News

  • Detroit Hives beekeeping collective causing a buzz

    March 29, 2019
  • STEAM Challenge winners announced

    March 29, 2019
    The winners of the Wayne State University STEAM Challenge — a pitch competition where interdisciplinary student groups come together to bridge STEM disciplines with the arts, humanities and social sciences — were announced at the STEAM Challenge Final Pitch Competition on March 25. While officials initially planned to award $10,000 to the top winner, $3,000 for the second-place winner and $1,000 for the third-place winner, WSU Provost Keith Whitfield surprised all attendees by adding another $5,000 award, allowing four teams to take home prize money to help turn their ideas into a reality.
  • Tony Award-winning producer and Michigan native is the 2019 Apple Award honoree

    March 26, 2019
    The Apple Award, named for Sarah Applebaum Nederlander, is given by the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University on behalf of the Nederlander family.
  • M.D. seniors enjoy 98 percent residency match success rate

    March 25, 2019
    98.16 percent matched with a residency program for which they interviewed. M.D. students will fill residency slots in 26 different specialties, the top three being Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine.
  • Physics professor receives IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Nuclear Physics

    March 21, 2019
    The IUPAP Commissions seeks candidates for the Young Scientist Prize who have spent up to eight years conducting research after earning a Ph.D. Awardees will receive a medal, certificate and a monetary award. The IUPAP Commissions will sponsor a presentation at an international conference, according to its website.
  • Born to Be a Warrior program offers 100% free tuition for employees’ children

    March 20, 2019
    A new program will allow children of full-time employees to receive 100 percent free tuition/general fees for four years. The Born to Be a Warrior pilot scholarship program is for freshmen and transfer students who do not have a bachelor’s degree. The award is renewable for up to four years for those who qualify as freshmen (consideration can be given by the Office of Student Financial Aid for additional time). Students should apply by May 1 to be eligible for the fall 2019 semester, when the awards will first be given.
  • New online programs advance knowledge and skill in artificial intelligence and blockchain

    March 18, 2019
    Amesite, Inc., an Ann Arbor-based artificial intelligence software company, recently announced a partnership with Wayne State University to offer six-week programs tailored to engineers seeking the latest innovations and applications of this technology.
  • Michigan's frigid weather ignites a new research project for WSU's geology chair and team

    March 15, 2019
    For Department of Geology chair Mark Baskaran, Michigan’s recent Polar Vortex brought more than just a couple of welcome days at home — it sparked a research idea. Inspired by the frigid weather, Baskaran wondered what environmental secrets lie in the ice coating Lake St. Clair. Specifically, he wanted to know what concentrated materials — atmospheric and sediment — could be found in the ice that forms near the shore of a body of water.
  • Ilitch School supply chain team excels at the 'biathlon of case competitions'

    March 13, 2019
    A group of four global supply chain management students from Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business was named division champion and placed among four finalists at the 2019 Weber State University supply chain skills competition in Ogden, Utah.
  • University archives tell Detroit's story

    March 12, 2019
    As media the world over sought reflections last year on the life and death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, few probably realized how often it was archivists at Wayne State University who provided the looking glass.
  • TeachDETROIT residency program embeds aspiring teachers in city schools

    March 11, 2019
    By applying a discerning, clinical approach to training, TeachDETROIT turns Detroit public schools into equal parts training grounds and classrooms for its WSU cohorts. Participants enroll for up to 12 months in the program, splitting time between classwork on campus and training alongside veteran teachers in public school classrooms. Established in 2015, TeachDETROIT has become a model program for education experts nationwide and a vital asset to the Detroit Public School Community District, which has grappled with shortages of capable teachers and other resources for years.
  • Finding new treatments for resistant kidney cancers with nanomedicine

    March 7, 2019
    Arun Iyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has received a three-year, $611,475 Idea Development Award as an Early Career Investigator from the Department of Defense Kidney Cancer Research Program to research renal cell carcinoma and look for new treatment strategies.
  • President Wilson testifies before House higher education appropriations subcommittee

    March 5, 2019
    Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson made a compelling case for increased higher education funding in general, and for Wayne State in particular, on Feb. 28, when he testified before the Michigan House of Representatives higher education appropriations subcommittee in Lansing.
  • Prof. David Goldberg on life, times of late activist and former student General Baker

    March 4, 2019
    While the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 70s is rightly credited with fostering numerous gains among African Americans over the past half century, the attendant labor movements of that era are regarded by many as playing a vital — albeit less prominent — role in the advancement of racial equity. Now, Wayne State University associate professor David Goldberg is shining a spotlight on the labor struggles of the era with an upcoming book about late activist (and former WSU student) General Gordon Baker, founder of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and inarguably one of the most influential Detroit labor organizers of the late 20th century.
  • Why can’t we disconnect? Researching distracted students in the classroom

