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The French presidential electionPhoto of Gunther Hega
May 11, 2017 | WMU News
Emmanuel Macron won easily over ultra-conservative challenger Marine Le Pen. Had Le Pen won, she would have pulled France from the Eurozone and held a vote on withdrawing from the European Union, says Dr. Gunther Hega, a WMU associate professor of political science.

Increased use of herbicides and pesticides hurting pollinatorsPhoto of Steve Malcolm
April 27, 2017 | WMU News
For the first time, species of bees have been granted endangered species status. The widespread use of genetically engineered crops, herbicides and pesticides are taking a huge toll on beneficial insects, says Dr. Stephen Malcolm, a WMU professor of biological sciences.

The slow comeback of domestic oilPhoto of William Harrison
April 6, 2017 | WMU News
Domestic oil production, spurred by $100 a barrel prices and advances in drilling and fracturing technology, was booming. That changed with the sharp decline in oil prices starting in 2014, but the domestic oil industry is inching its way back, says Dr. William Harrison, director of the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education at WMU.

The further erosion of internet privacy Photo of Alan Rea
March 31, 2017 | WMU News
A Congressional resolution overturns a broadband privacy regulation the Federal Communications Commission adopted in October. The move allows internet service providers like cable and phone companies to sell the browsing histories of their customers without getting their approval, the same privilege web companies like Facebook and Google enjoy, says Dr. Alan Rea, a WMU professor of business information systems.

New state laws compensate wrongfully convictedPhoto of Marla Mitchell-Cichon
March 24, 2017 | WMU News
New bills take effect March 29 and provide $50,000 for each year of wrongful incarceration and the same re-entry services Michigan parolees receive. The compensation people receive, if any, varies widely by state, says Marla Mitchell-Cichon, director of the WMU-Cooley Innocence Project, which tries to exonerate wrongfully convicted citizens.