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UCF Graduate Scholars to Teach Students with High-intensity Needs in Language, Literacy

A specially developed graduate certificate program is preparing health and education students at UCF for roles as intervention specialists in local schools...
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UCF Research Team Moves to Build Mobile Resilience Hubs for Local Neighborhoods

The team, led by Kelly Stevens, will take its designs and data from Phase 1 of the project and implement them into fully built and tested trailers that will serve...
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UCF Researchers Study Effects of Personalized Adaptive Learning on Student Success

The team’s project focuses on finding whether personalized learning tools and resources have a positive impact on student outcomes in undergraduate mathematics courses...
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UCF Assistant Professor Publishes Rutgers Report on Political Socialization of Black Youth Voters

In the report, Amanda Wilkerson and postdoctoral scholar Rebecca Entress discuss findings and recommendations for optimizing civic engagement efforts for young Black voters...
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8 Faculty Selected as Inaugural CCIE Research Fellows 

The UCF team traveled to Atlanta to compete in the National Association of Health Services Executives 28th Annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition...
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UCF Professor, Aviation Lawyer on the Future of Flying Vehicles

Associate Professor Tim Ravich, who specializes in research regarding the regulation of new technologies like advanced air mobility, discusses what a world with flying taxis could look like...
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New UCF Study Examines Insurance Barriers to Access Opioid Addiction Medication

While insurance coverage of some forms of buprenorphine has improved over the years, researchers say coverage of new, more effective forms of the medication is lacking...
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Global Health Management and Informatics Professor Awarded Gerontological Society Fellowship

Su-I Hou has traveled across the globe to study aging and how other countries support their older populations...
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New UCF Project Works to Help Keep Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Safe

The goal is to create a screening tool that can be used by student health services and beyond, including in college athletic training settings or in college counseling centers...
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UCF Researchers Pave the Way to Better Understand and Treat PTSD

In honor of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, here are some efforts focused on helping those affected by this condition...
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UCF-led Research Team to Develop Pandemic Guidelines for Community Supervision Agencies

Criminal justice faculty member Jill Viglione will work with experts to examine best practices and compile evidence-based guidelines for agencies to use in public health crises...
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UCF Professor Recognized by Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for Domestic Violence Research, Leadership Initiatives

Lee Ross has dedicated much of his research efforts to examining criminal legal systems’ responses to domestic violence...
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CCIE Hosts Inaugural Research and Impact Showcase

The event gave CCIE faculty and graduate students the opportunity to share their projects while learning about the research interests of peers and colleagues...
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Advanced Air Mobility Conference Takes Flight at UCF

The NSF-funded conference on Friday will explore how laws could lift or ground the use of autonomous, uncrewed aircraft to move people and goods...
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Brief Thoughts on my Experiences as a Researcher

UCF Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology Chair and Professor Oliver Edwards shares his experiences as a researcher and his advice to students as part of our celebration of...
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UCF Researchers Receive $2.6 Million Grant to Equip English-learner Educators, Students for Success

The federal funding will allow the team to implement a three-pronged, research-backed approach to bolster English learners’ academic success and family and community involvement...
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Pegasus Professor Naim Kapucu Steps Into Interim Associate Dean of Research and Innovation Role

Kapucu takes the helm following the departure of Florencio ‘Eloy’ Hernandez, who has been the college’s associate dean of research and innovation since July 2020...
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New $1.25 Million UCF Project Addresses State’s Critical Shortage of Special Education Teachers, School Psychologists

Project CENTRAL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and will help educators in the state receive enhanced education and preparation...
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UCF Researchers Collect Critical High-water Mark Data Following Hurricane Ian

Emergency management professionals are already reaping the benefits of the team’s labor, as their data will become part of the official USGS database for immediate access by anyone interested in...
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Doctoral Fulbright Scholar, Mother’s Research Will Help English Teachers Worldwide

Indonesia native Boniesta Melani’s academic journey will help the next generation of English learners and inspire others to pursue their dreams despite all odds...
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UCF Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Establish Local Resiliency Hubs

The $50,000 award allows the university’s team to develop the project with government and community partners...
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UCF Recognizes 6 Top Scholars as 2022 Luminary Award Winners

The honor is designed to recognize some of UCF’s brightest stars who shine a positive light on UCF and on their respective fields...
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Developing and Sustaining Healthy Relationships Through Education

For 18 years, UCF has been helping families stay together by teaching couples research-supported techniques focused on effective communication and listening...
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Noyce Fellow Represents UCF on National Science Foundation Panel

Shane Wiggan served as a panelist to share his experience as part of the Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship program...
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School of Public Administration Professor Receives Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellowship

Staci Zavattaro will serve as a research fellow through August 2023. ...
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Public Affairs Doctoral Student Awarded Fellowship for Hispaniola Dissertation Research

As a Mellon Fellow, Ruth Kessa will receive financial, technical and mentorship support to aid in her dissertation research...
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UCF Public Administration Assistant Professor Named National Center for Atmospheric Research Early Career Faculty Innovator

