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Emergency Medicine Physician Is New Director, Health Equity Education

Dr. Innocent Akujuobi is the College of Medicine’s new director of health equity education, charged with strengthening the medical school’s focus on health equity within the curriculum, and expanding how it addresses healthcare disparities through recruitment, community outreach, research and pipeline programs. He is also an emergency medicine physician at Orlando Health and chair of…

Physical Therapy Students Help Patient Make Great Strides in Physical and Cognitive Abilities

Two recent physical therapy alumni played a key role in increasing the mobility of a dementia patient during a 12-week physical therapy session where by the end, the patient no longer needed his cane to walk. They used their experience as a research opportunity to examine the impact of physical activity on cognition.   Jeffrey Schmidt ’20 and Kayla Lawing ’20 met the patient during a Brain Fitness balance and mobility seminar at a church in Winter Park, in early 2019. The patient was 47 years old, which…

UCF Researchers Identify Food Products That Could Reduce COVID Transmission

Face masks and social distancing are both well-known ways to keep airborne pathogens, like COVID-19, at bay, but University of Central Florida researchers Michael Kinzel and Kareem Ahmed are working on a possible new one — a combination of food products that alters people’s saliva. The concept is based on new work from the researchers showing that…

Neptune Celebrates 175th Birthday, Still a Mystery Worth Solving

Students and community members got a nice view of the planet Neptune and its biggest moon Triton during one of September’s Knights Under the Stars events hosted at UCF’s Robinson Observatory. It was an early look at the planet, which today celebrates its 175th birthday. “I did a Neptune project all the way back in my…

10 UCF Graduate Students Awarded Florida Space Grant Consortium Fellowships

Ten UCF graduate students have been awarded NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) fellowships. The students represent various colleges and disciplines, studying a range of topics in nanotechnology and mechanical and aerospace engineering that have the potential to advance space exploration. The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium awards two different types of fellowships in areas…

UCF Professor Moonlights as Serial Marathoner

UCF Associate Professor of Chemistry Seth Elsheimer’s journey to running more than 300 marathons starts with “just a little farther.” Elsheimer was an occasional runner when he encouraged two students in his organic chemistry class at UCF  to join him on a run, then sign up for a 5K race. The former football players were…

Scientists Work to Ensure Solutions to Red Tide Don’t Cause More Harm than Good

Ateam of experts from Florida and Massachusetts are evaluating a technique that may help eliminate the algae blooms that cause massive fish kills, stink up neighborhoods and disrupt the Florida economy. A recent large-scale experiment promises a deeper understanding of how marine life responds to a red tide mitigation technique called clay flocculation. Red tides…

UCF Offering New Peer-to-Peer Support System for Students

Anew online system launched by UCF’s Counseling and Psychological Services gives UCF students the ability to connect directly with other college students – both at UCF and other participating schools – to find support and resources for common mental health challenges. Togetherall provides a safe and anonymous peer-to-peer support network that allows participants to connect through online…

UCF Leads Hydrogen Gas Turbine Research Aimed at Decarbonizing Power Sector

The University of Central Florida is helping to lead the country’s charge of obtaining 100% clean electricity by 2035 with a new $800,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance hydrogen fuel research. The award is through the DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s University Turbine Systems Research program and is…

Redesigning Student Success: Five Faculty Receive Funding for Interprofessional Education Project

Five academic and clinical faculty members recently received funding through the Digital Learning Course Redesign Initiative to collaborate across disciplines on a project to turn existing graduate courses into new blended or online modalities. The team, comprising CSD Carolyn Buchanan, Julie Feuerstein, Nancy Harrington and Nancy McIntyre; and DPT faculty Jennifer Tucker, began the project earlier this year, after receiving notification from UCF’s Division of Digital…

UCF Management Instructor Remembered for His Engaging Lectures, Storytelling

As an associate instructor of management, Gary Nichols ’87 taught thousands of business students during his 15 years at UCF. Nichols, who passed away Aug. 31 at age 56, regularly taught the Strategic Management capstone course, which is typically a business student’s final class before graduating. To students and colleagues alike, he was known for his great storytelling ability,…

UCF Elementary Education Alumna Lands Dream Teaching Job

Not many people can say they were able to turn their passion into a career, but Mary Annaliese Dehner ’20 gets to. Dehner, a dancer at heart, received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UCF. Today, she’s in her dream role as a dance teacher at Midway Elementary School of the Arts in Sanford.…

Dr. Kauffman New Assistant Dean at College of Medicine

Dr. Christine Kauffman is the College of Medicine’s new assistant dean of medical education, leading the curriculum for first- and second-year M.D. students. Dr. Kauffman, a pediatric nephrologist and associate professor, came to UCF in 2011 and, in addition to teaching, cares for patients at Nemours Children’s Health. She is director for the M-1 Practice…

UCF Emergency Management Receives Recognition from National Weather Service Melbourne

The UCF Department of Emergency Management was named the 2021 WeatherReady Nation Ambassador of Excellence for East Central Florida in September. Each year, the National Weather Service (NWS) WeatherReady Nation (WRN) requests each branch across the country to nominate a partner who has “shown exemplary efforts toward helping build a WeatherReady Nation.” This year, NWS…

Endowed Scholarship Opens New Learning Opportunities for Underrepresented Students

Students pursuing a career in optics and photonics will benefit from the generosity of California-based photonics company Lumentum. The endowed scholarship begun by Lumentum is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and is intended to foster “a more diverse learning and working environment,” according to a news release. In addition to underrepresented students, the scholarships…