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Rising in U.S. News Rankings, UCF Advances Florida’s Workforce Through High-quality Online Programs

The University of Central Florida unleashes the potential of its students with high-quality degrees, faculty with strong academic and industry expertise, and multiple educational pathways that best position students for success while advancing Florida’s workforce needs. Online programs are a vital pathway for the approximately 73% of students enrolled in college who are considered nontraditional students.…

New Immersive Simulation Suite Will Teach UCF Students, Help Patients

UCF’s College of Health Professions and Sciences has again expanded its state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Innovation Center with the addition of a new immersive, mixed reality room that will be used for both student learning and patient care. The Blended Learning Interactive Simulation Suite, or BLISS, uses 270-degree, floor-to-ceiling touchscreen walls that display curated video and audio, providing an…

Language Studies Connects SPSIA Student to Roots

For student Daniah Jarrah, studying Arabic holds much more power than bilingualism. Jarrah is studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan, with the Qasid Institute, which teaches both modern standard Arabic and classical Arabic. Jarrah notes that modern standard Arabic is the dialect that is used in the political and academic realm of the Middle East. With…

UCF’s 30 Best Photos of 2022

Here’s a look at some of the most memorable photos of the year. Forward CJ Walker prepares to score in the Addition Financial Arena. UCF defeated Memphis 74-64. Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences Assistant Professor Salvador Almagro-Moreno studies the emergence and evolution of bacterial pathogens. English alum and applied sociology graduate student Shawn Welcome ’17, who is  Orlando’s second poet laureate,…

UCF Chemistry Researcher Helps Elucidate Mechanism Key to Climate Change

University of Central Florida researcher is part of a multi-national team who have confirmed a previously unproven mechanism tied to climate change. Denisia Popolan-Vaida, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of Chemistry, and the research team recently published their confirmation of the “Korcek Mechanism” in the international edition of the journal Angewandte Chemie. The Korcek Mechanism involves…

Top 20 UCF Today Stories of 2022

The following stories gained great interest throughout 2022. They are ranked by page views from Jan. 1 through Dec. 5. 20. UCF’s Perla Latorre-Suarez Named Among Best Aerospace Graduate Students in the World Aviation Week Network magazine’s annual 20 Twenties Award Class listing identifies students with the potential to change the aerospace industry. Latorre-Suarez — who is…

UCF Awarded American Physical Society Innovation Fund Grant

Giving Black women a stronger voice in the field of physics is the focus of a new American Physical Society (APS) award to the University of Central Florida. The two-year $198,100 APS grant funds a project titled “Journey to a PhD through the Lens of Black Women in Physics.” Its intention is identifying then removing…

2022 College of Sciences Year in Review 

A glimpse at another year of exploration, innovation and scholarship in the College of Sciences.   Over the course of the year, College of Sciences faculty, staff, and students worked hard to accomplish great things. At the heart of their accomplishments is a desire to create a greater tomorrow and a stronger community.   Follow along to read…

Research Replicating Neurons Holds Potential to Shape Artificial Intelligence

Recent research replicating neurons in the brain holds potential to reshape our approach to artificial intelligence and applications like autonomous driving. The research centers on molecular-sized transistors and behavior that suggests they exchange information similar to neurons in the brain. Pegasus Professor Enrique Del Barco Ph.D., in collaboration with Professor of Molecular Modelling Damien Thompson,…

Sociology Podcasts Further Scholarship, Teach Skills

Two recently debuted podcasts are increasing awareness about sociology while simultaneously providing valuable skills to for students. The podcasts come from the classroom of Associate Professor Ramon Hinojosa, Ph.D. Free the Mind Free the People, is a student-led podcast that tackles major questions about the inner workings of society by drawing from core sociological concepts.…

UCF Limbitless Solutions Students Win Awards at SBEC Biomedical Engineering Conference

University of Central Florida health sciences students recently received top recognition for research presentations illustrating the impact that developed technology and research can make in the lives of people with accessibility limitations. The research was performed in collaboration with Limbitless leadership and faculty and specifically focused on life improving technology for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and limb…

UCF Recognizes 6 Top Scholars as 2022 Luminary Award Winners

Six faculty members were lauded for being leaders and making impacts in their fields during UCF’s annual Luminary Awards on Tuesday at Leu Gardens in Orlando. The Luminary Awards are designed to recognize some of UCF’s brightest stars who shine a positive light on UCF and on their respective fields, as well as illuminate a…

UCF Awarded $5.7M in Federal Funding for HSI Initiatives Through 2027

UCF has been selected for two, five-year U.S. Department of Education (ED) Title V grants totaling $5.7 million to reduce barriers for Hispanic/Latino/a/x students earning undergraduate and graduate degrees, while enriching learning experiences for their development of career and cultural competencies — aligning with the university’s priority to support student success and well-being. Title V…

The India Center Hosts ‘An Evening with Kal Penn’

The India Center at UCF welcomed actor, writer, producer and public servant Kal Penn for a book reading and discussion on Sept. 26, 2022.  Associate Dean Kerstin Hamann, Ph.D., interim director of the India Center, and Leila Chacko, director of public affairs of the India Center, welcomed the speaker and the audience of approximately 300…

Unrest Across Iran Continues Under State’s Extreme Gender Apartheid

unrest continues to erupt across Iran following the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman, who died after being arrested and reportedly beaten by Iran’s morality police. The Iranian force took Mahsa (Zhina) Amini into detention on Sept. 16, 2022, for not wearing her hijab according to the rules. As of Oct. 10, at least 185 people have…

UCF Student Serving Survivors of Genocidal Violence

Sinjar Academy, based in the Sinjar region of Northern Iraq, provides educational services to Yezidis and other minorities affected from the 2014 genocide. It is a community that emerged from a grassroot organization aiming to help students develop different skills via various courses: computer programming, filming, transitional justice, and their most recent and ambitious one, the…