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College of Community Innovation and Education

In Celebration of Aunts

A few years ago my Aunt Vickey called me, and I answered. The answering part is important to the story because I have a reputation for sending calls to voicemail. But it was Aunt Vickey, and I have learned that when your aunt calls, you answer. So, I answered, and after exchanging pleasantries, our conversation…

Soon-to-be Triple Knight Becomes National Science Foundation Fellow

When academics and experts from different disciplines collaborate, major advancements and necessary changes can happen for the betterment of the field, especially in education. In 2011, the National Science Foundation created CADRE, the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education, to facilitate an environment for this collaboration to occur. The group of early STEM researchers…

Lessons in Motherhood and Teaching

Sometime after Lindsey Palm graduates this month — soon after UCF’s virtual commencement ceremony and her celebration with her COVID bubble — she plans to find a moment of quiet in her home to sit at her laptop and start an email. Even though it will sit in an inbox unread for the next 16…

Future STEM Teachers Will Shape Their Own Preparation Programs

Teacher preparation programs are instrumental for long-term improvement in teacher effectiveness and retention. STEM teacher preparation programs are designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to become certified teachers in mathematics or science education. The programs consist of STEM-related content courses, teaching methods courses and field-based experiences, including student teaching internships in K-12 schools. Research…

UCF Investigates Artificial Intelligence to Help Children Teach Coding to Classmates While Learning Social Skills

During the next five years, a team of researchers from UCF will work with UCP of Central Florida, a nonprofit organization and charter school system, to investigate whether artificial intelligence and robots can help elementary students with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities be more aware of their emotions and recognize other’s nonverbal cues in…

From the Classroom to the Emergency Operations Center

When Destini Johnson arrived to escort more than 60 elementary students to after-school care on February 14, 2018, the last thing she expected was to be alerted to an active assailant at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – less than two miles away. Johnson, a recreation aide for the City of Parkland at the time,…

UCF Patents Virtual Technology that Uses Biometric Sensors in New Way to Help People Conquer Fear and Anxiety Disorders

UCF has patented new technologies that use sensors to create virtual simulations that respond to individuals to help people conquer fears and anxiety. The premise is to use emerging sensor-based technology to help people suffering from anxiety disorders, individuals with autism spectrum disorder or those with executive functioning issues, says Lisa Dieker, an exceptional student education professor and…

Tell the Truth and Make Space for Hope

Our parents are our first teachers, and in my case they were also my Girl Scout troop leaders. Although I was not the most enthusiastic Brownie or Junior Girl Scout, I endured campsite latrines for the opportunities to sell cookies, accumulate badges and socialize with other girls my age. Having my parents as troop leaders…

Forged in Fire

Anthony Daniels wakes up every morning with a single word in his mind: focus. It’s taken the UCF student years to get to this point in his life; a place of acceptance for the abuse he suffered as a child and the disappointments he has had to endure. Now, as the 30-year-old is one semester…

UCF Project Will Study Smart Tech to Improve Risk Communication in Central Florida

University of Central Florida researchers are leading an interdisciplinary project to help communities use artificial intelligence and smart technologies to bounce back from disasters quickly. The project is funded by a recently announced $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its Smart and Connected Communities program. The three-year project will examine…

UCF Community Counseling and Research Center Recognized for Community Impact

The work of the Community Counseling and Research Center was recognized recently when they were given the “Pete Fisher” Humanitarian Award from the Florida Counseling Association. The award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the betterment of humanity and the human condition. The center is a clinical and supervision…

UCF Scroll and Quill Society Welcomes 14 Faculty Inductees for 2020

Each fall, the university recognizes faculty who have made a national and international impact through their research, teaching and service, by inducting new members into the Scroll and Quill Society. What started as two different prestigious faculty clubs in the 1980s is now a recognition program for faculty of all disciplines. “This society is a…

National Science Foundation Grant to Research How Intra-Government Units Work Together

Local governments offer a myriad of initiatives to support the needs of their communities. The challenge of launching and sustaining new policies is often tied to difficulties collaborating effectively. This effort of coordination and communication within city government is what Christopher Hawkins, professor of public administration, will be researching with a colleague from the University of Kansas…

UCF Receives $7.5 Million Grant to Help Save Relationships During COVID-19

University of Central researchers have received a $7.5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue their work to help keep couples in the Orlando area together through relationship counseling, a project started in 2015 that has become more important during the pandemic. “We know that there is a…