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Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention
July 19, 2016 | WMU News
Presidential conventions in the recent past have been staged to pull the party together and present their candidate to the nation. But a bitterly divided Republican National Convention this year shows that Donald Trump faces a tough undertaking with his own party, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.
Girl-focused pop culture and remake of Tiger Beat
July 14, 2016 | WMU News
Tiger Beat, the American teen fan magazine, is trying to reinvent itself in the age of cellphones and Twitter. Whether Tiger Beat is successful is uncertain, but young girls have certainly changed over the last five decades, says Dr. Ilana Nash, a WMU associate professor of gender and women's studies.
The lingering effects of the Brexit
July 12, 2016 | WMU News
Britain's recent vote to exit the European Union set off a sell-off in global stock markets. Though things have calmed down somewhat, the Brexit will have a lingering impact on the U.S. and world economies, says Dr. Devrim Yaman, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the WMU Haworth College of Business.
Companies instilling a sense of purpose in employees
June 30, 2016 | WMU News
Companies are taking a hard look at employee satisfaction and are finding they might be missing something. A key element that is often lacking is instilling a sense of purpose in what the company stands for, says Dr. Douglas Lepisto, a WMU assistant professor of management.
Decision to divert Great Lakes water to Waukesha, Wisc.
June 23, 2016 | WMU News
Governors of Michigan and seven other Great Lakes states this week approved the diversion of water from Lake Michigan to Waukesha, Wis. The move sets a precedent, but does not open the door for widespread diversion of Great Lakes water, says Dr. Dan Macfarlane, a WMU assistant professor of environmental and sustainability studies.
The drop in pay for American CEOs
June 8, 2016 | WMU News
After years of steady increases, the average compensation for top American executives in 2015 was down 15 percent from 2014. But much of that has to do with stock options and the poor performance in the stock market, says Dr. Dan Farrell, a WMU professor of management and certified compensation professional.
The rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs
June 2, 2016 | WMU News
For the first time, a person in the United States has been found to be carrying a bacteria resistant to some of the strongest antibiotics. The use of antibiotics needs to be restricted, including in agriculture, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.
The outlook for summer tourism in Michigan
May 26, 2016 | WMU News
As Memorial Day approaches, ushering in the start of the tourism season, Michigan's tourism outlook is bright. The state should see a healthy increase in tourism revenue this year, says Dr. Eldor Quandt, a WMU professor emeritus of geography and former director of the tourism program.
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.