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College of Community Innovation and Education Faculty in Top 2 Percent of Their Fields

College of Community Innovation and Education Faculty in Top 2 Percent of Their Fields

A new study finds that UCF researchers are in the top 2 percent of their fields. ...
UCF’s 2020 Prestigious Awards, Grants and Rankings

UCF’s 2020 Prestigious Awards, Grants and Rankings

Even during an unprecedented year, Knights continued to achieve at high levels and make an impact. ...
UCF Faculty Partner with Alumni to Create STEM-Focused Video Game to Teach Students Fractions

UCF Faculty Partner with Alumni to Create STEM-Focused Video Game to Teach Students Fractions

UCF faculty team up with alumni to create a fraction video game for elementary students. ...
Future STEM Teachers Will Shape Their Own Preparation Programs

Future STEM Teachers Will Shape Their Own Preparation Programs

A National Science Foundation grant will explore the impact of a professional development framework in preparing prospective secondary mathematics teachers. ...
College of Community Innovation and Education Student Wins UCF 3MT Research Competition

College of Community Innovation and Education Student Wins UCF 3MT Research Competition

Ten finalists competed for scholarships. Graduate students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Sciences rounded out the top spots. ...
UCF Investigates Artificial Intelligence to Help Children Teach Coding to Classmates While Learning Social Skills

UCF Investigates Artificial Intelligence to Help Children Teach Coding to Classmates While Learning Social Skills

A $2.5 million grant aims to help students with autism spectrum disorder and other conditions be more aware of their emotions and recognize other’s nonverbal cues in social situations. ...
UCF Helps Launch 1st Nationwide Technology Support Center for Higher Education Faculty

UCF Helps Launch 1st Nationwide Technology Support Center for Higher Education Faculty

UCF, University of Kansas and the Center for Applied Special Technology will oversee the 24/7 resource to help professors better use technology for remote learning. ...
Easing Solar Power Restrictions May Benefit Florida’s Economy and Environment, Study Finds

Easing Solar Power Restrictions May Benefit Florida’s Economy and Environment, Study Finds

Current state regulations are not conducive to allowing power purchase agreements for solar energy production in Florida, according to the new study. ...
UCF Researcher Examines Benefits of Supportive Communities for Older Adults

UCF Researcher Examines Benefits of Supportive Communities for Older Adults

The number of Americans age 65 and older continues to increase as the baby boom generation ages and people are living longer. ...
UCF Patents Virtual Technology that Uses Biometric Sensors in New Way to Help People Conquer Fear and Anxiety Disorders

UCF Patents Virtual Technology that Uses Biometric Sensors in New Way to Help People Conquer Fear and Anxiety Disorders

Lisa Dieker and the Center for Research in Education Simulation Technology recently received two patents, one of which aims to help people with environmental anxiety disorder. ...
New Study Explores Effectiveness of Using Robots to Teach STEM Lessons, Communication Skills

New Study Explores Effectiveness of Using Robots to Teach STEM Lessons, Communication Skills

UCF is working with other universities on Department of Education project to help children with autism spectrum disorder through innovative use of robots. ...
UCF Project Will Study Smart Tech to Improve Risk Communication in Central Florida

UCF Project Will Study Smart Tech to Improve Risk Communication in Central Florida

The NSF-funded, $1.2 million project also involves developing community partnerships and building a regional data-sharing platform to help with emergency responses. ...
UCF Receives $7.5 Million Grant to Help Save Relationships During COVID-19

UCF Receives $7.5 Million Grant to Help Save Relationships During COVID-19

The money will expand a successful relationship education program to help more Central Florida families manage stress and conflict, which have heightened during the pandemic. ...
National Science Foundation Grant to Research How Intra-Government Units Work Together

National Science Foundation Grant to Research How Intra-Government Units Work Together

Public administration faculty member, Christopher Hawkins, will be continuing a decade's worth of research through a new National Science Foundation grant. ...
UCF Study Will Look at Transitional Housing Effectiveness for Survivors of Domestic Violence

UCF Study Will Look at Transitional Housing Effectiveness for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Housing programs can serve as a lifeline for domestic violence survivors and their children – providing them with vital resources to leave abusive relationships and find safety. ...
New Project Will Explore Telehealth Effectiveness on Veterans During Pandemic

New Project Will Explore Telehealth Effectiveness on Veterans During Pandemic

The switch to remote psychotherapy treatment for veterans diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder has worked for some patients during the COVID-19 pandemic but not for others. ...
UCF Faculty Collecting COVID-19 Data for World Health Organization

UCF Faculty Collecting COVID-19 Data for World Health Organization

Lynn Unruh and Andriy Koval are collecting data for the World Health Organization about the US response to the coronavirus pandemic. ...
UCF Study Will Look at COVID-19 Effects on Services that Help Prevent Reoffending

