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    News releases from August 2009

  • Next health crisis: Family doc shortage
    Herbert Smitherman, assistant dean in the School of Medicine, comments in a story about the looming shortage of primary care physicians.
  • Wayne State researcher to study methods to reduce police officer stress
    Physician, professor and researcher Bengt Arnetz in the School of Medicine has received a $680,000 grant to study training methods to lessen the health impact of stress on Detroit police officers. T..
  • TechTown First Friday moves to Sept. 11
    TechTown\'s First Friday networking event will be held on the second Friday of September due to the Labor Day holiday. The event serves as a great networking tool, and prospecting expert Denise Robe..
  • Wayne State freshmen hit campus
    Nearly 1,500 freshmen are expected to move into two residence halls at Wayne State, with upperclassmen scheduled to move in Monday. University Police Lt. Dave Scott commented in a Free Press article..
  • Move-In Day at Wayne State
    WXYZ-TV 7, WDIV-TV 4, WJBK-Fox 2, WWJ-AM 950. 8/30 Television and radio reporters from four media outlets provided on-site coverage of move-in day activities, interviewing students, parents and u..
  • Wayne State launches literacy program
    Wayne State University has launched its 2009-2010 literacy program, available to students in first through eighth grades. Free tutoring in reading and writing skills will be available on Thursdays s..
  • Business centers coming
    The Wayne State School of Business is launching Business Assistance Centers in three Detroit-area locations in early September. The school is seeking clients and partners who will work with MBA stud..
  • Wayne State gets $285k for nurse distance learning
    Attendees from across the state gathered at the WSU College of Nursing recently to thank U.S. Reps, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and Fred Upton for their support of nursing education. They were instrum..
  • Wayne State pounds Mercyhurst, 31-13
    Wayne State\'s Stan Thornton took the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and the Warriors downed Mercyhurst, 31-13, at Adams Field Saturday. It was the football season opener for both teams. J..
  • Wayne State pounds Mercyhurst, 31-13
    Wayne State\'s Stan Thornton took the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and the Warriors downed Mercyhurst, 31-13, at Adams Field Saturday. It was the football season opener for both teams. J..
  • The $60,000 jackpot
    The Law School's newly established Public Interest Law Fellowships were featured in the September edition of The National Jurist. The same edition also lists Wayne Law among the Top 50 Best Value La..
  • Wayne\'s Latino program seeks to boost retention
    The WSU Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies is launching a new program aimed at keeping students on track to graduate and finding careers. Its goal is to improve graduation rates among underrepresent..
  • WSU offers film audition workshops
    Wayne State University is offering "on your feet," auditioning workshops to help aspiring actors and actresses break into Michigan's burgeoning film industry. Two sessions are offered, running four ..
  • Kid Rock: The only hope for Detroit?
    A CNN Money report on Kid Rock's philanthropic efforts in metro Detroit mentions the scholarship he established recently at Wayne State.
  • Wayne State to help train Michigan's hybrid work force; WSU offers details on $5M electric vehicle plant; Michigan gets $1 billion plus in battery grants
    Wayne State and the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth are partnering to train hybrid electric vehicle engineers as the state's automotive industry transitions to manufacturing..
  • Business awards
    Dr. Gerald A. Shiener was given the Nancy C.A. Roeske MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education and was elevated to Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association. Shiener i..
  • Companies eye Wixom plant for energy park
    Plans by two out-of-state companies to redevelop Ford Motor Co.\'s abandoned Wixom plant into an energy park could help further solidify Michigan\'s effort to become an alternative energy hub, some ..
  • Ballplayers win fight with U.S. over seizure of drug-test data
    The drug-test records of more than 100 Major League Baseball players were illegally seized by federal agents investigating the use of steroids in professional sports, a U.S. appeals court ruled. The..
  • Student grants in limbo while state wrestles with big deficit
    Thousands of Michigan college-bound students must make their fall tuition payments without the $500 or $1,000 state grants they expected. A deadlock over a new state budget has put in limbo the Mich..
