In This Issue
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Tour de Turtles
UCF Helps Arson Investigators
Passing the Torch
Dr. Piotr Mikusinski was recently honored by the College of Sciences for his hard work as the Department Chair of Mathematics.
The Healing Power of Animals
The American Sociological Association (ASA) presented UCF's Dr. Liz Grauerholz with the Clifton Bryant Animals & Society Course Award.
Summer PhD Graduates
In a reception hosted by Dean Michael Johnson, the College of Sciences honored 11 Ph.D graduates.  
           August 2014 
Distinguished Speakers Series Comes to Winter Park
Starting in September the College of Sciences will be bringing renowned speakers from across the country to enrich the lives of students, faculty, alumni and the community. Guest speakers will address topics relevant to the natural, computational, social or behavioral sciences and to the societal implication of developments in these fields. Click here for more about the DSS.
DSS: James Alan Fox

James Alan Fox will discuss mass shooting in America: Active shooters, workplace avengers, family annihilators, and schoolyard snipers. These events are highly newsworthy, not only because of the devastation and tragedy, but also because they spark policy debates, discussions about society's cultural values, and conversations about violence and its place in our lives. 

Read more about Dr. Fox.

"Shark Tank" Takes a Bite Out of the Competition

"Shark Tank," produced by UCF alumnus Clay Newbill, '82, devoured the competition at the 2014 Creative Emmy Awards for Outstanding Structured Reality Program. According to the Emmy's website "Shark Tank" has been nominated four times with their first win this year. Continue reading.

UCF Honors Alex & Sierra as Knights for Life
Alex & Sierra left for Los Angeles last year as UCF students with dreams of becoming X Factor stars. Last week they returned to UCF with their dreams fulfilled as the X Factor champions. The duo opened for Karmin during UCF's Pegasus Palooza Concert Knight presented by Campus Activities Board. They were greeted with cheers from thousands of students as they stepped onto the stage to perform for a crowd they had been a part of just a few years prior

Both are UCF alumni and recent winners of the X Factor, a reality music competition. During their time at UCF, Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton '13 both majored within the UCF Nicholson School of Communication.

After their performance, the UCF College of Sciences and UCF Alumni Association hosted a special private ceremony to honor Alex and Sierra. In attendance at the ceremony were their family and friends as well as alumni volunteer leaders from the UCF College of Sciences. They were met with a round of applause as they entered the room and Sierra's younger relatives rushed to hug her. Continue reading.

FPRA Alumni Reception
Nicholson alumni showed their knight pride at the FPRA state conference earlier this week.  Leaders from major corporations, agencies and nonprofits took to the stage at the conference to inspire, motivate and help other professionals in public relations. This year the annual conference was held at Wydham Grand Orlando Resort, providing a perfect opportunity for UCF to get involved. UCF welcomed Nicholson Alumni and guests from the conference to a networking event on Monday. Drinks were served as alumni mingled and guests learned more about UCF.
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