UCF Study Will Look at COVID-19 Effects on Services that Help Prevent Reoffending

Mental health professionals share tips for dealing with stress during coronavirus precautions. ...
UCF Health Management and Informatics Faculty Member Awarded Fulbright

UCF Health Management and Informatics Faculty Member Awarded Fulbright

Yara Asi will be conducting focus groups, interviews and developing a survey to assess the health impact of movement restrictions on the general civilian population of the West Bank thanks ...
Laws That Punish Pregnant Drug Abusers Aren’t Working, New Study Finds

Laws That Punish Pregnant Drug Abusers Aren’t Working, New Study Finds

The findings are increasingly important as instances of opioid use disorder at delivery continue to rise. ...
UCF Study Finds University Websites Lack Easy Access for First-Generation Students

UCF Study Finds University Websites Lack Easy Access for First-Generation Students

First-generation college students make up about one-third of undergraduate populations but are more likely to not earn their degree than their counterparts. ...
New Study Offers Clues to Origin of Laws

New Study Offers Clues to Origin of Laws

The study found that despite living in separate countries and legal codes separated by thousands of years, people have a universal intuition about whether a punishment fits a crime. ...
Stigma of Opioid Addiction Medications Prevents Treatment

Stigma of Opioid Addiction Medications Prevents Treatment

HMI assistant professor’s research explores barriers to opioid addiction treatment from multiple fields of study and perspectives. ...
New Study Offers Ways to Identify and Reduce Racism in Schools

New Study Offers Ways to Identify and Reduce Racism in Schools

Racial biases can unconsciously shape school decisions that negatively impact minority students, but a new study co-authored by a University of Central Florida researcher offers a framework to help reduce ...
Potter to Lead UCF’s Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Potter to Lead UCF’s Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

The sociology professor also has a background working with Florida’s justice system and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...
UCF Receives $3.4 Million Grant to Develop Easily Accessible Program to Help Homeowners Evaluate Property Risks

UCF Receives $3.4 Million Grant to Develop Easily Accessible Program to Help Homeowners Evaluate Property Risks

The idea isn’t to limit where people should live based on potential risk, rather to give renters and buyers a more complete picture of potential hazards. ...
UCF Researcher’s AI Tutoring Tool Targets Improving Student Studying Skills

UCF Researcher’s AI Tutoring Tool Targets Improving Student Studying Skills

The tutoring tool developed by a UCF researcher uses artificial intelligence to help students learn more effectively by monitoring their learning activities, facial expressions, eye movements and interactions with avatars. ...
Fellows Advocate for Minority Voices in Mental Health

Fellows Advocate for Minority Voices in Mental Health

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, when we turn our attention to the mental health needs of racial and ethnic minorities who face disparities in treatment and unique ...
UCF to Help Grow Florida’s Community Partnership Schools

UCF to Help Grow Florida’s Community Partnership Schools

Born and raised in Pine Hills, one of Orlando’s most historically underserved communities, Timothy Only believes his life would have taken a very different turn had he not gone to ...
African-American Moms Are Helicopter Parents Too, But Endgame is Survival

African-American Moms Are Helicopter Parents Too, But Endgame is Survival

Study finds African-American mothers live in fear that their sons will be stopped by people in authority and could potentially be killed, which impacts the way these women parent their ...
Reach for the Stars Award Recipients Use Technology to Change Lives

Reach for the Stars Award Recipients Use Technology to Change Lives

Three faculty members who use the power of technology to make the human experience better were recognized today with Reach for the Stars awards during this year’s UCF Founders’ Day ...
WSJ Op-Ed: Solitary Confinement Curbs Prison Gang Violence But Potential for Harmful Consequences Calls for Alternate Strategies

WSJ Op-Ed: Solitary Confinement Curbs Prison Gang Violence But Potential for Harmful Consequences Calls for Alternate Strategies

Four percent of inmates in U.S. state and federal prisons live in solitary confinement, “physically and socially isolated for 23 hours a day in a cell smaller than a parking ...
UCF Study: Big Data, High Tech Maps Give Health Care Providers New Insights

UCF Study: Big Data, High Tech Maps Give Health Care Providers New Insights

A recently published study demonstrates the power of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to help determine if resources are getting to the areas of most need. The study, published in Journal of ...
Research on College Athletes’ Attitudes of Seeking Mental Health Support Awarded Funding

Research on College Athletes’ Attitudes of Seeking Mental Health Support Awarded Funding

Most college athletes have access to highly-skilled doctors, physical therapists and trainers. They are offered academic support through tutoring and a dedicated space for study. Some of these college athletes ...
UCF Receives $8 million in Grants to Enhance Special-needs Training for Education Majors

UCF Receives $8 million in Grants to Enhance Special-needs Training for Education Majors

Central Florida schoolchildren with special needs — including those with autism or need extra help with math — will get some additional help thanks to more than $8 million in ...
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