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WMUK News
12:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

A Flair for Solar Engineering

The 2014 Sunseeker Solar car, built by WMU engineering students.
Credit Western Michigan University

An interview with Sunseeker team member Joel Thompson

A group of Western Michigan University engineering students will carry forth a bright tradition this Saturday.

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11:07 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

State Studies Inland Lake Invasive Species

Johnson holds a native mussel with invasive zebra mussels attached.
Sehvilla Mann WMUK

How the state is studying invasive species in inland lakes

Aquatic biologist Jennifer Johnson wades toward a motorboat on Klinger Lake in St. Joseph County. She’s holding a brown, palm-sized mussel, a native one.

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12:04 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

WMU Gets $4 Million for Autism Research

Keith and Kelli Gibson of Battle Creek with their sons who all have forms of autism
Credit Scott Erskine / AP Photo

Western Michigan University has won $4 million from the state to help families with autistic kids. State Representative Margaret O’Brien of Portage says the money is needed because there aren’t enough professionals to meet demand.

The money goes to the Behavior Analysis Program in Western’s Department of Psychology. University officials say it will be used for research to make autism treatments more effective. Other uses include hiring more professors to increase the number of certified autism professionals.

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WMUK News
12:42 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Animal Services, Humane Society Hope to Share One Building

KCASE Director Steve Lawrence holds one of the shelter's kittens.
Sehvilla Mann WMUK

WMUK reports on plans for a new Kalamazoo animal shelter

Kalamazoo could see the quality of its animal services, public and private, transformed in the next few years.

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WMUK News
12:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Program Lets Business Set PACE on Green Building

Andy Levin of Lean and Green Michigan speaks at the Kalamazoo Rotary Club meeting June 9.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Businesses can have a tough time borrowing money to make their buildings more energy-efficient. That’s where a variety of government programs that promote what’s called Property Assessed Clean Energy come in.

PACE programs let a property owner take on a special tax assessment for energy retrofits, allowing for longer repayment periods. Michigan’s PACE program covers a number of upgrades to commercial and industrial buildings and multifamily (though not single-family) homes.

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