UCF Physics

Category Archives: 2008

UCF Physics Professor Experiments in Zero Gravity

Date: Friday Jan. 23rd, 2009 Figuring out exactly how asteroids formed and what they can tell us about the origin of the solar system are big questions. University of Central Florida Assistant Professor Josh Colwell is working on solving these mysteries. This month, he had a chance to conduct experiments that may help in the …Read more

UCF Announces Planetary Sciences track in Physics PhD

Date: Friday Jan. 23rd, 2009 Starting in Spring 2009, the Physics PhD has a Planetary Sciences Track. Introduction: The University of Central Florida has rapidly grown to become a center for research and teaching in the planetary sciences. Our goal is to create a vibrant planetary science research environment that can attract top students, researchers, and …Read more

Source of Geysers on Saturn’s Moon May Be Underground Water

Date: Monday Dec. 01st, 2008 Saturn’s moon Enceladus may indeed hide an underground reservoir of water. Scientists at Jet Propulsion Lab in California, the University of Colorado and the University of Central Florida in Orlando teamed up to analyze the plumes of water vapor and ice particles spewing from the moon. They used data collected …Read more

UCF Fulbright Scholars

Date: Monday Nov. 17th, 2008 Five University of Central Florida professors – tied for the most among Florida universities — will travel abroad this year on Fulbright Scholar grants, the flagship cultural education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. UCF is tied with the University of South Florida for having the most …Read more

NASA Tool Helps Track Whale Sharks, Polar Bears

Date: Wednesday Oct. 01st, 2008 Photos of giant whale sharks snapped by vacationing scuba divers and snorkelers are helping scientists track the elusive marine creatures across the oceans. And the same technique may soon also help researchers track polar bears in Canada, giant Eurasian trout in Mongolia, and ocean sunfish in the Galápagos Islands. Biologists …Read more

The Search for Better Catalysts

Date: Tuesday Sep. 23rd, 2008 In recent years, economic, social, and environmental concerns have led to increased interest in alternative sources of energy that do not rely on fossil fuels. One of the most promising technologies in this area is the use of fuel cells for both stationary and mobile energy generation. Alcohols such as …Read more

UCF Student to Study Smithsonian’s Meteorite Collection This Summer

Date: Thursday Sep. 11th, 2008 Robert Macke, a UCF student pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics, has won a Smithsonian Institution Graduate Student Fellowship award and will research meteorites this summer at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. During the 10-week program, Macke will measure the density, porosity and magnetic susceptibility of the …Read more

UCF Scientists study cattle ranching’s role in wetlands

Date: Monday Apr. 21st, 2008 Three University of Central Florida scientists have set out on an ambitious project — help determine how best to preserve the state’s wetlands and the cattle that thrive there. UCF professors John Fauth, David Jenkins and Pedro Quintana-Ascencio have spent the past two years working with the MacArthur Agro-Ecology Research …Read more

UCF’s Graduate Programs Rank Among the Best 100 in the Nation

Dtae: Monday Apr. 07th, 2008 Several of the University of Central Floridas programs were ranked among the best in the nation in the 2009 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School guide. The universitys electrical engineering graduate program was among the highest ranked of UCF programs coming in at 65. Education, physics, public affairs …Read more

Future ‘Quantum Computers’ Will Offer Increased Efficiency and Risks

Date: Friday Mar. 07th, 2008 An unusual observation in a University of Central Florida physics lab may lead to a new generation of “Quantum Computers” that will render today’s computer and credit card encryption technology obsolete. The observations are documented this week in the online version of Nature Physics under Advance Online Publication (http://www.nature.com/nphys/index.html ). The title …Read more