Yue ‘Gurt’ Ge will be studying how partnerships between weather forecasters and critical infrastructure operators can enhance systems’ resilience to hurricanes and other disasters...
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New Tool from UCF-led Team Shows Homeowners and Renters the True Cost of Disasters

The tool can provide disaster readiness reports for 13.3 million addresses in 196 counties along the Gulf of Mexico — including all of Florida, and parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana...
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Finding Your Passion at UCF Through Research

Annaliese Bullock expects to graduate this May with a master’s degree in educational leadership with a track higher education/student personnel track...
College of Community Innovation and Education 2022 Founders’ Day Honorees

College of Community Innovation and Education 2022 Founders’ Day Honorees

Each year, UCF recognizes outstanding faculty and student accomplishments during the annual Founders’ Day Honors Convocation. Here are the College of Community Innovation and Education's 2022 honorees...
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UCF Reach for the Stars 2022 Honorees Are Pioneers in Their Fields of Study

From creating resilient communities that can withstand natural disasters to educating the public through fiction that explains real science, this year’s honorees are using research to help create a brighter...
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Student Research Week: The Impact of Disaster Migration on Receiving Communities

Graduate student Ashley Steen is looking at the impact of the Puerto Rican migration to the Central Florida community following damage caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017...
Latarsha Chisolm

A Childhood of Travel Shapes Professor’s Passion to Ensure Quality Care Access for All

Associate Professor Latarsha Chisholm aims to improve quality of care and reduce disparities while implementing innovation in her field...
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UCF Professor’s Research Helps Inform Policy, Laws Surrounding Intimate Partner Cyber Abuse

Erica Fissel, assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, shares her passion for helping women affected by cyber abuse in honor of Women’s History Month...
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UCF Researchers to Identify Decision-making Factors in Courts Regarding Medications for Opioid-use Disorder

The team’s findings will be used by the Office of the State Courts Administrator to develop trainings and guidelines for problem-solving courts to use when making decisions about treatment options...
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Recipients of the 2022 Seed Funding Program Announced

The program awarded a total of $1 million to 32 teams. This is the third year the program has been available to UCF faculty and researchers...
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UCF Professor to Study Couples-based Intervention for Latina Breast Cancer Survivors

Working with researchers from other Florida universities, a UCF associate professor will help adapt and test the online program...
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UCF Education Student 1 of 15 in the Nation Selected for NSF CADRE Fellowship

The honor provides professional growth opportunities for educators whose work focuses on diversity, inclusion, equity and justice in PreK-12 STEM education...
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New NSF-Funded Survey Aims to Understand Gender Inequity in STEM Fields

What’s learned could help build a model to improve equity in higher education nationwide...
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3 Faculty Honored for Advancing Research, Creative Works

The 10th Women of Distinction Awards recognize faculty who excelled in scholarship amid challenges from the pandemic...
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UCF’s Brightest Shine During Luminary Awards

15 faculty members were honored for being academic leaders, bettering lives and shining a light in the world...
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New Study Examines Political Socialization at Historically Black Universities

The NSF project will examine culturally relevant messaging and political socialization of historically Black college and university students and how those factors influence political interest and participation...
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New UCF Co-led Study Will Focus on Keeping Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Safe

The researchers will create evidence-based, intimate partner violence pretrial safety assessment guides for judges to use when considering pretrial release in intimate partner violence cases...
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UCF Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Impacts of Culturally Relevant Political Messaging

Amanda Wilkerson will serve as principal investigator as her team examines how such messaging influences students at historically black colleges and universities...
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UCF Professors Awarded NSF Grant to Empower Orange County K-8 Mathematics Teachers

Researchers in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools and City Year Orlando launch a program that includes creating a new doctoral specialization...
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UCF Researchers Work with Public Agencies to Examine Pandemic Efforts, Effects

From predicting COVID-19 infection rates to the pandemic’s influence on domestic violence, UCF experts contribute to national and international knowledge...
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UCF Student Seeks to Shine a Light on the Pandemic’s Effects on Nonprofits

Tiffany Chinwuba will be presenting her research during UCF’s virtual Student Scholar Symposium later this month...
Bethany Backes

UCF Professor Helps Elevate the Discussion and Inform Policy About Violence Against Women

Bethany Backes, assistant professor of criminal justice and social work, reflects on her path to academia for Women’s History Month...
Trey Vasquez

UCF Teacher Education Professor Named American Council on Education Fellow

Eleazar “Trey” Vasquez is one of 52 fellows selected to participate in the ACE Fellows Program during the 2021-2022 academic year...
Su-I Hou

Chinese Adults Face “Alarming” Barriers to Cancer Screenings, UCF Study Finds

Although cancer is the leading cause of death for Chinese adults, few get screenings that could save lives...
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UCF Funds Second Round of $1 Million SEED Initiative to Support Faculty Research

Thirty-seven teams are awarded grants to investigate a variety of research including the use of artificial intelligence to improve battery performance and gaming to develop leadership skills...
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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...
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UCF’s 2020 Prestigious Awards, Grants and Rankings

Even during an unprecedented year, Knights continued to achieve at high levels and make an impact...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 health management and informatics professors Lynn Unruh and Andriy Koval

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...
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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...
Yara Asi

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...