Challenging UCF Sports Season on Tap
The athletics department is gearing up for the greatest multi-month undertaking in Knight history as all 16 varsity sports are in action.
Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Opens In Lake Nona
At this time the Lake Nona testing site is temporarily unavailable.
COVID-19 Testing Site Open at UCF in Partnership with Aventus Biolabs
Community members can make an appointment to get tested on UCF’s main campus in Garage A.
UCF Makes Parking, Shuttle Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic
From parking-permit options to wellness precautions on shuttles, here is a look at how campus transportation has adapted to mitigate COVID-19’s impact.
COVID-19 Precautions and Vaccine Update
UCF has been approved as a vaccination site for faculty, staff and students — with an initial batch of 1,000 doses arriving for distribution next week. Details…
UCF’s Housing and Residence Life COVID-19 Safety Measures for Spring 2021
From occupancy expectations to planned responses for positive cases, here are some of the procedures UCF Housing will follow to reduce risks from COVID-19.
New UCF COVID-19 Safety Measures for Spring 2021
UCF implements additional COVID-19 mitigation and tracking efforts for this semester, including reminders on UCF Mobile, new testing procedures during move-in, and assessing wastewater for…
Spin Scooters to Return to UCF Campus
Beginning Monday, 200 scooters will be available on main campus with new safety precautions in place.
UCF Recreation and Wellness Center’s Safety Measures During COVID-19
Limited capacity and reservations will still be required for indoor facilities, including the Climbing Tower and RWC @ Knights Plaza, as the Recreation and Wellness…
UCF Libraries Reopen for Spring 2021 with Construction Continuing on Main Campus
Facilities on the main, Rosen and UCF Downtown campuses will resume operations for Spring 2021, as well as construction in the John C. Hitt Library…
UCF Experts Weigh in as Coronavirus Captures Headlines
UCF faculty and staff in various fields share their expertise with local and national media.
Why We Remain Hopeful
President and First Lady Cartwright share a message of hope and gratitude as we close out a year that came with challenges.
Tell Me Something Good — The Benefits of Gratitude
For advice on how to practice gratitude, we turn to Katherine Daly, a licensed psychologist who leads wellness efforts at the UCF College of Medicine.
Proceeds from UCF Masks Raise $50,000 for Student Aid
The face coverings, made by Orlando-based Rock ’Em, are part of an ‘Armor Up, Knights’ fundraiser to help students in need during the pandemic.
A Guide to Virtual Services at UCF During COVID-19
Here are some of the online services and resources available to support your success at UCF while the need for physical distancing continues through campus’ Spring…
How UCF Made a Difference During the Pandemic
From supporting those in need to developing innovative methods to battle COVID-19, here’s how the UCF community responded to new challenges.
Preparing for a COVID-19 Vaccine
UCF may serve as a mass vaccination site in the spring. Here Student Health Services’ Michael Deichen shares some facts about the vaccine as the distribution…
UCF’s Top 10 Research Stories for the Year Reflect Turbulent Nature of 2020
News about Arecibo Observatory and research to curb COVID-19 top the list.
Hosting a Virtual Party Event During COVID-19
Virtual events are new territory for many of us, so be patient and flexible.
What to Know for the 2020 UCF Basketball Season
UCF men’s and women’s basketball tip off their seasons at Addition Financial Arena, which will implement enhanced COVID-19 safety measures.
UCF RESTORES Starts New Mental Health Services in Orange County for COVID-19
The work will focus on mental health services for residents of Azalea Park and essential workers in Orange County at no cost.
UCF Nursing Grad: Unity Will Help Defeat Coronavirus
“Every day I wake up wondering, ‘Is today the day I am going to have to care for someone infected with the virus that has the…
UCF Researchers Identify Features That Could Make Someone a Virus Super-Spreader
Sneezes from people who have congested noses and a full set of teeth travel about 60 percent farther than from people who don’t, according to…
What Fans Need to Know for UCF’s 2020 Football Season
UCF prepares to lift off for its annual Space Game when the Tulane Green Wave rolls into town Saturday at 2 p.m.
