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

Presentations on interrupting the achievement gap of students, technology for cooling devices, and understanding near-earth asteroids received the top prizes this year at UCF’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

The international event challenges doctoral students to present their research in three minutes using only one slide as a prompt. Judging of the students is based on research, their presentation skills and how they communicate their work to a general audience. The judges are non-scientists. This year was even more challenging because of the pandemic; students had to present via Zoom.

Hosted by the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research, ten finalists came from a wide range of disciplines, including criminal justice, engineering, sciences, nursing, sociology, and education.

Lauren Thomas from curriculum and instruction took first place with her presentation on Interrupting the Achievement Gap Ideology ; Khan Mohammad Rabbi from mechanical engineering took second with his

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UCF Programs Add to Pompeii Exhibit at Orlando Science Center

Several UCF programs are being presented in partnership with the Orlando Science Center’s exhibit of Pompeii: The Immortal City, which will run through Jan. 24.

The traveling display, the third and final stop in the United States, presents artwork, artifacts, interactive devices and multimedia experiences to show the effects of the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which buried the Roman city of Pompeii.

Life and Death in Pompeii will be a UCF webinar presentation and discussion at noon Friday, Nov. 6, about the era and what was going on at the time of the eruption. Historians of art, archaeology, and classical languages and literatures will present their research. Ilenia Colón Mendoza will moderate the symposium and a Q&A will follow each of three topics:

  • “Greek and Roman Myths in the Houses of Pompeii and the Bay of Naples” with Robert Vander Poppen, an associate professor of classical art and
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UCF CREATE’s Work with Children Featured in Pompeii Exhibit at Orlando Science Center

Visitors to the international Pompeii exhibit currently running at the Orlando Science Center (OSC) will get to see frescos from the city buried under ash — as well as frescos made by first, second, and third graders living in neighborhoods around downtown Orlando.

Through the UCF Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE)’s Extended Classroom Experience program, three classes from Lake Eola Charter School learned about the art and science of making frescos, a painting technique common in ancient Italy that involves plaster and pigment.

The new 10,000 square foot immersive exhibit at the OSC opened earlier this month and will wrap up in January 2021. “Pompeii: the Lost City” provides a look at the archaeological site destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. From interactive mechanical devices to artifacts from the time and an erupting volcano display, the exhibition captures the

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UCF project will study smart tech to improve risk communication in central Florida

ORLANDO, Oct. 29, 2020 – University of Central Florida researchers are leading an interdisciplinary project to help communities use artificial intelligence and smart technologies to bounce back from disasters quickly.

The project is funded by a recently announced $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its Smart and Connected Communities program.

The three-year project will examine past use of AI and smart technologies for emergency response and risk communication in the Central Florida region and also implement new ones. It will also analyze leveraging community partnerships that exist, such as Seminole Heart, and identify ones that could be developed.

This resilience research is important since the region routinely faces threats from natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes, as well as human-made emergencies and crises.

The study area will cover 78 towns and cities in eight counties — Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter

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