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Vomit Comet Equals Opportunity of a Lifetime

image courtesy of UCFTodayNever have five UCF students been so excited at the possibility of vomiting.  They did it all in the name of science. Beginning on Monday, July 21, they boarded a specially equipped plane that NASA uses to train astronauts and run microgravity experiments. The plane is nicknamed the vomit comet because first-time flyers tend to vomit […]

UCF Pushes Space Frontier, Selected to Fly on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo

Courtesy of Virgin GalacticA UCF experiment and a 3-D printer for space developed by a UCF graduate will fly on the first NASA-funded commercial research flight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. NASA and Virgin Galactic announced Tuesday that 12 university experiments, two industry-developed technologies and two NASA projects were selected for the mission. Dr. Joshua Colwell, a UCF physics […]

Physics Class With No Tests, No Lectures

SCALE UPHow would you do in a class that didn’t have any tests or lectures? Beginning in Fall 2014 at UCF, two physics classes will attempt to answer that question. Instead of listening to long lectures and taking multiple exams and quizzes, students will read the material at home and have their understanding improved via class […]

Avoiding Deep Impact: UCF, NASA Study Spaceship Teamwork

Deep ImpactVisiting Mars in 2030 is going to take some engineering ingenuity, but making sure astronauts make the long, cramped journey without driving each other crazy is going to be just as tricky. It’s estimated that a round trip to Mars will take at least two years. That’s why NASA is investing millions of dollars trying […]

Science Olympiad Heads for the Black AND Gold

2014-tournament-smSaturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, UCF will welcome over 10,000 middle and high school students, their families, coaches, and teachers from all over the United States and Japan for the 30th annual Science Olympiad. This is second time in three years that UCF has hosted the Science Olympiad, the largest STEM (science, technology, […]

College of Sciences Graduation Reception Becomes College Tradition

10175975_10152330015095218_4804732498594977541_nThe College of Sciences hosted over 1,000 people at its second graduation reception on Saturday, May 3 for graduating students to celebrate their accomplishment with classmates, family and faculty. Event attendance tripled in size in comparison to the fall 2013 reception with a line that wrapped around the Psychology building’s sidewalk and went out onto […]

UCF Physicist Gets Three Big Journal Hits in One Year

Dr. Zenghu ChangUniversity of Central Florida physicist Zenghu Chang has done it again. For a third time this year, his research group has published an article in a Nature journal. This time, Chang and his team have developed a new ultrafast light source for observing electron motion in molecules – made up of nuclei and electrons – […]

Ph.D. Students Celebrate With Special Graduation Reception

PhD Grad Reception Spring 2014May 2, 2014 the College of Sciences celebrated our new Ph.D’s at a special graduation reception. The event was held in the afternoon in the Physical Sciences building. Student’s family members and faculty advisers were in attendance. Associate Dean Teresa Dorman hosted a presentation that individually recognized each graduate with their faculty adviser and read a […]

UCF Faculty Rise to New Heights: 2014 Promotion and Tenure

pegasus artworkThe  College of Sciences is pleased to announce all faculty members who were promoted or earned tenure this year. Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor Joanna Mishtal, Anthropology Dmitry Kolpashchikov, Chemistry William Kinnally, Communication Andrew Nevai, Mathematics Masahiro Ishigami, Physics Promotion to Associate Lecturer Christine Hanlon, Communication Archana Dubey, Physics Cyrus Azimi, Psychology Shannon Whitten, […]

Incentive Awards in Teaching, Research & Scholarship Go To………….

awardThe College of Sciences is elated to announce the 2013-2014 winners for the Teaching Incentive Program, Research Incentive Award, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. As Dean Michael Johnson said, “this is a very accomplished group.” Each year, UCF’s Academic Affairs’ Office of Faculty Relations gives incentive awards to outstanding faculty for their dedication to […]

UCF Distinguished Professor Receives Florida’s Only MURI Award

zenghu changZenghu Chang, a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Optics, is the only Florida researcher to receive the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) awards from the US Department of Defense, in Fiscal Year 2014. Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) efforts involve teams of researchers investigating high priority topics and opportunities that intersect more than one traditional […]

Breaking Another World Record?

US Strength in LasersDr. Zenghu Chang, of the College of Sciences and College of Optics & Photonics (CREOL), has a lab which holds the world record for shortest laser pulse ever created, at 67 billionths of a billionth of a second. His new lead research project on attosecond lasers will work to make pulses up to six times […]

Physics Connoisseur, Dr. Subir Bose Remembered

Dr. Sadir BoseTuesday, April 22nd, members of the community came together in memorial of Dr. Subir Bose, professor emeritus, who passed away on March 29 after a short illness. From the time Dr. Bose joined the UCF Physics Department in 1987, serving as chair until 1994, his well-known qualities of leadership and determination shown prominently through his […]

Spring 2014 College of Sciences Graduation Reception

FancyInvite2part2-No-PegasusAll College of Sciences’ faculty, staff and graduating students are cordially invited to attend our annual UCF College of Sciences Graduation Reception Saturday, May 3 in the atrium of the Psychology Building, immediately following graduation commencement. Light refreshments will be provided. The reception will be hosted jointly by the Nicholson School of Communication and all […]

Crimson Moon Captivates Viewers

bloodymoon-495x396Through the Robinson Observatory “Knights Under the Stars” free event series, an early-morning April 15th Lunar Eclipse viewing drew the attention of hundreds to UCF Memory Mall.  The Robinson Observatory provided the telescopes for this special occasion and the event was made possible through the help of volunteers from the Astronomy Society as well as […]

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