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Category Archives: 2007

UCF Student to Help Upgrade Telescope at the Vatican near Rome

Posted: Tuesday Jan. 29th, 2008 Talk about your plum winter break assignment. Nate Lust, a graduate student at the University of Central Florida, is headed to the Pope’s summer home to help modernize a telescope built in 1935. The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world. It is located …Read more

New Telescope Debuts at UCF’s Robinson Observatory, Public Invited to Viewing

Date: Thursday Sep. 06th, 2007 The University of Central Florida will publicly unveil its new, custom-built 20-inch telescope on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The cutting-edge Ritchey-Chretien telescope allows professors and students to conduct astronomical research that previously had not been possible on campus. The telescope, housed in the Robinson Observatory, gives researchers access to observations either …Read more

UCF Nanoscience Technology Center Completes Renovations

Date: Friday Jun. 15th, 2007 Nanoscience has a large presence at the University of Central Florida and on Friday researchers, students, university officials and guests celebrated the completion of a renovated research facility dedicated to science at the sub-molecular level. UCF’s Nanoscience Technology Center (NSTC), located in the Central Florida Research Park, is a 35,000 …Read more

Cassini ‘CAT Scan’ Maps Clumps In Saturn’s Rings, Says UCF Researcher, Team

Date: Tuesday May. 22nd, 2007 Saturn’s largest and most densely packed ring is composed of dense clumps of particles separated by nearly empty gaps, according to new findings from NASA?s Cassini spacecraft. These clumps in Saturn’s B ring are neatly organized and constantly colliding, which surprised scientists. Previous interpretations assumed the ring particles were distributed …Read more

UCF Professor Finds That Hottest Measured Extrasolar Planet is 3,700 Degrees

Date: Wednesday May. 09th, 2007 University of Central Florida Physics Professor Joseph Harrington and his team have measured the hottest planet ever at 3, 700 degrees Fahrenheit. “HD 149026b is simply the most exotic, bizarre planet,” Harrington said. “It’s pretty small, really dense, and now we find that it’s extremely hot.” Using Spitzer, NASA’s infrared …Read more

UCF Optics Professor Peter Delfyett to Lead National Society of Black Physicists

Date: Monday Mar. 26th, 2007 Peter Delfyett, a University of Central Florida professor of optics, physics and electrical and computer engineering, has been named president-elect of the National Society of Black Physicists. The society, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, promotes the professional development of African-American physicists within the international science community and in society. …Read more

Nano News: Scientists Manipulate Atoms on a Rough 3-D Surface

Date: Friday Feb. 09th, 2007 Athens, Ohio – Ohio University nanoscientists have used a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to manipulate individual atoms on a rough terrain. It is the first atom manipulation of its kind done on a three-dimensional surface. Only a select group of scientists have manipulated individual atoms because the procedure requires atomic …Read more