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COS Grad Programs Ranked Nationally

Several graduate programs in the University of Central Florida College of Sciences were ranked in the top 200 in their respective fields by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of 2018. The following COS graduate programs were ranked in the top 200 of their fields: Physics – No. 85 Sociology – No. 102 […]

UCF’s Crime Lab Combats Human Trafficking Through Research

UCF Department of Sociology’s “crime lab,” a team of faculty and students, is trying to help police and nonprofit agencies better understand human trafficking in hopes of stopping it. While human trafficking is the latest crime the UCF team is tackling, it has been working with all sorts of crime data. The team works with […]

Sociology Alumnus’ Pursuit of Education and Recovery

For the past decade Thomas Hall, Ph.D., has been at the forefront of implementing one of the most premier prevention programs in the country at the University of Central Florida. UCF has been recognized by the US Department of Education, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the state of Florida as […]

Victim of Domestic Violence Uses Past Experience to Initiate Change

University of Central Florida sociology doctoral student Donna King has taken her tragic experience and turned it into an opportunity for change. King, along with her husband Attorney Jerrell Dayton King, recently conducted research on the U.S. court system and its impact on victims of domestic violence. The research, A Call for Limiting Absolute Privilege: […]

Open Reef Drones Take on Environmental Conservation

Geographic information systems (GIS), and related geospatial technologies like drones, are being used to do wonders for our planet. With the growing issue of climate change and over-development, University of Central Florida researchers have taken the initiative to protect the areas with the greatest risks: islands and coastal areas. UCF Assistant Professor of GIS in […]

Peer Milk-Sharing Participants Generally Keep it Clean

Story by Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala, UCF Today Mothers who want the benefits of breast milk for their babies but can’t produce the substance often turn to milk-sharing networks. A new study from the University of Central Florida found that although not a recommended practice, those who participate in milk-sharing networks generally follow good hygiene, which is […]

Feminine Rivalry, Partner Violence, and Inauthenticity Work

Assistant Professor in the UCF Department of Sociology Amanda Anthony, Ph.D., had her diverse research published in three articles throughout 2016. In March, 2016, her paper titled ‘When Beauty Brings Out the Beast: Female Comparisons and the Feminine Rivalry’ was published in the journal Gender Issues. Anthony worked with UCF sociology doctoral student Sarah Okorie […]

UCF Chimes in on Florida’s Puerto Rican Population Growth

The University of Central Florida was well represented at a recent workshop held at the Orange County Commission Chamber on Feb. 3, 2017. UCF Associate Professor of sociology, Fernando Rivera, Ph.D., along with several other UCF professors, presented their research at the Puerto Rican Demographic Workshop. The workshop was led by UCF political science graduate […]

UCF Sociologists Encourage Social Activism

Melanie Sberna Hinojosa, Ph.D., and Ramon Hinojosa, Ph.D, assistant professors in the Department of Sociology, were selected to give a presentation on the role of civic engagement in undergraduate leadership. The presentation, held as a part of the University of Central Florida’s LEAD Scholars Leadership Week, will take place in Feb., 2017. The presentation titled […]

Spring Faculty Fellows Promote Women Excellence

A group of University of Central Florida faculty members were selected as faculty fellows of the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty for spring 2017. College of Sciences faculty Melanie Sberna Hinojosa, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, and Beatriz M. Reyes-Foster, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, along with […]

Chairs and Directors Leadership Circle

Four University of Central Florida department chairs from the College of Sciences have been selected to be in the UCF Office of Faculty Excellence’s Chairs and Directors Leadership Circle. Tosha Dupras, Ph.D., anthropology chair, Kerstin Hamann, Ph.D., political science chair, Elizabeth Mustaine, Ph.D., sociology chair, and Graham Worthy, Ph.D., biology chair are part of the […]

Major Growth for UCF Social Sciences

The University of Central Florida’s Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree has seen a rapid increase of new students in the past year. In 2016 over the spring, summer and fall, 19 students graduated with social sciences degrees. From fall of 2015 to fall of 2016, 32 more students enrolled in the program. 118 […]

The Coordinates of Success

Amanda Ashby, a University of Central Florida senior majoring in sociology, was thrilled when she was awarded a student assistantship for the annual Esri FedGIS Conference. The conference, held this year in Washington, DC, focuses on the high-tech field of geographic information systems, or GIS. GIS is a system that is designed to capture, store, […]

Examining Veterans’ Musculoskeletal Health

Two researchers in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida recently had their paper accepted to the peer-reviewed open access journal Public Library of Science (PLOS ONE). Assistant Professors Ramon Hinojosa, Ph.D., and Melanie Sberna Hinojosa, Ph.D., collaborated on their paper entitled “Activity Limiting Musculoskeletal Conditions in Veteran and Non-Veteran Populations Using the 2013 National Health Interview Survey.” […]

UCF Sociologists Research Toward a Healthier Community

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida Melanie Sberna Hinojosa, Ph.D., has been leading sociology students through trailblazing research. Two of her papers focusing on public health were recently published in academic journals. The paper “Using Andersen’s Behavioral Model to Predict Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation among U.S. […]

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