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    News releases from December 2004

  • Wayne State's labor studies
    The labor school at Wayne State University begins its winter session during the second week of January 2005. A listing of classes and contact information for students is included in the story.
  • Scholarship honors judge's wife
    The Eileen M. Maceroni Endowed Scholarship Fund has been established at Wayne State University by her family. The fund will provide scholarships for students going into social work. Dean of the Sch..
  • Genocide in Africa stirs an outpouring of Jewish aid
    Professor Fred Pearson, director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies in CULMA, commented about the spread of genocide in Sudan's Darfur region. The U.N. and African initiatives to save the ..
  • Oakland Community College '05 budget
    Oakland Community College officials outlined budget projections for the year 2005-06 based on a 1 percent increase in enrollment, a 3 percent increase in tuition and a slight increase in interest re..
  • High-tech training prepares surgeons
    U-M's virtual reality simulators let students practice on computer-generated patients when performing surgery. The gall bladder surgery simulator is one of about a dozen high-tech tools in the U-M's..
  • Grandmother earns bachelor's
    A 75-year old grandmother, Dorothy Dekutoski, wasn't planning on going to graduation, but her kids insisted. She graduated from Wayne State with honors Dec. 16, with a degree in Interdisciplinary S..
  • Livonia: WSU prof receives $400,000 award
    The Wayne Briefs column notes that Alexey A. Petrov of Livonia, physics professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a $400,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early D..
  • Minimal waste at universities
    In a letter to the editor, Michael Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, takes issue with a Jan. 26 Free Press article reporting on alleged waste and ..
  • Detroit clinics to test new blood substitute
    Dr. Larry Diebel, medical professor at Wayne State, is mentioned in an AP story about a blood substitute designed to save the lives of emergency room patients by boosting blood pressure in patients ..
  • Basketball Roundup
    Wayne State's women's basketball team was defeated in a game by Rollins, 47-68. Kristen Rogers scored 20 points for Wayne State.
  • Parental Guidance Suggested
    A Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute study investigates parents' roles in children's cancer treatments. "We are learning that the greater the physical stress, the kids remember the negative and ..
  • Wayne State Latino program sparks concern
    The handling of a program to recruit and retain students at Wayne State has sparked tensions between the school and the Latino community, according to this article from the Associated Press. Some in..
  • New Wayne State Web site entertaining, educational
    Wayne State University has launched a new Web site that offers six retro-arcade style games designed to entertain prospective students and provide information about the university.
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    In a public service announcement, Joe Donovan mentioned the Digital Detroit Collection of historic Detroit News photos at WSU's Walter P. Reuther Library. He pointed out that they are accessible via..
  • 'Sometimes we learn'
    Memorials of the death of Rachel Inez Coleman, a Wayne State graduate and social worker, were recently established to honor her name. The Rachel I. Coleman Scholarship Fund at WSU's School of Social..
  • University big band teaches teamwork
    The WSU Music Department's Lab Band I program is featured in a story about a Livonia student who participates in the course, which offers students an opportunity to gain experience playing with a gr..
  • University big band teaches teamwork
    The WSU Music Department's Lab Band I program is featured in a story about a Livonia student who participates in the course, which offers students an opportunity to gain experience playing with a gr..
  • University big band teaches teamwork
    The WSU Music Department's Lab Band I program is featured in a story about a Livonia student who participates in the course, which offers students an opportunity to gain experience playing with a gr..
  • U-M spent $460,000 on lobbying efforts
    Harvey Hollins, vice president for government affairs, commented about the lobbying efforts of Michigan's universities. "In an ideal world, it would seem that all of the (Michigan) universities woul..
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    During reports about the heavy snowfall, the station interviewed at student on the WSU campus, noting that "students who have finals are finding themselves in limbo" regarding when final exams sched..
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    These were a few of the numerous electronic media that reported throughout the day that Wayne State University was among the schools closed due to the snow emergency.
