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New Dean Named for UCF’s College of Sciences

Maggy Tomova will become the next dean of UCF’s College of Sciences on Oct. 18. She joins UCF from the University of Iowa, where she currently serves as the associate dean for the Natural, Mathematical, and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her appointment by Michael D. Johnson, interim provost and…

Tomova Named Dean of the College of Sciences

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Maggy Tomova will serve as dean of the College of Sciences beginning October 18. Dr. Tomova joins UCF from the University of Iowa, where she is currently associate dean for the Natural, Mathematical, and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Before that, she served…

6 Trustee Chairs Named For 2021-2026

The University of Central Florida has many outstanding faculty members, and to continue to recruit and retain faculty who have world renown accomplishments, the UCF Trustee Chair Professorship exists. Created by former UCF President John C. Hitt in 2003, the Trustee Chair title is a prestigious one, and only held by a handful of faculty.…

UCF Researchers Create Water-repellent Nanomaterial Inspired by Nature

Ateam of researchers at the University of Central Florida have created a new nanomaterial that repels water and can stay dry even when submerged underwater. The discovery could open the door to the development of more efficient water-repellent surfaces, fuel cells and electronic sensors to detect toxins. The work is documented in the cover story of…

NSF Grant Means Big, Powerful Laser Coming to UCF

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded UCF a grant to purchase and install an almost $2 million high-peak-power, high-repetition-rate ultrafast infrared laser system — a first of its kind in the world. The money is an investment in the cutting-edge research being conducted at UCF, which is advancing knowledge and technologies in physical, chemical, and…

Deadlines May Be Effective in Building Support for Climate Change Action

Human-caused climate change — including increased extreme weather and climate events — is here, according to the recently released United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2021 report, but the best way to communicate the concern is still debated. The panel’s previous report in 2018 was widely reported by media as setting a 12-year deadline…

UCF is 1 of 7 Universities to Win Grant to Support NASA’s Artemis Program

UCF will be a player in developing innovative technologies needed to support NASA’s Artemis program, which will return people to the moon and create a robust presence there over the next decade. The university has been awarded a $500,000 grant to create transformative space technologies by bringing together interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students to work…

A Summer of Hands-on GIS Field Work for UCF Researchers

The Citizen Science Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team at UCF spent long days trekking through shoreline mud and sweating in coastal heat this past summer — and they couldn’t have been happier about it. The return to fieldwork follows a pandemic pause on critical shoreline mapping, which the team attempted to continue with limited success…

ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Features UCF PTSD Clinic

GMA3, a program within ABC’s “Good Morning America,” on Tuesday featured UCF RESTORES’ mental-health support to first responders who worked to uncover the 97 victims of the Surfside condo collapse. UCF RESTORES works to change how we understand, diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder. The clinic’s high rate of success in treating PTSD in veterans, active-duty military personnel…

UCF Planetary Scientists Join Star-Studded MegaCon Guest List

University of Central Florida researchers will be putting the “sci” in “sci-fi” for the MegaCon science fiction and pop culture convention Aug. 12 through 15 at the Orlando County Convention Center. With a line-up that includes guests like Star Trek’s William Shatner and George Takei, MegaCon is the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming…

UCF Doctoral Scholar Named National Science Foundation Biology Fellow

The National Science Foundation has awarded UCF doctoral scholar William Beckerson one of a handful of national Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology. The $138,000 award is a result of his work on promising research exploring a “mind control” fungus for medical applications to treat neurological disorders. Beckerson, a molecular geneticist, is investigating Ophiocordyceps, a fungal pathogen…

Surviving Earthquake Motivates UCF Grad to Make the Most of Her Life

Adecade has passed since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, killing roughly 250,000 people and injuring another 300,000. Many who survived were forced to live among the aftermath in makeshift tents. Soon-to-be UCF graduate Bianka Paul was one of them. Paul, who is earning two degrees in psychology and criminal justice this semester, remembers much of that afternoon in…

UCF Police Officer, Professor Recognized by Secret Service

Aveteran UCF Police officer and a College of Sciences professor were recently honored by the United States Secret Service for their work with the federal agency. Detective Eric Walton, a 30-year veteran with UCF Police, and Michael Sigman, a chemistry professor at UCF, were honored with a surprise presentation as a thanks for providing valuable…

UCF College of Sciences Researchers Join Project to Fight Animal-borne Diseases

Two University of Central Florida College of Sciences researchers have been selected by a national philanthropic foundation as research fellows to help fight the threat of animal-borne diseases. Laurene Tetard, an associate professor in UCF’s Department of Physics, and Xiaohu Xia, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of Chemistry, were selected as fellows by the Research Corporation for Science…

Endowed Scholarship Further Cements UCF’s Leadership Role in Gaming Industry

Thanks to a $100,000 gift from Electronic Arts (EA), an endowed scholarship was created to benefit students in the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication and Media in the College of Sciences. One of many initiatives in a multifaceted strategy to empower students from diverse backgrounds to explore successful careers in fields of…

UCF Study Finds Smaller Turtles are Nesting on Florida Beaches

A new University of Central Florida study indicates that smaller loggerhead and green sea turtles are nesting on Florida beaches than in the past; however, researchers aren’t sure why. The findings, published this month in the journal Ecosphere, give clues to the status of the turtles, which is important to researchers who are monitoring the population…

UCF RESTORES Provides Mental Health Aid at Surfside Condo Collapse

While in Surfside, Florida, a first responder working the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building approached Deborah Beidel with fine jewelry he found among the rubble. He was worried about who it belonged to and the significance it held. “With discoveries like this, you’re helping people get a part of their relative…

12 UCF Researchers Honored with Asteroids Named after Them

Adozen University of Central Florida space researchers were honored recently when planetary bodies were named after them. This brings the total number of current UCF researchers whose names are attached to asteroids to 19, along with another 12 former researchers. The honor comes just in time for today’s International Asteroid Day, which was started in 2015 to…

UCF Journalism Alumna Part of Pulitzer Prize-winning Team at The New York Times

AUCF graduate was part of the data collection team that helped The New York Times win the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service — the highest honor in journalism. The award was announced June 11. Bianca Fortis ’10, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UCF’s Nicholson School of Communication and Media, was part of the daily data journalism team…