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The gender wage gap
April 17, 2014 | WMU News
The disparity in pay between men and women has become a hot topic on Capitol Hill, with Senate Republicans last week blocking legislation and President Obama signing executive orders aimed at narrowing the gap. The gender wage gap is a serious problem, in which women earn 82 cents for every dollar earned by men doing the same work, says Dr. James Eckert, a WMU associate professor of marketing.
Growing evidence of dangers of climate change
April 10, 2014 | WMU News
A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows deeper consequences of global warming. Though the threat posed by warming of the earth's atmosphere may be even worse than expected, the report gives further proof of what scientists have known for years, says Dr. David Karowe, a WMU professor of biological sciences.
Crowdfunding, mini-stock exchanges and fraud
April 3, 2014 | WMU News
State lawmakers have passed an intrastate equity crowdfunding bill and are considering setting up mini, intrastate stock exchanges. The idea is to promote Michigan-based small businesses and help them raise money, but the moves open the door for people to lose a lot of money, says Dr. Thomas Edmonds, a WMU faculty specialist in finance and commercial law and former fraud prosecutor.
March Madness and lost productivity
March 27, 2014 | WMU News
Estimates put the cost of lost productivity due to the NCAA tournament at more than $1 billion. Some businesses try to crack down on lost time, while others embrace March Madness, says Dr. Satish Deshpande, associate dean in the WMU Haworth College of Business and professor of management.
Just how bad was the winter of 2013-14?
March 20, 2014 | WMU News
As spring officially begins today, there's no doubt it comes after a very tough winter. Despite the severe weather this winter, it won't go down as the coldest on record, says Dr. Robert Ruhf, a meteorologist and senior research associate in the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education.
The Target breach and Internet security
March 13, 2014 | WMU News
Target is the latest victim in a series of massive data breaches that have compromised sensitive credit card information. The problem shows it's not only about being careful when you are on the Internet, says Dr. Alan Rea, a WMU professor of business information systems.
Raising the minimum wage
March 6, 2014 | WMU News
Efforts to raise both the federal and state minimum wages are taking off. Though inflation has been relatively low since Michigan last raised its minimum wage in 2008 and the national minimum wage was last boosted in 2009, it's clear both have not kept pace with the cost of living, says Dr. Daniel Farrell, a WMU professor of management.
Civil unrest in Ukraine
Feb. 27, 2014 | WMU News
The recent ouster of former President Viktor Yanukovych has averted a civil war in Ukraine for now. But with surprise Russian military exercises on its doorstep and a takeover of the Crimean regional parliament by militant gunmen, the deeply divided country's problems are far from over, says Dr. James Butterfield, a WMU professor of political science and Russia expert.