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

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

NATIONAL BIKE MONTH – MAY

Jeri Stroup, senior project administrator in WSU's Office of Economic Development, is prepared to talk about various topics surrounding National Bike Month. Stroupe leads several of WSU's place-based initiatives, including increasing and improving transportation and mobility options in Midtown. She also coordinates WSU's Bike to Work Day, which will be held May 19. Also observed is Bike to Work Week (May 15-19).

Wayne State University will host its third annual Baroudeur cycling event on Aug. 19 to raise money for student scholarships. The Baroudeur is a fun, noncompetitive event that gives riders of all abilities an opportunity to explore the Motor City and surrounding area on two wheels while helping economically disadvantaged students pursue higher education.

Matt Lockwood, Baroudeur ride director, is available to talk about the event.

NATIONAL BLOOD PRESSURE MONTH – MAY

Phillip Levy M.D., M.P.H., FACEP, professor of medicine, Edward S. Thomas Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine, and assistant vice president of translational science and clinical research innovation at Wayne State. Levy is ready to talk about the importance of heart health and the significance of blood pressure monitoring.

OLDER AMERICANS MONTH – MAY

Peter Lichtenberg, director of both Wayne State's Institute of Gerontology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, and the founding director of the WSU Lifespan Alliance. He also is a professor of psychology and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Lichtenberg is prepared to talk about financial decision-making, financial exploitation and financial capacity in older adults, neurocognitive impairment, late-life depression and impacts on quality of life and longevity.

CINCO DE MAYO – MAY 5

Jorge Chinea, director of Wayne State's Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and associate professor of history, is ready to talk about the historical and cultural significance of Cinco de Mayo.

NURSES WEEK – MAY 6-12

Laurie Lauzon Clabo, dean of Wayne State University's College of Nursing, is prepared to talk about Nurses Week - a national week of recognition celebrating nurses who have led the charge for health and wellness. The American Nurses Association has designated 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Nurse." Lauzon Clabo, a frequent national speaker on issues related to workforce development and nursing education, is ready to talk about the significance of the nursing profession and their commitment to health care. She is a frequent national speaker on issues related to workforce development and nursing education.

NATIONAL TEACHERS DAY – MAY 7

Kathleen Crawford-McKinney, assistant dean of teacher education, is prepared to talk about National Teachers Day. Her research areas include writing process and practice, and a commitment to preparing urban teachers to meet the needs of PK-12 learners.

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY SPRING COMMENCEMENT – MAY 9-10

Wayne State's spring 2017 commencement ceremonies will be held Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10, at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Degrees will be conferred to more than 4,000 graduates.

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK – MAY 15-21

Anthony Holt, Wayne State University chief of police, is prepared to talk about community policing and, in particular, the programs that the WSUPD implements to ensure the safety of the university campus and Midtown.

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY – MAY 31

According to the World Health Organization website, about 6 million people die from tobacco use every year, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 8 million a year by 2030. Tobacco use takes its toll on national economies through increased health care costs and decreased productivity.

Shirish Gadgeel, M.D., professor of hematology-oncology, is available to talk about the health implications of smoking.

Professors of Economics Shooshan Danagoulian, Allen Goodman and Gail Jensen Summers are expert in the topic of health economics and are prepared to address the issues surrounding the costs and decreased productivity associated with smoking.

MEMORIAL DAY – MAY 31

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 Memorial Day as a nationally recognized holiday in the United States.