UCF Leads Study to Identify Factors Related to Preterm Births Among Black Women
Rates for preterm births among Black women were about 50 percent higher than those for white women in 2019, according to the U.S. Centers for…
UCF Researcher’s Natural Killer Cell Therapy In Trials for Treating COVID-19
The study will also see if the therapy, which was created by Alicja Copik, protects high-risk patients against respiratory infections like influenza.
If You’re A COVID-19 Survivor, Consider Donating Your Blood Plasma
Jane Gibson, a College of Medicine expert in molecular pathology and genetics, shares some guidelines for donating plasma and how previously infected patients can help current…
UCF Hiring 60 Armor Up Ambassadors
Students work to create awareness about the university’s COVID-19 safety protocols
Even Virtual Meetings Can Have Powerful Lessons
It’s not all about me — online inspiration leads me to believe that in our new environment there are ways to still improve and advance…
Stopping the Spread
UCF student contact tracers help limit COVID-19 on campus and in the community.
Do Gloves Protect You from COVID-19?
Erica Hoyt of UCF’s College of Nursing says wearing gloves may actually increase the spread of germs.
AI Can Detect COVID-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, New Study Shows
The new UCF co-developed algorithm can accurately identify COVID-19 cases, as well as distinguish them from influenza.
New Study: Face-Covering Use Up, More People Are Taking COVID-19 Threats Seriously
Face-covering use is up, vaccine uncertainty is on the rise and many people are overestimating their risk of getting seriously sick or dying, researchers say.
Importance of Getting a Flu Shot during COVID-19
UCF is offering several opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated this flu season.
Our Commitment to the UCF Community
An update on the Sept. 10 on-campus incident.
Staying Pain-Free and Active While Working from Home
Athletic training Assistant Professor Colby Mangum suggests a few modifications that can help you improve your posture and increase physical activity while working from home.
UCF Researchers Are Helping Develop Rapid, Longer Lasting COVID Disinfectant
The disinfectant spray will use UCF-developed cerium oxide nanoparticles that have been shown to have a wide range of therapeutic properties.
UCF’s Revamped Student Union to Reopen
The Heart of Campus — which now includes a full-service Starbucks — will open its doors Aug. 8.
How Vaccines Work And What It Means For COVID-19
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences virus expert Kai McKinstry discusses some of the challenges of developing vaccines.
Answering the Call to Serve in a Pandemic
“Patients were everywhere. The ICU was full. The wards were full,’” says UCF College of Medicine faculty physician Jeff LaRochelle about his time in New…
PHOTOS: Knights Armor Up During 1st Week of Fall 2020
Nine Knights share their new semester experiences during the pandemic and why you should wear a face covering on campus.
Knights Pantry Adjusts During Pandemic to Keep Helping Students
Any UCF student with a valid ID can access the food pantry, which has transitioned to curbside service and appointments for in-store shopping.
What You Should Know for the First Week of Fall 2020 at UCF
From mandatory COVID-19 safety measures to campus community events and helpful resources, here is some important information to help you start the semester right.
Armor Up with New Knights Face Coverings
Proceeds from the sales of the coverings, made by a former student’s apparel company, will also help Knights in financial need.
Reality of My Daughter’s Home Schooling During Pandemic Has Begun to Sink In
This is hard for all of us parents, and a time to be supportive to one another, not critical or negative.
President Cartwright Welcomes Students to Fall 2020
Cartwright encourages Knights to pledge to take care of each other by Armoring Up and participate in Pegasus Palooza.
Portable Handwashing Stations Allow Students to Lather Up Before Class
A student-led initiative from UCF Wellness and Health Promotion Services aims to bring awareness to sustaining healthy habits during COVID-19 as flu season approaches.
UCF Welcomes Class of 2024 with Campuswide Health Enhancements
The Fall 2020 semester heralds one of the university’s most accomplished freshman classes, enhanced safety precautions and the first anniversary of UCF Downtown.
A Guide to Eating on Campus During the COVID-19 Pandemic
UCF Dining Services’ initiatives include grab-and-go meals, mobile ordering and a continued commitment to cleanliness and food safety protocols.
Don’t Be A COVID-19 Super Spreader
College of Medicine students Neel Shah and Deep Gandhi offer their perspectives on the importance of physical distancing, especially as students return to UCF campus…
UCF Awarded $170K Grant to Explore Cybersecurity Risks Amid COVID-19
UCF faculty members Clay Posey and Mindy Shoss will research behaviors of temporary work-from-home employees.
