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The spread of the Zika virus
Aug.25, 2016 | WMU News
More than 2,200 infections of the Zika virus have been confirmed in the U.S., including over 500 pregnant women. There have been several cases of travel-related Zika in Michigan, but an outbreak here is unlikely, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.
Grocery stores catering to healthy foods trend
Aug.18, 2016 | WMU News
Grocery stores are stocking more healthy foods and displaying them more prominently to meet consumer demands. It's not surprising that this trend is taking place, says Dr. Marcel Zondag, a WMU assistant professor of marketing in the food and consumer package goods marketing program.
History being made at Olympics
Aug.12, 2016 | WMU News
The Summer Games are in full swing and have yielded some historic moments. They include the first individual medal by an African American woman in a swimming event, increasing diversity on the U.S. gymnastics team and swimmer Michael Phelps carving out his own spot in Olympic history, says Dr. Linda Borish, a WMU associate professor of history and gender and women's studies.
This year's amazing heat
Aug.11, 2016 | WMU News
NASA has issued a report that global temperatures are the highest on record for the first half of one year and that 2016 is on pace to become the third year in a row for record heat. El Niño warmed the United States this winter, but is now finished and human induced global climate change is causing record heat now, says Dr. Todd Ellis, a WMU professor of geography and weather expert in the Mallinson Institute for Science Education.
The race for president going forward
Aug. 4, 2016 | WMU News
Get out the vote or focus on your base? Those are two different strategies that candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton appear to be taking this presidential election, says Dr. John Clark, chair of the WMU Department of Political Science.
Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention
July 19, 2016 | WMU News
Presidential conventions in the recent past have been staged to pull the party together and present their candidate to the nation. But a bitterly divided Republican National Convention this year shows that Donald Trump faces a tough undertaking with his own party, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.
Girl-focused pop culture and remake of Tiger Beat
July 14, 2016 | WMU News
Tiger Beat, the American teen fan magazine, is trying to reinvent itself in the age of cellphones and Twitter. Whether Tiger Beat is successful is uncertain, but young girls have certainly changed over the last five decades, says Dr. Ilana Nash, a WMU associate professor of gender and women's studies.
The lingering effects of the Brexit
July 12, 2016 | WMU News
Britain's recent vote to exit the European Union set off a sell-off in global stock markets. Though things have calmed down somewhat, the Brexit will have a lingering impact on the U.S. and world economies, says Dr. Devrim Yaman, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the WMU Haworth College of Business.
Companies instilling a sense of purpose in employees
June 30, 2016 | WMU News
Companies are taking a hard look at employee satisfaction and are finding they might be missing something. A key element that is often lacking is instilling a sense of purpose in what the company stands for, says Dr. Douglas Lepisto, a WMU assistant professor of management.
Decision to divert Great Lakes water to Waukesha, Wisc.
June 23, 2016 | WMU News
Governors of Michigan and seven other Great Lakes states this week approved the diversion of water from Lake Michigan to Waukesha, Wis. The move sets a precedent, but does not open the door for widespread diversion of Great Lakes water, says Dr. Dan Macfarlane, a WMU assistant professor of environmental and sustainability studies.
The drop in pay for American CEOs
June 8, 2016 | WMU News
After years of steady increases, the average compensation for top American executives in 2015 was down 15 percent from 2014. But much of that has to do with stock options and the poor performance in the stock market, says Dr. Dan Farrell, a WMU professor of management and certified compensation professional.