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December 2017 News & Updates
 
COS Events
  
Distinguished Speaker Series
 
Mark your calendars for January 17 as we continue our Distinguished Speaker Series with J. Marla Toyne, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Bioarchaeology, presenting Where Condors Reign: Vertical Archaeology in the Mountains of Peru.  Learn more about the series

College of Sciences Graduation Reception
 
Congratulations to our undergraduate and graduate students who are graduating this semester. We will be hosting our COS graduation reception immediately following the ceremony on Friday, December 15, Learn more
  
Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year
  
We've had a wonderful year at the UCF College of Sciences thanks to your support. We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year. We will be closed December 26 through January 1.
        
 
COS Highlights     
    
Department of Statistics Launches Big Data Ph.D.

UCF's Department of Statistics will offer one of the only  Big Data Ph.D. programs  in the world beginning Fall 2018. T he field of big data has recently exploded.  Read more
  
Integrated Anthropological Sciences Ph.D. Approved
 
This Ph.D. program was more than four years in the making. The Florida Board of Governors approved the program Nov. 9, following the UCF Board of Trustees' unanimous support of the proposal in March.  Read more

Conference Grows Interest in Plant Science
  
The first annual Plants Beyond Limits Conference was held Friday, Nov. 10, at the University of Central Florida. Over 200 UCF students, alumni and visitors from the greater Orlando area attended. Tickets sold out online a week before the event. Read more
     
 
Faculty News
             
Anthropologist Wins Prestigious Book Award 
 
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Joanna Mishtal, Ph.D., has won an award for her book, The Politics of Morality. Mishtal's book was selected as the winner of the Adele E. Clarke Book Award.   Read about her research
  
Bioarchaeologist's Research Opens Opportunities Around the World

Not many anthropologists focus on infants and children when they research the past, but UCF bioarchaeologist Sandra Wheeler, Ph.D., does just that. She investigates the burial practices of ancient cultures and the archaeological contexts surrounding death and burial, creating an image of how society treated their youth and infants Read more
 
Diagnostic Zika Test Ready for Market
  
A new diagnostic test that can detect a Zika viral infection within 30 minutes could be headed to hospitals in the next year thanks to Qun Treen Huo, Ph.D., a faculty member at UCF's Department of Chemistry and NanoScience Technology Center.  Read more
 
 
Alumni Spotlights
 
Alumni Help Clinch Second Place at SAS Shootout
 
Faculty advisor, Daoji Li, Ph.D., led a UCF team to a second place finish in the 2017 SAS Analytics Shootout. This annual competition pits teams against each other to solve a real-world analytics problem .   Read more

Alumna's Involvement Leaves a Lasting Impact
  
Chelsea Daley is passionate about her community. Daley graduated from UCF with a bachelor's degree in political science and government in 2015, and now works as an email marketer at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C .   Read more

Making Puppies Popular for Abuse Victims

Outstanding AlumKnight Jessie Holton, Ed.D., has spent his life giving back to the community. A United States Marine Corps veteran, Holton now works in Brevard County's Special Victims Unit as a major crimes investigator.  Read more
    
 
Student Stories
             
Uncovering History Through Undergraduate Research
  
Most college students think of beach days and bathing suits when they hear they're going to visit the East Coast for the summer. Current UCF senior Alexandra Kulenguski headed to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to spend her break working Read more
   
Victory at Vanderbilt
 
The UCF Debate Team is showing off its skills and earned several awards and trophies recently, including a tournament at Vanderbilt.  Read more

Using Vocal Chords to Unlock Human Origins

UCF undergraduate student Austin Stanley is majoring in anthropology and tackling the question of human origins at the same time.   Read more

Do you have news? Email  allison.hurtado@ucf.edu with your information.