UCF Police Changes Safe Escort Program for Fall Semester
Due to COVID-19, the Knight Ride service has been reimagined with alternative ways to help students and employees stay safe while on campus late at…
The Cartwrights’ Decision to Give Back to UCF
President Alexander N. Cartwright and First Lady Melinda K. Cartwright have pledged a quarter million dollars to support student scholarships, STEM research, the humanities and…
As Children Return To School During the Pandemic
Colleen Moran-Bano, a pediatrician at the UCF College of Medicine, uses her professional expertise and personal experience to provide guidance on navigating the pandemic as…
How Advice from Chick-fil-A and Simulation Analysis Shaped UCF’s Drive-Thru Move-In
With 6,000 students moving into main campus housing during a pandemic, UCF turned to its IT team, engineers and a fast food drive-thru expert to…
If 2020 Hasn’t Turned Out the Way You Planned – You’re Not Alone
Even though others may have had it worse, that doesn’t mean your emotions aren’t valid. You’re allowed to grieve.
Ways to Help Uphold UCF’s COVID-19 Policy
Here are some actions to take and conversation starters you can use to help reduce the coronavirus spread and encourage other Knights to do their…
UCF’s Parents as Teacher Hotline Ready for Local K-12 School Year
As families opt for online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and staff from the College of Community Innovation and Education are available for parents…
New DOD Award Honors UCF Researcher for Transformative Idea During Pandemic
Optics and Photonics professor earns award named in honor of Sir Isaac Newton for transformative work on spacetime particle wave packets, a new class of…
AAC Announces Plans for 2020 Fall Sports Seasons
“The health and safety of our student-athletes is our top priority as we face the challenges of the current global pandemic,” says American Athletic Conference…
Limbitless Solutions Publishes Article With Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Collaborations
The journal paper recommends that universities build relationships with local hospitals to be ready for the next emergency.
New Project Will Explore Telehealth Effectiveness on Veterans During Pandemic
The UCF and Orlando VA Healthcare System research project will examine why some veterans complete their psychotherapy treatment and others do not.
Caring for Someone With COVID-19
Whether it’s a child or adult, nurse practitioner and College of Nursing faculty member Valerie Martinez provides guidance for caring for those infected with the coronavirus.
COVID-19 Cases to Decline Beginning Next Month, UCF Research Predicts
Using new projections based on A.I. and deep-learning models, UCF data scientists find an optimistic outlook for the pandemic’s trajectory.
UCF Nursing Students Complete On-Campus Lab for 1st Time Since Pandemic
With a team of faculty experts and a commitment to safety, a group of first-semester students finally had the chance to demonstrate skills they’ve learned…
A New Way to Move: Exercising During COVID-19
Tom Fisher, kinesiology senior lecturer and exercise physiology expert, provides some suggestions for staying motivated and active during the pandemic.
UCF Installs Vending Machines Stocked with Face Coverings
Each student, faculty and staff member is allotted one free washable cloth mask, which can be obtained through a vending machine or at one of…
Guidelines for Receiving COVID-19 Tests, Reporting Results
Student Health Services’ Michael Deichen provides guidance for the campus community about COVID-19 testing, which is available on UCF’s main and medical campuses.
Face Covering Distribution Available on Main and Downtown Campuses
Individuals with a valid UCF ID can pick up one, free cotton reusable face covering at either of the two campuses, with future distribution coming…
What Is Contact Tracing? How Can It Help Manage COVID-19?
Robin Hines, a population health sciences expert at the College of Medicine, outlines steps for contact tracing and explains why it is important.
Taking Steps to Support Our International Students
UCF celebrates the reversal of federal guidelines that would have affected more than 3,000 current and new students.
Why UCF is Reopening, and Questions about Fall
UCF’s interim provost emphasizes academic plans for the fall are purposefully flexible and the university will adapt as needed to keep students, faculty and staff…
UCF Featured on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’
The segment highlights preparations for the fall semester as UCF plans to welcome back students, faculty and staff to campus during COVID-19.
