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Sharp rise in heroin overdoses due to CarfentanilPhoto of Dennis Simpson
Sept. 22, 2016 | WMU News
A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals is being laced into heroin, causing hundreds of overdoses. Carfentanil is so powerful that just a few granules the size of table salt can be lethal, says Dr. C. Dennis Simpson, director of the WMU specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse.

The 'crackdown' on charter schoolsPhoto of Gary Miron
Sept. 15, 2016 | WMU News
Several states are trying to increase restrictions on charter schools, with Ohio recently passing legislation that calls for greater transparency and accountability of charters. But many attempts at passing such legislation are failing, says Dr. Gary Miron, a WMU professor of educational leadership, research and technology and charter school expert.

The discovery of a new Earth-like planetPhoto of Kirk Korista
Sept. 1, 2016 | WMU News
Astronomers announced recently that they had detected a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to Earth. There's a chance that the planet's proximity to the star would result in the presence of liquid water, says Dr. Kirk Korista, chair of the WMU Department of Physics.

The spread of the Zika virusPhoto of Karim Essani
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 trendPhoto of Marcel Zondag
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 OlympicsPhoto of Linda Borish
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 heatPhoto of Todd Ellis
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 ConventionPhoto of Peter Wielhouwer
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 BeatPhoto of Ilana Nash
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 BrexitPhoto of Devrim Yaman
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.