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  • Communications professor Sue Ellen Christian explains how COVID-19 affects the future of local news outlets
  • Philosophy professor Charlie Kurth discusses anxiety over COVID-19 and how to turn it into a positive feeling and reap its benefits.
  • Physics professor Michael Famiano, with the help of other WMU faculty, staff, alumni, parents and community members, coordinates food drive, collecting and delivering food and household products to students still living on or near campus
  • Dr. Tiffany Schriever, assistant professor of biological sciences, lectured at the University of Michigan on the importance of coastal wetlands in terms of generating unique biodiversity and conservation opportunities
  • Dr. Susan Freeman, associate professor of gender and women's studies, was honored with the Terry Kuseske Education Award for her work and research as an LGBT ally during OutFront Kalamazoo's annual REACH Awards
  • Dr. Ron Van Houten, professor of psychology, garners national attention with his pedestrian traffic safety research–and is saving lives in the process



  • Two alums in public administration help address racial disparity in COVID-19 outcomes
  • Geography alumna Nicole Wilson named Vice President of Economic Development for Business Alliance
  • Annalisa Wilder, political science and Spanish alumna, is putting her passion into action by conducting potentially life-saving climate change research for the United Nations
  • Geography alumni Ryan Taylor used satellite imagery and other technology to analyze the tree canopy in Denver, Colorado, where a project to plant one million trees in 20 years had been cut short
  • Driven to find solutions to the poverty she witnessed growing up in India, economics alumna Dr. Dweepobotee Brahma is working with various ministries in the country as an associate fellow at the Brookings Institution India Center

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