Sejal Barden, associate professor of counselor education and executive director of UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute, as well as Dalena Taylor, associate professor of counselor education and senior implementation director of the institute, recently received their notice of award ($1,925,524) for Project Harmony (Year 5) from the Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Family Assistance. Project Harmony offers relationship education and skills related to success in the workplace. Participants in this program learn effective communication strategies, gain tools to cope with stressful situations, learn to listen and be heard, and improve conflict management skills to positively impact their careers and relationships.

Roger Azevedo, professor of learning sciences and educational research as well as the co-cluster lead for the UCF learning sciences cluster, was interviewed by WFTV ABC about his research on intelligent tutoring systems and artificial intelligence to improve student learning.

The Orlando Sentinel highlighted Megan Nickels, assistant professor of mathematics education, as one of the 10 people who make Orlando a better place to live.

Kelly Stevens and Thomas Bryer, associate professor and professor (respectively) of public administration, were recently granted as Co-PIs of an NSF-SES grant titled “CPS: Medium: A Secure, Trustworthy, and Reliable Air Quality Monitoring System for Smart and Connected Communities” (PI: Dr. Xinwen Fu, CECS; total amount: $1,198,111; time: three years). Stevens and Bryer will lead the social science components of the project through survey research, focus groups and action research methodology.

Su Gao, assistant professor of science education, secured $72,032 as PI from the Florida Department of Education for the State Science Fair FY 2019-2020. State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) provides an opportunity for our state's students (6-12 graders) to compete at the highest academic levels in STEM. The annual SSEF of Florida encourages youthful researchers to pursue STEM-related careers.

Mary Rain, Florida Institute of Government, received $85,000 as PI for the 2019-2020 John Scott Daily Florida Institute of Government (FIOG). The UCF FIOG is an affiliate of the FSU FIOG and serves as the agent for the FIOG in all the programs and activities sponsored in East Central Florida.




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