The University of Central Florida, commonly referred to as UCF, is a metropolitan public research university located in Orlando, Florida, United States. UCF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, and it is the largest university in the United States by undergraduate enrollment and the country's second-largest by total enrollment.The university was founded by the Florida Legislature in 1963, and opened in 1968 as Florida Technological University, with the mission of providing personnel to support the growing U.S. space program at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Florida's Space Coast. As the academic scope expanded beyond its original focus on engineering and technology, "Florida Tech" was renamed The University of Central Florida in 1978. Initial enrollment was only 1,948 students, as of 2014 enrollment consists of 60,810 students from over 140 countries, more than 40 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. The majority of the student population is located on the university's 1,415-acre main campus approximately 13 miles east-northeast of downtown Orlando and 55 miles south-southwest of Daytona Beach. The university offers over 200 degree options through twelve colleges and twelve satellite campuses throughout Central Florida. Since its founding, UCF has awarded almost 270,000 degrees, including 50,000 graduate, specialist and professional degrees, to over 230,000 alumni worldwide.UCF is a space-grant university and has made noted research contributions to optics, modeling and simulation, digital media, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, hospitality management, and the arts. It is considered an up-and-coming national university by U.S. News & World Report. UCF's official colors are black and gold and the university logo is a Pegasus, which "symbolizes the university’s vision of limitless possibilities." The university's intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known by their "UCF Knights" nickname and represented by mascot Knightro, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and the American Athletic Conference . Wikipedia.
University of Central Florida | Date: 2016-10-13
The present invention relates to, inter alia, a composition, a nanocomposite material, and a method for preparing the nanocomposite material. The nanocomposite material includes: a dielectric-silver nanocomposite material, the dielectric-silver nanocomposite material including a silver nanoparticle having a silver ion, and a dielectric material encapsulating the silver nanoparticle, where the silver ion chelates with a matrix of the dielectric material, and a surface plasmon band absorption of the dielectric-silver nanocomposite material lies outside a range of a visible region.
University of Central Florida | Date: 2016-03-14
A thin film photonic structure that enables segregation of the effective absorption of the thin film and its intrinsic absorption while substantially eliminating bandwidth restrictions. In the form of an optical resonator, the structure includes two, multi-layer, aperiodic dielectric mirrors and a lossy, dielectric thin film and characterized by an intrinsic optical absorption over at least a one octave bandwidth. The two, multi-layer, aperiodic dielectric mirrors are characterized by a reflectivity amplitude that increases in-step with increasing wavelength over the at least one octave bandwidth. Upon a single incoherent beam of optical radiation having a spectrum over the at least one octave bandwidth incident on one side of the resonator structure, the lossy, dielectric thin film is characterized by an effective optical absorption over the at least one octave bandwidth that is greater than the intrinsic optical absorption over the at least one octave bandwidth.
University of Central Florida | Date: 2017-03-08
Embodiments of the present disclosure, in one aspect, relate to compositions including a copper/silica nanocomposite and a polymer, methods of making a composition, methods of using a composition, and the like. An embodiment of the present disclosure provides for a composition, among others, that includes: a copper/silica nanocomposite having a silica gel matrix that includes copper from one or more of copper nanopartides and copper ions, and a polymer selected from the group consisting of: polyvinylpyrrolidone, poryacrylamide, polylactic acid, polyglycolic acid, starch, a quaternary ammonium compound, and a combination thereof.
University of Central Florida | Date: 2017-02-10
A phase converting device capable of use over a broad wavelength range, which may be used for optical beam transformations and combining, conversion of resonator and waveguide modes, correction of aberrations in optical systems, and selection of photons with specific phase profile. This provides significant advantages in high power laser systems. Large-mode-area fibers can be used to provide higher incident powers than can be achieved by single-mode fibers, reducing the number of elements in a system necessary to achieve the desired output. The profiles of these LMA fiber modes can then be converted from the undesired modes into the desired mode while combing their total power into a single beam.
University of Central Florida | Date: 2017-05-24
Disclosed herein are compositions comprising a CT20 peptide and methods of using the disclosed compositions to treat cancers expressing chaperonin containing TCP (CCT).
University of Central Florida | Date: 2017-05-31
A computing device may include a memory and a processor cooperating therewith to receive a plurality of data streams from at least one data source to be relayed to different destinations on demand, where each data stream has a respective content identifier associated therewith. The processor may further determine when a first one of the data streams for a first destination shares identical data with a second one of the data streams for a second destination based upon the respective content identifiers associated therewith, and suspend relaying the second data stream to the second destination, and begin relaying the first data stream to the second destination, based upon the determination that the first and second data streams share identical data based upon the respective content identifiers associated therewith.
University of Central Florida | Date: 2017-03-28
The presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to the reduction of carbon dioxide by heterogeneous catalysis. More particularly, but not by way of limitation, the presently disclosed and/or claimed inventive concept(s) relates to the reduction of carbon dioxide by heterogeneous catalysis with a heterogeneous hydrogenation catalyst comprising structurally frustrated Lewis pairs, wherein, for example but not by way of limitation, formic acid is produced and hydrocarbons are indirectly produced. In one non-limiting embodiment, the heterogeneous catalyst comprises hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) having structurally frustrated Lewis pairs therein.
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Research Institute, University of South Florida and University of Central Florida | Date: 2017-03-24
The present invention concerns compounds, compositions containing these compounds, and methods of using these compounds and compositions as inhibitors of Stat3 signaling, Stat3 dimerization, Stat3-DNA binding, Stat5-DNA binding, and/or aberrant cell growth in vitro or in vivo, e.g., as anti-cancer agents for treatment of cancer, such as breast cancer. The compounds of the invention include, but are not limited to, NSC 74859 (S3I-201), NSC 42067, NSC 59263, NSC 75912, NSC 11421, NSC 91529, NSC 263435, and pharmaceutically acceptable salts and analogs of the foregoing. Other non-malignant diseases characterized by proliferation of cells that may be treated using the compounds of the invention, but are not limited to, cirrhosis of the liver; graft rejection; restenosis; and disorders characterized by a proliferation of T cells such as autoimmune diseases, e.g., type 1 diabetes, lupus and multiple sclerosis. The invention further includes an in-vitro screening test for the presence of malignant cells in a mammalian tissue; a method of identifying inhibitors of constitutive Stat3 activation, Stat3-DNA binding, Stat5-DNA binding, and/or Stat3 dimerization; and a method of identifying anti-cancer agents.
University of Central Florida | Date: 2017-02-06
A system and method for estimating a sequence of human poses in an unconstrained video. In the present invention, a unified two stage, tree-based, optimization problem is solved for which an efficient and exact solution exists. While the proposed method finds an exact solution, it does not sacrifice the ability to model the spatial and temporal constraints between body parts in the video frames on the unconstrained video.
Kolpashchikov D.M.,University of Central Florida
Chemical Reviews | Year: 2010
The advances in the development of binary probe (BPs) and their improved selectivity in comparison with other hybridization-based techniques were studied. The first BP, which used Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), was suggested in 1988. A commonly adopted BP architecture employs the different affinity mode BPs. In this design one strand with a longer analyte binding arm binds tightly to the position abutting to the single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) site. A second shorter analyte binding arm interrogates the SNP site by forming stable hybrid only with the perfectly matched sequence. The design of BPs employs self-assembly of more than two nucleic acid components. The same principle is adopted by DNA nanotechnology, which deals with constructing objects and functionally active assemblies from DNA molecules. Newly designed constructs based on aptamers, DNA junctions, and DNA enzymes offer an opportunity to utilize DNA probes that avoid direct covalent attachment with organic dyes.