UCF Physics


UCF in CLASS of Its Own Studying Space

Dan BrittStory by Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala, UCF Today UCF has diligently and methodically been making a name for itself in the world of planetary exploration, and it’s beginning to pay off in big ways. Not only are two UCF professors part of the upcoming NASA OSIRIS-REx mission to collect asteroid samples – a first for the United […]

UCF and the Next Space Frontier: Making the Case for Mars

KSC-20160604-PH_DNG0001_0057A-494x396Story by UCF Today Many feared the United States’ role in space exploration was over after an accident took the lives of a second space shuttle crew in 2003. After another long grounding of the shuttle fleet, flights restarted briefly but by 2011 the program was retired and no manned missions were on the horizon. […]

Knights in Space

Knights in Space FeatureIn the latest issue of UCF’s magazine, Pegasus, there are many stories focusing on UCF’s involvement with space. Many of these stories feature researchers from the UCF Physics Department. In the page One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for UCF, a timeline traces UCF’s history with space. From Citronaut, UCF’s first mascot in […]

Physics Student Makes Noise this Summer

Antia_M_PIC2UCF Physics senior, Michael Antia, has been one of the latest undergraduate selected for a research experience with California Institute of Technology this summer. Caltech’s LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program provides graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in the research and development program of Laser Interferometer Gravitational- Wave Observatory (LIGO). A broad […]

Students Building Chess Dynasty at UCF

chess-548x365Story by UCF Today Lavine Von’s grandfather taught her how to play chess when she was 5. “It’s a popular game in the Philippines and so he taught me,” said the UCF computer engineering major. “Hmm. I forgot that. Maybe that’s why it feels so good to play. We were close. He’s been gone for […]

Physics Research Nationally Recognized

Rawal-Takat-e1363792336848UCF Physics graduate student, Takat Rawal, was recently selected as one of eight finalists for a top-level 2016 AVS National Student Awards. The AVS awards were established to recognize and encourage excellence among graduate students in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. They include five top-level National Student Awards: Russell and Sigurd Varian, Nellie Yeoh […]

Physics Hosts Teaching & Data Workshops

GroupPhoto1In an effort to transform classroom learning, the UCF Physics Department hosted a PhysTEC and Project CODER workshop from June 13-17 at UCF. The first two days of the workshop was hosted by UCF’s PhysTEC program (Physics Teacher Preparation Program); a partnership between the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) created to help […]

Prestigious Award Aids Physics Researcher

M.-ChiniStory by UCF Today Two UCF researchers were awarded prestigious 2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards. The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) group awarded Michael Chini, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the UCF Physics Department, and Sean Pang, Ph.D., an assistant professor in CREOL (College of Optics and Photonics), seed money for their work […]

Love Conquers Hate at UCF Vigil for Pulse Victims

Vigil-pic-1-548x366Story by UCF Today Rain and lightning delayed but could not stop a vigil Tuesday night where the UCF community honored the victims of the Pulse shooting, vowing to conquer hate with love. Gathered in the University of Central Florida Student Union, attendees listened as leaders from the university, the student body, the LGBTQ+ community […]

UCF to Remember Pulse Victims at Candlelight Vigil

Flowers and candles covered the Pegasus seal in the Student Union Monday in remembrance of the Pulse shooting victims.Story by UCF Today The University of Central Florida community will join together Tuesday, June 14, to honor the lives taken during the act of terror at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. A candlelight vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Reflecting Pond. The event is being organized by members of UCF’s LGBTQ+ […]

UCF Hosting Several Blood Drives This Week

Big-Red-Bus-Left-Angled-548x357UCF encourages the campus community and the public to donate blood at several on-campus drives this week. Big Red Buses from One Blood will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 13, in front of the Student Union and also at Bright House Networks Stadium. President John C. Hitt, Student Body President […]

UCF Community Copes with Orlando Tragedy

UCF logoOur entire Knight family is mourning the victims of the Orlando terror attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends. To assist our students, faculty and staff during the difficult days and months ahead, the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services will host a series of campus conversations and therapy support […]

President Hitt: UCF Stands with Orlando Against Terror

JohnHittstatementStory by UCF Today The following message is from President John C. Hitt: Orlando was attacked today. How painful, frightening, and infuriating it is to write that sentence. As President Obama said, this was “an attack on all of us, and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country.” […]

Physics Welcomes New Chair

Mucciolo-Eduardo-e1363789716875-250x360Eduardo Mucciolo, Ph.D., is the new chair of the UCF Department of Physics. Dr. Mucciolo officially began serving in his new appointment on May 20, 2016. Dr. Mucciolo has been at UCF since 2003 when he was hired as a tenure-track associate professor, teaching all levels from freshman physics to graduate courses. In 2006 he […]

New Trustee Chairs

Beidel and Zhang headshotPegasus Professor of Psychology at UCF, Deborah Beidel, Ph.D., and Pegasus and Distinguished Professor of Physics and Optics, Zenghu Chang, Ph.D., are two of three new Trustee Chairs honored at the UCF Board of Trustees meeting on May 31. Director of Jazz Studies at UCF, Jeff Rupert, Ph.D., joins the five previously named Trustee Chairs for a total […]

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