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February 2018 News & Updates
 
COS Events
  
Distinguished Speaker Series 
Orlando: Is it a Coastal City?
 
Graham Worthy, Ph.D., breaks down what 'coastal' means for Florida residents, and discusses marine and environmental influences. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 21, at Tuscawilla Country Club. RSVP

Science Café: Electric Amazon
 
William Crampton, Ph.D., takes us to South America and the heart of the Amazon forest, discussing the world's last great tropical wilderness and the biodiversity present in it. The event is on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in physical sciences building room 160. RSVP
  
Living Shoreline Stabilization Day
  
The Seminole Rest Historic Site took a hit when Hurricane Irma battered our coast. Volunteer to help UCF re-stabilize this landmark and protect the Canaveral National Seashore on Saturday, Feb. 24. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes until 12:00 p.m. More information
        
 
COS Highlights     
    
UCF Launches National Center for Integrated Coastal Research

UCF launched a new, national research center to help research and combat threats facing coastal communities. The coastal center focuses on finding big-picture and multi-disciplinary solutions before tragedy strikes. Learn more here .
  
Citizen Science GIS Team Featured on National TV

A national Belize news program featured UCF's Citizen Science GIS team on their morning show, recognizing the team's work in mapping the coastline and islands of Belize with drones. Read about their community-driven efforts to build data from the ground up.

Student Lives Immigrant Father's Dream

Jeanine Garcia graduated this past December with a double major in biology and biomedical sciences after being named UCF's Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher and studying drug therapies for diseases causing tumors to form on the brain, spinal cords and nerves. Read more.
     
 
Faculty News
             
Chemistry Professor Goes Viral 
 
Chemistry assistant professor Fernando Uribe-Romo, Ph.D., had a research story go viral on the global science news website, EurekAlert! Click to read more about his triggering of photosynthesis in a synthetic material to produce clean air and energy. 

A Tribute to Christian Clausen III

UCF recently lost one of our longest-serving faculty members and key leaders in the Department of Chemistry, Christian Clausen III. He started teaching in 1969 and continued until he retired in 2016, inspiring many in and out of the classroom. Read a tribute to his life and career.
 
Mining for Moon Water
  
UCF's Phil Metzger, partnered with Julie Brisset, recently landed a contract to develop a model to mine the moon for water locked under its icy soil. Read more about their plans for extraction.  
 
 
Alumni Spotlights
 
Alumna Wins Fellowship Award
 
A biology and interdisciplinary studies double major alumna, Linh Anh Cat, was awarded a Next Generation Fellowship Award by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Read more about her work at the intersection of health and climate change.

Loving People at the Local Level
  
Kelly Quintero uses all the resources at her disposal to help close the hunger gap in the Central Florida community. Read how her political science background helps her in her role as the Director of Advocacy and Government Relations at the Second Harvest Food Bank .

A Life Less Ordinary

After graduating a year earlier than planned, psychology alumna Jenna Reisert took a gap year to experience life and help others, before she plans to return to grad school. Read more about her work toward becoming an occupational therapist here
    
 
Student Stories
             
Nicholson Student Named 40 Under 40
  
The Orlando Business Journal named UCF graduate student Libby Champion one of the community's 40 under 40 honorees. Read more about her work bringing school communication into the digital world in her role at Montverde Academy .
   
Biology Student Aims for Vet School
 
Working in the lab of John Starbuck, Ph.D., biology student Nicole Santana compares images of mice with Down syndrome to those without and hopes to apply her findings to human life. Read more about her hands-on approach here.

Chemistry Students Share Skills

Cristina Rinella, president of the Forensic Science Association at UCF, put together a group of chemistry students to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree.  Read more about their efforts to get kids involved in STEM and forensic science.

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