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New Dean Named for UCF’s College of Sciences

Maggy Tomova will become the next dean of UCF’s College of Sciences on Oct. 18. She joins UCF from the University of Iowa, where she currently serves as the associate dean for the Natural, Mathematical, and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her appointment by Michael D. Johnson, interim provost and…

Tomova Named Dean of the College of Sciences

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Maggy Tomova will serve as dean of the College of Sciences beginning October 18. Dr. Tomova joins UCF from the University of Iowa, where she is currently associate dean for the Natural, Mathematical, and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Before that, she served…

6 Trustee Chairs Named For 2021-2026

The University of Central Florida has many outstanding faculty members, and to continue to recruit and retain faculty who have world renown accomplishments, the UCF Trustee Chair Professorship exists. Created by former UCF President John C. Hitt in 2003, the Trustee Chair title is a prestigious one, and only held by a handful of faculty.…

UCF Recognized as Leader in Innovation and Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges’ Rankings

The University of Central Florida is one of America’s most innovative schools and a rising leader in social mobility, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges Rankings. Within the publication’s Most Innovative Schools category, UCF is the top-ranked public university in Florida. The university is eighth among the nation’s public colleges and universities and…

UCF Researchers Create Water-repellent Nanomaterial Inspired by Nature

Ateam of researchers at the University of Central Florida have created a new nanomaterial that repels water and can stay dry even when submerged underwater. The discovery could open the door to the development of more efficient water-repellent surfaces, fuel cells and electronic sensors to detect toxins. The work is documented in the cover story of…

NSF Grant Means Big, Powerful Laser Coming to UCF

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded UCF a grant to purchase and install an almost $2 million high-peak-power, high-repetition-rate ultrafast infrared laser system — a first of its kind in the world. The money is an investment in the cutting-edge research being conducted at UCF, which is advancing knowledge and technologies in physical, chemical, and…

UCF Introduces Transfer Connect to Boost Transfer Student Success

This fall, UCF launched its Transfer Connect program, which provides comprehensive support, engagement and resources to prospective and enrolled transfer students, both in-person and virtually. Transfer students will also have access to UCF Connect’s new Transfer Center, which opened its doors on August 23 in a temporary location at Ferrell Commons in suite 132 on…

Roadmap Writers Interns Gain Real-World Experience in the Screenwriting Industry

This summer, three aspiring screenwriters studying creative writing in the UCF Department of English had an opportunity to dive into the entertainment industry thanks to an innovative internship launched by department lecturer Jason Gregory ‘19MFA. Gregory partnered with Roadmap Writers, a platform that connects aspiring screenwriters with education, tools and training. In creating the internships, he aimed to provide his students with hands-on experience in the screenwriting industry to bolster their future careers. “My goal for this program is…

Long-lasting Disinfectant Promises to Help Fight Pandemics

UCF researchers have developed a nanoparticle-based disinfectant that can continuously kill viruses on a surface for up to seven days – a discovery that could be a powerful weapon against COVID-19 and other emerging pathogenic viruses. The findings, by a multidisciplinary team of the university’s virus and engineering experts and the leader of an Orlando technology firm,…

Ingersoll Named to ASAHP Board of Directors

Christopher D. Ingersoll, founding dean of the College of Health Professions and Sciences, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions. His 3-year term will commence October 1, 2021. ASAHP is a nonprofit national association established in 1967 and brings together deans and other leaders from allied health professions colleges and programs to enhance interdisciplinary education and improve the quality and quantity of needed…

New Course Teaches Students About Electronic Medical Documentation

Class Name: HSC (4703) – Clinical Documentation for Health Care Professions   Instructor: Christine Stapell, adjunct faculty, Department of Health Sciences  Course Offered: Online in the Fall, Spring, Summer Number of Seats: 50  Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing. Completion of HSC 3147 (Introduction to Pharmacology) and HSC 4555 or HSC 4558 (Pathophysiology I or II)  What do students learn in this course?   Stapell: Electronic healthcare records are now the standard…

Deadlines May Be Effective in Building Support for Climate Change Action

Human-caused climate change — including increased extreme weather and climate events — is here, according to the recently released United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2021 report, but the best way to communicate the concern is still debated. The panel’s previous report in 2018 was widely reported by media as setting a 12-year deadline…

The College of Arts and Humanities Welcomes New Faculty Members

English Rebecca Fox, Visiting LecturerRebecca Fox earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UCF where she was also an MFA Provost Fellow. Before arriving in Orlando, she earned her bachelor’s in English from Wheaton College in the Chicago suburbs and later worked in Central Iowa. She writes and studies fiction with a particular interest in…

UCF Based Limbitless Solutions and Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Launch Clinical Trial

Limbitless Solutions (LSI) and Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children are launching a national study to evaluate the effectiveness of video game-based training aimed at helping children learn how to use prosthetic arms. For the past seven years, LSI has 3D-printed prosthetics for children and uses video games created by University of Central Florida faculty…

UCF Offers High-Demand Kurdish Language Courses

Thanks to a collaboration between the UCF Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs initiated by assistant professor Haidar Khezri, students have a unique opportunity to pursue a high-demand language not offered to many. UCF is now one of only two universities in the nation to regularly…

Student Converts Research, Lab Experience to Faculty Position

Josh Kaufman’s journey to full-time faculty member this fall begins as a self-described “nerdy kid” reading engineering magazines. Kaufman, Ph.D., ’14, chose CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, for his terminal degree based on those magazines, and it’s proved a prescient choice. It’s given him not only an education and training, but the opportunity…

Mitsubishi Power and UCF Develop NOx Tracking Tool

Mitsubishi Power Americas and the University of Central Florida have formed an industry-education partnership to establish a reliable and accessible source of information that tracks nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions as the U.S. power generation industry undergoes an energy transformation to decarbonize. The online Power Generation NOx Tracker uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency database as…

UCF Cybersecurity Researcher Leads DARPA-Funded Project to Help Reduce Fraud

From fraudulent COVID-19 small business loans to security breaches that leak shoppers’ credit card data, the exploitation of the complex nature of corporate relationships continues to be a major concern. For instance, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center received more than 28,000 complaints related to COVID-19 fraud in 2020 and a record number of complaints…