  • Gone but not forgotten
    Architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the Twin Towers, is having his work showcased in an exhibit called "Serenity and Delight: The Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki" at the Birmingham Historical Mu..
  • More college grads bank future on private student loans
    An increasing number of college students are turning to private loans -- one of the riskiest ways to pay for schooling, according to an education organization that compared them to credit-card debt...
  • Detroit \'Bohemia\' restaurant planned
    Students at Wayne State University were interviewed about a new restaurant that is scheduled to open at the former 13th Precinct police station on Woodward. "There's a new energy, a new life that's ..
  • Wayne State opening 3 new business assistance centers to help companies, nonprofits
    The WSU School of Business Administration's newly established Assistance Centers will aid companies and nonprofits facing tough challenges. The centers, staffed by MBA students, will be located in W..
  • Wayne State says cholesterol drug study advancing
    Wayne State University says promising early results have led the university to expand tests on a possible new drug treatment for high cholesterol. The university is working with Health Enhancement P..
  • Wayne State Prof Gets Once-A-Decade Honor
    Peter Lichtenberg, director of the Institute of Gerontology, is guest editor of the spring issue of "Generations," a once-a-decade update on Alzheimer's and other dementias. According to JASA editor..
  • One more spin for State Fair
    Jerry Herron, dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, discusses the cultural significance of the Michigan State Fair, which is about to begin what is likely its last run. \"The fair was the great ..
  • Home schooling
    Several Michigan colleges and universities are now offering classes and service programs in an effort to help local organizations and to address Detroit's challenges. An article highlights the servi..
  • Changing Michigan\'s government, tax structure can\'t save Detroit
    Robin Boyle, chair of the Geography and Urban Planning Department, shares his thoughts on why the city improvement group Detroit Renaissance may be planning to become a statewide organization.
  • WSU's College of Nursing turns grant dollars into jobs
    Wayne State University's College of Nursing is taking steps to help resolve the nursing shortage in Michigan while making healthcare a driving force to aid the state's economy. Two programs, the Nur..
  • UNC part of study on social networking
    Led by the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State, 34 higher education institutions will collaborate to study the transformative relationship between social networking and civic engageme..
  • Boys dealt harder learning curve
    Boys have a harder time "keeping it together" than girls because they lag behind at various developmental stages, says Dr. Gerald Shiener, assistant professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuros..
  • Detroit\'s jobless economy: Startups take root
    A feature story focuses on Wayne State's recent FastTrac program for budding entrepreneurs. An imbedded video features comments from TechTown Executive Director Randal Charlton and several would-be..
  • The bill to allow concealed weapons at Michigan's colleges and universities
    A bill recently introduced to the Michigan Senate would allow students, faculty, and visitors who possess a concealed weapon permit to carry their weapon on college campuses. The article also menti..
  • Two Wayne State law students hit Internet sweet spot with \'Texts from Last Night\'
    Wayne State Law students Ben Bator and Lauren Leto often found their friends\' messages so funny that they started the Web site Texts From Last Night where people could share texts with the world. T..
  • Bing targets Detroit city workers\' perks
    Marick Masters, director of the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues at Wayne State, comments in a story about proposed cuts to Detroit city workers' benefits. The city\'s goal in seeking t..
  • Crime on campus a harsh teacher
    A front page feature story in Sunday's edition of the Detroit Free Press about security measures at Michigan colleges and universities featured Wayne State University and its programs currently in p..
  • Business diary
    Wayne State University\'s Executive & Professional Development, Detroit, the university\'s educational outreach unit for business training, executive coaching and consulting, has been selected by th..
  • Starting in business during a credit squeeze
    The entrepreneurial bug has infected hundreds of the state's residents, many of them seeking new careers outside Detroit's shrinking auto industry. This summer, three daylong sessions at Wayne State..
  • Wayne State prof releases new book, \'Technology and Culture\'
    In a new book, \"Technology and Culture,\" Wayne State University anthropology professor Allen Batteau presents an inclusive synopsis of how technology is represented in culture and how cultural val..
