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UCF Faculty Member Appointed to Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals

“I have desks all over the place,” laughs Eric Merriam. “I think I have four right now. I spend a lot of time at those desks.” Merriam is an associate professor with a joint appointment to the Department of Legal Studies and the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at UCF. He’s also a husband and father, UCF’s Moot…

Paper by Professor Peter Delfyett Makes Front Cover of IEEE JQE August Issue

A paper “A Monolithically Integrated Racetrack Colliding-Pulse Mode-Locked Laser With Pulse-Picking Modulator” by Professor Peter Delfyett‘s Ultrafast Photonics group, in colaboration with Infinera, made the front cover of IEEE JQE August Issue. This work presents a novel InP-based Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) that monolithically integrates a racetrack mode-locked laser with a pulse-picking modulator and an optical amplifier. In addition, monolithic…

Gaining Global Health Education from Home

Under the guidance of interpreters and two faculty members, a group of 10 undergraduate nursing students practiced how to provide pre-, intra- and post-operative care to medically underserved patients in rural Peru. It is what the students would have encountered on a study abroad trip with UCF to the Yantaló Clinic – an experience they had been planning and…

CHPS Programs Gain STEM Designation

Programs in  the Division of Kinesiology are now designated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), thanks to recent approval by the State of Florida.  The change in the Classification of Instructional Programs, codes designed to report outcomes in higher education by specific disciplines and professions, will give CHPS its first STEM programs, said David Fukuda, Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Kinesiology.  Additionally,…

At the Forefront of Nursing Simulation

Mary Lou Sole pauses for a moment before allowing herself to go there. Back to the day in 1991 when she was flipping through a magazine and saw these words: University of Central Florida. The old days, you might say. Over the past 40 years, UCF’s nursing program has graduated more than 11,000 alumni who have…

UCF Music Professor, Orlando Opera Win Grant to Create New Opera

Orlando Opera and UCF Professor Stella Sung today were awarded a prestigious grant to the tune of $10,000 as part of Opera America’s national program to promote female composers of the genre. Nine teams of opera companies and composers around the country shared in Opera America’s $100,000 announcement. Sung, also director of UCF’s Center for Research…

Florida Taps MC Santana as Women’s Studies Coordinator

M.C. Santana has been assigned as Discipline Coordinator for Women’s and Gender Studies programs across the state of Florida. The Department of Education’s Statewide Course Numbering System oversees the assignment of course numbers to all courses in Florida colleges and universities. Santana will work with the Department of Education in Florida to assign new and revised…

UCF Earns International Accreditation in Healthcare Simulation Education

UCF’s Simulation, Technology, Innovation & Modeling (STIM) Center has received international accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The STIM Center, based in the College of Nursing was granted full accreditation in the area of teaching and education from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs. To receive accreditation, UCF…

Novel Infrared Gradient Refractive Index Materials

In a new article “Monolithic Chalcogenide Optical Nanocomposites Enable Infrared System Innovation: Gradient Refractive Index (GRIN) Optics” published in Advanced Optical Materials, a collaborative team, led by Professor Kathleen A. Richardson (corresponding author) and Dr. Myungkoo Kang (lead author) from the College of Optics and Photonics, reported a first-ever integrated approach to the design-processing-structure-property-performance relationship enabling cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities for…

Professor Shin-Tson Wu’s Paper Selected as Outstanding Paper in 2019 for Light: Science & Applications

Professor Shin-Tson Wu’s paper “Liquid crystal display and organic light-emitting diode display: present status and future perspectives” has been selected as an outstanding paper in 2019 for Nature’s Light: Science & Applications. Recently, ‘Liquid crystal display (LCD) vs. organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display: who wins?’ has become a topic of heated debate. In this review, we perform a…

Pegasus Professor Inducted into the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame

UCF Pegasus Professor Charlie Hughes has been selected for the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame. The NCS selects individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of simulation and training. Six UCF affiliated-individuals are already in the hall of fame. That’s no surprise given UCF’s role in the field. The university’s Institute for…

Indian Viewpoints on Conflict Resolution Focus of Two New Books

The enduring legacy of non-violent conflict resolution championed by two prominent Indian thinkers is the focus of two new books by Adjunct Professor Aurobinda Mahapatra, Ph.D. The first is titled “Gandhi and the World,” and it explores the question: “Is it possible to generate Gandhian optimism in nonviolent methods to address conflicts in the contemporary…

UCF Ranked Among Top 5 in Nation for Transportation Science and Technology

UCF was recently ranked No. 5 in the United States and No. 29 in the world for transportation science and technology, according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020. UCF also ranked among the top 40 civil engineering programs in the nation in the same global ranking, alongside Iowa State, Johns Hopkins, Michigan State…

COM Says Farewell to Two Founding Faculty

The College of Medicine recently bid farewell to two founding faculty members – Drs. Mujtaba Husain and Genaro Lopez  – who officially retired from service on June 30. A board-certified pathologist, Dr. Husain joined UCF in 2010 where he played an instrumental role in developing the pathology curriculum for the systems-based modules. He earned his…

Dr. Klapheke Takes on New Role in Psychiatry Residency Program

As the UCF-HCA Orlando Psychiatry Residency Program enters its third year, Dr. Martin Klapheke who previously served as the program’s director has been named director of Psychotherapy Training for the program. In this new role, Dr. Klapheke will be responsible for overseeing the psychotherapy didactics, clinical training, and supervision of the residents throughout their four…

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz Collaborates with Artist Stereo 77 on ‘The Twitch’

Assistant professor of studio art Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz’s vocals can be heard on the new single “The Twitch” by local electronic musician and DJ Stereo 77 (Alejandro Ramirez). Raimundi-Ortiz features a chilling, fraught spoken-word narrative about domestic abuse, while Ramirez creates a dense mat of intricate sound that is somehow meditative and anxious at the same time. Raimundi-Ortiz…

Professor Miguel Bandres Publishes Paper “Observation of Branched Flow of Light” in Nature

Professor Miguel Bandres et al has published a paper “Observation of branched flow of light” in Nature. “When waves propagate through a weak disordered potential with correlation length larger than the wavelength, they form channels (branches) of enhanced intensity that keep dividing as the waves propagate. This fundamental wave phenomenon is known as branched flow. It was first…

UCF Faculty Collecting COVID-19 Data for World Health Organization

Unruh and Koval will be collecting data about COVID-19 until after a vaccine is created. In late March, Lynn Unruh and Andriy Koval — two health management and informatics faculty members — and a medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University formed the Health System Response Monitor team for the United States. Reporting for the World Health Organization (WHO), the group analyzes…

UCF Diabetes Expert Awarded National Fellow Designation

Jacqueline LaManna, director of UCF’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program and assistant professor at the College of Nursing, is among six experts inducted in the class of 2020 fellows of the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists. The fellow designation from the association recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to diabetes care and education through clinical…

English Associate Professor David Poissant Publishes Debut Novel Lake Life

Associate professor David Poissant will kick off publication day for his debut novel, Lake Life, published by Simon & Schuster, with a virtual book launch on Tuesday, July 7 at 6PM. The event will include a reading, conversation with fellow assistant professor Jake Wolff, and Q&A with the author. This event is free and open to the public. Register for the…