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U.S.-Russia relations and downing of Malaysia Airlines plane Photo of James Butterfield
July 24, 2014 | WMU News
The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine has further eroded U.S.-Russia relations and led U.S. officials to claim Russian involvement. Regardless of who is responsible, it eliminates the possibility of joint efforts to quell the civil war or cooperate on other common interests, says Dr. James Butterfield, a WMU professor of political science and Russia expert.

FCC plan to create an Internet fast lane Photo of Richard Gershon
July 17, 2014 | WMU News
The Federal Communications Commission has floated a plan that would let Internet service providers create and charge companies for access to an Internet fast lane. The proposal has generated criticism and is part of a larger issue of maintaining net neutrality, says Dr. Richard Gershon, a WMU professor of communication and telecommunications expert.

Recent Supreme Court decisions Photo of Mark Hurwitz
July 11, 2014 | WMU News
The U.S. Supreme Court closed out its term with a flurry of activity, issuing several decisions that will have a lasting impact. One is a decision involving Hobby Lobby and contraception, opening the door for more challenges of government mandates because they conflict with religious beliefs, says Dr. Mark Hurwitz, a WMU professor of political science and Supreme Court expert.

Recent outbreaks of the measles Photo of Karim Essani
July 3, 2014 | WMU News
Measles is a very contagious disease and potentially deadly. Several recent outbreaks over the past five months have health officials concerned and show the need for continued vaccination, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.

The crisis at GM Photo of Jennifer Palthe
June 26, 2014 | WMU News
GM has announced another recall, this one for 3.36 million defective cars. The latest recall comes on top of one in February of 2.6 million cars and again deals with faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. Though the crisis is troubling, it also presents an opportunity for GM, says Dr. Jennifer Palthe, a WMU associate professor of management.

Forecast for summer weather Photo of Robert Ruhf
June 19, 2014 | WMU News
Summer officially starts on Saturday, with the weekend forecast calling for temperatures in the low-80s. This summer is expected to be somewhat cooler than average, says Dr. Robert Ruhf, a meteorologist and senior research associate in the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education.

Summer reading, Michigan style Photo of Jonathan Bush
June 12, 2014 | WMU News
As summer gets in full swing, many people are looking for a good book to take to the beach or hotel. With the recent passing of novelist Elmore Leonard, this is a great time to discover Michigan authors, with many listed on the Michigan Notable Books page assembled by the Library of Michigan, says Dr. Jonathan Bush, chair of the WMU Department of English.

75th anniversary of the A.A. Big Book Photo of Dennis Simpson
June 5, 2014 | WMU News
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," also known as "The Big Book." Released in 1939, the book laid out a program of recovery for alcoholism, but went on to become a precursor for all self-help groups, says Dr. C. Dennis Simpson, director of the WMU Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Deadly asteroids Photo of Kirk Korista
May 29, 2014 | WMU News
The B612 Foundation, a "planetary defense group," estimates asteroids large enough to destroy a medium-sized city could strike Earth much more frequently than previously believed. There's no doubt that the Earth will be hit again by a potentially deadly asteroid, says Dr. Kirk Korista, chair of the WMU Department of Physics.