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Friendly Cities Lab studies location's role in romantic relationships

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck had their holiday in Rome. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks had their meeting at the top of the Empire State Building in New York. And of course, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will always have Paris.

Cities have long played an important role in romantic relationships, both on and off screen. Couples met in coffee shops, had picnics in the park and went on dates at the bowling alley. But a Penn State research team says that’s begun to change with the rise of online dating and weekend-long Netflix binges.

Donna Peuquet named UCGIS Fellow

GeoVISTA Associate Director Donna Peuquet has been selected as a 2016 Fellow by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS).

Fellows are individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of geographic information science education and research. No more than two Fellows are selected in any given year. Peuquet is the 23rd person and the first Penn Stater to be recognized as a UCGIS Fellow.

Clio Andris wins Knight Foundation Fellowship

Clio Andris has been named an Emerging City Champions for her Friendly Cities Lab proposal to safely and creatively dress up city municipal buses in State College, PA. The Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities awarded fellowships to 20 civic innovators in 2016. The participants receive $5,000 to implement one project in one year to improve mobility, public spaces or civic engagement in their home cities.

Alexander Klippel awarded grant from COIL for iVR in Education research

Alexander Klippel’s proposal has been selected by the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) as one of only three to be funded during our Spring 2016 round of Research Initiation Grants (RIGs). These grants offer up to $40,000 in seed funding for the most innovative projects related to improving learning at Penn State and beyond.

The project is called: Immersive Virtual Reality (iVR): The Printing Press of the 21st Century and How Learning About Place and Space Will Never be the Same.

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