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Importance of reading to young children Photo of Deanna Roland
Sept. 3, 2015 | WMU News
As the school year begins, newly released studies show that young children who were often read to had increased brain activity and that even picture books increase vocabulary and help children create images associated with words. Neither finding is surprising, says Deanna Roland, director of the WMU McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic.

The stock market and the Chinese financial crisis Photo of Devrim Yaman
Aug. 26, 2015 | WMU News
U.S. stock markets opened sharply higher today, and it was hoped the rally wouldn't fizzle as it did on Tuesday. The sharp declines recently in world financial markets was an overreaction to the bad financial news in China, says Dr. Devrim Yaman, chair of the WMU Department of Finance and Commercial Law.

The wet and somewhat mild summer Photo of Robert Ruhf
Aug. 20, 2015 | WMU News
Wet and somewhat mild probably best describes the summer of 2015. In fact, this summer is quite a bit like last summer, says Dr. Robert Ruhf, a senior research associate in the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education.

The health benefits of walking Photo of Carol Weideman
Aug. 6, 2015 | WMU News
Walking sometimes gets overlooked when people think about exercising. But you don't have to work up a sweat to experience the many health benefits of walking says Dr. Carol Weideman, a WMU faculty specialist in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education.

What we've learned about Pluto Photo of Kirk Korista
July 31, 2015 | WMU News
The New Horizons probe has revealed surprises about Pluto as its nine-year, 3-billion-mile journey to the dwarf planet culminates. After passing within 7,750 miles of Pluto, New Horizons has sent back information that has revealed Pluto isn't a frozen, static dwarf planet at all, says Dr. Kirk Korista, chair of the WMU Department of Physics.