    March 1, 2019
    Julia Briskin, Wayne State University graduate student and doctoral candidate in psychology; Tim Bogg, WSU associate professor of psychology; and Jesse Haddad, a student at the Wayne State School of Medicine, recently published an article in Frontiers in Psychology entitled, “Lower Trait Stability, Stronger Normative Beliefs, Habitual Phone Use and Unimpeded Phone Access Predict Distracted College Student Messaging in Social, Academic, and Driving Contexts." Their research focused on three contexts where phone use is often a source of distraction — in the classroom, eating with others and driving — and which personality traits are associated with problematic messaging behavior.
  • School of Medicine teams up with other major universities and health partners to tackle addiction in Michigan

    February 28, 2019
    The number of opioid-related deaths in Michigan has hit an all-time high, requiring the resources of the state’s three major research universities and one of its largest health systems to tackle the problem. Under a two-year, $1.5 million grant, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health will train more physicians to become addiction medicine specialists by streamlining the certification process.
  • Medical student wins coveted award from Research to Prevent Blindness

    February 23, 2019
    M.S/M.D. student Leo Hall is spending the year pursuing a master’s degree from the Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences, performing experiments in the lab of Assistant Professor Tomomi Ichinose. Hall is one of a few students selected nationally to receive the 2018 Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship from the nonprofit Research to Prevent Blindness.
  • Computer science researcher developing a tool to change how open source newcomers are viewed by the coding community

    February 22, 2019
    Amiangshu Bosu, assistant professor of computer science, is developing an automated model called RevRanker to remove barriers in free/libre open source software (FLOSS) projects which stem from newcomer struggles to identify experienced and capable code reviewers. FLOSS projects are community-driven enterprises that some in the tech profession believe will surpass proprietary software in popularity.
  • Warrior Senior Sprint scholarship helps students reach the graduation finish line

    February 21, 2019
    Students nearing graduation now have an additional springboard to help them complete their degree on time through Wayne State’s Warrior Senior Sprint scholarship, which will cover the full cost of tuition and fees during the 2019 spring/summer semester. The Warrior Senior Sprint scholarship is available to students who entered WSU as new first-year students in fall 2013 or fall 2014 and who have a clear pathway to graduate by August 2019.
  • Critical shortage of librarians in Michigan sparks an experimental certificate through the School of Information Sciences

    February 20, 2019
    Michigan faces a critical shortage of certified school librarians, and the Wayne State University School of Information Sciences (SIS) has designed a unique program to alleviate this deficit. The experimental school library media certificate is a 15-credit graduate certificate program open to anyone with a valid Michigan teaching certificate. Approved by the Michigan Department of Education in fall 2018, it provides an opportunity for educators to gain the knowledge necessary to become a school library media specialist.
  • Reducing post-surgery spinal infections with antibiotic powders

    February 16, 2019
    A first-year medical student at the Wayne State University School of Medicine was part of a California-based research team that discovered the addition of antibiotic powder decreased postoperative infections when applied before closure following spine surgery.
  • WSU and the tradition of Black activism

    February 15, 2019
    In 1963, it was anything but fashionable for self-respecting black militants to publicly disagree with Malcolm X. The most strident voice of resistance to racial oppression in urban communities in the North, Malcolm X had gained a nearly universal chorus of support from the masses disenchanted with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unfaltering commitment to nonviolence.
  • Art collection to receive $10K grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

    February 13, 2019
    “This grant will enable Wayne State University to expand awareness of Middle Eastern culture by using its art collection to impact cultural perception and change through the important work of one of our esteemed alumna, Shiva Ahmad,” Grace Serra, University Art Collection curator.
  • 50th anniversary of Black Studies: Celebrating the power and versatility of the discipline.

    February 12, 2019
    The 50th anniversary campaign — which marks the launch of the nation’s first university- level Black Studies program, created in 1968 at San Francisco State University — is designed to showcase the power and versatility of the discipline.
  • Bachelor's degrees still critical to community advancement

    February 8, 2019
    BOG Chair Kim Trent: Why the bachelor’s degree matters more than ever - Because both of my grandfathers built comfortable middle-class lives for their families as skilled tradesmen for Detroit automakers, I have tremendous respect for the dignity and value of skilled trades careers. But every time I find myself in front of a microphone, I use my influence as a member of the Wayne State University Board of Governors to advocate for four-year degrees as the most direct and sustainable path for Detroiters to secure 21st century prosperity.