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UCF Physicist Contributes to Recent Meteorite Research

suttersmillphoto400x200It’s a big month for space exploration. Among the headlines: the successful landing of a spacecraft on a comet, the stunning findings unearthed in meteorites recovered from California, and the rollout of NASA’s next-generation Orion crew capsule expected to take its test flight in December. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in space exploration,” […]

Fun Filled Day of Physics Exploration

Physics Day 2014 250x299On Saturday, the UCF department of physics hosted approximately 100 local high school students for the Physics Career Exploration Day. The day started with some light refreshments in the Physical Sciences Building that were followed by physicists speaking about great career opportunities within their fields. Students got to hear the personal stories of successful physicists […]

Science Café Features Discovery

Science-Cafe-Updated 2014 EmailScience Café is designed to bring together UCF scientists with the community in a fun and casual environment.  Held in the Physical Sciences Building, the series highlights the exciting research currently being conducted in the College of Sciences.  Each month features a scientist from a different department in the college. On September 18, the first […]

Space Launch Carries Experiments of UCF Professor, Graduate

Space Launch Sept 14Two payloads on last Saturday morning’s SpaceX-4 launch at Cape Kennedy had UCF ties. The launch will deliver cargo and crew supplies to the International Space Station. Several experiments on the flight will include: Physics professor Joshua Colwell’s research to explore low-energy collisions of dust particles to better understand the conditions that lead to the formation of […]

International Observe the Moon Night at Knights Plaza

moonweb-396x396Planet hunters at the University of Central Florida invite children to join them for International Observe the Moon Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Last year, UCF’s Planetary Sciences Group sponsored an event to coincide with the international observation, which drew more than 100 people. So this year the group decided to […]

Distinguished Speaker Series Launches in a Spicy New Venue

DSS Fox Individual Talk 1 v3  No Crops - FINALOn Sept. 9, Dr. James Alan Fox will be kicking off the Distinguished Speaker Series in Winter Park at Cocina 214. Fox will be speaking about “Mass Shootings in America: Myths and Realities.” Specifically, he will talk about how these events are more methodical than people imagine and that increasing our understanding of mass murders […]

Distinguished Speaker Series With A Spicy New Venue

DSS Postcard 2014-15 v8 FINAL_Page_1The College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida will be presenting the Distinguished Speaker Series at a brand new venue this year, Cocina214.  This Mexican and Tex Mex kitchen is sure to bring some spice to this series starting in September. The series brings renowned speakers from across the country to enrich the […]

Congratulations College of Sciences Summer Ph.D. Graduates

Group photo resizedIn a reception hosted by Dean Michael Johnson, the College of Sciences honored 11 Ph.D graduates on Friday, August 1, 2014.  The Ph.D. graduates attended the reception in the Physical Sciences Building on the UCF campus with their families and faculty advisors. Associate Dean Teresa Dorman hosted a presentation that individually recognized each graduate with their faculty advisor […]

Finalist for American Physical Society Award

Dr. Michael ChiniDr. Michael Chini, a recent graduate from UCF’s Department of Physics (PhD, 2012) and currentResearch Scientist in the Townes Laser Institute of UCF’s College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL), is a finalist for the American Physical Society‘s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Laser Science Award for his dissertation, entitled “Characterization and Application of Isolated Attosecond Pulses”. […]

Vomit Comet Equals Opportunity of a Lifetime

image courtesy of UCFTodayBeginning on Monday, July 21, UCF students 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 as the plane hits zero gravity. “My team and I have worked tirelessly for the past year to get our project up […]

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 […]

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