January 2019

  • Pokémon Go Could Help Build Community, Study Finds

    2019-01-30 15:28:22

    Pokémon Go isn’t just a fun augmented reality game. It may also help newcomers to communities and long-term residents develop a better sense of belonging, according to a recently published study in The Social Science Journal. “A lot of research indicates that we tend to be more isolated from our neighbors,” says Jihyun Kim, an […]

  • Med Students Get a ‘Leg Up’ on Anatomy Training from PT Students

    2019-01-30 12:10:26

    Kayla Combs stands at the head of the Anatomy Lab table surrounded by medical students examining their patient’s musculoskeletal system. “If you pull on this tendon here, it will cause the fingers to move,” Combs demonstrates. But the teacher isn’t a med school faculty member. She’s a doctoral candidate in UCF’s physical therapy program participating […]

  • I Love How Technology Has Made Things Easy — But I Sometimes Wish for Simpler Times

    2019-01-30 10:52:03

    It’s weird to grow up in a time where everything is literally at our fingertips; we have access to the world at the click of a button. Being a part of the generation that ushered in this new wave of technology of course has its benefits. For example, I don’t have to ask my kids […]

  • Patients Teach Through Their Illnesses

    2019-01-29 12:51:17

    John McLees was a first-responder on Sept. 11 and today he suffers from lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory problems he attributes to the dust and fumes he inhaled protecting others. On January 15, McLees became a retired police officer-turned teacher as he volunteered to share his life and medical condition with second-year UCF medical students. […]

  • UCF’s Partnership IV Building to be New Home for Army’s Synthetic Training Environment

    2019-01-29 11:48:25

    Orlando’s Central Florida Research Park, the nation’s epicenter for simulation and training-related research and development, will soon be the home of the U.S. Army’s Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team. The STE-CFT, which is spearheading the Army’s efforts to modernize training, uses state-of-the-art technology to bring together virtual and real-world environments to better prepare and […]

  • UCF Program at Love Your Shorts Film Festival to Focus on the Future of Filmmaking in State

    2019-01-28 13:03:48

    Florida’s film industry is trying to write a new script, one that would return the state to its prominence as a major filmmaking destination in the country, following a steady drain of projects the past few years. Projects have migrated — many to Georgia — because of increasing film-friendly attitudes and incentives elsewhere. “In the […]

  • “Perseverance is key.”

    2019-01-28 11:41:17

    Redshirt senior forward Nyala Shuler ’17’s biggest fan at UCF women’s basketball games is also the person who inspired her future career as a pediatric doctor: her grandmother, Clementine. As a child, Shuler’s summer breaks from school were spent with her grandmother, a retired nurse. Shuler was fascinated by a nursing kit she kept in […]

  • Mentoring Study Helps Redefine Success for Women in Academia

    2019-01-28 08:46:53

    Switching from a traditional hierarchical mentoring model to a peer-oriented model could increase women faculty’s sense of empowerment in academia and help develop more holistic definitions of success, according to a new study out of the University of Central Florida. The most cited reasons for women faculty resigning from careers in academia relate to lack of respect, limited institutional support and […]

  • UCF Student Wins National Award for Research on Walking Speed of Elderly

    2019-01-25 10:28:29

    Ashleigh Trapuzzano devotes herself to research to benefit elderly adults and her work has not gone unnoticed. The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy on Thursday presented Trapuzzano, a third-year physical therapy doctoral student, with the 2019 Student Award for Research at the academy’s national convention in Washington. The award recognizes outstanding research by entry-level physical […]

  • UCF's 'Year of Zora' to Celebrate Hurston

    2019-01-24 12:18:17

    UCF is hosting a series of events and initiatives in honor of the 30th anniversary of Eatonville’s ZORA! Festival and to help celebrate the life of author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The university’s celebration, “The Year of Zora Neale Hurston and the Historic Eatonville Community,” features lectures, art exhibits, a TV pilot and other […]

