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April 2017 News & Updates
COS Events
COS Honored at Founders' Day

UCF College of Sciences faculty, staff and students were  honored at the university's 2017 Founders' Day Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 5.  View all COS winners
Zombie Ants to Invade Distinguished Speaker Series 
Dr. Charissa de Bekker of the UCF Department of Biology will present 'The Story of Zombie Ants: How Can a Fungal Parasite Control Animal Behavior' at the final talk in the college's 2016-17 Distinguished Speaker Series. Join us on Wednesday, April 26 at the Tuscawilla Country Club for this interesting presentation.   RSVP

Farm to Table Cooking Demo
The UCF Arboretum will host a farm to table cooking demonstration on Friday, April 7 at 11 a.m. at the Timothy R. Newman Nature Pavilion on campus. Participants will learn how to incorporate vegetables into their diets and reduce food waste.  Read more
COS Highlights     
COS Grad Programs Ranked Nationally     

Several graduate programs in the UCF College of Sciences were ranked in U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Graduate Schools of 2018. Read more
UCF Chemistry Students Judge at Science Competition     
Students from UCF's Uknighted Chemistry Graduate Student Association volunteered at an Orlando Science Center competition, encouraging local middle and high school students to get involved with STEM and research.  Read more
UCF Physics Team Finds Solution for Celestial Radiation 
UCF Physics Professor Dr. Dan Britt and planetary sciences doctoral student Leos Pohl found an alternative to battling radiation in space.  Read more
Faculty Spotlights
Robots and Trust Issues 
Dr. Florian Jentsch, associate dean in the College of Sciences and UCF psychology professor, discusses the trust issue humans have toward robots. Read more  
Archaeologist Uses Satellites to Protect Ancient Sites 
Dr. Scott Branting of the UCF Department of Anthropology is helping track damage to cultural-heritage sites in war-torn Syria and northern Iraq by melding ancient history with cutting-edge science.   Read more

UCF Team Studied Sea Urchins to Restore Reefs  

Student Stories
A Different Kind of Prep, The Journey to UCF 
First-generation UCF political science student Angie Torres says she didn't have a lot of extras growing up, but she did have unconditional moral support. Read Angie's story on how her journey has made her the successful person she is today.  Read more
Meet the 2017 COS Order of the Pegasus Recipients 

UCF Student Named PR Pro of the Year 

UCF Nicholson School of Communication graduate student Kena Lewis has been recognized by the Florida Public Relations Association Orlando Chapter as the 2017 PR Pro of the Year.  Read more

Alumni News
UCF Alumna's Outstanding Environmental Work  
Jane Provancha '78 is an environmental enthusiast, a UCF alumna and the Department of Biology's 2017 Outstanding AlumKnight.   Read more
Alumna's 'Black in Brazil' Expands Horizons  

Yohanna Reis, a 2016 alumna of the Nicholson School of Communication, created a multimedia project that showcases a demographic many people do not know about - Afro-Brazilians. Read more
Alumna Makes Impact on Higher Education  
Department of Political Science alumna Dr. Mary Anderson '94 '96 is making a positive change in the lives of her students as the chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Tampa.  Read more
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