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Knights Do That

Knights Do That

By University of Central Florida
The UCF podcast where we'll be talking to Knights who do some really amazing things in our community, our nation and the world. The idea is inspired by our Knights – the innovators, entrepreneurs and creators – who continue to push the needle forward as students, faculty, staff and alumni.
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Daniel West
Daniel West is a third-year computer science student in the Burnett Honors College and is a current member of the UCF programming team, along with teammates Sharon Barak and Seba Villalobos, which is well known around the world for consistently placing in the North America championships and world finals. This August UCF will be hosting the North America championship of the 2021 international collegiate programming contest, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate programming competition. In this episode, we talk about how West originally got into programming, what it means to have the ICPC 2021 North American championship hosted at UCF and what makes a good team able to compete at this national stage.
July 26, 2021
Darin Edwards
Darin Edwards ’97 ’10MS ’11PhD is a UCF alum and the director of immunology at Moderna. Darin earned his bachelor’s degree in biology, master’s degree in molecular biology and a doctorate in biomedical sciences with a focus on neuroscience at UCF in 2011 and has an impressive resume from computer programming to, of course, most recently leading the research for the COVID-19 vaccine and a deep love for all things UCF – especially Knights football. Hear what it was like working on the COVID-19 vaccine, the moment it was released and what he looks forward to most as we approach a return to pre-pandemic work and life.
July 12, 2021
S. Kent Butler
S. Kent Butler is a professor of counselor education in the College of Community Innovation and Education and a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion at UCF. He’s conducted extensive research into mentoring among diverse groups and led successful initiatives for African-American male students. Kent joins Knights Do That Host Alex Cumming to discuss how we can all be better listeners, the dynamics of mentorship and how we can cultivate a space where everyone feels like they belong.
June 28, 2021
Claire Connolly Knox
Claire Connolly Knox is an associate professor and the emergency and crisis management academic program coordinator in the College of Community Innovation and Education. This year she released a 2021 book of the Year from ASPA's Section on Democracy and Social Justice Cultural Competency for Emergency and Crisis Management: Concepts, Theories and Case Studies. Claire joins Knights Do That Host Alex Cumming to discuss her expertise in emergency and crisis management, hurricane season and the impact on our coastal wetlands.  View the transcript of this episode.
June 14, 2021
Alexander N. Cartwright
Alexander N. Cartwright is the University of Central Florida's president, a first-generation college student, a native of the Bahamas and an electrical engineer. President Cartwright joins Knights Do That Host Alex Cumming to discuss his experience as a first-generation college student, what it was like becoming a university president during a pandemic, how higher education has impacted his life, and how he believes servant leadership is key to moving the university forward. View the transcript of this episode.
May 31, 2021
Introducing: Knights Do That
What is it that Knights do? They discover. They create. They inspire. They build. They achieve. That's what Knights do. And that's who has inspired this podcast – the innovators, entrepreneurs and creators. We're launching the 'Knights Do That' podcast to talk with UCF students, faculty, staff and alumni who are doing amazing things in our community, in the world and around the nation. The podcast will be hosted by second-year BFA theatre acting student Alex Cumming, who you'll get to know in this episode. If you’re doing something cool – whether that’s at UCF or somewhere you took UCF – that we should know about, send us an email at and maybe we’ll see you on an episode in the future.
May 17, 2021