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GM's crisis management nightmare
Sept. 25, 2014 | WMU News
Some 19 deaths are now attributed to faulty ignition switches on General Motors' cars, and the count will likely go higher. As far as crises go, the one facing GM is a bad one that never seems to end, says Dr. Keith Hearit, a WMU professor of communication and crisis management expert.
Domestic violence and the NFL
Sept. 18, 2014 | WMU News
The NFL has toughened its policy against domestic violence in the wake of the Ray Rice case. Efforts to crack down on domestic violence have come a long way in the 20 years since President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act, but the NFL's handling of the Rice case shows there's still a long way to go, says Dr. Barbara Barton, a WMU associate professor of social work and authority on domestic violence.
New respiratory virus hitting the Midwest
Sept. 11, 2014 | WMU News
Just as flu season is approaching, a virus is suspected of hospitalizing hundreds of children in 10 states, including Ohio and Illinois. The apparent culprit, Enterovirus D68, is not new, but the current strain's impact on children is, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.
Cloud computing and Internet security
Sept. 4, 2014 | WMU News
The recent hacking of nude photos of celebrities has focused attention on cloud computing and internet security. Similar hacking cases are likely, as hackers are always probing for weaknesses, says Dr. Alan Rea, a WMU professor of business information systems.
Majority of baby boomers are overweight or obese
Aug. 27, 2014 | WMU News
A new U.S. Census Bureau report shows that 72 percent of men and 67 percent of women over age 65 are now overweight or obese, raising concerns about arthritis, type-2 diabetes and heart disease. There are two good reasons for the increase—diet and inactivity, says Dr. Timothy Michael, a WMU professor of human performance and health education.
Sharp decline in monarch butterflies
Aug. 21, 2014 | WMU News
A sharp decline in monarch butterflies has hit Southwest Michigan, with relatively few of the colorful guests migrating to the area this summer. The widespread use of genetically modified crops, especially those resistant to herbicides, and exploding planting of corn for ethanol has decimated the milkweed and nectar-rich plants monarchs rely on, driving migratory monarch numbers to historic lows, says Dr. Stephen Malcolm, a WMU professor of biological sciences and monarch expert.
The Ebola epidemic
Aug. 14, 2014 | WMU News
The death toll from the Ebola virus epidemic in west Africa has soared past 1,000. Ebola is extremely deadly and has no cure, but the disease is harder to spread than other viruses and there's little chance of an epidemic in a place like the United States, says Dr. Karim Essani, a virologist and WMU professor of biological sciences.