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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…

UCF Nutrition Educator Helps Improve Health at KNIGHTS Clinic

Patients at a free College of Medicine clinic for Orlando’s disadvantaged are getting nutritional counseling, thanks to the expertise of registered dietician/nutritionist Steven Burroughs, a faculty member in UCF’s College of Health Professions and Sciences. Burroughs leads nutritional patient education consultations at the student-run KNIGHTS Clinic at Orlando’s Grace Medical Home. The clinic is staffed…

Seven Master of Health Administration Students Selected for Competitive Fellowships

The UCF School of Global Health Management and Informatics has seven students who plan to graduate this year accepting highly sought fellowships in health administration that can propel them into the next stages of their administrative careers. The master of health administration students have accepted fellowships with some of the top hospitals in the country, but not…

Research in 60 Seconds Video: Helping Children Born with Cleft Palate

Whether it’s solving the world’s biggest problems or investigating the potential of novel discoveries, researchers at UCF are on the edge of scientific breakthroughs that aim to make an impact. Through the Research in 60 Seconds series, student and faculty researchers condense their complex studies into bite-sized summaries so you can know how and why Knights…

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,…

10 UCF Physicians Are Orlando Magazine’s 2022 Best Doctors

Ten UCF-affiliated physicians are honored this month in Orlando Magazine’s top physicians edition. The publication contains two lists — Top Doctors, compiled by Consumers’ CHECKBOOK, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., and Premier Doctors, a peer-review study conducted exclusively for the magazine by an independent research company. Seven awardees are faculty physicians at UCF Health, the College…

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…

CHPS Awards Over $50,000 in Scholarships to Knights

Over the Fall 2022 semester, the College of Health Professions and Sciences (CHPS) awarded scholarships totaling $53,900 to support students with their academic success. Each scholarship is made possible through philanthropic funding from faculty, staff and community partners to enrich a student’s learning experience and help unleash the potential of Knights. Below are some of…

Social Work Faculty and Alumni Share Research at National Conferences

Teams of School of Social Work faculty and alumni presented their research at two national conferences in November, sharing presentations that addressed the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, suicide risk among adults and discrimination among Muslim refugees. The Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting (APM), held by the social work education accrediting body, consists…

CHPS Welcomes New Communications and Marketing Director Heather Lovett

The UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences welcomes Heather Lovett as the director of communications and marketing. Lovett will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to help enhance the visibility and reputation of the College, engage community partners and recruit students and faculty members. She began in the position on Nov. 21. Lovett brings more…

How Diabetes Education Impacts Lives: A Q&A with UCF’s Suha Saleh

November is recognized as National Diabetes Awareness Month, and in this Q&A, faculty member Dr. Saleh discusses her research on diabetic eye disease and her passion for educating. What led you to begin researching eye disorders and diabetes? Learning about diabetes and related vision loss was an interest of mine from a young age. I…

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 domestic violence training program holds inaugural meeting

The UCF Survivor Link Training Program, which aims to train students in cases of domestic violence, held its first-ever meeting with its social work master’s students Wednesday night. The members of the Survivor Link program met in a conference room inside the Violence Against Women Cluster suite inside UCF’s Classroom Building 1. This inaugural kickoff meeting marks the first…

CHPS Dean Christopher Ingersoll Awarded by CAATE for Contributions to AT Education and Accreditation

The athletic training accreditation entity, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), honored UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences Dean Christopher Ingersoll with the 2022 Pete Koehneke Award. Recipients of this award symbolize “an outstanding leader who has made significant, ongoing contributions of exceptional value to athletic training education and accreditation over a sustained period of…

UCF Podcast: Championing Against Violence

Season three of Knights Do That, UCF’s official podcast, returns with its sixth guest, Bethany Backes, an assistant professor in the Violence Against Women faculty cluster and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Criminal Justice and School of Social Work. Backes worked for more than 10 years as a social science analyst for the U.S. Department of Justice…

Social Work Faculty Olga Molina Honored for Her Efforts to Support Hispanic Clients

The UCF Office of Civil Discourse and Engagement‘s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Reception honored Olga Molina, associate professor at the School of Social Work, for her contributions to research and clinical experience focused on Latino/a/x mental healthcare for over thirty years. During the event, Molina also participated in a panel moderated by UCF’s Latino Faculty and Staff Association…

UCF Social Work Panel Event Explores Puerto Rican Intersectionality to Better Serve Clients

UCF School of Social Work faculty Iradly Roche organized an event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on September 23 by scheduling a panel of four speakers who explored social work perspectives and Puerto Rican intersectionality. Each panelist discussed the importance of culturally competent social work by discussing the history, culture and shared experiences of the Puerto Rican-American identity. Panelists…

In Memoriam: Emerita Mary Van Hook’s Rural to Global Social Work Legacy

Mary Van Hook, an Emerita faculty from the UCF School of Social Work, believed in demonstrating goodwill through her actions. While at UCF, she published many journal articles and books as she educated students to become social work professionals. Though she retired from UCF in 2006 , Van Hook continued to volunteer in the community until…

CSD Consortium Track Debuts in Spring Allowing Students to Earn Degree in Almost Half the Time

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS CSD Consortium Track Debuts in Spring Allowing Students to Earn Degree in Almost Half the Time WRITTEN BY: RYAN GREENE | SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 The UCF School of Communication Sciences and Disorders master’s program has improved its long-standing consortium track, which was designed around students working in local schools as speech-language therapists. Beginning…