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FCC plan to create an Internet fast lane
July 17, 2014 | WMU News
The Federal Communications Commission has floated a plan that would let Internet service providers create and charge companies for access to an Internet fast lane. The proposal has generated criticism and is part of a larger issue of maintaining net neutrality, says Dr. Richard Gershon, a WMU professor of communication and telecommunications expert.
Recent Supreme Court decisions
July 11, 2014 | WMU News
The U.S. Supreme Court closed out its term with a flurry of activity, issuing several decisions that will have a lasting impact. One is a decision involving Hobby Lobby and contraception, opening the door for more challenges of government mandates because they conflict with religious beliefs, says Dr. Mark Hurwitz, a WMU professor of political science and Supreme Court expert.
Recent outbreaks of the measles
July 3, 2014 | WMU News
Measles is a very contagious disease and potentially deadly. Several recent outbreaks over the past five months have health officials concerned and show the need for continued vaccination, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.
The crisis at GM
June 26, 2014 | WMU News
GM has announced another recall, this one for 3.36 million defective cars. The latest recall comes on top of one in February of 2.6 million cars and again deals with faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. Though the crisis is troubling, it also presents an opportunity for GM, says Dr. Jennifer Palthe, a WMU associate professor of management.
Forecast for summer weather
June 19, 2014 | WMU News
Summer officially starts on Saturday, with the weekend forecast calling for temperatures in the low-80s. This summer is expected to be somewhat cooler than average, says Dr. Robert Ruhf, a meteorologist and senior research associate in the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education.
Summer reading, Michigan style
June 12, 2014 | WMU News
As summer gets in full swing, many people are looking for a good book to take to the beach or hotel. With the recent passing of novelist Elmore Leonard, this is a great time to discover Michigan authors, with many listed on the Michigan Notable Books page assembled by the Library of Michigan, says Dr. Jonathan Bush, chair of the WMU Department of English.
75th anniversary of the A.A. Big Book
June 5, 2014 | WMU News
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," also known as "The Big Book." Released in 1939, the book laid out a program of recovery for alcoholism, but went on to become a precursor for all self-help groups, says Dr. C. Dennis Simpson, director of the WMU Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
May 29, 2014 | WMU News
The B612 Foundation, a "planetary defense group," estimates asteroids large enough to destroy a medium-sized city could strike Earth much more frequently than previously believed. There's no doubt that the Earth will be hit again by a potentially deadly asteroid, says Dr. Kirk Korista, chair of the WMU Department of Physics.
Death penalty controversy
May 15, 2014 | WMU News
Recent botched executions in Oklahoma and Ohio, which have been attributed to the use of new drug combinations, have revived opposition to the death penalty. States are in a tough spot because both the medical community and drug companies don't want to be involved in capital punishment, says Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten, a WMU professor of gender and women's studies and death penalty expert.