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Justice Department crackdown on journalists
May 17, 2013 | WMU News
Federal investigators have admitted to secretly seizing two months of phone records for reporters and editors of the Associated Press. The increased surveillance interferes with the press' ability to promise sources anonymity and could have a chilling effect, says Dr. Sandra Borden, a WMU professor of communication and media ethics expert.
Older adults seeking mental help
May 10, 2013 | WMU News
More people appear to be entering therapy as they age. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that more than 6.5 million people over age 65 suffer from depression. Dealing with loss is a big reason why seniors are entering therapy today, says Dr. Janet Hahn, coordinator of the WMU Center for Gerontology.
The Boston Marathon bombings and PTSD
May 3, 2013 | WMU News
Recent events at the Boston Marathon have raised concern about post traumatic stress disorder. But there's some good news: the discipline and mental toughness required to train for and run in a marathon will be an asset to victims coping with the bombings' aftermath, says Dr. C. Richard Spates, a WMU professor of psychology and PTSD expert.
The news media and the Boston Marathon bombings
April 26, 2013 | WMU News
There were some gaffes in coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, most notably CNN erroneously describing the suspect as "dark skinned" and reporting that an arrest had been made before it happened. But for the most part, the news media did a good job overall, says Sue Ellen Christian, a WMU associate professor of communication and former journalist.
The legacy of Earth Day
April 19, 2013 | WMU News
It was in 1970 that U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson founded the first Earth Day as an environmental "teach-in," with the first observance successfully mobilizing millions of college and grade school students in support of environmental causes. Though April 22 is still recognized worldwide as Earth Day, its vision remains unfulfilled, says Dr. Harold Glasser, WMU executive director for campus sustainability.
Issues surrounding transgender people
April 11, 2013 | WMU News
A case in Colorado involving a 6-year-old transgender child has drawn national attention after her school denied her access to the girls' bathroom. That case and others like it show how it's often the rest of society that needs to make the biggest adjustment when it comes to situations involving people who are transgender, says Jen Emmerich, an outpatient therapist at the WMU Sindecuse Health Center.
The new film '42' and the integration of Major League Baseball
April 4, 2013 | WMU News
As baseball season opens, the new film, "42," depicting the integration of Major League Baseball by Jackie Robinson, hits theaters nationwide next week. The film traces the career of the Brooklyn Dodgers star as he broke the color barrier in 1947, a feat that had a huge impact not only on America's pastime, but on American society as a whole, says Dr. Ronald Kramer, a WMU professor of sociology and baseball expert.