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  • Warrior team takes home the top prize in the DIA Student Design Summit

    January 30, 2019
    Under the project name 51Eighty, the Warriors beat out 22 other teams from the University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, College for Creative Studies and Interlochen Center for the Arts. In addition to winning the main Cultural District Jury award, the Wayne State team also received the People’s Choice award, garnering the majority of the more than 1,500 votes from the public based on its video submission.
  • A new computer science study suggests peer code reviews affect gender diversity in software engineering

    January 29, 2019
    A research team guided by Amiangshu Bosu, assistant professor of computer science at WSU, examined a specific segment of the software engineering (SE) industry to uncover evidence of discriminatory or discouraging attitudes from male developers to their female counterparts.
  • Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project empowers local schoolchildren

    January 28, 2019
    Since launching as a pilot program in 2004, the Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project has accumulated more than 61,120 service tutoring hours, providing supplemental literacy education to hundreds of students from kindergarten to second grade.
  • Nursing research focuses on young patients and their readiness to have life and death conversations

    January 24, 2019
    Understanding adolescents’ and young adults’ acceptance of their situation and willingness to discuss it is important, both for caregivers and for family members who are often unsure of the emotional support their loved ones need.
  • Bryan Barnhill II and Anil Kumar installed to the Board of Governors

    January 23, 2019
    Surrounded by friends and family, Bryan Barnhill II and Anil Kumar, the two newest members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, were officially installed on Jan. 17 during a ceremony in the McGregor Memorial Conference Center.
  • Optimized computer-monitored video surveillance system increases consumer safety

    January 21, 2019
    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Nabil J. Sarhan has had his patent approved for an automated video surveillance system to keep people safer. Sarhan’s patent works live; the system is constantly scanning for potential threats while allocating resources in such a way that optimizes the overall threat-detection accuracy. The surveillance system uses technologies such as facial and license plate recognition to recognize threats using high-quality video that the computer will analyze. The system also allows for certain areas observed by the cameras to be placed at a higher level of importance. Major benefits include an increase in system coverage with a dramatically reduced cost due to lower bandwidth and energy needs.
  • Community policing provides opportunities to connect to students, faculty and staff

    January 18, 2019
    A typical day on campus includes an abundance of pedestrian traffic as students, staff and visitors make their way to classes, offices, parking lots and events. Mixed in with the flood of travelers are horses, golf carts, Segways, bicycles and SUVs navigated by five law enforcement officers comprising Wayne State’s elite campus community officer program.
  • New Microsoft Corp. partnership will help create economic opportunities and strengthen Detroit’s ongoing revitalization.

    January 16, 2019
    Wayne State University and Microsoft Corp. announced a new partnership to pilot an employability skills program. The program will foster job-ready, employable talent for high-demand technical positions such as cloud computing, data analytics, cybersecurity, AI engineering and more. Wayne State is part of a select group of universities globally involved in the pilot program. The goal is to create economic opportunities and a talent pipeline that will strengthen Detroit’s ongoing revitalization.
  • Students affected by government shutdown offered financial relief

    January 15, 2019
    As the partial federal government shutdown nears its third week, Wayne State University is announcing it will offer financial relief to students and students of families affected by the Washington gridlock. The shutdown has forced 800,000 federal employees to go on furlough or work without getting paid.
  • How machine learning can automate motivational interviewing

    January 14, 2019
    Motivational interviewing (MI) is a strategy used by clinical psychologists to elicit behavior change in patients through focused, goal-oriented counseling. An integral step in developing effective MI interventions is analysis of the counselor-patient interactions, which is traditionally done by hand.
  • Sofie: A smart operating system for Internet of Everything

    January 14, 2019
    The rise of the Internet of Everything (IoE) is rapidly changing computing, and as the connected things in our world become more of necessities than luxuries, the process of simplifying how people can manage this level of connectivity is important. Unlike personal computers, smartphones, and cloud-based systems — which often operate in a fixed environment and use data passively — Sofie is both data-oriented and things-oriented.
  • Packing up a pachyderm — the interesting history of Iki and the scholars who studied her

    January 10, 2019
    For 30 years, a fully assembled skeleton of a female Asian elephant named Iki has stood near the library lobby. Behind her bones, a colorful canvas painting depicts her alive, happily grazing in a green grassland among wild birds drinking from an idyllic stream — the kind of place an elephant scholar would love. The kind of place where Dr. Jeheskel Shoshani, Ph.D. ’86, spent his final days exploring and researching his favorite species.
  • Word Warriors releases their top ten picks for 2019