  • Wayne State nursing school gets $2 million
    The Wayne State University college of Nursing has been awarded more than $2 million in the latest round of grants related to initiatives aimed at alleviating the state's nursing shortage.
  • Mumtaz Usmen "Detroit Today"
    Mumtaz Usmen, newly appointed interim dean for the College of Engineering, taped an interview with Craig Fahle this morning that will air on the "Detroit Today" program this afternoon. They discusse..
  • Turbine test plant sought for Detroit
    The city of Detroit and the NextEnergy business accelerator are seeking a U.S. Department of Energy wind turbine testing plant for the city. Winning the grant competition would represent a big step ..
  • Cherry leads higher ed workgroup
    Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry has launched a Web site, Facebook page and Twitter feed in order to gather ideas for streamlining state government. He also is leading a workgroup that includes represe..
  • Around the capitol
    The Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth is partnering with Wayne State University and Michigan Technological University in the new Michigan Academy for Green Mobility. The acade..
  • Detroit native to lead university's internal medicine department
    The University of Michigan has named Dr. John Carethers to chair its Department of Internal Medicine, effective Nov. 1. He is a graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
  • CVS Camp Apple held at EACPHS
    Wayne State University's Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS) hosted 29 students from six southeast Michigan high schools as a part of CVS Camp Apple, which was held Aug..
  • New signals to help blind pedestrians
    Oakland County road officials this morning unveiled the High-Intensity Activated Crosswalks (HAWK) project, a system of traffic signals they hope will make it safer for blind pedestrians to cross st..
  • Session offers help to aspiring entrepreneurs
    Hundreds of would-be entrepreneurs gathered at Wayne State University yesterday for an all-day session on the basics of networking and business building. The FastTrac to the Future program is organi..
  • People making business news
    Dr. Bonita Stanton, the Schotanus professor and chair of the department of pediatrics at Wayne State University's School of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief at Children\'s Hospital of Michigan, wa..
  • Psychiatrist gets 10 months in citizenship fraud
    An assistant professor of psychiatry at Wayne State was sentenced to 10 months in prison Tuesday for conspiring to commit naturalization fraud, admitting he falsified diagnoses to help people gain U..
  • Michigan Promise Scholarship
    Al Hermsen, director of the Office of Student Financial Aid, was interviewed in a story about the state possibly pulling the Michigan Promise scholarship, which would affect 96,000 students statewid..
  • Herbert Smitherman on the "Paul W. Smith Show"
    Dr. Herbert Smitherman, Wayne State University assistant dean for community and urban health and associate professor of internal medicine, was a guest on the "Paul W. Smith Show" this morning. He ta..
  • Session offers help to aspiring entrepreneurs
    Hundreds of would-be entrepreneurs gathered at Wayne State University yesterday for an all-day session on the basics of networking and business building. The FastTrac to the Future program is organi..
  • Back to college awareness
    An article cautioning students and parents about the importance of being prepared for fire emergencies in buildings mentions a recent laboratory fire at Wayne State that destroyed several years of r..
  • Banking on our city's youth
    A story about the Detroit Summer Finance Institute, a program that provides summer internship opportunities with financial organizations to Detroit high school students, mentions that this year's pr..
  • Detroit is in crisis, but it hasn't given up
    A major feature story about Detroit focuses on the city's hope for the future through economic catalysts such as Wayne State University. Ibbitson writes that the future for Detroit perhaps can be f..
  • $1B in battery grants may revive Mich. talent base
    Wayne State University has received $5 million in federal grants to establish training programs for people to work on electric-drive vehicles. The program will include an associate\'s degree track f..
  • Collaboration comes to Wayne State University
    Engineers now have a new way to get a foothold in the burgeoning field of hybrid electric vehicle battery systems engineering at Wayne State University. The school will begin offering a 4-credit, gr..
  • Stabenow meets with medical community
    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) met Tuesday with members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, Deans, Chairs of clinical and science departments and students to discuss health care r..
