Media tip sheet

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

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

CHILD SAFETY PROTECTION MONTH – NOVEMBER

What are the best practices for keeping your child safe at home, in the car and in school?

Lt. Dave Scott, crime prevention section, Wayne State University Police Department, is ready to talk about child safety in various environments and measures to ensure their safety.

WAYNE STATE INSIDERS — WARRIOR STRONG STORIES — NOVEMBER 1

Wayne State University is made up of thousands of individual stories that all lead to one unique, consistent message: Together, we are Warrior Strong. This new campaign celebrates the university's community of relentless and resilient students, faculty, alumni and staff. At this month's Insiders, you will learn how the Office of Marketing and Communications developed Warrior Strong. Through a multimedia presentation highlighting television commercials, print advertisements and student testimonials, you will learn how we are bringing WSU to the world. The event will be held 12-1:30 p.m., at the Schaap Chemistry Auditorium, 5101 Cass Avenue, Detroit.

NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY – NOVEMBER 4

How can we encourage reading in our youth, especially today when there are so many electronic distractions for kids? Why is reading important?

Kathryn Roberts, associate professor of reading, language and literature, is prepared to address the topic of reading and why it is so important to our society.

U.S. GENERAL ELECTION DAY – NOVEMBER 7

Why is it important to vote in non-presidential elections? What's at stake locally and statewide?

Marc Kruman, professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Citizenship, is ready to talk about the importance of exercising our right to vote as U.S. citizens.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PROJECTS CONFERENCE – NOVEMBER 10

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is holding its annual conference from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Student Center Building, 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit. Undergraduate students across all majors including the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and engineering will present their research or creative projects to faculty, staff and other participants in either an oral or poster format.

VETERANS DAY – NOVEMBER 11

How is Veterans Day celebrated nationwide? What do veterans do on this day?

Matthew McLain, assistant director, Wayne State's Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence, is prepared to discuss how Veterans Day is observed.

NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH – NOVEMBER

WORLD DIABETES DAY – NOVEMBER 14

Diabetes is the third leading killer in this country. It is also, in most cases, highly preventable. What can you do on a daily basis to minimize your chances of getting diabetes?

Berhane Seyoum, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, division of endocrinology, is prepared to discuss prevention and, in particular, the growing problem of diabetes in the Detroit area.

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY – NOVEMBER 15

Our fundraising experts can talk to you about how philanthropy can make the difference in countless lives.

Tracy Utech, associate vice president, principal gifts, Wayne State University, can talk about the significance of philanthropy in our society.

LAUNCH CELEBRATION FOR WAYNE INNOVATION HUB – NOVEMBER 15

Wayne State consistently generates important innovations and groundbreaking research. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Student Center Ballroom, the university will launch the Wayne Innovation Hub to coordinate and enhance its programs for entrepreneurship education, technology commercialization and community partnerships, and to enhance the university's overall culture of innovation.

AMERICAN RECYCLES DAY – NOVEMBER 15

Does recycling really make a difference? Our expert can give you the hard facts about how recycling makes a positive difference in this country.

Daryl Pierson, sustainability coordinator, Wane State University office of sustainability, is available to examine the importance of recycling both at home and the workplace.

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT – NOVEMBER 16

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Learn about tips to help you quit.

Michele Cote, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of oncology and associate center director for education population science, is ready to talk about the Great American Smokeout and tips to quit smoking.

NATIONAL TOLERANCE DAY – NOVEMBER 16

Many of today's societal issues are rooted in intolerance. Our expert can talk to you about intolerance and building an inclusive community.

Marquita Chamblee, Wayne State University associate provost for diversity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer, is prepared to discuss intolerance and building an inclusive community.

RACE IN AMERICA – MICHAEL ERIC DYSON – NOVEMBER 16

Michael Eric Dyson, best-selling author, political analyst, professor of sociology at Georgetown University, will deliver a keynote presentation on the topic Race in America. The Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) will host the event from 6-8 p.m. in Wayne State's Community Arts Auditorium. The program signals the fall 2017 finale in a FOCIS 10th Anniversary Celebration lecture series titled "What in the World is Going On?"

WORLD PEACE DAY – NOVEMBER 17

Our expert can talk to you about the origins of this day and what it means to hawks and doves alike.

Frederic Pearson, professor of political science and director of Wayne State University's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, is available to discuss World Peace Day.

THANKSGIVING – NOVEMBER 23

How to avoid gaining weight over the long holiday weekend. Our nutritionist expert can offer tips on how you can enjoy yourself without the guilt that comes from overeating and drinking too much.

Kai-Lin Catherine Jen, nutritionist and professor in the department of nutrition and food science, can provide tips to avoid overeating as the holiday season approaches.

BLACK FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 24

The origins of how our obsession with shopping led to the establishment of this relatively new "holiday." Americans' rampant consumerism and desire for material goods says a lot about us as a society. Our expert can explain what all of this means.

Jeffrey Stoltman, associate professor of marketing and director of entrepreneurship and innovation programs, is prepared to examine the origins of Black Friday and offer a historical analysis of the year's biggest shopping day.