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The wacky winter weather
Feb. 26, 2015 | WMU News
Lots of snow in November, almost no snow in December and now near-record cold has added up to one of the most unusual winters in southwest Michigan, says Dr. Robert Ruhf, a meteorologist and senior research associate in the Mallinson Institute for Science Education.
The 87th Academy Awards
Feb. 19, 2015 | WMU News
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony celebrates the best in film this Sunday. Nominees for best picture—four of them based on real events—are very strong and showcase wonderful performances, says Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti, a WMU professor of communication in the film, video and media studies program.
The measles outbreak and vaccination waivers
Feb. 17, 2015 | WMU News
The measles outbreak tied to Disneyland has spread to at least 14 states, including Michigan. People have forgotten how serious measles, whooping cough and other preventable diseases can be, says Dr. Kieran Fogarty, a WMU professor of interdisciplinary health sciences and former epidemic intelligence service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Suspension of news anchor Brian Williams
Feb. 12, 2015 | WMU News
NBC has handed down a six-month, unpaid suspension of evening news anchor Brian Williams after the popular newscaster told a fabricated story of being in a helicopter in Iraq that was hit by enemy fire, including on his nightly newscast. That was enough to draw a big suspension from NBC, says Dr. Sandra Borden, a WMU professor of communication and media ethics expert.
Meetings, meetings and more meetings
Feb. 6, 2015 | WMU News
A recent poll shows a nearly 14 percent increase in the last four years in the time spent preparing for or being in project update meetings. People are communicating more than ever, but getting less accomplished in meetings, says Jo Wiley, director of the WMU Haworth College of Business Communication Center.