  • Judy Johncox on WWJ
    WWJ's Greg Bowman interviewed Wayne State University Director of Venture Development Judy Johncox about today's third and final FastTrac to the Future entrepreneurial conference.
  • College aid appeals skyrocket
    Thousands of Michigan students are getting more federal aid for college this year because their financial situation has worsened over the course of the past year. Al Hermsen, director of the Office ..
  • Textbook Rental
    In a story about a national publishing company's recent announcement that they will be offering textbook rentals to college students, three students are interviewed on Wayne State's campus. Students..
  • Lottery had 1-in-a-million winning numbers
    T.C. Sun, a math professor at Wayne State University, said it\'s a one-in-a-million chance that 4-1-9 would be drawn twice in the same day, which occurred on Sunday's midday and evening Daily 3 lott..
  • Detroit is in crisis, but it hasn't given up
    A major feature story about Detroit focuses on the city's hope for the future through economic catalysts such as Wayne State University. Ibbitson writes that the future for Detroit perhaps can be f..
  • Wayne State to offer advanced battery class
    Wayne State University and the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth are partnering to train hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) engineers as the state's automotive industry transitions..
  • $1B in battery grants may revive Mich. talent base
    Wayne State University has received $5 million in federal grants to establish training programs for people to work on electric-drive vehicles. The program will include an associate\'s degree track f..
  • Stabenow meets with medical community
    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) met Tuesday with members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, Deans, Chairs of clinical and science departments and students to discuss health care r..
  • College aid appeals skyrocket
    sThousands of Michigan students are getting more federal aid for college this year because their financial situation has worsened over the course of the past year. Al Hermsen, director of the Office..
  • Textbook rentals on college campuses
    In a story about a national publishing company's recent announcement that they will be offering textbook rentals to college students, three students are interviewed on Wayne State's campus. Students..
  • Wayne State University sets fifth E2 Detroit Conference
    Wayne State University and TechTown, WSU's business incubator, will host the fifth annual E2 Detroit conference Thursday, Oct. 15. The event, co-sponsored by WSU, TechTown and WWJ Newsradio 950, pro..
  • Wayne State University names new engineering dean
    Mumtaz Usmen, associate dean for research and previously chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed interim dean of the Wayne State University College of Engi..
  • Effort to lead to more hybrid electric engineers
    Wayne State University and the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth are partnering to train hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) engineers as the state's automotive industry transitions..
  • College scholarships in limbo in tussle over \'Promise\'
    Al Hermsen, director of Student Financial Aid, comments in a story about the Michigan Promise Scholarship program. Facing a $1.8 billion state deficit, the state Senate voted in June to kill the $14..
  • 48 vacant buildings blight downtown Detroit
    Robin Boyle, chair of the Geography and Urban Planning Department, comments in a story regarding Detroit's numerous vacant buildings.
  • New URC head forges cooperation among state universities
    In a Q&A piece, Jeff Mason, new executive director of the University Research Corridor (URC), discusses the successes and the future of the consortium.
  • Wayne State to offer advanced battery class
    Wayne State University and the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth are partnering to train hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) engineers as the state's automotive industry transitions..
  • Effort to lead to more hybrid electric engineers
    Wayne State University and the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth are partnering to train hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) engineers as the state's automotive industry transitions..
  • College scholarships in limbo in tussle over \'Promise\'
    Al Hermsen, director of Student Financial Aid, comments in a story about the Michigan Promise Scholarship program. Facing a $1.8 billion state deficit, the state Senate voted in June to kill the $14..
  • 48 vacant buildings blight downtown Detroit
    Robin Boyle, chair of the Geography and Urban Planning Department, comments in a story regarding Detroit's numerous vacant buildings.
  • Reporter's notebook: Life science far from only game
    Wayne State, Michigan State and U-M spent a combined $887.8 million on life sciences-related research and development in 2008 - about 60 percent of the universities\' annual R&D spending.
  • $1B in battery grants may recharge MI talent base
    Wayne State engineering professor Simon Ng, director of the university\'s new Alternative Energy Technology degree program, comments in a story about $1.36 billion in federal grants being given to M..
