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The baseball playoffs and the year in baseball
Oct. 20, 2016 | WMU News
It pays to buy the best players. At least that seems to be the case with Major League Baseball this year, says Dr. Ron Kramer, a WMU professor of sociology and baseball expert.
Hurricane Matthew and the chances of increased storm activity
Oct. 11, 2016 | WMU News
Hurricane Matthew is gone, but the massive flooding it brought is not. Record rains fell during Matthew's trip up the southeastern coast, particularly in North and South Carolina,, says Dr. Todd Ellis, a WMU professor of geography and weather expert in the Mallinson Institute for Science Education.
The influence of violent video games on violent behavior
Oct. 6, 2016 | WMU News
It seems every highly publicized shooting comes with another slam against violent video games. But it appears violent video games have very little impact on behavior, says Dr. Whitney DeCamp, a WMU associate professor of sociology and associate director of the Kercher Center for Social Research.
Increasing concern over the American voting system
Sept. 30, 2016 | WMU News
The American voting system is a hodgepodge of state and local polling places using a wide array of voting systems. It wouldn't be that hard for somebody to gain access and change the results, says Dr. Alan Rea, professor of business information systems.
Sharp rise in heroin overdoses due to Carfentanil
Sept. 22, 2016 | WMU News
A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals is being laced into heroin, causing hundreds of overdoses. Carfentanil is so powerful that just a few granules the size of table salt can be lethal, says Dr. C. Dennis Simpson, director of the WMU specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse.
The 'crackdown' on charter schools
Sept. 15, 2016 | WMU News
Several states are trying to increase restrictions on charter schools, with Ohio recently passing legislation that calls for greater transparency and accountability of charters. But many attempts at passing such legislation are failing, says Dr. Gary Miron, a WMU professor of educational leadership, research and technology and charter school expert.
The discovery of a new Earth-like planet
Sept. 1, 2016 | WMU News
Astronomers announced recently that they had detected a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to Earth. There's a chance that the planet's proximity to the star would result in the presence of liquid water, says Dr. Kirk Korista, chair of the WMU Department of Physics.
The spread of the Zika virus
Aug.25, 2016 | WMU News
More than 2,200 infections of the Zika virus have been confirmed in the U.S., including over 500 pregnant women. There have been several cases of travel-related Zika in Michigan, but an outbreak here is unlikely, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.
Grocery stores catering to healthy foods trend
Aug.18, 2016 | WMU News
Grocery stores are stocking more healthy foods and displaying them more prominently to meet consumer demands. It's not surprising that this trend is taking place, says Dr. Marcel Zondag, a WMU assistant professor of marketing in the food and consumer package goods marketing program.
History being made at Olympics
Aug.12, 2016 | WMU News
The Summer Games are in full swing and have yielded some historic moments. They include the first individual medal by an African American woman in a swimming event, increasing diversity on the U.S. gymnastics team and swimmer Michael Phelps carving out his own spot in Olympic history, says Dr. Linda Borish, a WMU associate professor of history and gender and women's studies.
This year's amazing heat
Aug.11, 2016 | WMU News
NASA has issued a report that global temperatures are the highest on record for the first half of one year and that 2016 is on pace to become the third year in a row for record heat. El Niño warmed the United States this winter, but is now finished and human induced global climate change is causing record heat now, says Dr. Todd Ellis, a WMU professor of geography and weather expert in the Mallinson Institute for Science Education.