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    Marjorie Sarbaugh Thompson of the Political Science Department was interviewed during the evening PBS program "Michigan at Risk." She discussed term limits in Michigan. WTVS in Detroit aired the pr..
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    As part of a study in 20 cities nationwide, PolyHeme will be used to boost blood pressure in patients suffering heavy blood loss. Dr. Larry Diebel, a medical professor at Wayne State University, wil..
  • Dearth of detail limits effectiveness of 'Risk'
    Wayne State University professor Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson is noted as one of the guests on \"Michigan at Risk,\" at 8 p.m. on WKAR, in Lansing. Sarbaugh-Thompson, who has conducted a study on term..
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    Frank Wu, dean of Wayne State's Law School and author of \"Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White,\" will be the guest speaker at the Grosse Pointe Branch of The American Association of Univ..
  • Verizon upgrades network with three cell sites
    Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday the activation of three new cell sites in the Detroit area, including the Wayne State University area. The new sites expand digital coverage and boost call capacit..
  • People on the Move
    Education: Robert A. Fenech, Consumers Energy\'s senior vice president of nuclear, fossil and hydro operations in Jackson, was named to Wayne State University\'s School of Engineering Hall of Fame. ..
  • New lawyers sworn in
    Matthew Engelbert, Wayne State University Law School assistant dean, is pictured with new admittees to the State Bar of Michigan.
  • Hilberry Theatre presents "Death of a Salesman"
    Wayne State University's Hilberry Theatre opens "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller on Friday, Jan. 7. A photo of cast members is included.
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    Vanessa Rose, assistant vice president in the University Budget Office, was an interview guest during halftime of the Warrior's men's basketball game against Southern Indiana Tuesday evening. She ta..
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    Peter Lichtenberg, director of the Institute of Gerontology, was a guest on the show "Speaking of Senior Strategies. The discussion focused on aging and health.
  • New treatments for stroke damage being tested
    Dr. Randall Benson, assistant professor at Wayne State's School of Medicine, commented about the breakthrough treatment for strokes called repetitive Transcranial magnetic stimulation or rTMS. The p..
  • Make Research on Black Infant Deaths a Top Priority
    A Detroit News editorial calls on state and federal health officials to expedite programs to reduce the high infant mortality rate among black families. For every 1,000 black children born in suburb..
  • WDET general manager to leave for job in Washington
    Caryn Mathes, general manager of WDET 101.9 FM, will leave the public-radio station after February to take a position with another station serving the Washington area. Mathes has worked at WDET for ..
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    Wayne State's men's basketball team defeated Indianapolis 74-68 in overtime during the Lions Club Holiday Classic in Big Rapids. Herb Goliday scored 15 for the Warriors while Morris Hall added 14 po..
  • Higher Ed: Goal of more college grads is lofty, but show us the money
    An editorial praises the Cherry Commission's recent report for pinpointing the higher education gap between Michigan and other states, but questions where the money will come from to implement the s..
  • Row rages over heart disease and the pill
    John Oliver, vice president for research, commented about a recent study by Wayne State researchers on the effects of oral contraceptives. The study, which sparked some controversy in the medical fi..
  • Hilberry Theatre to stage 'Mother Courage'
    An entry in the "This Week" column on the front page notes that WSU's Hilberry Theatre will present "Mother Courage and Her Children," Dec. 20-22 at 8 p.m. A contact phone number is included.
  • Awards
    Barbara Samardzich, Orest Iwasiuk, Susan Iwasiuk and Brian Geraghty, director of design analysis engineering for Ford Motor Co., were inducted into the Wayne State University College of Engineering ..
  • U-M gets lift from reserve to beat Wayne State in final preseason contest
    Wayne State's men's basketball team lost to the University of Michigan 67-54 in the final preseason game. Warrior Herb Goliday scored 12 points in his first exhibition opener.
