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August 2016 News & Updates
 
COS EVENTS
 
 
The UCF College of Sciences will host its traditional Graduation Reception in the Psychology Building atrium this Saturday, August 6 immediately following commencement. RSVP 
 

The UCF Arboretum will be playing 'Pokémon: The First Movie' for its seasonal 'Movie in the Park' event on Thursday, August 4 from 8 - 10 p.m. Read more
 
 
This summer UCF College of Sciences faculty and students hosted several middle and high school summer camps at UCF. Biology and chemistry graduate students hosted BIOTEC and OCTET camps. The UCF Physics Department and Biology Department hosted STEM Summer Institutes
  
 
COS Highlights
     
The University of Central Florida and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have reached a historic agreement that will establish a permanent conservation research facility along the Brevard County coastline. Read more 
    
UCF's Community GIS and Citizen Science REU site scholars were invited to present their research to the U.S. Embassy in Belize. Read more 
  
From meteorites to space dust, the latest issue of UCF's magazine,  Pegasus features  stories focusing on UCF's space involvement. Many stories feature researchers from the UCF Physics Department.  Read more
 
Faculty Spotlights
 
 
The UCF Physics Department 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. Read more 
  

University of Central Florida biologist Christopher Parkinson, Ph.D., led an international team of scientists to the discovery of a new species of venomous snake. The team's findings have been published in the July issue of the academic journal Zootaxa. Read more 
 
 
James Wright, Ph.D., Pegasus and Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the UCF Sociology Department, is making strides for the senior community with the Table Sixty initiative to address the issue of senior food insecurity in Orange County. Read more
 
 
Student Stories
           
 
UCF Biology student Shelly Gaynor has been named the winner of the 2016 Golden Opportunity Scholars Award for her outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, service, and research. Read more 
 
 
This summer, Manar Elkhaldi and Marcos Degaut will be the first students to graduate from the UCF Political Science Department's Security Studies Ph.D. program. Both students plan to graduate this semester on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at UCF. Read more
 
 
UCF Political Science student Rodney Ulysse is heading to FSU College of Law this fall as a participant in FSU's highly competitive  3+3 accelerated programRead more
 

 
Alumni News
 
 
UCF Nicholson School of Communication alumnus, Presley Adamson, '10, believes that deciding to attend UCF was his first step toward achieving his dream of becoming a documentary film maker. Read more 
 
 
UCF Physics alumnus Howard Bender, Ph.D., '98, has stayed connected to his alma mater in more ways than one. Most recently he was recognized as a 2016 College of Sciences Outstanding AlumKnight as well as founded an endowed scholarship in the UCF College of Nursing. Read more 
 
 
UCF Political Science alumnus Peter Strand, '08, attributes his successful law career and strong work ethic to the instrumental faculty at UCF.  Read more

Do you have news? Email Julia.Anderson@ucf.edu or cosmarketing@ucf.edu with your information. Story submissions due by the 20th of each month.