Media tip sheet

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

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

LGBT PRIDE MONTH —JUNE

Our expert can talk about the establishment of LGBT Pride Month and the societal forces that came together to create the celebration. He also is available to discuss the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which the Supreme Court will decide in June.

John Corvino, professor of philosophy and incoming dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, has conducted extensive research focusing on controversial "culture war" issues surrounding sexuality and marriage.

Dr. Diane Levine, professor of internal medicine, can speak about the specific health care needs of the LGBT community.

NATIONAL FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES MONTH — JUNE 

Our expert dietitian can offer compelling evidence that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables leads to a longer, healthier life, and can also discuss strategies for adding fruits and vegetables to your everyday meal regimen.

Cathy Jen, professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, is an expert in the areas of dietary factors in obesity and diabetes, obesity prevention and intervention in adolescents, and obesity and chronic diseases in minority populations.

Noel Kulik is an assistant professor of health education – school or community, and affiliated with the Community Health Career Pipeline (CHCP). The CHCP connects Detroit youth with nutrition education and food systems exposure, leadership and employment as a pipeline to a university degree and careers in the health sector.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY — JUNE 5

Our expert can explain how we protect our environment globally, what works and what doesn't, and where there are serious risks.

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

D-DAY — JUNE 6

The Normandy landings on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, led to the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and ultimately laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front. Our experts can put into perspective the momentous event, and how it changed world history.

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

Professor Andrew Port is a German historian who can offer insight on Germany's involvement.

FLAG DAY JUNE 14

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Our expert can share what led to the design of the flag as well as the changes it has undergone over the last 241 years.

Marc Kruman, founding director of Wayne State's Center for the Study of Citizenship and professor of history, is available to discuss the historical significance of Flag Day.

FATHER'S DAY — JUNE 17

The first Father's Day in the United States was celebrated in 1910. Like many holidays, it has evolved into a day where Americans spend millions of dollars on cards, gifts and dining out. Our expert can talk about how a simple commemoration of fatherhood has turned into a significant yearly boost to local economies.

Jeff Stoltman, associate professor of marketing and director of entrepreneurship and innovation programs, specializes in consumer behavior, advertising and promotion, and marketing management. 

NATIONAL METEOR WATCH DAY — JUNE 30

National Meteor Watch Day is observed every year on June 30. Commonly known as shooting stars, meteors are space particles that burn up with a flash of light when they enter the Earth's atmosphere. It is estimated that 20 to 25 million meteors weighing about 100 tons in total enter the Earth's atmosphere every day. 

David Cinabro, professor and chair of the physics department, specializes in particle physics and astrophysics. 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.

SOCIAL MEDIA DAY — JUNE 30

Social Media Day is observed annually on June 30. In its short life, social media has redefined how people interact, communicate and share with family, friends, and the world.

Karen McDevitt, lecturer and master's program director in the department of communication, specializes in media convergence with a focus on how new media is reshaping contemporary social practices. McDevitt is prepared to speak about the influence of social media on our culture.