Get Social with COS:

November 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

Faculty Family Fun Day
Join us at the Arboretum Park on Sunday, November 12, for an afternoon of fun with faculty and their families! There will be a cooking demonstration, face painting, tours of our community garden and more!  Learn more
Cooking Demonstration & Harvest Feast at the Arboretum
Join us on Thursday, November 30 at 11am at the Timothy R. Newman Nature Pavilion where we will be showcasing some of our very own produce in various dishes in our Cooking Demonstration in preparation for the Harvest Feast.   And then please join us the next day for the Harvest Feast on Friday, December 1.  This is a potluck style event and all dishes are welcome. This event will be full of food, fun and celebrating our wonderful volunteers for their hard work throughout the semester.
COS Highlights     
Lou Frey Institute Honored as National Model For Civics Education

The  Association of Former Members of Congress  is in collaboration with the  Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida  and its partners at the  Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools  to work on models of civic education policy and implementation, drawing on the lessons learned from the outstanding work done in Florida.  Read more
Unlocking The Parasite of 'Zombie Ants'
Assistant Professor of Biology, Charissa de Bekker, Ph.D., brings her studies of parasite-infected ants called "zombie ants" to the UCF Arboretum after publishing a paper on her research on the manipulation of the ants and their biological clocks.  Read more

Mini-Satellites Coming to an Atmosphere Near You
UCF researchers and students have formed a team to build a small satellite that will conduct experiments as it orbits the Earth in 2018 thanks to the NASA-funded project named Q-PACE. Read more
Faculty News
Complementing Education with Overseas Experience 
After serving as the legal advisor to the International Military Committee at NATO Headquarters for the second consecutive summer, Eric Merriam, J.D., complements his classroom instruction with real-world discussion and preparation.   Read his story
New Fellows of the American Physical Society

Department of Physics professors Enrique Del Barco, Ph.D., and Eduardo Mucciolo, Ph.D., have been selected for the prestigious roles of Fellows of the American Physical Society.  Read more
First-ever Luminary Awards Honors Faculty Research
Fourteen College of Sciences faculty members were recognized for making an impact on the world during the university's inaugural Luminary Award presentations.  Read more
Alumni Spotlights
Alumnus Came to UCF With One Bag and a Challenge
This month's COS Outstanding AlumKnight has come a long way since attending UCF in 1983, using his psychology degree to lead his men in the U.S. Army and now as a community leader.   Read more

Never Hug an Orangutan
After getting up close and personal with orangutans and other animals during his travels in Indonesia, Paulo Maurin published a book with his tales of adventures.   Read more

UCF Alumna Analyzes Drugs to Solve Crime

Danielle Ostrow describes her daily work as a forensic chemist and how her UCF degree led to her job at the Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory Read more
Student Stories
Student Researches Roses and Cabbage
Biology major Shelly Gaynor goes into detail about how her experience with undergraduate research led to award-winning presentations within the ecological community Read more
Physics Takes a Student to France
Winner of a Chateaubriand fellowship, physics Ph.D. student, Isaac Yuen, now participates in an eight-month research opportunity in France.  Read more

Student Published in the Washington Post

Security studies student Peyman Asadzade analyzes the Syrian civil war in a nationally-published piece on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Read more

Do you have news? Email with your information.