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Bracing for falls
Dec. 18, 2014 | WMU News
As the nation ages and people live longer, falls are soaring, with deaths from falls nearly doubling in 10 years. People can take steps to prevent falls, but should avoid a fear of falling, says Dr. Carla Chase, a WMU associate professor of occupational therapy.
The grand jury system
Dec. 11, 2014 | WMU News
High-profile police misconduct cases in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City have focused attention on the grand jury system. The system was written into the U.S. Constitution to prevent government misconduct and overreach, but in reality lets prosecutors get pretty much what they want, says Dr. Mark Hurwitz, a WMU professor of political science and legal scholar.
Bill Cosby and the sounds of silence
Dec. 4, 2014 | WMU News
Still more women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, with one filing a civil suit. Cosby's strategy of saying little about the accusations carries both benefits and risks, says Dr. Keith Hearit, a WMU professor of communication and public apology expert.
Consumer behavior and Black Friday
Nov. 25, 2014 | WMU News
As Black Friday approaches, bargain-hunters are laying plans on how to bag the best buy. But Black Friday shoppers aren't necessarily motivated by finding the best deal, says Dr. Robert Harrison, a WMU associate professor of marketing, who has studied Black Friday behavior.
The outlook for winter weather
Nov. 20, 2014 | WMU News
Winter weather has blasted into the area early this year. Chances are good for more snow and cold than average, and maybe even a repeat of last year, says Dr. Robert Ruhf, a meteorologist and senior research associate in the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education.
Lack of new leaders in the Democratic Party
Nov. 13, 2014 | WMU News
Barack Obama's emergence on the national scene in 2007 signaled a generational shift and offered the prospect of renewal in the Democratic Party. But significant losses in two mid-term elections have resulted in the defeats of many younger Democrats who could have gone on to national prominence, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.