows what it’s like to be in the shoes of his student-tutors. As an undergraduate, he was a writing center tutor and learned first-hand how daunting the job can be. “It was assumed that since I was an English major, I […]

  • Aging Expert Honored for Gerontological Nursing Excellence in Education

    2018-12-04 09:45:27

    Ladda Thiamwong, an assistant professor of nursing, has been honored by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing. She is among 33 nurse educators from around the world in the inaugural class who were honored for their commitment to gerontological nursing education and the care of older […]

  • U.S. Forecast: Stronger Economic Growth is 'Comin’ to Town'

    2018-12-04 08:51:59

    Santa’s elves will need to ramp up their North Pole toy-making operation if they want to meet consumer demand ahead of a strong holiday-shopping season, says UCF economist Sean Snaith in his fourth quarter forecast. Retail sales are up 5.4 percent year over year, according to the forecast from the UCF Institute for Economic Competitiveness. […]

  • UCF Student-Athletes Rank High Among Bowl-Bound Teams

    2018-12-03 17:28:00

    UCF’s student-athletes earned one of the top four Academic Progress Rates among the teams competing in the New Year’s Six bowl games. Of the 12 teams in the top bowl match-ups, UCF and Alabama both scored 984 in the APR – an NCAA measurement of classroom success – following the University of Michigan (990), Clemson […]

  • UCF Nursing Students Get Hands-On Anatomy Training

    2018-12-03 12:58:41

    Sophomore nursing student Desiree dos Anjos, was cautious but sure-handed as she inserted a tracheal tube into her patient’s throat. She had read about the procedure in textbooks and watched it done numerous times on video, but this was her first hands-on experience. “Look how small the esophagus is,” she says, examining her patient’s neck. […]

  • Bad Bosses Could Turn You into a Great Boss

    2018-12-03 10:11:04

    Could a horrible boss make you a better leader? A new University of Central Florida study suggests abuse and mistreatment by those at the top of an organization do not necessarily lead to abusive behavior by lower-level leaders. When offered leadership opportunities, prior victims of workplace abuse are more likely to treat their own subordinates […]

  • UCF Football to Play LSU in Fiesta Bowl

    2018-12-02 17:09:54

    The UCF football team is going to a New Year’s Six bowl game for the second straight season. A day after they beat Memphis to repeat as champions in the American Athletic Conference title game, the Knights accepted their invitation Sunday to play in the 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The No. 7 Knights will take […]

  • Back-To-Back: UCF Football Wins AAC Championship

    2018-12-01 22:45:33

    Heroes get remembered. Legends never die. So long live these UCF Knights. The UCF football team achieved perfection en route to a championship once again with Saturday’s 56-41 win over Memphis in the American Athletic Conference title game at Spectrum Stadium. A Streak To Remember In addition to repeating as conference champions, UCF extended the […]

  • UCF Alumnus to Speak to United Nations Monday

    2018-12-01 10:46:19

    Albert Manero ’12 ’14MS ’16PhD, the president of UCF based Limitless Solutions will serve on a panel at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday, Dec. 3, as part of International Day of Persons with Disabilities events. “This is an opportunity to share our work and our vision around accessibility technology that speaks […]