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Sharp rise in 'ransomware' attacks on businesses, individuals
April 28, 2016 | WMU News
Cybercriminals are using new computer viruses like CryptoLocker to attack personal computers and computer systems at small businesses, then demand a ransom to get the information back. It's definitely a growing problem, says Dr. Alan Rea, a WMU professor of business information systems.
What to do with finicky eaters
April 14, 2016 | WMU News
The problem of finicky eaters is more than an inconvenience. Picky eating can lead to obesity and malnutrition, says Dr. Michelle Suarez, a WMU assistant professor of occupational therapy and supervisor of the Finicky Feeders Food Selectivity Clinic.
Sea-level rise worse than expected
April 7, 2016 | WMU News
A study in the journal Nature estimates more than 13 million people in the United States could be displaced by rising sea levels by the next century, three times the most current estimates. Projections show sea levels could rise by one meter by 2100, says Dr. Michelle Kominz, a WMU professor of geosciences, who studies rising sea levels.
Donald Trump's 'trumping' of the news media
April 1, 2016 | WMU News
Donald Trump's ability to generate news coverage isn't that surprising. It's indicative of trends in journalism that have been taking shape over several decades, says Dr. Sandra Borden, a WMU professor of communication and media ethics expert.
The rebound of monarch butterflies
March 24, 2016 | WMU News
After several years of steep declines, monarch butterflies have rebounded the past two years. A mild winter is probably the biggest factor in the large increase in monarchs in overwintering sites in Mexico, but severe weather there may have dealt the butterflies another devastating blow, says Dr. Stephen Malcolm, a WMU professor of biological sciences and monarch expert.
The Supreme Court vacancy
March 18, 2016 | WMU News
President Obama has picked Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court. Though Garland gets high marks from both parties as a moderate jurist, choosing a Supreme Court justice has become completely politicized, says Dr. Mark Hurwitz, a WMU professor of political science and Supreme Court expert.
The presidential race
March 17, 2016 | WMU News
After six weeks of primary voting, some clarity is emerging in the race for president for both Republicans and Democrats. For Democrats, it will be hard for Bernie Sanders to catch up to Hillary Clinton, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU professor of political science.
Body image in the era of social media
March 10, 2016 | WMU News
The spread of social media and cellphones has fueled a rise in sexting, sending nude selfies and increasing sexualization. And that can lead to all kinds of problems, especially for girls, says Patrica Criswell, an instructor in the WMU School of Social Work.