UCF Insight Research & Scholarship: Protecting the Earth and Its People 2019 September Issue 25

There are days when we all feel like no one understands our research work or why it matters. Educating the public about what you do can be frustrating, but it is critical.
That’s why I’m happy to share a new resource with you to help communicate your work to your colleagues and the general public. Research Decoded is a new podcast series we launched this month. It provides tips and examples in episodes no longer than 15 minutes.

You’ll find the podcast series on the Office of Research Communication website, which also outlines some of the services we provide.
Communicating your findings to the public is not only a requirement for most sponsored research awards, but it can help make big changes. UCF Biologist John Fauth, whose research looked into why coral reefs are dying, had his story told through the media around the world. Now several nations and Hawaii have banned certain sunscreens that include chemicals that hurt the reefs.
I encourage you and your research students to reach out to the communications team. We are here to help.

Threats from Space. Researchers huddled around computer monitors.
UCF-MANAGED ARECIBO OBSERVATORY recently received $19 million from NASA to help protect Earth from asteroids.
Cloud Security. Various media Icons and cloud icons floating in a server room.
NEW TECHNOLOGY INTENDED TO IMPROVE the security of cloud computing may still be vulnerable to attacks, a new UCF co-authored study finds.
Community Resilience. Hurricane rain, wind, and flooding over homes
FOR COMMUNITIES IN THE CROSSHAIRS of rapid urbanization, climate change, and natural disasters, the best defense may be resiliency and self-sufficiency.
Buddhism Sexual Abuse. Ann Gleig, an associate professor of religion and cultural studies at UCF
A NEW PROJECT examining sexual abuse in religious communities will also create resources to help victims heal and to prevent the abuses from happening again.
Fighting Lung Cancer. College of Medicine cancer researcher Dr. Alicja Copik behind a microscope
DR. ALICJA COPIK ALREADY KNOWN for working with natural killer cells to treat certain types of leukemia, will now be looking at tobacco-related cancers and diseases.
19 / September  Sim Talk 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. College of Nursing 602 Learn More
24 / September  From Tallahassee to UCF 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 pm Teaching Academy: 130 Learn More
25 / September  Non-Tenure Earning Faculty Meeting 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Teaching Academy: 130 Learn More
26 / September  Coalesce Latin American Art Exhibition 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. UCF Art Gallery Learn More
Sponsored Awards Kudos to the following UCF researchers who received sponsored awards in  August. A complete listing of awards is posted online.  Fu, Xinwen / Bryer, Thomas / Fan, Deliang / Stevens, Kelly Ann / Yu, Haofei A Secure, Trustworthy, and Reliable Air Quality Monitoring System for Smart and Connected Communities National Science Foundation $1,198,111  Neider, Mark / Bohil, Corey J. / Dagley, Melissa D. / Jentsch, Florian G. / Newins, Amie R. / Schmidt, Joseph C. / Shoss, Mindy Michelle Building Laboratories Without Limits: Bringing Behavioral and Neurophysiological Measurement to Real and Virtual Environments US Army Contracting Command $596,430  Chang, Zenghu KeV High Harmonic Generation Enhanced by Mid-IR Surface Plasmon Defense Threat Reduction Agency/AL-AC $350,000
Infrared Looking Image of Trees
Improving Night Vision. Read More
Astronaut preparing food in space
To live on Mars we're probably going to eat bugs. Read More
Pluto from space
NASA chief says Pluto is a planet: 'It's the way I learned it'

UCF’s Office of Research has launched a 10-part podcast series called Research Decoded to help researchers communicate their work. Listen to the podcasts here!

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