    January 7, 2019
    The beginning of the year is a time for resolutions. Some may vow to stop being such a slugabed and finally wake up early, heading to the gym to stop being so fubsy. Others may commit to get outside and enjoy some salubrious activities that cut through the anhedonia.
  • A living lab to define the future of intelligent transportation systems

    January 7, 2019
    The emergence of connected and autonomous vehicles will not only come from the evolution of traditional transportation, but from innovation in systems and infrastructure. As cars get smarter, so must the roadways on which they travel. Funded by a 2015 Wayne State seed grant, Stephen Remias is leading a project called ITSWayne, which will allow his research team to collect data crucial to intelligent transportation systems (ITS).
  • Congress used to pass bipartisan legislation -- will it ever again?

    January 4, 2019
    Political science professor Jeffrey D. Grynaviski discusses the likelihood of Congress passing bipartisan legislation given our divided government, providing the historical context of the accomplishments (or lack thereof) made during other, similarly divided periods.
  • HOUR Detroit: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences studying effects of marijuana on driving

    January 3, 2019
    One wonders how many drivers at any given moment have used the substance? In Detroit, scientists are addressing the dearth of knowledge.
  • Memory study first to use recordings directly from the prefrontal cortex

    January 2, 2019
    A research team led by Associate professor of psychology Noa Ofen is working to address a critical gap in our understanding of how maturation of the prefrontal cortex drives memory development through the use of electrocorticographic (ECoG) data recorded directly from the prefrontal cortex.
  • Testing underway for antifungal drug to treat eye infections

    January 2, 2019
    A collaborative team at the School of Medicine has uncovered the therapeutic efficacy of Isavuconazole, a newer antifungal drug, in an experimental animal model of ocular fungal infections, indicating that it may successfully treat human ocular infections. Fungal endophthalmitis remains a significant cause of vision impairment and blindness, in part because of delayed diagnoses and limited availability of effective antifungal agents with good ocular penetration. The treatment, whether given orally or intravenously, reduced fungal burden in an infected model’s eyes, and preserved retinal structural integrity and function, resulting in significantly improved disease outcomes.
  • New diagnostics and treatment option for cardiovascular disease

    January 1, 2019
    A Wayne State research team is collaborating with Arterez, LLC, on a new clinical study to identify the “fingerprint” and diagnostic accuracy of Arterez’ seven patent-pending glycocalyx biomarkers in relation to arterial disease, specifically hypertension and heart failure.
  • Driving heart health in national study to address diabetes, heart disease and stroke

    December 27, 2018
    In September 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded funds to 28 state and local health departments across the United States to design, test and evaluate new, innovative approaches to address these significant health problems. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) was one of 21 state health departments to receive this funding. As part of this, a new partnership has been forged with Wayne State University researchers who will directly work with MDHHS in their efforts to prevent and manage cardiovascular health and diabetes.
  • Materials design research creating possibilities for U.S. Air Force systems

    December 26, 2018
    New research by Helen Durand, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, aims to spur advances in materials design and manufacturing. Her lab is developing computationally tractable optimization-based design and control strategies for materials development and manufacturing, with a focus on advanced materials and control of material behavior during their use.
  • Fast-improving graduation rate is the best in the nation

    December 20, 2018
    The latest federal data on college graduation rates reveals that Wayne State University is the fastest-improving university in the nation among public universities with more than 10,000 students. Wayne State’s graduation rates have nearly doubled between 2011 and 2017, increasing from 26 to 47 percent according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
  • Transportation Research Institute joins Road to Zero's effort to eliminate traffic fatalities

    December 19, 2018
    Enlisting in a nationwide initiative to end roadway fatalities within the next three decades, the Transportation Research Group has partnered with Road to Zero, a coalition that develops and promotes lifesaving tactics built on evidence-based strategies and a systematic approach to eliminating risks.
  • Renowned expert on neurological disorders is working to identify shunt failure mechanisms in neurological disease treatments

    December 19, 2018
    Hydrocephalus is a condition in which an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) on the brain causes increased pressure in the skull. It affects approximately one million people in the U.S., including one out of every 1,000 newborns.
  • Aspiring educator finds her Way Back to campus

    December 17, 2018
    “I wanted to come back to Wayne State before I heard about the program,” she said. “Learning there was an avenue to help me eliminate my debt and earn my degree made returning 100 times better.”