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The wacky winter weatherPhoto of Robert Ruhf
March 16, 2017 | WMU News
The first day of spring is Monday, but Midwest residents have already seen spring-like conditions in January and February. The return of wintry weather in March is actually good news, says Dr. Robert Ruhf, a meteorologist and senior research associate in the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education.

The discovery of new, Earth-like planetsPhoto of Kirk Korista
March 9, 2017 | WMU News
Scientests announced recently that they have found a new solar system with seven planets capable of hosting water. Studying the planets could reveal life there and also set off a decades-long explosion of celestial discovery, says Dr. Kirk Korista, chair of the WMU Department of Physics.

The flu outbreak in Southwest MichiganPhoto of Karim Essani
March 2, 2017 | WMU News
A large flu outbreak prompted four Kalamazoo County school districts to close late last week. Though the outbreak has caused a disruption, the flu strain that hit the area is not new and is not a big concern, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.

Proposed rollback of financial regulationsPhoto of Kevin Corder
Feb. 23, 2017 | WMU News
President Trump has proposed a rollback of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms enacted after the Great Recession of 2008. It's doubtful the government will repeal all the regulations, but there's a danger of opening the floodgates for more financial trouble, says Dr. J. Kevin Corder, a WMU professor of political science and expert on federal fiscal policy.

Donald Trump's low approval ratingPhoto of Peter Wielhouwer
Feb. 16, 2017 | WMU News
As Donald Trump moves to aggressively fulfill campaign promises, polls show his approval rating is sinking fast. In fact, he's "underwater," says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.

Amazon Go, the 'grocery store of the future'Photo of Marcel Zondag
Feb. 10, 2017 | WMU News
Amazon is breaking into the grocery store business with Amazon Go, a line of new, innovative stores. By using an Amazon app and high-tech sensors and cameras, consumers are automatically billed for items instead of having to stand in a checkout line, says Dr. Marcel Zondag, an assistant professor in WMU's food and consumer package goods marketing program.

A historical look at immigration and travel restrictionsPhoto of Eli Rubin
Feb. 2, 2017 | WMU News
President Trump has issued an executive order to halt immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries and bar refugees from Syria indefinitely. Such strategies are not unprecedented, but haven't happened in the Western World for some time, says Dr. Eli Rubin, a WMU professor of history.