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The high cost of dirty fuels
May 22, 2015 | WMU News
A new report from the International Monetary Fund says there were 3.7 million premature deaths caused by air pollution in 2012 and that ending subsidies for fossil fuels would save millions of lives. Cutting subsidies would reduce deaths from a number of diseases, says Dr. Charles Ide, the WMU Gwen Frostic Professor of Biological Sciences.
The missing black men in America
May 15, 2015 | WMU News
A recent report in the New York Times reveals 1.5 million African American men are missing from American society and that one in every six black men ages 24 to 54 has disappeared from civic life. Early death and incarceration are playing roles in the trend, says Dr. Timothy Ready, director of the WMU Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations.
Earthquakes in Southwest Michigan
May 7, 2015 | WMU News
A relatively small earthquake on Saturday centered south of Galesburg did minor damage in the area. Similar quakes, though rare, have trembled through the area before, says Dr. Christopher Schmidt, a WMU professor emeritus of geosciences.
Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage
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
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.