By Jenna Weiss

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Congressional caucus recharters in support of space science

Following a two-year dormancy, the Congressional Planetary Science Caucus was re-established in the 118th Congress earlier this month to accumulate support for planetary science research.

Co-chairs and Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.) are partnering with The Planetary Society to form the caucus, or formal interest group, according to The Planetary Society’s press release.

The caucus strives to support space research and exploration, reduce threats of potentially unsafe near-Ear

Lavender Council fosters safe space for LGBTQ+ students

LGBTQ+ Student Services hosted a mixer on Thursday evening at the Ginsburg Lounge to build relationships between students and queer organizations at UCF.

Isabella Demblewski, second-year Lavender Council board member and senior psychology major, said that they often hear that students aren’t aware of the LGBTQ+ resources available on campus, such as Pride Commons.

“It's a place for students to be able to have a safe environment to foster community or just to network. We also sometimes have eve

Re-established club aims to create a community for female STEM students

The new executive board of Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science strives to close gender gaps for female STEM students.

Despite progress in gender equity and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields among both men and women, women only make up 28% of the STEM workforce as of 2023, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Professional Education website.

Myesha Rahman, WEECS public relations director and sophomore electrical engineering major

UCF professor explores motor imagery therapy for post-stroke patients

A UCF professor received a $570,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore alternative treatments for post-stroke survivors.

Some post-stroke patients suffer from a condition called apraxia of speech, or AOS. This motor planning disorder can impair an individual’s brain from directing muscle movement to form speech correctly, according to the Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington.

Dr. Lauren Bislick, assistant professor at the School of Communication Scie

Evolution of eXtended reality: UCF aims to develop first wide-range data infrastructure for human subjects research

Researchers at UCF received a nearly five million dollar grant to develop and advance human subjects research through a wide-range extended reality (XR) infrastructure.

The development of the Virtual Experience Research Accelerator (VERA) will enable widespread and accessible lab-based study opportunities for researchers using a hub of newly created and existing diverse data pools, according to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The development will be led by Pegasus Professor Dr. Greg

UCF exhibit highlights American visual culture through typographic art

Attendees gathered on Thursday evening for the opening reception of "Type Out Loud", an exhibit that captures the essence of American culture through typographic art.

Featuring typographic artwork from a variety of artists and a 30-foot-long timeline plastered on the wall, the broadsides, or posters, tell the history of American print media and the stories that go along with it.

“Typographic broadsides can be a powerful, artistic form of broadcasting social, political, and cultural messages. "

UCF's Honors Congress explores the night sky

The Honors Congress of Burnett Honors College gathered amongst an assortment of telescopes at the Robinson Observatory on a cool Thursday evening to share a private stargazing experience with their peers.

The observatory, which is a research and education facility run by UCF faculty and students, hosts public and private events for attendees to explore and examine the sky through its telescopes, according to the Planetary Sciences Group’s website.

“I think it's a really great way for people to

UCF photographer shares the story of his career-changing shot

After snapping an impulsively-angled photograph of the Falcon 9 rocket’s glowing orange streak cutting through the 50-yard line in 2020, UCF Knights Lead Photographer Conor Kvatek, nearly deleted the image that would soon change his life and career.

“It meant everything and I could have never expected that a photo I initially was going to delete was going to have that kind of reaction,” Kvatek said.

Kvatek said he started his photography career fresh out of high school in 2017 and stumbled upo

Planetarium director engages students in an astronomical discussion

Derek Demeter, planetarium director and UCF alumnus, visited the UCF Astronomy Society Tuesday to engage in an interactive discussion about astronomy and share new planetarium renovations and collaborations.

“There's a lot of really exciting stuff in astronomy in terms of connecting to you all as well as the planetarium," Demeter said at the panel.

The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium, located at Seminole State College, has offered interactive and educational presentations and shows fo

SEDS UCF shares goals and plans for the academic year

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space UCF, a student-based organization for space enthusiasts, announced their new board members and plans for the 2023-2024 year.

SEDS was originally founded in 1980 at MIT and grew to 95 chapters and 8,000 students across the nation, according to SEDS USA. The organization has now spread across high schools and universities internationally to promote involvement in the space industry, leadership and networking skill development and engineeri

'It’s basically a new paintbrush': Exploring the frontiers of AI in art at UCF

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts buzzed with the sound of peculiar techno background music — not created by a student but by artificial intelligence.

Experts, students and guests attended the REALity of ARTificial Intelligence event Monday evening hosted by the UCF Center for Ethics in collaboration with the Center for Computer Vision and the School of Visual Arts and Design.

The event featured not only unique music by AI but also a panel discussion by experts and a poster sessi

UCF-Orlando Annual Jazz Festival embodies the American spirit

For UCF professor and saxophonist Jeffrey Rupert, starting an annual jazz festival in Orlando was the only logical decision to showcase this great art form.

The 17th annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival opened its two-day run last Friday and Saturday at the Nicholson Communication and Media auditorium with a performance from Oliver Nelson Jr. and special guests.

“One of the charges that we have is to always have high-quality artistry coming to UCF and folks that normally aren't in the Central Flor

"Go for launch!": NASA releases new streaming service

NASA launched NASA+, its new streaming service, on Nov. 8 to share original on-demand space content for everyone.

“NASA’s new streaming platform and app are where the world can join us as we explore the unknown,” said Marc Etkind, associate administrator in NASA’s office of communications, NASA Headquarters, in a press release.

The service is accessible on IOS and Android devices through the NASA app, Roku and Apple TV, and the updated website, according to a press release from NASA. At no cos

It's not rocket science, it's quantum physics: UCF project utilizes virtual reality to teach quantum information science

A virtual reality application at UCF received a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to further education within quantum computing, a field in quantum information science.

QubitVR is a collaboration between researchers at UCF, University of Texas at Dallas and Vanderbilt University to further quantum education and address and solve complex barriers through virtual reality, according to UCF Today.

Dr. Michael Kolodrubetz, physics professor at UT Dallas and researche

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