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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…

Arts at UCF keep the enjoyment of making music alive at FMEA

Previously attending the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Professional Development Conference by performing in the All-State Choir when she was in middle and high school, sophomore music education major Adriana DuPont said she was inspired to pursue her love of making music.  She said her passion for the arts emerged from the teachers who introduced her…

UCF Medievalist Receives Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities

stereotype about the Middle Ages is that medieval people were obsessed with hell: manuscript images are full of demons torturing naked souls, and visions, like Dante’s Inferno from the Divine Comedy, remain enduringly popular to this day. Why were medieval people so fixated on hell? Stephen Hopkins, assistant professor of English, argues that it’s because hell was a…

UCF Puerto Rico Research Hub Receives $500K to Expand Research

The UCF Puerto Rico Research Hub (PRRH) has been awarded $500,000 in funding to expand its research capabilities to better track key social and economic trends. The funding is part of the FY2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which supports a range of domestic and foreign policy priorities. “There is no better investment than education and research to understand…

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 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…

UCF’s Traveling Theatre Program Brings Magic to Children’s Hospital

Students and faculty in the School of Performing Arts and the College of Nursing discussed their collaborative efforts to bring theatre to hospitalized children with News Channel 6. Bruce and Jeffrey Gould created the Jeanette M. Gould Traveling Theatre Fund at UCF as a way to honor their mother’s love of theatre and respect for the…

Get to Know Pageant Winner, Miss Universe Contestant: UCF’s Ashley Cariño

Growing up, Ashley Cariño was just as likely to watch an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as she was a Miss Universe pageant. She dreamed of working for NASA and wearing the Miss USA crown. The 27-year-old is now well on her way to achieving both goals. Cariño, an aerospace engineering student at UCF, won the title of Miss…

New $1.25 Million UCF Project Addresses State’s Critical Shortage of Special Education Teachers, School Psychologists

University of Central Florida researchers are starting a new $1.25 million project to address a critical shortage of special education teachers and school psychologists in the state of Florida. The project, Connecting Enhanced Networks to Reach All Learners (CENTRAL), is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and will help educators…

FSI Researcher Richard Blair Invited to Join National Academy of Inventors 2022 Fellows

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) recently announced the induction of 169 inventors as NAI Fellows. This prestigious invitation is the highest merit for the academic inventors, whose backgrounds include science, engineering and medicine. Florida Space Institute’s Richard Blair received one of these invitations and will be inducted at the 12th Annual Meeting of the National…

UCF Teams up with Orange County, Rosen Hotels & Resorts to Provide ESOL Classes for I-Drive Employees

At 47-years-old, Franklin Perez does not mind being in a classroom setting. University of Central Florida instructors are helping this hard-working father and warehouse manager brush up on English. Despite his lack of proficiency, for the last 15 years, he’s worked at the Rosen Centre Hotel along International Drive. Originally from Dominican Republic, Perez’s limited…

New UCF-developed Battery Could Prevent Post-hurricane Electric Vehicle Fires

University of Central Florida researcher has developed technology that could prevent electric vehicle fires, like those caused by saltwater flooding from Hurricane Ian. The technology, an aqueous battery, replaces the volatile and highly flammable organic solvents found in electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries with saltwater to create a battery that is safer, faster charging, just as…

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Once again in 2023, a time of new beginnings is upon us as the Lunar New Year begins Jan. 22, kicking off the Year of the Rabbit. A solar year — the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun — lasts around 365 days, while a lunar year, or 12 full cycles of the…

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…

Early Outreach Furthers UCF Downtown’s Commitment to Community

On an October day in 2022, Mindy Mozena, director for Enrollment Services at UCF Downtown, came to work dressed as Pete the Cat. It’s an unusual outfit choice for the professional who is usually wearing a blazer and high heels. But today is the campus’s second Book Character Parade and Mozena is laser focused on…

UCF Podcast: Reflecting on a Lifetime of Service to Students, Space and Community

Season three of Knights Do That, UCF’s official podcast, returns with its final episode with Gregg Buckingham ’02EdD, an associate lecturer in the School of Public Administration. Buckingham spent his professional career at NASA, working at both NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at the Kennedy Space Center before joining UCF. Here Buckingham shares insight into…

For Faculty: Welcome Back and Key Resources for Spring Planning

Dear Colleagues: Welcome to a new year and a new semester. This message includes key academic policies, regulations and resources to inform your course preparation. Syllabus requirements Course materials availability Student Accessibility Services Final exams Make-up assignments Religious observances Student conduct and academic integrity Student academic misconduct review process Office of Military and Veteran Student…