The Importance of a Sleep Routine During COVID-19
Keith Brazendale, a health sciences assistant professor and sleep expert, emphasizes the importance of getting enough good quality rest during this time and provides suggestions…
PHOTOS: New UCF Campus Safety Upgrades to Reduce COVID-19 Impact
A look at some of the cleaning and safety measures UCF is implementing to keep students, faculty and staff safe as classes resume on campus…
UCF Launches 11 New Graduate Certificates and Tracks in Response to COVID-19
The certificates, tracks and special topics courses cover a variety of fields from business and engineering to optics and health.
What Makes You Think Your Rights Are More Important Than My Rights?
Is your choice to not wear a face covering more important than my right to a healthy space and environment?
UCF to Add New BlendFlex Class Format
Students in some classes will have both face-to-face and online instructions to provide access to necessary in-person lessons, while upholding proper safety/distancing guidelines.
Grants Available for COVID-19 Research that Uses Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
Up to $175,000 is available to researchers with preference given to teams that include an industry partner.
Like All Disease, COVID-19 Preys On Vulnerable Communities
College of Medicine faculty member Elena Cyrus discusses how socioeconomic factors, such as living conditions and access to healthcare, play a huge role in health…
UCF and HCA Programs Celebrate Graduating Residents
The College of Medicine honors 137 newly trained physicians who are ready to enter practice.
CARES Act Application for Second Distribution Now Open
Students can apply for new or additional funding through their myUCF accounts until 11:59 p.m. on July 5.
17 Academics from Across the Nation Warn that COVID-19 Pandemic Worsens Equity Gap between Men, Women in Academia
The nationwide shutdown due to COVID-19 forced faculty members to work remotely and resulted in women faculty taking on more domestic jobs at home. This…
Florida Board of Governors Approves UCF’s Reopening Plan for Fall 2020
President Alexander N. Cartwright emphasized the university “will continue to put the health and well-being of our students first, while ensuring they have the resources…
UCF Announces Restart Plan for Human Subject Research
Researchers will need to follow one of two plans to restart work with human participants again.
Strengthening Your Immunity — What to Eat
Health Sciences faculty member and registered dietitian nutritionist Valerie Schulz lists some nutrient-dense foods that can help keep you healthy.
WUCF TV Series to Address Pandemic Impact on Local Arts, History Groups
Guests will discuss how programs will carry on in the post-COVID-19 era.
UCF Study Will Look at COVID-19 Effects on Services that Help Prevent Reoffending
Probation and parole agencies have had to adapt to help some 6 million Americans stay on the right track and not reoffend.
UCF Alumnae Teach Coping Skills During COVID-19 Pandemic
Mental health professionals share tips for dealing with stress during coronavirus precautions.
Do Not Let Your COVID-19 Guards Down
As UCF proceeds with the phased-in reopening of campus, Associate Vice President of Student Health Services Michael Deichen emphasizes the importance of continuing to use good…
UCF Researchers Start Projects to Fight the Pandemic
The medical school recently awarded $20,000 in start-up grants to each faculty research team seeking to better understand and treat COVID-19.
Wednesday Virtual Forum on Return to Campus
President Alexander N. Cartwright will be sharing more about the university’s plans during the forum, where members from these planning groups will be on hand…
Staying Safe in the New Normal
A reminder to maintain good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as returning to work in offices begin.
How to Resume Life After Months of Social Distancing
As Florida and rest of the country start to reopen for business, UCF experts offer tips for reintroducing yourself to society.
UCF Receives Helios-Florida Consortium COVID-19 Summer Completion Grant to Help Students in Need
The $650,000 award intends to provide aid for hundreds of students at UCF, USF and FIU who have not qualified for CARES Act funds.
What is Antibody Testing?
Jane Gibson, an expert in molecular diagnostics at the UCF College of Medicine provides some insight on COVID-19 antibody testing, which is now available on UCF’s…
A Laugh a Day Keeps the COVID Away
It seems like there’s nothing to laugh about anymore. But maybe we should start.
UCF Develops Course to Enhance the Care of Patients Recovering From COVID-19
The fully online course is available through the graduate clinical speech pathology program and intends to prepare professionals to meet the complex needs of patients.
UCF Students Form Organization to Work Together Against COVID-19
When the coronavirus hit Central Florida, Daniela Vulpe and Victoria Orindas saw that many charitable organizations had to slow down or stop due to health…
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