  • 5 Spring Break Experiences UCF Students Should Know About

    2019-01-24 09:23:40

    UCF students looking for a rewarding spring break experience this semester will have the opportunity to register this month for Volunteer UCF’s Alternative Break Program. The program sends teams of students around the country and internationally to engage in community service and learn about a variety of social issues. Through these service-learning trips, students will […]

  • UCF Changes Lives for Uninsured Farmworkers with Funds from Florida Blue

    2019-01-23 14:35:39

    For hundreds of Apopka farmworkers living in poverty, receiving regular, quality healthcare is an endless challenge. But thanks to an interdisciplinary effort from the University of Central Florida’s Comprehensive Medical Care Outreach Team (CMOT) and a generous grant from the Florida Blue Foundation, the challenge will be a little less daunting. The $395,000 award is […]

  • Shaquem Griffin Receives NCAA Inspiration Award

    2019-01-23 14:25:09

    An amputated hand did not hinder Shaquem Griffin ’16’s potential — it strengthened it. At age 4, his left hand was removed due to extreme pain triggered by amniotic band syndrome, which he had suffered in the womb. The day after surgery, Griffin was already playing two-on-two street football. Freed of the unusable extremity, he […]

  • UCF Research Reaches Space for Second Time in 2 Months

    2019-01-23 14:02:27

    Following a successful flight in December, University of Central Florida research launched into space again today, this time thanks to the spaceflight company Blue Origin and NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. The company’s New Shepard rocket launched from its facility in west Texas carrying research by UCF planetary scientists Joshua Colwell and Adrienne Dove. “We watched […]

  • Dungeons & Dads: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Game

    2019-01-23 11:10:38

    It begins like a joke: A teacher, a professor and a federal prosecutor walk into a comic book shop. But this is no joke. We aren’t messing around. We’re dads, and we’re here to clobber some goblins. Justin unscrolls the map. Tyler unboxes the dice. Scott makes notes on his character sheet, and I survey […]

  • Lineup Announced for 2019 UCF Celebrates the Arts

    2019-01-22 16:53:55

    UCF Celebrates the Arts, an annual festival showcasing the creativity, innovation and collaboration across the University of Central Florida, returns to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for its fifth year April 5-14. The festival will include more than 30 events and exhibitions spanning 10 days, opening with the Tony Award-winning musical Titanic and […]

  • Orlando Islamic Community Supports New Endowed Faculty Position

    2019-01-22 11:44:14

    UCF philosophy Professor Cyrus Zargar last week was invested into the newly funded Al-Ghazali Endowed Distinguished Professorship. The position recognizes Zargar’s accomplishments and will allow him to advance his research, pedagogy and community outreach in the area of Islamic Studies. For Zargar, this means furthering his long-term goal of building connections among students and faculty […]

  • UCF Business Incubation Program Companies Receive Record-Breaking Investments

    2019-01-22 10:54:28

    Companies in the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubator Program set records in 2018 for both investments and grants, with outside investment in 50 of the program’s participant companies totaling more than $19 million in funding, and 46 clients receiving grant awards of $4.6 million. That amounts to a 69 percent increase in investment and […]

  • MFA Student to Screen ‘Waking Up White’ TV Pilot at ZORA! Fest

    2019-01-22 10:42:54

    Imagine waking up a different race in an entirely different body. Would you welcome your new life or find a way to get back to your former self? That’s the premise of graduate student Jason Gregory’s TV pilot Waking Up White. Gregory’s story follows a black family that wakes up one day to find they […]

  • Update: Trevor Colbourn Hall Investigation

    2019-01-18 12:23:31

    For the past four months, UCF has been dealing with important issues concerning inappropriate funds used to build Trevor Colbourn Hall. In September, the Board of Trustees launched an independent, third-party investigation led by a former federal prosecutor who reviewed thousands of documents and conducted dozens of interviews. Yesterday, the university received the final report, […]

  • Robert L. Caslen Jr. Receives 2019 Theodore Roosevelt Award

    2019-01-18 11:31:29

    Cadet Robert Caslen’s typical day at Army West Point started before sunrise. At 5:30 a.m., he and his peers rose to tackle chores and get in formation outside. By 7 a.m., after breakfast, they headed to class. From 4 p.m. until about 6:30, all cadets then participated in some form of athletic activity — whether […]