  • Mich. steps up efforts to curb baby deaths
    National infant mortality studies conducted by Wayne State University and the University of Michigan show improvements in the number of black babies who die in their first year of life. A promising ..
  • Area college student hopes to jump-start his career
    Wayne State sophomore Clarence Dass will get a taste of life as a global leader when he participants in the annual International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, in January. H..
  • Longtime journalist, professor retires from OU
    A story about the retirement of journalist Neil Shine from the faculty of Oakland University after 30 years of teaching, notes that he also has been an instructor at Wayne State University and the U..
  • People on the move
    The following St. John Hospital and Medical Center physicians were presented College Teaching Awards by the Wayne State University School of Medicine: Muhammed Beeai, M.D., of Grosse Pointe Woods; M..
  • Bullying at work gains visibility
    A story about bullying in the workplace mentions a 2000 study by Wayne State University that found that one in six American workers experiences some type of bullying on the job. The writer did not i..
  • Women's worries never end
    An article about conflicting medical study results and controversy over the health pros and cons of birth control pills, as well as Vioxx, Celebrex and other drugs, leads with information on the Way..
  • Trouble with choices
    An article that compares people's attitudes toward public vs. private services cites several studies, among them one conducted by Lyke Thompson of the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affair..
  • WSU student from Davison in top form
    A short story that was accompanied with a photo of Noah Morgan, a resident assistant at Wayne State\'s North Residence Hall. The story discussed the topping off ceremony for Wayne State\'s newest re..
  • My Sister's Place Shelter
    A photo shows Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank Wu starting the runners for the 19th annual Ambulance Chase for charity. More than 160 university students ran in the 2.2-mile race around ..
  • WSU student from Davison in top form
    A photo features second-year student Noah Morgan, of Davison, in the foreground with the WSU wordmark. Morgan spoke at the topping-off ceremony for the university's newest residence hall. An Americ..
  • Hilberry's timely 'Mother Courage' speaks loud, clear
    Theatre critic Judith Cookis Rubens offers a thumbs-up review of the Hilberry Theatre's "Mother Courage." A photo of cast members is included.
  • Company Line
    Wayne State alum Robert Fenech, Consumers Energy's senior vice president, nuclear, fossil and hydro operations, has been named to Wayne State's School of Engineering Hall of Fame. A photo of Fenech ..
  • Education's Smart Rewards
    Two editorials focus on the Cherry Commission's report on higher education. In the first, the Free Press lauds the commission's "workable solutions" toward increasing the number of Michigan resident..
  • Free college won't pay dividends for Michigan
    In an op-ed piece, Thomas Bray contends that the suggestion by Gov. Granholm's Cherry Commission that college be free "sounds nice, but a few questions intrude." He wonders where the state will get..
  • New WSU Web site a first of its kind for a university
    This article highlights the university's new Web site ( that targets junior and high schools students. The site features six animated characters with WSU-related names. Site visitors..
  • Ceremony marks progress on newest construction project at Wayne State
    Paul Massaron, chair of Wayne State's Board of Governors, and President Irvin D. Reid are shown in a photo of the Nov. 20 topping-off ceremony for the new residence hall. The 11-story, $45 million s..
  • Ford agrees to pay state fine
    Ralph Kummler, dean of the College of Engineering, commented about Ford Motor Company's agreement to pay the state $55,000 following allegations by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (..
  • TechTown welcomes new neighbor
    The Research Coordination Center (RCC) of Neurorecovery Inc. (NRI) is moving to TechTown's TechOne Building this month. Howard Bell, TechTown executive director, said the move "underscores our commi..
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    The early-morning news carried a brief film segment on last Thursday's graduation ceremonies, mentioning that the university permitted the sister of a graduating student who was shot in a Detroit ca..
  • Emory Chemists Reveal Challenge to Reaction Theory
    Chemistry professor Arthur Suits of Wayne State collaborated with professor Joel Bowman, an Emory University theoretical chemist, in research that challenges the long-held "transition-state theory" ..
