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GOP bid to take over the U.S. Senate Photo of Peter Wielhouwer
Oct. 16, 2014 | WMU News
Thirty-four seats are up for grabs in the U.S. Senate, with Republicans currently holding 46 seats and needing six more to obtain a 51-seat majority. The GOP is aided by several key factors, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.

Ebola and the need for better electronic health records Photo of Bernard Han
Oct. 9, 2014 | WMU News
The nation's first Ebola victim died Wednesday after he was initially treated at a Dallas emergency room, reported coming to the United States from Liberia and was discharged. The mishap shows the need for improvements to electronic health records systems, says Dr. Bernhard Han, co-director of the WMU health infomatics information management program.

The threat of a U.S. Ebola outbreak Photo of Karim Essani
Oct. 9, 2014 | WMU News
The deadly Ebola virus has made its way to the United States and claimed its first victim. Though the death toll from Ebola in West Africa has risen to nearly 4,000 people, a similar outbreak is virtually impossible here, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.

Legislating leisure Photo of James Lewis
Oct. 2, 2014 | WMU News
Germany has commissioned a study to assess the impact of work-related stress and is considering a law that would ban employers from contacting workers after hours, stemming from the widespread use of smartphones. Though a similar law is unlikely in the United States, setting aside down time is very important , says Dr. James Lewis, a WMU associate professor of human performance and health education and recreation expert.

GM's crisis management nightmare Photo of Keith Hearit
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 Photo of Barbara Barton
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 Photo of Karim Essani
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 Photo of Alan Rea
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.