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CMU researchers examin how contaminants in Great Lakes affect mussels

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Central Michigan University researchers are examining how freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes are affected by contaminants.

Biologists are testing the mussels with everyday contaminants found in things like shampoo and toothpaste. Continue reading

Roscommon County program to help identify ‘fake news’

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You’ve probably heard the term ‘fake news’. Those headlines filling Facebook with misinformation, often shared by people who actually believe it.

The Houghton Lake Public Library is hoping to change that.

They’re hosting a panel discussion next month on “Detecting Fake News”.

Kimberly Young is the director of the library.

“What we’re going to be talking about is how to ascertain the difference between when you’re reading a headline and knowing who they’re coming from and what point of view the source has on the topic.”

Young said she hopes this will help to stop people from sharing fake news online.

“It’s a hot topic. I’m sure everybody’s heard of it. And what it is is that it’s often even just headlines that’s meant to grab someone’s attention in one direction of thought or another. That might be misleading and are not really talking about the actually story.”

The event is scheduled for February 21, at 6pm at the Houghton Lake Public Library.

CMU Public Radio’s Amy Robinson will be one of the panelists, along with Central Michigan University journalism professor Tim Boudreau, and Houghton Lake Resorter publisher Eric Hamp.

Professors at CMU conducted a study on selfies

image1The study surveyed people who posted selfies on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. It found two common reasons.people post.

Patricia Williamson is an associate professor with the school of broadcast and cinematic arts at CMU. She started the study.

“The most common self disclosure goal people have is information storage and entertainment. The entertainment part is pretty simple, either they find it entertaining or they think other people will find it entertaining. The information storage is more about people posting selfies because they want to go back and see what they looked like at a certain time or what they were doing on a certain date. So that’s another self disclosure goal.”

Williamson says the study also shows a generational gap in selfie posting. Younger people tended to post on newer platforms like Snapchat. Older people tend to stick with the tried-and-true, Facebook.

CMU faculty member honored for advocacy work and blog about infantile spasms

© Nathaniel Knobel Ellen Wehrman and her family

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Ellen Wehrman and her family

This week is Infantile Spasms Awareness Week, and a Central Michigan University faculty member is bringing awareness to the disease, that can end fatally if left untreated.

Ellen Wehrman was honored this past weekend for her work to raise awareness for infantile spasms. Continue reading

Holocaust historian speech at CMU focuses on the rescuers and rescue missions during the holocaust

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Grassroots efforts to help Jews hide and escape during the Holocaust was the focus of a speech Thursday night at Central Michigan University

Deborah Dwork is a Holocaust historian, who conducts most of her research through interviews. Continue reading

CMU students and faculty gathered Tuesday for anti-Trump rally

Photo | Central Michigan University

Photo | Central Michigan University

In cities across the country protesters have gathered to show opposition to president elect Donald Trump.

On the campus of Central Michigan University some 300 students and faculty gathered to show solidarity with the national protests. Continue reading

Pokemon Go is still alive and well on CMU’s campus

IMG_2716The virtual reality app launched for smartphone users in July and quickly became the most-downloaded app in history….that’s more than 500 million downloads. Everyone wanted in on this game. But…Pokemon—and pokemon enthusiasts for that matter—aren’t a new thing. Not by a long shot.
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CMU Professor uses old photographs to create an imagined history of gay and lesbian relationships

On display at the 10th annual GETXOPHOTO festival in Getxo, Spain

On display at the 10th annual GETXOPHOTO festival in Getxo, Spain

A Central Michigan University Professor has traveled the world exhibiting her art.

Her exhibit Through the Lens of Desire was displayed in New York City and just finished displaying in Getxo, Spain.

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Domestic policy of the presidential candidates is focus of Speak Up Speak Out forum on CMU’s campus

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The Domestic Policy of the presidential candidates is the main focus of a discussion on Central Michigan University’s campus Wednesday at 7pm.

The Speak Up Speak Out forum will host political science professors and students as panelists.

They’ll discuss the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on issues of domestic policy. Continue reading

CMU hosts an event aimed at educating students on social justice issues

file2371256841486It’s called Issue Day, and it holds conversations about issues like Black Lives Matter, sex trafficking, and the environment.

This year’s event will bring in speakers and organizations to talk about things like safer sex, hunger, volunteering, and more.

Lauren Lynn is the events student coordinator at the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center at CMU.

“Someone was sitting here and was like how can we provide students with education that will preempt them to then do service and then allow to have that reflection. So someone came up with the idea, they had people come in and speak and for the last 16 years we’ve been doing it that same way.”

Lynn says the goal is to inspire students to become more active citizens and help within their community.

Issue Day is scheduled to run Saturday October 15th from 9am to 1pm in the UC rotunda at CMU.

A Central Michigan University researcher uses a new method to target diseased cells

Dr. Neeraj Vij lab with Dr. Maish Bodas (back) a postdoctoral fellow in the medical research facility. Central Michigan University photos by Steve Jessmore

Dr. Neeraj Vij lab with Dr. Maish Bodas (back) a postdoctoral fellow in the medical research facility. Central Michigan University photos by Steve Jessmore

The method is called nano-delivery. It sends drugs directly to diseased cells in the lungs, without harming surrounding cells.
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