Rutgers Black Physician Shares Why She Joined Coronavirus Vaccine Clinical Trial

As the United States begins rolling out coronavirus vaccines, many people, especially those in the Black community, are still hesitant to participate when it becomes widely available. Valerie Fitzhugh, a Rutgers doctor discusses why she chose to participate in a coronavirus vaccine trial as a Black woman, wife, and mother of two children and encourages more people, particularly minorities, to be vaccinated.

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A Force of Influence: Children as YouTube Stars

Benjamin Burroughs, an assistant professor of journalism and media studies at UNLV, examines the emergent digital media landscape where children are cultivated as child “influencers” and explores the ethical considerations of child-created content on social media sites like YouTube.

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Expert: What is the Great Conjunction?

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Dec. 16, 2020

Ask the Expert: The Great Conjunction

EAST LANSING, Mich. – As the world continues to turn during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are settling in for a holiday season unlike any other in recent memory. One that, on its face, seems to lack the usual magic of holidays in the past. That would be the case, if not for the once-in-a-lifetime Great Conjunction that will occur on Dec. 21. A Great Conjunction that many are calling the “Christmas Star.” Shannon Schmoll, director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University, offers her insight on the astronomical event that will be sure to brighten the holidays.

What is a conjunction? Or what qualifies something as a conjunction?
A conjunction at its most basic is when two objects, such as planets, pass each other in the sky. The more specific answer, h

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Are we alone in the universe? UAH’s Dr. Gary Zank doesn’t think so

Are we alone in the universe? Research by Dr. Gary Zank at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, and collaborators from UAH and other institutions has helped to inform the search for planets that could harbor life.

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More Joy, Less Stress: Coping With Cancer through the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be challenging for those impacted by cancer. This time may be especially demanding and draining, creating mixed emotions and added stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expert from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey provides some strategies to consider for less stress this holiday season.

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