  • UCF Announces New MFA Track in Themed Experience

    2019-01-16 14:41:31

    Orlando is known as the land of theme parks — a place that people visit from around the globe to immerse themselves in the most imaginative and fantastic worlds. Located in the international hub of the themed-experience industry, UCF is poised to become a leader in the field. Starting Fall 2019, UCF will offer an […]

  • Vice President Finalists and Campus Open Forums Are Set

    2019-01-16 12:06:01

    Four finalists for UCF’s inaugural Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity will visit campus from Jan. 22-25 and present at open forums. Each open forum will be held at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center in the grand ballroom. The new vice president will lead and organize an infrastructure to foster community engagement, develop partnerships to […]

  • Whom Should Self-Driving Cars Be Programmed to Protect?

    2019-01-16 11:24:36

    Technology advances at breakneck speed. That’s exciting to early adopters, who can’t wait to get their hands on the latest piece of tech. For some, the rapid onslaught of technology is frustrating. But there are bigger issues that need our attention. Economic pressures often move new technologies into the consumer space before people get a […]

  • UCF Receives Grant from Florida Blue to Improve Health in Parramore

    2019-01-16 09:09:32

    Healthy lifestyles enable individuals to live full, productive lives. It allows children to maximize their growth and learning potential. It enables parents to excel at their careers and pass along positive behaviors to their children. It creates a community where physical, emotional and mental well-being is a central focus. UCF has established the Parramore Healthy […]

  • UCF to Host Telescope Night for 1st Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019

    2019-01-15 10:58:56

    Pack a blanket, bring some snacks and head to UCF’s Memory Mall on Sunday, Jan. 20, for a front-row seat of 2019’s first total lunar eclipse. “That’s something that won’t happen again here until May 2022,” says Yan Fernandez, a physics professor and director of UCF’s Robinson Observatory. “It’s a pretty cool event regardless. This […]

  • UCF’s Online Undergraduate Programs Recognized Among the Best in the Nation

    2019-01-15 10:15:25

    The University of Central Florida’s online undergraduate programs are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. “[UCF’s] online programs ensure that more students are able to unleash their full potential by earning a high-quality degree.” The publication’s 2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs List ranked UCF No. 14 in the […]

  • Technical Communication Blends Passions, Paves Way for Student Success

    2019-01-15 10:09:54

    Being president of the student UCF Future Technical Communicators, a full-time technical communication student and a full-time Lockheed Martin employee is a heavy load, but Andrea Romero says it’s worth it. On a typical weekday she’s at Lockheed Martin by 6:30 a.m., where she is a technical writer and developer contractor. In the afternoon, she’s […]

  • UCF Researchers Investigate New Lead in Mysterious Sea Turtle Disease

    2019-01-14 13:31:48

    Scientists at the UCF are zeroing in on a new clue to understand a mysterious disease that affects about half the sea turtles in the Indian River Lagoon. The infectious disease, known as fibropapillomatosis, causes tumors to grow inside and outside of sea turtles’ bodies. While the tumors may be benign, they can become debilitating […]

  • Campus to Get New Community Garden, Cellphone Tower

    2019-01-14 11:20:42

    Two new things will be sprouting soon in the UCF Arboretum: a relocated community garden and a 190-foot cellphone tower to improve phone coverage on the southeast side of campus. The .15 acre garden, which is in the footprint of the planned tower, will grow to .2 acre, about the size of three tennis courts. […]

  • UCF Basketball Teams Ride Winning Streaks

    2019-01-14 11:14:36

    It appears winning streaks are contagious at UCF. The UCF men’s and women’s basketball teams both notched victories against American Athletic Conference opponents in Sunday’s doubleheader at CFE Arena to remain undefeated in league play. The women took their game down to the wire against Cincinnati and came out on top, 56-55, thanks to junior […]

