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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 […]

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 […]

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