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Winners and losers with cheap oil
Jan. 29, 2015 | WMU News
Motorists are enjoying some of the lowest gas prices since the depths of the 2009 recession. But there are benefits and drawbacks to cheap oil, says Dr. Matthew Ross, a WMU assistant professor of finance and commercial law and former oil industry engineer.
The flu season and vaccination waivers
Jan. 22, 2015 | WMU News
A mutated strain of the H3N2 flu was mismatched in this year's flu vaccine, contributing to the high number of flu cases this year. And that's bad because H3N2 is typically worse than other flu strains, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.
Increases in cyberattacks and cyberwarfare
Jan. 16, 2015 | WMU News
President Obama has unveiled proposals to protect governments and businesses from cyberattacks, including recent attacks by Islamic militants on the U.S. Central Command's social media sites and shutting down two prominent government Web pages in Germany. The attacks show a shift from targeting businesses to targeting governments and will continue, says Dr. Alan Rea, a WMU professor of business information systems.
Bracing for falls
Dec. 18, 2014 | WMU News
As the nation ages and people live longer, falls are soaring, with deaths from falls nearly doubling in 10 years. People can take steps to prevent falls, but should avoid a fear of falling, says Dr. Carla Chase, a WMU associate professor of occupational therapy.
The grand jury system
Dec. 11, 2014 | WMU News
High-profile police misconduct cases in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City have focused attention on the grand jury system. The system was written into the U.S. Constitution to prevent government misconduct and overreach, but in reality lets prosecutors get pretty much what they want, says Dr. Mark Hurwitz, a WMU professor of political science and legal scholar.