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October 5, 2015

Wayne State alums to be honored during Homecoming Oct. 10
MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT:  Wayne State University’s Alumni Association is honoring the achievements of six outstanding alumni and faculty during an awards program and tailgate preceeding the...
Wayne State University post-genome scientist Leonard Lipovich leads prestigious international scientific meeting for Royal Society
DETROIT – Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher Leonard Lipovich, Ph.D., made university history as the lead organizer of a special Theo Murphy international scientific meeti...
Speakers to examine increasing tension between U.S. police departments and communities
MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT:  “Community Policing: Building Trust, Reducing Violence” will be the topic addressed by experts during the Arthur L. Johnson Urban Perspectives Lecture Series event...

WSU In The News

Actor Tom Skerritt to talk veterans project at Wayne State, Sep 30, 2015
Air Force veteran and actor Tom Skerritt is visiting Wayne State University to talk about his project to give veterans and military personnel a voice through storytelling. The university said in a news release that Skerritt, whose roles include the films "Alien," ''M.A.S.H." and "Top Gun," will give a lecture on campus Thursday afternoon. He'll talk about the Red Badge Project, which helps military personnel tell their stories. The project's website says it teaches participants about storytelling methods including poetry, song, filmography and documentary production. A military and veteran audience drawn from Wayne State's student body will attend the lecture. Veterans from the general public are also invited.


How Detroit anchor institutions are developing local talent, Sep 21, 2015
Detroit’s colleges and universities have a number of programs to help prepare their students for the workforce. Andrew Feig, associate dean of the Graduate School and professor in the Chemistry Department at Wayne State University, is on the steering committee for two such programs. Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) is a National Institutes of Health-funded program designed to provide experiential service to doctoral students. Feig says the program places students with local companies for internships in order to show students that a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences provides more options than becoming a professor. Another program, also funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on better preparing undergraduate students for biomedical careers. Research Enhancement for Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (REBUILD) is a partnership between Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University. Catering to an under-represented and economically disadvantaged college population, REBUILD teaches science through actual “new science,” not just canned laboratory assignments. For example, students have worked with local urban farms to study the effects of fertilizer and design best practices for future use. It's an especially great opportunity for students of the smaller schools involved that wouldn't otherwise have access to the advanced research laboratories of WSU. “Ultimately, the goal is for students to be successful in whatever it is they want to do,” says Feig. “If they know the content matter of chemistry but not how to apply it to societal needs, that person might not do well in the workforce."
First-year enrollment up by 10 percent at Wayne Law, Sep 3, 2015
With 131 incoming first-year students, Wayne State University Law School marks a 10 percent increase over last year’s 119 first-year students. Coursework is underway for the new class, which includes students ages 20 to 56. They hail from 35 undergraduate colleges and universities, where they pursued 34 undergraduate and graduate majors, including biology, chemistry, journalism, mathematics, music and religious studies. All but 10 students are from Michigan. Eleven of the new students are in Wayne Law’s evening program, eight are in a combined program of day and evening classes, and 112 chose to attend the day program. “I’m proud that with our boost in enrollment, we’ve also not only maintained but increased the caliber of our incoming students,” Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson said. She noted that the median LSAT score of the incoming class is 157, up from 156 last year, and the median grade point average is 3.42, up from 3.29.
WSU scientists discover mechanism for air pollution-induced liver disease, Sep 2, 2015
A research team led by Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., at the Wayne State University School of Medicine's Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, has discovered that exposure to air pollution has a direct adverse health effect on the liver and causes liver fibrosis, an illness associated with metabolic disease and liver cancer. Zhang, associate professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics and of Immunology and Microbiology, and his group have been studying the adverse health effects of air pollution from a unique perspective. While the major research efforts in the field were focused on the effects of air pollution on lung tissues and cardiovascular system, the Zhang lab studied the pathological effects and stress mechanisms of air pollution on the liver, the major organ of detoxification and metabolism. Their work demonstrated that inhalation exposure to high-concentration airborne particulate matter PM2.5 has direct effects on the liver, triggering liver fibrosis, a pathological condition characterized by accumulation of the extracellular matrix protein collagen that occurs in most types of chronic liver diseases. "Our work has a major impact on medical care and health policy-making for the populations under air pollution environment," Zhang said.


WSU president bikes 100 miles for scholarship funds, Aug 23, 2015
More than 1,100 cyclists signed up for the “The Baroudeur,” a French word meaning warrior — which is the nickname of the university’s sports teams. The brainchild of WSU President M. Roy Wilson, it’s the first urban bike ride event the university has organized. “It was a bigger turnout than we expected,” said Wilson. “We were hoping for close to 1,000.” Riders at the event chose one of four open road courses: a 20-, 50-, 62- or 100-mile ride, also called century. Wilson, an avid cyclist, was doing a century Saturday. “I wanted to bring this to Downtown Detroit and have people experience the university and the city,” Wilson said. “I’m hoping this is something we can do every year. We’re off to a good start.” Wilson said Saturday’s event was open to all and future Baroudeur rides will be, too. Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for students at the university.
U-Haul, Wayne State proceed with sustainability study in Detroit, Aug 18, 2015
Wayne State University researchers will analyze the economic and social impacts that U-Haul® corporate sustainability initiatives are having on the New Center neighborhood, and how these impacts interact with larger redevelopment trends in Detroit. The focus of the study will be on the adaptive reuse of the former Nabisco® factory at 899 W. Baltimore St. in Detroit's Midtown district. The research will be conducted during the next 18 to 24 months. The agreement constitutes Phase II of a U-Haul commissioned study. Phase I built the context by examining the ingredients and effects of adaptive reuse projects in the U.S. and around the world. Wayne State University's research will be led by Professor Robin Boyle and Associate Professor Rayman Mohamed of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. "This project will allow us to understand how sustainability can be linked at the building, neighborhood, district and city levels," Mohamed said. Boyle added: "There is very much an ethnographic study: we will embed ourselves in the neighborhood to understand how change can spread outwards from a single location to influence changes in the larger midtown area."


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