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Keeping Astronauts Safe While They Explore Other Worlds

When Perla Latorre-Suarez ’21 was a child, she remembers holding her brother’s hand in the mountainous Orocovis region in Puerto Rico where she grew up and looking up on a clear night as the International Space Station flew overhead. “That day, my parents explained to me its purpose and all the experiments and investigations conducted; this is…

PeerKnights Coaching Program Services Meets Needs of UCF Students

In 2020, UCF launched the PeerKnights Coaching Program that enlists students to help fellow students by providing comprehensive support, engagement and resources to undergraduates both in-person and virtually. General and specialized peer coaching options meet the individual needs and interests of students. “We know that when students have academic support, they are more likely to complete their…

UCF Celebrates World Space Week All October Long

Today kicks off World Space Week, the largest annual space event that spans the globe. The United Nations designated the week in 1999 to help build enthusiasm for the space workforce of tomorrow. The goal is to inspire the youth of today to pursue careers that support worldwide efforts to explore and learn about our…

UCF-CARD in Fourth Year of Statewide Project to Improve Post-Secondary Education Outcomes for Hispanic Youth with ASD

Terri Daly, the director of UCF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), is spearheading research that has received renewed funding for the fourth year from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. The $125,000 grant will help improve enrollment and success in post-secondary education for Hispanic/Latino youth in Florida who identify as individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The FDDC had previously identified a disparity in access to and completion of post-secondary education and training programs for…

The Honorable Harriet Elam-Thomas Retires from UCF

Harriet Elam-Thomas who directed the Diplomacy program at UCF, is retiring from the university. Some of her career accomplishments include serving as U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from 1999-2003; Chief of Mission to Guinea-Bissau; Acting director of USIA; Cultural attaché at the American Embassy in Athens; Country affairs officer for Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus; Director of…

Class Spotlight: Hispanics in the Media in the U.S.

Class name: MMC4303 – Hispanics in Media in the U.S. Course description: Examines history and growth of Hispanics/Latinos in U.S. media, including early depictions in media and current landscape of Spanish and English Hispanic/Latino media. Instructor: Katidia “Katie” Coronado, Nicholson School of Communication and Media associate instructor When is this course offered?: This class is typically offered in the fall…

Charter Class Alumna Comes Full Circle, Returns to Medical City

When Dr. Elona Rrapo Kaso interviewed for a place at UCF’s brand-new medical school in 2008, classrooms were not yet built, the curriculum was still in the planning stages, and the program was not even accredited. Medical City was still a dream, but she knew this was the place she wanted to care for patients…

UCF History Professor Invested into Endowed Position

Kenneth Hanson, professor and program director of Judaic Studies, was invested into the Tess and Abe Wise Endowed Professorship in Judaic Studies on Thursday, September 30 in a virtual ceremony. The endowed faculty position, which was established thanks to generous gifts from Tess and Abe Wise and their family, recognizes Hanson’s accomplishments and will allow him…

Delfyett to be Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

When Peter Delfyett first fell in love with science during elementary school, he imagined he would grow up to be a paleontologist. Instead, the Pegasus Professor of optics and photonics has spent his career developing futuristic technology. From lasers that are used to cut Gorilla Glass for Samsung phones to fiber-optic cable technology that allows the internet…

UCF Researcher is Part of New $20 Million NSF Megalopolitan Coastal Project

A University of Central Florida researcher is part of a new, nearly $20 million award from the U.S. National Science Foundation that will develop a Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub. The hub, known as MACH, will be led by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and will involve multiple universities and experts from across disciplines.…

UCF Researchers Awarded $4.5 Million to Develop Non-GPS Location Finder

The Army Research Lab has awarded the University of Central Florida a $4.5 million grant to develop a smart, computer vision-based navigation system for when GPS is unavailable or jammed. The system will be like a cyber co-pilot that supports navigation of ground vehicles by using artificial intelligence and machine learning to assess computer imaging…

UCF Joins New National Consortium, Computing Alliance to Support Latino Students

The University of Central Florida has joined a new, national consortium that will advance scholarship of Latinx students and the field of Latino studies, and an alliance that supports the growth and success of women and Latinos in computing fields. The consortium includes 16 U.S. Hispanic Serving Institutions that are top-tier doctoral universities with very…

UCF to Use National Award to Elevate Women-owned Businesses

Through UCF’s collaboration with the Florida High Tech Corridor, the university will be implementing an initiative funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration to support women entrepreneurs. The Corridor was selected as one of eight winners for the Administration’s first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Catalyst Competition, which recognizes model partnerships addressing the gaps for…

CREOL Degree Provides Launchpad For Career at MIT Lincoln Labs

A chance encounter in the workplace is what led Rebecca Venegas, M.S ’20, to find her purpose as an electro-optics engineer. Venegas, a scientist who specializes in integration and characterization of EO systems, was looking for meaning in her work after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Astronautics and Aeronautics.…

UCF Names Founding Dean of Libraries

UCF’s founding dean of Libraries brings decades of successful leadership experience and a passion for shaping the future of higher education through libraries. Beau Case joins UCF Nov. 12 from the University of Toledo, where he currently serves as dean of University Libraries and director of the University Press. Case will play a key role…

Announcing the Founding Dean of UCF Libraries

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Beau Case will join UCF as the founding dean of Libraries on November 12. He joins UCF from the University of Toledo, where he currently serves as dean of University Libraries and director of the University Press.  Mr. Case will play a key role in positioning the libraries…

UCF Honored with 7th Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

For the seventh consecutive year, UCF has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, recognition of the university’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. UCF is among 100 colleges and universities to earn the national award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. UCF was selected based on…

AAC Lab Receives Gift of Mobile Makerspace to Build Adaptive Toys

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Florida has donated $10,000 to the UCF AAC Research-to-Practice Lab Collaborative – to bring the gift of joy to children with developmental disabilities. The gift will support a mobile makerspace specially equipped with tools and hardware to adapt toys so they can be easily used by children who are unable to…