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The Search Begins for UCF’s Next Dean of the College of Sciences

Dear Colleagues and Students: I am pleased to report that a search is now underway for dean of the College of Sciences. The college plays a central role in supporting UCF’s advancement as a major metropolitan research university that serves a highly diverse community, one that champions the success of students from all backgrounds. We…

Search Underway for Dean of UCF’s College of Sciences

A national search is underway for the dean of UCF’s College of Sciences. The college plays a central role in supporting UCF’s advancement as a major metropolitan research university that serves a highly diverse community, one that champions the success of students from all backgrounds. The new dean will support this mission and with the…

Chemistry Student Chosen For Internship At Storied National Laboratory

An upcoming internship at one of the most storied laboratories in the world represents a big first step into a career as a nuclear scientist for Travis Hager. The Department of Chemistry senior is poised to wrap up two years of study and research under the mentorship of Assistant Professor Vasileios Anagnostopoulos,Ph.D.. Adding to his…

NASA Selects UCF Honeybee-inspired Spacesuit Material Design for Further Development

NASA has selected a University of Central Florida nanotechnology team as one of seven university groups from around the country tasked with developing ways to stop the negative effects of moon dust during lunar missions. The selection, which was announced recently, is part of a year-long initiative known as the Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge, in…

Rare Bethlehem Star, Geminids and More Delight Stargazers this Month

Stargazers are in for a very rare treat on Monday. If the clouds cooperate, they’ll be able to see the “Bethlehem Star” — an event that hasn’t been seen in about 800 years. The moniker applies to the Christian description of the “Bethlehem” or “Christmas Star” that was said to have appeared in the night…

Founder of UCF Nanoscience Center Inducted into National Academy of Inventors

Founding Director and Professor of the UCF Nanoscience Technology Center, James J. Hickman, Ph.D., has been honored as an inductee of the National Academy of Inventors for his outstanding contributions in the field of both biological and non-biological nanoscience. UCF recruited Hickman in 2004 to establish the NanoScience Technology Center following recognition for his work…

The Nature Conservancy, UCF Coastal Join Forces To Study Protected Lands

Tens of thousands of acres of protected Florida habitats will receive deeper scientific scrutiny thanks to a new agreement between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and UCF Coastal. TNC has been on a mission since 1951 to guard prime Florida landscapes from development and conduct scientific research through a team that includes 50 scientists and land…

New Book Provides Lifeline for Students Learning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Students interested in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) now have another good reference book to help them get started: the Fundamentals of Recoupling and Decoupling Techniques in Solid-State NMR. The book by Physics Associate Professor Physics faculty Bo Chen, Ph.D., was just published by the American Institute of Physics, LLC (AIP). The book covers a wide range…

UCF Researcher Part of New NASA Mission to Map Water on Moon

NASA today gave a team of researchers the green light to begin building instruments that will be launched on a satellite to scan and create high-resolution maps of water on the moon. In June 2019, NASA selected the Lunar Trailblazer mission, along with three other proposed missions, for further study under its Small Innovative Missions…

Research Takes Early Steps Toward Handheld Cancer-Scanning Device

A handheld device that could allow individuals to screen themselves for cancer is one potential outcome of ongoing research into the power of terahertz lasers. The work comes from the lab of Richard Klemm, Ph.D.,in collaboration with the Kadowaki-Kashiwagi-Tsujimoto and Minami groups at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. They recently published the results of…

Arecibo Observatory’s Telescope Collapses

The instrument platform of the 305-meter telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell at approximately 7:55 a.m. Puerto Rico time today, Dec. 1. No injuries were reported as a result of the collapse, but it caused damage to the observatory dish and surrounding facilities. Extent of the damage is being assessed. “Safety of personnel…

Serving Native American Communities

Growing up with family members who held leadership positions with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians — the only federally recognized tribal nation in Alabama — Rebecca Naragon ’07 knew she wanted to pursue a career in public service. Now the political science grad is an economic development director for the United South and Eastern Tribes, a nonprofit organization…

UCF RESTORES Starts New Mental Health Services in Orange County for COVID-19

In response to the psychological toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Central Florida’s psychological trauma clinic, UCF RESTORES, is working with Orange County on two new projects to provide treatment services in the area. The work will focus on residents of Azalea Park on the east side of Orlando and essential workers who live…

Re-examining Gratitude During a Difficult Year

The pandemic has brought great uncertainty, changed our opportunity to interact with loved ones and has affected millions of jobs. While 2020 has been a trying time, which will likely impact the next few years of our lives, some would suggest it’s even more important now than ever to be thankful for what you have.…

UCF Researcher Zeroes in on Critical Point for Improving Superconductors

The search for a superconductor that can work under less extreme conditions than hundreds of degrees below zero or at pressures like those near the center of the Earth is a quest for a revolutionary new power – one that’s needed for magnetically levitating cars and ultra-efficient power grids of the future. But developing this…