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Wayne State University experts available to comment on trending topics for June

Wayne State University's PR team compiles a list of university experts that can speak about trending topics and significant milestones each month.

To reach an expert, contact:

Ted Montgomery, 313-577-5699, tedmontgomery@wayne.edu

Tom Reynolds, 313-577-8093, treynolds@wayne.edu

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY – JUNE 5

Daryl M. Pierson, sustainability coordinator at WSU, works with the university's operational divisions to increase sustainability initiatives to enhance environmental awareness and obtain efficiencies that preserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He also supports environmental education and research, and engages the surrounding community through sustainability activities. Pierson is prepared to talk about World Environment Day and various environmental topics and issues.

D-DAY – JUNE 6

Commonly referred to as D-Day, June 6, 1944, marked the landing of Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy, France, and one of the major attacks against Germany during World War II. The following Wayne State University experts are available to discuss D-Day from various perspectives:

Elizabeth Faue, professor and history department chair, is a historian of the mid-20th century and can talk about the U.S. war effort, focusing on the defense industry and armed forces.

Sylvia Taschka, senior lecturer and historian of Nazi Germany, can talk about the other side of the channel on D-Day.

Andrew Port, professor and German historian, also can offer perspective on Germany's involvement.

FLAG DAY – JUNE 14

Marc Kruman, founding director Wayne State's Center for the Study of Citizenship and professor of history, is prepared to talk about the historical significance of Flag Day, officially adopted on June 14, 1777. This day commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag as a nationally recognized event.

INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY – JUNE 21

Neha P. Gothe, assistant professor of exercise psychology, has focused her research and teaching on promoting physical activity — including nontraditional modes such as yoga — as a means to improve health and quality of life. She has experience working with several different populations, including stroke survivors and yoga experts, and a variety of modes of intervention delivery, including class- and home-based exercise programs as well as cross-sectional studies with college students examining Hatha yoga and exercise benefits.

SOCIAL MEDIA DAY – JUNE 30

Karen McDevitt, lecturer in the department of communications, specializes in media convergence focusing on the ways in which new media are reshaping contemporary social practices. McDevitt is prepared to discuss the influence of social media in our culture.

NATIONAL METEOR WATCH DAY – JUNE 30

David Cinabro, professor and chair of the physics department, specializes in particle physics and astro physics. As an astrophysicist, Cinabro examines the origin and ultimate fate of the universe – a discipline called cosmology. A frequent commenter in the media, he is ready to talk about the origin and significance of meteors.