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The demise of coral reefs
May 19, 2016 | WMU News
A strong El Niño and continued warming due to climate change have resulted in the mass bleaching of coral reefs around the world, particularly in the Pacific Ocean. The recent devastation of coral reefs could be the worst ever, says Dr. David Karowe, a WMU professor of biological sciences.
Unifying the Republican Party
May 13, 2016 | WMU News
Donald Trump's meeting Thursday with Speaker Paul Ryan appeared to signal a thawing of the rift between Trump and many Congressional Republicans. Trump's warmer-than-expected reception could be the first step in unifying the party, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.
The presidential race going forward
May 12, 2016 | WMU News
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have emerged as the presumptive presidential candidates, raising questions of how the race between the two will unfold. Things are bound to get ugly, but Trump may not have as easy a time stigmatizing Clinton as he has many of the other Republican candidates, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.
Surge in the suicide rate
May 5, 2016 | WMU News
A recent report shows suicide has increased in nearly every age group and has surged to the highest level in nearly 30 years. But suicide still falls short of being an epidemic, says Dr. Katherine Lewis Ginebaugh, a WMU associate professor of interdisciplinary health services and director of the suicide prevention program.
Sharp rise in 'ransomware' attacks on businesses, individuals
April 28, 2016 | WMU News
Cybercriminals are using new computer viruses like CryptoLocker to attack personal computers and computer systems at small businesses, then demand a ransom to get the information back. It's definitely a growing problem, says Dr. Alan Rea, a WMU professor of business information systems.
What to do with finicky eaters
April 14, 2016 | WMU News
The problem of finicky eaters is more than an inconvenience. Picky eating can lead to obesity and malnutrition, says Dr. Michelle Suarez, a WMU assistant professor of occupational therapy and supervisor of the Finicky Feeders Food Selectivity Clinic.
Sea-level rise worse than expected
April 7, 2016 | WMU News
A study in the journal Nature estimates more than 13 million people in the United States could be displaced by rising sea levels by the next century, three times the most current estimates. Projections show sea levels could rise by one meter by 2100, says Dr. Michelle Kominz, a WMU professor of geosciences, who studies rising sea levels.
Donald Trump's 'trumping' of the news media
April 1, 2016 | WMU News
Donald Trump's ability to generate news coverage isn't that surprising. It's indicative of trends in journalism that have been taking shape over several decades, says Dr. Sandra Borden, a WMU professor of communication and media ethics expert.
The rebound of monarch butterflies
March 24, 2016 | WMU News
After several years of steep declines, monarch butterflies have rebounded the past two years. A mild winter is probably the biggest factor in the large increase in monarchs in overwintering sites in Mexico, but severe weather there may have dealt the butterflies another devastating blow, says Dr. Stephen Malcolm, a WMU professor of biological sciences and monarch expert.