  • Five Volleyball Student-Athletes Named To GLIAC All-Academic Team
    Five members of the 2004 Wayne State University women\'s volleyball team were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the athlete must have: a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater (o..
  • For health, stay cool this Yule
    These were among several newspapers and electronic media that did follow-up reports on the birth control pill controversy. Dr. Barbara Alving of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which f..
  • Choir offers holiday rarity
    Among featured pieces at the Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival Saturday will be "Song of Reflection & Psalms of Praise\" composed by Wayne State University faculty member Augustus O. Hill. Based on t..
  • 2 Pointers in WSU Engineering Hall of Fame
    Jim Croce, president and CEO of NextEnergy, and Brian Geraghty, director of design analysis engineering at Ford Motor Co., were recently inducted into the Wayne State University College of Engineeri..
  • Wayne State administration meets with C.B.S. advisory board
    An opinion piece by publisher Dolores Sanchez notes that Jack Kay, interim dean of the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, recently called a special meeting of the Chicano-Boricua Stud..
  • Bonstelle's 'Anne' a great family show
    Theatre columnist Robert Delaney praises the Bonstelle Theatre's product of "Anne of Green Gables" in this review. "There are a number of good performances in this undergraduate production," he wri..
  • Officials praise tough stance of Canadian government
    Carl Freeman, a Wayne State University biology professor, commented about the Ontario government's decision to level charges against Royal Polymers, the company that dumped cancer-causing chemicals ..
  • Macomb makes inroads in Middle East
    According to the American Community Survey, performed by the U.S. Census Bureau, Macomb County was home to an estimated 14,400 people of Arab descent and 12,025 Chaldeans in 2002. The 2003 survey es..
  • Granholm: Higher-ed funding deserves another look
    This is one of several articles by news services around the state that reported on Wednesday's release of the Cherry Commission Report on higher education. The commission was charged with recommendi..
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    Against a video backdrop of students receiving their degrees at WSU commencement ceremonies Thursday evening, the station noted that Wayne State permitted Nina Lowery, sister of a graduating student..
  • Birth control pill controversy
    The early evening news included a report by medical reporter Lila Lazarus on the birth control pill controversy that resulted from a report by the WSU School of Medicine. Lazarus mentions that "fede..
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    In this report on the birth control pill issue, the station interviews Dr. Susan Hendrix, who points out that the earlier-announced findings of the report were preliminary and that "we are still loo..
  • Analysis: affirmative action stirs debate
    Frank Wu, dean of the Law School, is quoted in a UPI wire service story about the latest controversy over affirmative action programs regarding law school admissions. UCLA law professor Richard Sand..
  • Federal inquiry begins into whether colleges broke election laws
    The Federal Election Commission is investigating whether colleges violated a ban on corporate donations to political campaigns by allowing controversial filmmaker Michael Moore to appear on their ca..
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    This NPR station in New York City interviewed Professor Jeffrey Abt of the Art and Art History Department about a King Tut exhibit that is scheduled for a U.S. tour. The exhibit has stirred controve..
  • Men's hockey players listed in national statistics
    Several Wayne State University men\'s hockey players are listed among the nation\'s best in this week\'s NCAA statistical report. Freshmen forwards Tylor Michel and Stavros Paskaris are tied for thi..
  • State panel: Make college goal of all
    Paula Wood, dean of Wayne State's College of Education, commented in a story about the Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth report, led by Lt. Gov. John Cherry. The report, containing ..
  • 2 in terror trial face new charge
    La professor Peter Henning, a former federal prosecutor, commented about the June 2003 trial of two men charged with supporting terrorism following the raid of a Detroit apartment six days after the..
  • Pill study is flawed, feds say
    Federal officials Wednesday backed away from the findings of two major studies on birth control pills, saying the research was flawed and that a new analysis shows there is no evidence that oral con..
  • People on the move
    Education: Jeff Trzeciak, director of Wayne State University's library computing and media services, was named associate dean of the library system.
