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The outlook for winter weather
Nov. 20, 2014 | WMU News
Winter weather has blasted into the area early this year. Chances are good for more snow and cold than average, and maybe even a repeat of last year, says Dr. Robert Ruhf, a meteorologist and senior research associate in the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education.
Lack of new leaders in the Democratic Party
Nov. 13, 2014 | WMU News
Barack Obama's emergence on the national scene in 2007 signaled a generational shift and offered the prospect of renewal in the Democratic Party. But significant losses in two mid-term elections have resulted in the defeats of many younger Democrats who could have gone on to national prominence, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.
Controversy over new history curriculum
Nov. 6, 2014 | WMU News
A new curriculum has sparked criticism in some circles over how and what children should be taught about American history. Revamping the curriculum to encourage deeper thinking is a good idea, says Dr. Joseph Kretovics, a former history teacher and WMU professor of educational leadership, research and technology.
Heavy spending on the campaign trail
Oct. 31, 2014 | WMU News
The 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision overturned parts of campaign finance law, opening the floodgates for unlimited outside campaign spending. All the money has generated nonstop political advertising, much of it negative, with Michigan residents seeing their share because of several close races, says Dr. John Clark, chair of the WMU Department of Political Science.
The state of Major League Baseball
Oct. 22, 2014 | WMU News
With the World Series underway, the sports world is focused on Major League Baseball. About 74 million people visited ballparks this year, slightly down from last year, but baseball has done a good job connecting with fans via social media, says Dr. Ronald Kramer, a WMU professor of sociology and baseball expert.
GOP bid to take over the U.S. Senate
Oct. 16, 2014 | WMU News
Thirty-four seats are up for grabs in the U.S. Senate, with Republicans currently holding 46 seats and needing six more to obtain a 51-seat majority. The GOP is aided by several key factors, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.
Ebola and the need for better electronic health records
Oct. 9, 2014 | WMU News
The nation's first Ebola victim died Wednesday after he was initially treated at a Dallas emergency room, reported coming to the United States from Liberia and was discharged. The mishap shows the need for improvements to electronic health records systems, says Dr. Bernhard Han, co-director of the WMU health infomatics information management program.
The threat of a U.S. Ebola outbreak
Oct. 9, 2014 | WMU News
The deadly Ebola virus has made its way to the United States and claimed its first victim. Though the death toll from Ebola in West Africa has risen to nearly 4,000 people, a similar outbreak is virtually impossible here, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.