Rebecca Thiele

Environment/Technology Reporter, host of "Arts & More"

Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also reports on issues related to the environment and technology in Southwest Michigan. She assists the station with social media practices and occasionally anchors during All Things Considered. She is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

E-mail: rebecca [dot] thiele [at] wmich [dot] edu

The lab's humanoid robot JD
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Chad Edwards started the Communication and Social Robotics Lab at WMU with his wife and colleague Autumn. They have four robots in the lab.

Journeyman by Matt Weaver

Low-budget films are often the butt of jokes in today’s movie industry, but on May 15th, filmmakers from the Midwest and a few international artists will attempt to change that. 

A smelting demonstration at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies in 2013
WMU Medieval Institute

May 14th through May 17th, 3,000 medieval scholars from around the world will flood Western Michigan University’s campus for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies.


A crane puts Kent County's trash into a hopper at Covanta Energy Incorporated
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Michigan is on track to get ten percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2015. Now state legislators are busy working on energy policies for the next ten years. Governor Rick Snyder’s plan focuses on natural gas and aims for 19 percent renewables by 2025. But a bill by State Representative Aric Nesbitt of Lawton could change the state’s definition of ‘renewable.’


(File photo)
WMUK

Local environmental groups could take the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant to court this spring. The organizations say the aging plant near South Haven wants to lower its safety standards to keep running past its latest expiration date of 2017.

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