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S. Goldman Public Talk Nov. 18: Our Knowledge of Space & Time Thru the Ages & where it Stands Today


On Thursday, November 19, 2009, Professor Gary Shiu from the University of Wisconsin will be visiting UCF and will deliver a public talk on how our knowledge of space and time has progressed and where it stands currently.

TITLE: String Theory and the Quantum Universe


Our understanding of space and time has undergone a series of upheavals during the last 300 years. In this talk, I will describe some of these, from Newtons absolute conception of space and time, to Einsteins relativity, through quantum theorys uncertainty, to cutting-edge work in string theory suggesting more dimensions of space than those we can see. Ideas to reveal these hidden dimensions experimentally will be discussed. No expertise in physics will be presumed.

LOCATION: Classroom Building 1, Room 309

TIME: 5.00 pm

About the Speaker: Gary Shiu GARY SHIU received his PhD from Cornell University. After postdoctoral positions at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook and the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty of University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2002.  His research, broadly known as String Phenomenology, aims at understanding the connection between String Theory, Particle Physics, and Cosmology. His work is supported in part by the US Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Research Corporation.

Article posted: 11/12/2009

Women and Leadership in the 21st Century World: Breaking Barriers. Oct. 27, 2009, 2-4:15 PM

Subject:  Public Forum: Women and Leadership in the Evolving 21st Century World
Sent by:  Helen Donegan, Vice President Community Relations for UCF Global Perspectives

The Global Perspectives Office, in a partnership with Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jay
Garner, is pleased to announce a public forum on "breaking barriers." This
forum is part of an annual focus, "Women and Leadership in the Evolving
21st Century World."

The forum will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2009,
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student
Union on UCFs main campus.

This forum is free and open to the public.

Those presenting at this public forum include Robin Buckelew, Director,
Applied Sensors, Guidance and Electronics Directorate, Aviation and
Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, United States Army;
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Claudia J. Kennedy; Mary Rawlinson, Editor, International
Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics; and The Honorable Winifred
Sharp, retired from the 5th District Court of Appeals. The forum will be
moderated by Maria Cristina Santana, Director, UCF Womens Studies

In addition to the Global Perspectives Office and Gen. Garner,sponsors
include Lawrence J. Chastang and the Chastang Foundation, UCF Diplomacy
Program, UCF Student Government Association, UCF LIFE, UCF Political
Science Department, UCF Womens Research Center, UCF Womens Studies
Program and the Global Connections Foundation.

Article posted: 10/24/2009

New Academic Success Workshops Available This Semester From SARC

Student Academic Resource Center
Fall 2009 Academic Success Workshop Series
For more information please call SARC at 407-823-5130 or visit our website at
We Can Help Make Your Academic Goals a Reality!

Academic Success Workshops:

How to Handle Mixed Mode Courses
Just because you are not in the classroom does not mean you don’t have homework.  Learn important strategies for success in mixed mode courses.
Wednesday, October 28th 
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Student Union 218AB

Emotion Regulation
Understand how your emotions work and the skills needed to manage one’s emotions instead of being managed by them.
Monday, November 2nd
10:00 - 11:00 am
Student Union 220

Classroom Communication Skills for Success

This workshop will focus on some of the typical mistakes students make when communicating with professors. Students will examine practical and effective strategies for improving their success in the academic environment by improving their oral and written communication.
Monday, November 2nd
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Student Union 220

Classroom Etiquette
Learn what specific traits and behaviors UCF professors are looking for students to posses.  Knowing these characteristics can be the difference between a final letter grade of a "B" as oppose to a "C+".
Monday, November 2nd
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Student Union 220

Professor’s Office Hours - The Most Important Hour You Will Ever Spend
 Don be intimated to meet with your professors; be empowered to meet with your professors.  Learn conversation starters which will assist you in developing a working relationship with your professor.  Discover the many reasons why you should visit your professors and the positive results you will gain from just one visit.
Monday, November 2nd
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Student Union 218A

How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation
Presentation is everything!  Learn how to ask for a recommendation and what information you should provide a professor to receive a letter indicating your strengths, talents, and abilities.
Monday, November 2nd      
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Nike Programming Center

Establishing Your Reputation on Campus
How does a UCF Knight leave their legacy on campus?  Learn some of the greatest opportunities UCF has to offer and what skills are necessary to become a leader on campus.  Want to leave your mark as an Ultimate Knight? Come to this workshop and you will learn how to present your best!
Monday, November 2nd     
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Hercules Programming Center

POWer Studying

Preparation, Organization, and a Willingness to Succeed = POWer Studying.
Learn how to get ready to study so you are not cramming the night before.
Wednesday, November 4th 
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Student Union 218AB

Time Management - How Not to Procrastinate
Want to turn in an assignment early or better yet, on time! 
Learn how to force yourself to get things done.
Wednesday, November 18th
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Student Union 218AB

Final Exam Preparation - 12 Days and Counting
Finals are right around the corner!  Learn how to determine what to study for a comprehensive final and how you can motivate yourself to reach your goals.
Wednesday, November 25th 
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Student Union 218AB

Final Exam Preparation - Stress Management
Are you starting to feel overwhelmed by preparing for finals? 
Learn how to regain control and make finals week a Success.
Wednesday, December 2nd  
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Student Union 218AB

Freshmen Students - Receive 500 LINK Points for Attending! Learn the necessary
techniques for Success at the college level. These are not your High School Study Skills! 

Transfer Students
Enhance the study and learning skills you have already developed. 
Take them to the next level here at UCF.

For more information, visit our website at to review over 80 handouts & inventories
to enhance your study and learning skills for college Success.

Also available at SARC, one-on-one learning consultations with a Learning Specialist
Call 407-823-5130 to schedule an appointment

Article posted: 10/22/2009

YES Program Distinguished Speaker: Mr. Ben Patz, CEO and Pres., Coleman Technologies: Oct. 22, 2009

Dear EXCEL Student,
Please join us for the fall 2009 YES Distinguished Speaker event.  This is a good opportunity to learn about the YES program (see below).

Date & Time: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 4:00pm-6:00 PM

Location: College of Business, Room: BA 135, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Ben Patz, CEO and President, Coleman Technologies, UCF Alum Electrical Engineering MS, 2002 Florida Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology Services
Tentative Agenda
3:30-4:00 PM:  Check-in and pick up name badge
4:00-5:00 PM:  Presentation
5:00-6:00 PM:  Reception with refreshments
(You will have the opportunity to interact with the speaker, faculty and industry mentors, EXCEL students, YES scholars, and YES program staff)
Please RSVP ( or 407 823-4587) by 10:00 Monday morning (10/19) if you plan to attend.   We hope to see you at the event!

YES Scholarship Program:
The purpose of the YES (Young Entrepreneur and Scholar) Scholarship program is to recognize talented students in the EXCEL program who are interested in a business-oriented (entrepreneurship career) path or an academic-oriented (research career) path.  EXCEL students in their third and fourth year (junior and senior years) can apply to the YES Scholarship program if they meet program eligibility requirements.  See the YES Web site for further details  Each spring, we recruit YES students from qualified EXCEL students. 

Ms. Terrell A. Hodges
EXCEL Administrative Coordinator
University of Central Florida
(407) 823-4587
(407) 823-1488  (Fax)

Article posted: 10/16/2009

The Office of Undergraduate Research is Presenting a Workshop: How to Publish, November 3, 2009

Workshop: How to Publish, November 3rd, 2009

Presented by the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal this workshop will review the basic strategies to synthesize your research into something that can be submitted for publication.

Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location: SU 218 CD

For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at

Article posted: 10/22/2009