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Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage Photo of Ashlyn Kuersten
April 30, 2015 | WMU News
A deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on same-sex marriage. The court's decision, expected in June, will have a big impact on Michigan, one of six states with bans on same-sex marriage, says Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten, a WMU associate professor of gender and women's studies and Constitutional scholar.

The effect of music on the brain Photo of Ed Roth
April 23, 2015 | WMU News
For decades, people have been told that listening to classical music, especially Mozart, can lead to increased brainpower in children. Though findings of the so-called Mozart effect have been widely disputed, new research into music's effect on the brain shows listening to music just prior to a task can boost performance, says Dr. Ed Roth, professor of music and music therapist.

Rolling Stone's colossal blunder and journalism practices Photo of Sue Ellen Christian
April 16, 2015 | WMU News
A searing report reveals a complete meltdown of journalistic practices at Rolling Stone in reporting an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. The case casts a dark cloud over journalism, but also could have a chilling effect on the reporting of campus sexual assault, says Dr. Sue Ellen Christian, an associate professor of communication and award-winning journalist.

The widespread use of psychiatric medication
April 10, 2015 | WMU News
One in four women are prescribed psychiatric medication, compared to one in seven men. Women are more than twice as likely to receive a diagnosis of depression or anxiety disorder than men,  but a reason for the disparity is that women are more likely to seek help, says Jennifer Emmerich, an outpatient therapist in the WMU Sindecuse Health Center.

The merger of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods Photo of Marcel Zondag
April 2, 2015 | WMU News
Heinz and Kraft have announced plans to merge into the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company. The massive merger, valued at about $36 billion, is the next step after the recent acquisition of Heinz by Warren Buffet and 3G Capital, says Dr. Marcel Zondag, an assistant professor in the WMU Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program.