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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…

Lifting Voices Through Our Climate Survey

Earlier this year, we asked faculty, staff and students a series of important questions about how welcome and supported they feel at UCF to help inform how we can build a more inclusive community together. Your responses were powerful, and I appreciate everyone who took the time to share your thoughts and experiences through our…

M.D. Admissions Go Virtual

Medical school interviews have gone virtual this year as the UCF College of Medicine supports public-health efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Rather than in-person interview, about 450 applicants will participate in two Zoom-based interviews and then are invited to a virtual visit. That visit includes Zoom discussions, panels and video messages so potential…

UCF’s Revamped Student Union to Reopen

The long-awaited renovation of the Student Union will be unveiled when the Heart of Campus reopens Aug. 8 with limited hours. Regular operating hours are planned to resume Friday, Aug. 21. The three-year project saw its final phase of renovations completed just in time for campus to welcome back students for the fall semester. Expanding…

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…

UCF Grad Surprises Mother with Doctoral Degree

Loida Guillen Strong ’20DNP has always been inspired by her mother, Mercedes. Mercedes, grew up in the Dominican Republic and wanted to be a doctor. But right after Mercedes began medical school, her father died, and she had to abruptly drop out and give up her dream to help take care of her siblings. Later, as…

Limbitless Solutions Publishes Article with Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Collaborations

Limbitless Solutions, a non-profit that creates prosthetics arms for children, pivoted its production capabilities during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to help produce face shield components and other needed supplies for local hospitals. The UCF-based organization also worked with national collaborators as it sought ways to extend its reach. Limbitless leaders published a peer-reviewed…

Exceptional Education Doctoral Graduate to Prepare Future Teachers

For seven years, Whitney Hanley was a teacher. During her time teaching in Georgia as well as her home state of Kentucky, she noticed a disconnect between girls who exhibited behavioral problems and their teachers, specifically that the teachers were not usually open to them being in the classroom. The students would turn to Hanley, then a…

UCF Places Record 302 on AAC All-Academic Team

UCF placed a school record 302 student-athletes on the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, which was announced by the league on Thursday. The American’s All-Academic Team for 2019-20 features 54 members of the Knights’ rowing roster, 52 from the football team, 37 from track and field, 28 from women’s soccer, 23 from softball, 20 from…

New Requirements for Students Moving to Housing on UCF Campuses

All packed up and ready to move into housing on UCF’s campuses? WAIT! – Before you head to one of the university’s 10 residential communities, there are some new requirements — including move-in appointments — because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Move-in is starting over two weeks earlier than normal and students must sign up for…

Burnett School Graduates 100+ Scientists Amidst Pandemic

On Saturday, 121 young scientists will graduate from the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in a virtual commencement due to  COVID-19 physical distancing requirements. Those earning degrees include  109 undergraduates, nine master’s students and three Ph.D. candidates. Among the graduates is Levi Adams, who spent the last 5 1/2 years studying Parkinson’s disease and will…

Understanding the Unique Needs of Mental Healthcare for Elderly Asian Americans

There is an increased need for mental health professionals to understand the culturally-based health beliefs of minority groups. UCF Social Work Assistant Professor Xiaochuan (Sharon) Wang discusses some mental illness stigmas present within the Asian American elderly community and the need to tailor mental health access for that population. Literature suggests that Asian Americans use mental health services approximately…

From Inmate to MFA

Jason Fronczek ’16 spent more than four years in prison, where he focused on bettering himself through reading. On Sunday, he graduates with an MFA. The art teacher is telling his students to scribble. He doesn’t want to see any straight lines. “I knew I had to counter my incarceration with something positive. Education would…

New Project Will Explore Telehealth Effectiveness on Veterans During Pandemic

The UCF and Orlando VA Healthcare System research project will examine telehealth for veterans during the pandemic. The team members pictured are, from left, Adam Golden, Andriy Koval, Teresa Carper, Diana Mendez, and Christian King. The switch to remote psychotherapy treatment for veterans diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder has worked for some patients…

Caring for Someone With COVID-19

As coronavirus infections increase across our community, so does the chance that any one of us may be caring for someone with the virus. That is especially concerning to parents who could be sending their youngsters back to school in the fall. As a caregiver — to an adult or child patient — there are…

The Right Time Is Now, an MSW Graduate’s Journey Towards Success

Massiel Hernandez ’17 ’18 MSW has an infectious positive attitude in all that she does. “The idea of helping someone was engrained in me as a child,” she said. Through her academic years and now career, Hernandez uses her “suitcase of knowledge and tools” she obtained as a UCF School of Social Work student to compliment her…

Celebrating the Summer 2020 Graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Science

This Saturday’s Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony honoring the graduates of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science will be live-streamed at 3:45 p.m., as part of the university’s virtual commencement ceremonies. Each of the university’s 13 colleges will recognize graduates by hosting individual ceremonies on the university’s main Facebook and YouTube pages on Saturday, August 1, where the…

UCF Nursing Students Complete On-Campus Lab for 1st Time Since Pandemic

Aselect cohort of nursing students has returned to campus to practice critical hands-on skills in campus labs for the first time since UCF moved to remote learning in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The training experiences were organized with proper physical distancing, protective gear and cleaning practices to help increase safety precautions for students,…

COVID-19 Cases to Decline Beginning Next Month, UCF Research Finds

COVID-19 infection rates may be peaking in Orange County later this month and trending down toward December, according to new projections by data scientists at the University of Central Florida. The researchers from the Departments of Statistics and Data Science and Computer Science caution, however, that their projections — built using the latest artificial intelligence and deep-learning models —…