  • Student pro-life group, Wayne State University settle lawsuit
    A yearlong lawsuit between Wayne State and a student right-to-life group has been settled. The group, WSU Students For Life, filed suit last year contending that the university did not allow the sam..
  • WSU team uses nanotechnology in effort to fight cerebral palsy
    A husband-and-wife research team at Wayne State believes nanotechnology could be the key to preventing and treating cerebral palsy. The team, led by chemical engineering professor Rangaramanujam Kan..
  • New drugs target depression, Parkinson\'s
    Aloke Dutta, professor in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has developed a class of drugs to treat depression, Parkinson\'s disease and drug abuse. The drugs address the..
  • WSU researcher targets damaging oxidants in body
    New research by Dr. Stanley Terlecky, associate professor of pharmacology, could lead to new pharmaceutical treatments to reduce and eliminate the accumulation of damaging oxidants in the body, ulti..
  • New imaging device shows promise in detecting breast cancer
    Radiology professors Dr. Peter Littrup and Neb Duric, developed a new type of ultrasound machine aimed at lowering health care costs. The device uses sound waves rather than X-rays to capture images..
  • Reporter's notebook: Life science far from only game
    Wayne State, Michigan State and U-M spent a combined $887.8 million on life sciences-related research and development in 2008 - about 60 percent of the universities\' annual R&D spending.
  • $1B in battery grants may recharge MI talent base
    Wayne State engineering professor Simon Ng, director of the university\'s new Alternative Energy Technology degree program, comments in a story about $1.36 billion in federal grants being given to M..
  • Cops say Clarkston teacher sent nude photo to student, 14
    Wayne State University forensic psychiatrist Gerald Sheiner comments in a story about a Clarkston teacher who sent a topless photo of herself, along with explicit text messages, to a 14-year-old stu..
  • Wayne State teaches students how to stay safe in campus shootings
    A lengthy feature story highlights Wayne State's efforts to ensure a safe campus and to react quickly and effectively to crisis situations. Police Chief Anthony Holt describes several measures the u..
  • Runaway receiver at odds with SEC in Stanford case
    Peter Henning of the Law School faculty is quoted in an article about a Texas billionaire investment firm chief who is accused by the SEC of conducting a Ponzi scheme. Henning is a former SEC attorn..
  • Wayne gets 32 stimulus grants for $17.9 million
    Several media outlets ran a brief AP story that notes Wayne State has received $17.9 million in research grants under the federal government's economic recovery program. These include $11.2 million ..
  • WSU offers details on $5M electric vehicle grant
    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Wayne State a $5 million grant to provide an electric vehicle engineering and workforce training program. Professor Simon Ng of the Department of Chemical a..
  • BET Conference aims to help African-American women improve their health
    The BET Foundation will bring its Women\'s Health Symposium, "Remembering Our Health," to Wayne State University Saturday. The symposium was designed to help reduce health disparities among African-..
  • Another gaffe for DPS: Kids\' secrets left to rot
    Gerald Shiener, psychiatrist in the WSU School of Medicine, comments in a story about the psychological records of thousands of Detroit Public Schools students found in a deserted warehouse near the..
  • Cancer Death Rates Keep Falling
    Richard Severson, a Wayne State cancer epidemiologist, comments on childhood leukemia and lymphoma in a story about falling cancer death rates.
  • People on the move
    The J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board named Wayne State University alum David Egan as a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar to Indonesia.
  • CMU med school applies for accreditation
    Central Michigan University has taken the first step toward obtaining accreditation for its planned medical school. According to the Mount Pleasant Sun newspaper, the university filed an application..
  • Getting it wrong
    In his column, Jack Lessenberry, a member of the WSU journalism faculty, comments on efforts by retired WSU law professor Maurice Kelman to obtain an answer from state officials regarding whether fo..
  • CVS Camp Apple
    TV-7 was on hand for the CVS Camp Apple program at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The weeklong activity gives high school students insights into careers in retail phar..