Penn State to explore options for in-person spring 2021 commencement ceremonies

Jessica Wong

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With the spring 2021 semester underway, Penn State is exploring options for potential in-person May commencement ceremonies at University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses for spring 2021 graduates. Given ongoing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all decisions and plans will be made with the health and safety of students, their families, and campus communities as the priority and in accordance with state and federal guidelines for gatherings.

“We understand an in-person commencement ceremony is a momentous occasion for our students and families, and as a University community. We are planning for opportunities to gather in

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Travel to the World’s Most Captivating New Memorials

Jessica Wong

Created as spaces where we can all stop and ponder some important event or person, memorials are some of the most visited and photographed places on Earth. Some, like the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. or the Taj Mahal in Agra, are iconic and known by nearly everybody. Countless others from throughout the centuries, however, have been forgotten or overlooked. The latest selection for our Just Booked series (on gorgeous coffee table books) In Memory of: Designing Contemporary Memorials, seeks to catalogue and examine more than 60 memorials from around the world built in the last half-century.

The

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Key West is one of the hottest U.S. travel destinations

Jessica Wong

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and travelers are ready to travel.

And a lot of them apparently are eager to travel to Key West.

Tripadvisor just released its 2021 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Destinations, and Key West is among the most popular destinations for travel in the United States, falling behind New York, Maui, Las Vegas and New Orleans.

Key West’s popularity makes sense. More than half of the respondents to a recent Tripadvisor survey reported they were likely to take an outdoor or nature-focused trip after the pandemic. Key West is the sort of lawless island where

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Researchers Discover Hidden Brain Pattern – USC Viterbi

Jessica Wong

Professor Maryam Shanechi’s research could lead to innovative new treatments for a host of disorders. (PHOTO CREDIT: Omid Sani/Maryam Shanechi)

When reaching for a cup of coffee or catching or throwing a ball, our brain manages to coordinate the movement of no less than 27 joint angles in our arms and fingers. Exactly how the brain is able to do this is a topic of much debate among researchers.  

Now, led by Maryam Shanechi, USC Viterbi assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair, researchers discovered a signature dynamic brain pattern that

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7 Investigators explore Michigan’s public records rules

Jessica Wong

(WXYZ) — Our goal is to always be transparent about how we gather news and how we verify information.

As part of our effort to increase news literacy, we’re taking you inside the law in Michigan that enables our reporters to get the truth from the government.

Related: Here’s what a FOIA request is and how you can file one in Michigan

The Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, is the law that allows anyone to ask a government body for public records.

Without it, some of the most important stories in recent memory would not have been told.

FOIA

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