April - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. This is Student Research Week—see below for details on the activities that will be taking place each day. Feel free to share this info with your students. Also, for the next couple of weeks we’re having some electrical work done in the Faculty Center. Despite the mess and disarray, the staff will be available to help you as usual, so feel free to call or stop by.
Have a great week!

(All events will be held in CB1 207 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in a workshop via webconferencing, please email fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.)

Monday, March 31st
STEM Education Research Reading Group 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PSB-445

Tuesday, April 1st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2nd
FCTL/CSWF Book Club Meeting 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Room 205 this week)

Thursday, April 3rd
Workshop: Turnitin.com 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 4th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The UCF 2014 Student Research Week starts on Monday, March 31. We invite you, your students, and your colleagues to attend. All events are in the UCF Student Union and are free to the community. The workshops are geared for undergraduate and graduate students. If you have any questions about the week, do not hesitate to contact us at our@ucf.edu or 407-823-3125. Please visit www.researchweek.ucf.edu for additional details.
Monday, March 31 (Cape Florida Ballroom, 316AB)
Workshop: Communicating Your Research (12:00pm- 1:15pm)
Kick-off Seminar: Life-long Learning through Research at the Intersection of Chemistry, Optics, and Lasers (Dr. Stephen Kuebler; 1:30pm-3:00pm)
Workshop: National and International Scholarships/Fellowships (3:30pm-5:00pm)
Tuesday, April 1 (Pegasus Ballroom)
Graduate Research Forum (12:00pm-3:30pm, Awards 3:30pm)
Wednesday, April 2 (Cape Florida Ballroom, 316AB)
Workshop: Getting Started- Undergraduate Research (11:00am-12:30pm)
Panel Discussion: Planning for Success in Graduate School (12:30pm-2:00pm)
Workshop: The Library- Your Research Partner for Finding and Organizing your Literature (2:00pm-3:30pm)
Workshop: Grant Writing- Understanding the Review Process (3:30pm-5:00pm)
Thursday, April 3 (Pegasus Ballroom)
Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (1:00pm-4:00pm, Awards 4:30pm)

Monday, March 31st the STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet to discuss the following paper http://mazur.harvard.edu/sentFiles/Mazur_424102.pdf. We will meet in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12-1. The article, which addresses the gap between evidence-based teaching practices and actual teaching practices in physics, can be of interest to scholars in many different fields of study. Everyone is welcome to attend.

CFE will be hosting Home Buying and Selling 101, a real estate lunch and learn seminar, on Tuesday, April 8. This FREE seminar will take place in the UCF Student Union, room #218B, from 12-1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Visit www.mycfe.com to reserve your spot.

The Multicultural Student Center is proud to host European Heritage Week, April 14-18. This Week is designed to recognize and celebrate the contributions of European Americans. Mr. Tim Wise will serve as the keynote speaker for European Heritage Week on Monday, April 14th, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Cape Florida Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public. Mr. Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Recently named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.

SPRINGER EBOOKS Springer is a major publisher of academic and professional books and series. Their eBooks are suitable for research, study, and course projects, and can be assigned as textbooks. The UCF Library has perpetual rights and online access to Springer books published in English between 2005 and 2014, comprising of over 16,000 volumes. In addition, UCF users have access from 1997 to 2014 to all of Springer’s major book series, including the well-known Lecture Notes Series. Springer eBooks are available to all UCF students, faculty and staff anywhere, anytime. Because Springer eBooks are in PDF format, students can print, e-mail, and download entire chapters and books to read off-line on a cell phone, eBook reader (such as Kindle), laptop, or any computer. Many of the titles are suitable as textbooks and faculty may choose to replace or supplement their main textbooks with Springer eBooks. There is no limit on the number of people who can open Springer eBooks at one time, and any fair use of the content for educational purposes is allowed, including embedding the content in Canvas. Students who are content to use the eBooks may not need to buy a copy of the text. Students that prefer print may order a rapid-print copy of any of the Springer titles which will be bound and shipped to their address for $25. This convenient resource is an excellent way for faculty and students to contribute to the teaching and research mission of UCF without purchasing textbooks. Any questions regarding Springer eBooks may be directed to Michael Arthur, Head of Acquisitions & Collection Services. Email: Michael.arthur@ucf.edu Phone: 407-882-0143

UCF’s (VARC) and the Orlando VA’s VITAL program are excited to continue the S.A.F.E. training program for UCF’s staff and faculty. As Veterans return from foreign conflicts and leave the military, they are returning to school and their transitions from the military to life at UCF can come with unique hurdles and challenges. S.A.F.E. training was created to help educate UCF faculty and staff about specific Student Veteran challenges. The next Spring 2014 training session will be held on April 18.


  • To help make the tax return filing process easy as possible, CFE is offering complimentary Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for anyone with a household income of less than $52,000. Services are being offered at UCF CFE Arena branch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (for information about other locations and times, contact CFE)
  • You must bring your current photo ID, Social Security card (for each person on the tax return), all income/tax documents (W-2, 1099, etc.), and any tax information regarding your education payments.

Join a faculty writing club to focus on productivity and camaraderie. Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office to get a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop--join your colleagues on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in FCTL for a loosely structured writing session. We'll take five or six minutes each week to go around the room and state a goal for the time block and then spend the rest of the time working on our individual projects. Bring your own laptop or use an FCTL computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!

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