Five Things Alumni Need to Know This Week - July 1, 2019

1. The U.S. women’s national soccer team has been making big plays in this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, and UCF alum and faculty member Ashley Taylor ’12 has played a role in that success. Every time the camera pans to a group of the United States’ fans, Taylor sees them decked out in her artwork. Read more here.

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2. Another UCF alumna who is making an impact on a global stage is 2019 30 Under 30 recipient, Shainna Ali ’10 ’12MA ’16 PhD. As a mental health clinician of Guyanese descent, Ali has been working tirelessly to address the mental health needs in the West Indian community. Ali recently talked with UCF today to provide insight on mental health in Guyana and other West Indian cultures. Read it here.

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3. Last week, NASA awarded a $7.5 million grant to UCF’s Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science, helping secure the next five years of the center’s bright future. Professor Dan Britt, the center’s director, a UCF physicist and extraterrestrial geologist told UCF Today, “This win goes a long way to ensure UCF leadership in space science for the Space Coast.”

4. Did you even know that UCF has an app? And it’s not even just for students (though we get it if you’re a little TO’ed if you didn’t have it available to you when you were lost on campus). There’s a whole section of relevant content designed with alumni like you in mind. Download the app and don’t ever miss a single rad thing that your alma mater is up to.

5. UCF's bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in emergency and crisis management, which opened just last fall, have already been nationally recognized as the 7th best graduate studies emergency management degree in the country. As Claire Knox, the emergency management and homeland security program director at UCF told the Orlando Sentinel, “We have some of the most professional and experienced people in the field. They’ve been involved in all kinds of organizations and natural disasters. People come from all over the world to shadow them.”