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Global violence against women
March 26, 2015 | WMU News
The United Nations has issued a new report that shows violence against women and girls worldwide "persists at alarmingly high levels." Women have made many gains in the past 20 years, but the report shows disturbing results when it comes to violence, says Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten, a WMU associate professor of gender and women's studies.
Using biofuels to extend the fuel supply
March 20, 2015 | WMU News
Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005, requiring fuel retailers to blend some 13 billion gallons of ethanol per year into the gas they sell. But ethanol has its drawbacks, says Dr. Steven Bertman, a WMU professor of chemistry and biofuels expert.
The pilot shortage
March 6, 2015 | WMU News
Massive retirements and tougher certification requirements enacted after a Colgan Air crash in 2009 that killed 50 people near Buffalo, New York, has led to a pilot shortage. The shortage is already hitting regional carriers and is spreading, says Capt. Steve Jones, director of flight operations at the WMU College of Aviation.
The wacky winter weather
Feb. 26, 2015 | WMU News
Lots of snow in November, almost no snow in December and now near-record cold has added up to one of the most unusual winters in southwest Michigan, says Dr. Robert Ruhf, a meteorologist and senior research associate in the Mallinson Institute for Science Education.
The 87th Academy Awards
Feb. 19, 2015 | WMU News
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony celebrates the best in film this Sunday. Nominees for best picture—four of them based on real events—are very strong and showcase wonderful performances, says Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti, a WMU professor of communication in the film, video and media studies program.