  • Steam-Powered Asteroid Hoppers Developed through UCF Collaboration

    2019-01-10 09:39:31

    Using steam to propel a spacecraft from asteroid to asteroid is now possible, thanks to a collaboration between a private space company and the University of Central Florida. UCF planetary research scientist Phil Metzger worked with Honeybee Robotics of Pasadena, California, which developed the World Is Not Enough spacecraft prototype that extracts water from asteroids […]

  • UCFPD Launches Nighttime Safe-Ride Program

    2019-01-10 08:52:24

    To provide more safety for the UCF community, UCFPD this semester is launching a new Knight Ride shuttle program with support from the Student Government Association. Knight Ride, previously known as SEPS (Safe Escort Patrol Service), now features a van that will circle campus, making stops at eight locations from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. […]

  • Growing Accessibility in the Gaming Industry

    2019-01-09 13:27:57

    Providing more opportunities for people with disabilities in the video game and simulation industries is the theme of the second annual Press Play Conference in downtown Orlando on Jan. 12. The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy at UCF and local partners are sponsoring the half-day conference aimed at educating and inspiring people with disabilities. “The gaming and […]

  • New Habits for the New Year

    2019-01-09 09:00:36

    Happy 2019! At this time of year, many of us are thinking about resolutions for the new year, and these often involve some kind of change. Yet behavioral change is hard, and it’s rarely a “one and done” kind of action. In The Power of Habit, author and Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Charles Duhigg harnesses operant […]

  • UCF Aerospace Student Among Nation's Top to Watch

    2019-01-07 11:20:19

    For a second consecutive year, a University of Central Florida student has been recognized as one of the top 20 young leaders to watch in the field of aerospace. Aviation Week, in collaboration with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, named Linda Rossmann ’17 as one of its “Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders: The 20 Twenties” honorees. […]

  • Former West Point Superintendent to Lead Change at UCF

    2019-01-07 09:56:01

    UCF President Dale Whittaker has hired retired Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., a decorated Army veteran and former superintendent for the United States Military Academy at West Point, to lead change in the university’s administration and finance operations. Caslen, a 43-year U.S. Army veteran, retired in June from West Point, where he developed a […]

  • UCF Office of Research Names New Faculty Fellow to Focus on Young Investigator Success

    2019-01-07 09:00:43

    UCF Professor Saiful Khondaker has been named a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Research for 2019, a new position created last year to find ways to improve services provided in research administration, which will also help the Office of Research reach its strategic goals, including doubling research funding by 2020. Khondaker, who has joint […]

  • UCF Soon to Have 1st On-Campus Hotel

    2019-01-03 09:43:46

    The Pegasus Hotel, a new 179-room inn and conference center, is taking shape on UCF property near the campus’ main entrance, gearing for an early 2020 opening. The five-story boutique hotel will cater to an upscale clientele as part of the Marriott brand at the northeast corner of University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail. Featuring more […]

  • UCF to Offer New Doctoral Degree in Strategic Communication

    2019-01-02 16:50:26

    As new forms of media and concerns over “fake news” grow, UCF is finding a way to prepare its graduates for best practices in the field of communications. The university next fall will begin offering a doctorate in strategic communication, which will teach students working in nonacademic and professional settings how to effectively counter rumor, […]

  • Face Your Challenges Like a Linebacker—And Don't Be Afraid to Blitz

    2019-01-02 09:21:48

    I traveled to New York last summer to hear some inspirational women at Her Conference 2018, a development event for college women and recent graduates. I arrived excited to soak up as much information as I possibly could—especially from the speakers who were currently living out my dream career as a writer—and I left with […]

  • UCF Football’s Magical Win Streak Ends at Fiesta Bowl

    2019-01-01 20:47:35

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (UCFKnights.com) — Senior defensive lineman Titus Davis took a knee on the 35-yard-line, his silence only interrupted by teammates who approached to extend their hand or a hug. Senior linebacker Pat Jasinski hugged quarterback McKenzie Milton and told him he loved him like a brother. Senior punter Mac Loudermilk thanked a slew of […]