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Lack of diversity in public safety
Feb. 11, 2016 | WMU News
Several highly publicized deaths of black men at the hands of white police officers have raised concerns about the lack of diversity in public safety and sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. Lack of diversity in public safety is a longstanding problem, but there are solutions, says Dr. Kyle Brink, a WMU assistant professor of management, who has closely studied the issue.
50 years of Super Bowl ads
Feb. 4, 2016 | WMU News
Advertisers have spent a total of $4.5 billion to air ads during the Super Bowl over the past 50 years, with $377 million spent this year alone. The cost of a 30-second commercial has changed significantly during the past five decades, says Dr. Steve Newell, a WMU professor of marketing.
The Zika virus
Feb. 2, 2016 | WMU News
The World Health Organization on Monday declared a public health emergency in the face of the rapid spread of the Zika virus. The virus usually is not serious, but has been associated with a severe birth defect, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.
The 2016 presidential race
Jan. 29, 2016 | WMU News
As the Iowa caucuses loom on Monday, followed by the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9, Donald Trump remains the favorite for Republicans, while Bernie Sanders has emerged as a strong contender for Democrats. That both Trump and Sanders are doing so well has been a big surprise, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.
The Flint water crisis
Jan. 28, 2016 | WMU News
Flint tried to save money by switching to drawing water from the Flint River instead of purchasing water from Detroit. The result was high lead levels in drinking water, but those levels could have been reduced with proper treatment, says Dr. Michael Barcelona, a WMU professor of chemistry.
The U.S. economy and world financial markets
Jan. 21, 2016 | WMU News
Concerns about the global economy sent stock markets plunging on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones dropping 565 points before rebounding to a 249-point loss. Market volatility has raised some fears of a U.S. recession, but that seems unlikely, says Dr. Devrim Yaman, chair of the WMU Department of Finance and Commercial Law.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot
Jan. 14, 2016 | WMU News
At least three people have matched all the numbers in last night's Powerball jackpot drawing and will split the $1.5 billion grand prize. The odds of winning—one in 292.2 million—are extremely steep, says Dr. Joshua Naranjo, a WMU professor of statistics.
The Chinese financial crisis
Jan. 7, 2016 | WMU News
Chinese stocks plunged again today by more than 7 percent, forcing the second halt in trading this week--this time in only 29 minutes. The market free fall is being caused by China trying to stimulate its economy by devaluing its currency, says Dr. Matthew Ross, a WMU assistant professor of finance and commercial law.