A judo sensei's journey to success

A UCF judo instructor found passion in inspiring people from all walks of life through martial arts by showing them that they can do anything they put their minds to.

Shinjiro Sasaki, adjunct martial arts instructor, opened a martial arts school in Casselberry back in 2010, shortly after moving from Japan to start a new life in the U.S.

Sasaki said that judo is more than just a physical sport.

“I came here to bring what I learned from Japan so that students not only learn the techniques but a

Filtered Realities: Guest Speakers at UCF Raise Concerns About Media Bias

UCF hosted a public event for guest speakers to share the importance of acknowledging algorithm bias and media illiteracy, especially for students.

The event, called Filtered Realities: Exploring Social Media Censorship, Privacy, and Algorithm Bias, was at the Student Union in the Key West Ballroom. Guest speakers Kimberly Voss, a UCF journalism professor, Trish Murphy, a social media marketer and Laine Powell, founder and executive director of Tech Sassy Girlz, spoke out on the issue Thursday afternoon.

One Billion Rising returns to UCF: continuing the fight against sexual violence

One Billion Rising, a campaign working towards rebuilding self-love and freedom for sexual assault victims, returned to UCF on Tuesday.

UCF Victim Services collaborated with One Billion Rising at the Student Union. The event included tabling for students to learn more about the campaign, a flash mob and an empowering spoken word piece about reclaiming one's dignity after suffering through sexual violence.

Veterans Affairs doctor shortages increasing due to lack of VA health education

The College of Medicine professor embraced tear-filled veterans the moment they jumped off their horses every morning.

Some were missing limbs, but Manette Monroe fought to make them feel whole in any way she could. Her husband, Mike Gaither, saw the desperation in her eyes, wanting to help those who sacrificed for their country.

“They come back here dusted up, broken up, and we don’t help them? That’s shameful,” Gaither said. “If you’re Manette Monroe, that is unacceptable. Unacceptable.”


UCF College of Medicine psychiatrist explains a 'love hormone' through visual art

A UCF psychiatrist waved to the audience as he walked off stage with an animator and the lights went dim. While a cinematic atmosphere formed, the audience became mesmerized by the two-hour metaphoric 2D film.

Martin Klapheke, a UCF College of Medicine psychiatrist, and Signe Baumane, a Latvian animator, worked together to produce a romantic yet scientifically educational film.

From the various visual transitions to the scientific name of each action being felt by each character, Klapheke’s ps

Match Day couples successfully combat the struggles of medical school as parents

The Berniers could not contain their smiles and watery eyes as they crouched down to show their Match Day envelopes to their child.

Megan Bernier and Andy Bernier, both fourth-year UCF Doctor of Medicine students who matched at HCA Florida Westside Hospital at the College of Medicine last Friday. The achievement was a product of an emotional rollercoaster that many medical students undergo because of heavy classwork and intensive hours. The couple said they couldn’t have done it without their o

Former UCF student shares how eating disorders go unnoticed

Kaitlyn Chana remembers writing heartwarming cards for children battling sickness that motivated her to be a voice for those with an eating disorder.

The UCF alumna said she always struggled with perfectionism and poor body image. Upon starting middle school, she said she developed an eating disorder, dropping a lot of weight in a short time.

“I had to wear toddler clothes,” Chana said. “My mom was in tears. She didn’t know what to do.”

While Chana said she displayed obvious signs of unhealth

Advocates fight for HIV awareness and prevention amid rising cases

When J. Richelle Joe was a teenager, she lost both of her parents to AIDS. Now, she works to address its effects and raise awareness about the illness.

According to Florida Sunshine Health, HIV cases in Central Florida have gradually increased by hundreds every year. Contributing factors include stigma surrounding the illness and a lack of awareness, medical care and preventative methods, according to Joe's research.

UCF Health Services provides options for insurance plans and interpreters to international patients

Brenda Perez said she always felt a wave of empathy as she spoke to patients in their native language about helping them achieve a healthier life.

Perez, a healthcare interpreter for the UCF College of Medicine and Nemours Children’s Hospital, said their health insurance has helped UCF patients and includes free interpretational services for multiple languages. UCF Health Services are currently in a network with six insurance providers.

UCF researcher shows dedication through work in healthcare simulation

UCF College of Nursing professor Mindi Anderson is working to enhance her students’ clinical experiences before they graduate. To do so, she uses cutting-edge simulation technology, and her impact won her a 2022 Luminary Award.

The Luminary Awards recognize faculty members across all disciplines for academic leadership in their fields and for conducting work that has a significant impact on the world. Anderson was celebrated alongside five other scholars at the award ceremony on Nov. 1. Anderson was recognized for “advancing nursing education and care through leading-edge research and scholarship in simulation technology."