Media tip sheet

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

Wayne State University's PR team compiles a list of university experts who 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 BLOOD DONOR MONTH – JANUARY
Our expert can discuss the importance of donating blood and quantify the number of lives that every pint of blood can save.
Martin Bluth, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology, is prepared to address the critical life-saving need of blood donation.

NATIONAL GLAUCOMA AWARENESS MONTH – JANUARY 
Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. The leading cause of irreversible blindness, glaucoma is known as "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms. Once vision is lost, it is permanent. What preventative measures are available, if any? How often should we receive vision screenings for glaucoma? 
Mark Juzych, M.D., professor and chair of ophthalmology, has expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma. He is able to discuss what can be done to prevent and fight glaucoma.

NATIONAL BIRTH DEFECTS PREVENTION MONTH – JANUARY
Each January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raises awareness among women and families about measures they can take to have a healthy baby. Thanks to ongoing medical advances, children born with birth defects are living longer. What are some of the actions that mothers can take to reduce the risk of birth defects? 
Sonia Hassan, associate dean of maternal, perinatal and child health, and professor in maternal-fetal medicine, is prepared to talk about the significance of perinatal health in preventing birth defects.

WAYNE STATE WORD WARRIORS UNVEIL 2018 LIST – JANUARY 2
As part of its initiative to draw attention to some of the English language's most expressive — yet regrettably neglected — words, Wayne State has released its annual list of the year's top 10 words that deserve to be used more often in conversation and prose. Now beginning its ninth year, Wayne State's Word Warriors series promotes words especially worthy of retrieval from the linguistic cellar. 
Jerry Herron, Irvin D. Reid Honors College dean and member of the Word Warriors editorial board, is available to discuss the top ten words that should be revisited in 2018.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – JANUARY 15
What is the history behind Martin Luther King Jr. Day? How has it evolved from a special day recognized by some states to a nationally recognized holiday?                                                                                                                                                          Kidada E. Williams, associate professor of history, specializes in African American history from slavery through the late 20th century, with an emphasis on racial violence in the former slaveholding South. She is ready to explore the significance of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and offer context about the civil rights movement leading up to, and following, the famous event.

DITCH NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS DAY – JANUARY 17
What sort of social pressure do we exert on ourselves when we make resolutions that will be difficult to keep? What can we do instead to improve our lives in the new year? 
Douglas Barnett, professor of psychology, has expertise in the areas of child and adolescent development, parenting, family psychology, trauma and child maltreatment, mental health & illness, psychological assessment and children with special needs and learning problems.

INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY – JANUARY 27
International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a date for official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime and also promotes Holocaust education globally.
Howard Lupovitch, associate professor of history and director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, specializes in modern Jewish history and teaches a course on the Holocaust. He is available to speak about the Holocaust and offer historical information.