  • Ruptered gas line causes university evacuations
    A ruptured gas line caused the evacuation of five Wayne State University buildings Wednesday afternoon. A contractor struck a gas line while working on a water main in the area of West Kirby near ca..
  • Woods man among WSU honorees
    Daniel Levin, a senior at Wayne State University, will receive the David D. Henry Award during the university's winter commencement ceremonies on Dec. 16. A photo of Levin accompanies the story.
  • University board races offer accurate snapshot of divisions
    This article looked at partisan voting trends within the West Bloomfield by looking at the university board. It cited that the West Bloomfield vote for the Wayne State Board of Governors went just o..
  • Instructor teaches importance of effective communication
    A profile on JuJuan Taylor, a communication arts professor at Schoolcraft College mentions that she also is an adjunct professor at Wayne State. "My standards are very high for both urban and subur..
  • Ford Health System CEO empowers women at event
    Heather Dillaway, professor of gender studies at Wayne State, commented about a lecture delivered by Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Nancy Schlichting. "Hearing a successful woman explain..
  • Men's basketball hosts top-ranked Virginia Union
    The Wayne State University men\'s basketball team hosts top-ranked Virginia Union this Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. The story notes that the Wayne State University Athletic Department is supporting ..
  • Granholm: Higher-ed funding deserves another look
    Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who last year said there was too much "fat" in higher education budgets, said she's changed her mind about the priority colleges and universities should get in state appropri..
  • People on the Move
    Awards: Michigan State Rep. Aldo Vagnozzi, D-Farmington Hills, a first-term legislator in the Michigan House who serves on the Education Committee and the Senior Health, Security and Retirement Comm..
  • People in the News
    Wayne State seniors Daniel Levin and Alexandria Conley will receive the David D. Henry Award during the university's winter commencement ceremonies at Cobo Arena. The award is given to a man and a w..
  • Jury doesn't buy Seaman's story
    Wayne State University Law Professor Peter Henning was quoted on the first-degree murder conviction of Nancy Seaman. Henning said the jury could have found Seaman guilty of involuntary manslaughter,..
  • Area sports in brief
    Wayne State women's hockey signed Samantha Poyton, a left wing from Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Supreme Court sidesteps decision in Michigan case about poor defendants
    Wayne State Professor David Moran commented about the U.S. Supreme Court passing up a chance to decide whether Michigan can deny state-funded appeals to defendants who have pleaded guilty. \"Michiga..
  • Gang squad called to fight outside Cass Tech
    Nearly 25 officers from the Detroit Police Department and Wayne State University police were called to Cass Tech High School in Detroit Tuesday evening after a fight broke out in a parking lot. The..
  • Supreme Court sidesteps decision in Michigan case about poor defendants
    The U.S. Supreme Court passed up a chance to decide whether Michigan can deny state-funded appeals to defendants who have pleaded guilty. "Michigan officials are proceeding at their peril if they f..
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    Neal Rubin appears in a Wayne State Sweatshirt in the photo accompanying his page two column.
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    Wayne State's Hilberry Theatre is mentioned in an article about Detroit places to go in the 2004 edition of "Michigan Travel Ideas," the state's official travel guide. A phone number is given for mo..
  • Pill study disputed
    Birth control pills are not a boon to cardiovascular health contrary to the findings of WSU researchers.
  • Labs work on libido lifts
    Earlier this month Procter & Gamble put forth Intrinsa, a testosterone patch designed to raise the libidos of women whose natural hormone levels are low. \'\'Women want ways to improve their sex r..
  • They'll See U in Court
    The U of M and Wayne State will continue to grant employee benefits to same-sex partners despite Governor Granholm's announcement that state government contracts will not grant benefits to same-sex ..
  • U-M libraries get Googled
    Nick Bunkley, of the News, and Mike Wendland, of the Free press, write that the public will have virtual access to seven million books in the U of M library through a new service being offered by U-..