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February 2017 News & Updates
Distinguished Speaker Series: Dr. Richard Rosenfeld
Founders Professor of Criminology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and former President of the American Society of Criminology Dr. Richard Rosenfeld is the college's next Distinguished Speaker. He will present "2015 Homicide Rise and the 'Ferguson Effect'" on Feb. 22. RSVP

Science Café: Dr. Joseph Donoghue

Dr. Joseph Donoghue of the UCF Department of Physics will be the Science Cafe speaker for Feb. 23. His talk is titled " Have We Entered the Anthropocene? Human-Induced Climate Change" and will discuss the human race's effect on climate change.  RSVP
UCF to Host ICRC Conference
The UCF Nicholson School of Communication will host the 7th annual International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference from March 13 to 15. The conference will feature an impressive lineup of top practitioner professionals and prominent academics from around the world.  Register
COS Highlights     
A Big Crowd for Big Data    

The UCF Big Data Symposium on Jan. 26 attracted over 200 attendees. The event was a collaboration between the College of Sciences, the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Business Administration. Read more
UCF Gets $1.3 Million to Fight Zika  
University of Central Florida  scientists, including three  chemistry  faculty members, received nearly $1.3 million in state funds to research the Zika virus with the goal of understanding its effects on human health and developing a vaccine for the mosquito-borne illness.  Read more
NASA Mission is Closer to Launching into Space
NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission, led by Dr. Richard Eastes of the UCF Department of Physics and Florida Space Institute, is one step closer to its launch.  Read more
Faculty Spotlights
Digging up the Past
Dr. J. Marla Toyne, assistant professor in the UCF Department of Anthropology, uses ancient and modern human and animal tissues to study dietary and migration patterns of the past. Her work was recently published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and on the National Geographic Magazine's Facebook. Read more  
UCF Researcher Develops New Method for Fighting Crop Disease
An international agricultural company has licensed a formula for fighting crop disease that   Dr. Swadeshmukul Santra, associate professor in the  UCF Department of Chemistry and UCF's NanoScience Technology Center ,  spent more than five years perfecting .   Read more

Pegasus Professor Named a Fellow of AVS 

UCF  Pegasus Professor in the Department of Physics Dr. Talat Rahman was named a fellow of the  American Vacuum Society  for her outstanding contributions in the field.   Read more
Student Stories
Physics Graduate Students Conference Bound
UCF physics graduate students Brian Zamarripa Roman and Fernand Eliud Torres-Davila won a travel grant from the American Physical Society to attend the APS Graduate Education and Bridge Program Conference in Maryland this month.  Read more

A Wild Win for UCF Biology Student

UCF Department of Biology graduate student Rhett Rautsaw won first place for his presentation at the 38th annual Gopher Tortoise Council  Meeting, just hours after successfully defending his master's thesis. His new method for how to survey gopher tortoises and other wildlife may help protect the threatened animals.  Read more
Does Distance Matter in Relationships?
UCF psychology student Shirley Dorsainvil has won the January Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award for her research titled "Does Distance Matter?: Predictors of Infidelity And Jealousy In Geographically Close Versus Long Distance Romantic Relationships."   Read more
Alumni News
Alumnus Elevates UCF Nationwide  
Orlando resident Louis Rotundo, '73, '75, has been influential in shaping local legislation and  is also a proud UCF political science graduate.  Read more

The UCF IGNITE Tour is less than two week away from its next stop in Atlanta on Feb. 16. The event, which will be located in Buckhead, will feature Provost Dale Whittaker along with other key members of UCF leadership. Learn more 
Alumna Founds Cultural Competency Company
UCF anthropology alumna Tegan Sabatier, '08, founded a cultural competency consulting business in 2014, of which she is chief executive officer. The company, Cultural Candor, is a cultural training and consulting firm that provides personalized cultural training programs and cultural consulting to a vast array of organizations.  Read more
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