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August 20, 2014

Wayne State chemistry professor Stephanie Brock named American Chemical Society Fellow
Wayne State University Professor of Chemistry Stephanie Brock is among a select group of scientists to be named to the prestigious 2014 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows Program. The A...

August 18, 2014

Wayne State professor named to the Water Environment Research Foundation research council
A professor from Wayne State University’s College of Engineering has been named to the research council of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), the leading independent scientific res...

August 15, 2014

‘Science’ features advances in understanding of preterm birth and discoveries made at Perinatology Research Branch of NIH, Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center
DETROIT – The Aug. 15 edition of the prestigious journal Science features a major article about the most important problem in obstetrics: preterm labor. The article, “Preterm labor: one syndrom...

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Boeing Boeing, Romeo and Juliet, and more to lead the Hilberry Theatre's 2014-15 season, Aug 18, 2014
The Hilberry Theatre will kick off its 52nd season of plays on Sept. 19 with the popular farce “Boeing Boeing.” The season, which is detailed in the story, features comedies and dramas that collectively earned 19 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations.
Wayne State rethinks its campus web portal, introduces Academica, Aug 17, 2014
When the IT leaders at Wayne State University talk about the limitations of their legacy campus portal, they reach for analogies to describe their dissatisfaction. "Our old campus portal looked like the classified section of your daily newspaper," said Rob Thompson, director of academic and core applications. "There was very little design cohesiveness." Or as Daren Hubbard, senior director of enterprise applications, put it: Universities have designed portals as "parcels of real estate like it was some kind of a shopping mall. If you got a storefront, meaning a link or a tab, then you got some eyeballs coming your way. That was your goal, instead of adding value for the users coming to the site." Wayne State decided to build its own portal solution, focused particularly on fostering real-time, two-way communication and better anticipating users' needs. Called Academica, the new portal offers single sign-on as an authenticated front door to applications, and is designed from the ground up to work on any mobile device. But first and foremost it is a social networking platform that enhances and enables collaboration.
WSU First Lady, HIGH Program Founder Jacqueline Wilson to help raise awareness, funds for homeless, Aug 13, 2014
It’s one thing to empathize with the homeless. But a group of local executives plan to take action: They'll sleep in cardboard boxes in November to raise awareness and funds for the homeless. They’re aiming to raise $100,000 through the Nov. 20 “Sleep Out: Executive Edition” for Covenant House Michigan and the more than 5,000 homeless youth in Metro Detroit who wander the streets on any given night in search of a warm bed, a hot meal and someone to care. Presented by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and sponsored by Delta Air Linesand others, the Sleep Out will take place the same night as similar events in 15 cities across the country, from Anchorage to New York. Michigan first lady Sue Snyder and Wayne State University first lady Jacqueline Wilson, who is founder of WSU’s Helping Individuals Go Higher Program, are co-chairing the event. Following Covenant House’s 17th public Candlelight Vigil Against Homelessness on its Detroit campus, executives staying the night will get a tour and engage in roundtable discussions about the issue of homelessness before turning in. They'll sleep in cardboard boxes lined with a sleeping bag and sitting on the pavement of the Covenant House campus.
Wayne State researcher honored for work on strep, Aug 10, 2014
Wayne State University researcher and physician Ajay Kumar has won an award for his work in identifying a brain inflammation associated with strep infections in children. The university said that Kumar has received the Majd-Gilday Young Investigators Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. The award goes to young scientists for outstanding research contributions to the field of pediatric nuclear medicine. Wayne State said Kumar earned the recognition for a study that may help increase the understanding of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders'' linked to streptococcal infections. The university said Kumar's work could lead to improved therapies to treat the condition. “These findings not only provide an insight into the possible pathogenetic mechanisms behind these conditions, but also suggest a possible important pathophysiological difference between these two conditions,” Kumar said in a press release. “We believe that our findings will help in further demystifying and better understanding this condition, which will lead to development of rational and more appropriate therapeutic options.”
KEI director, WSU Ophthalmology chair performs surgery on Ukrainian youth injured in riots, Aug 10, 2014
Feeling the blood run down the right side of his face, 17-year-old Dmytro, a sophomore studying psychology at a university in Ukraine, started gasping for air and coughing. He had been shot in the right eye with a rubber bullet by Ukraine’s special police force, the Berkut. The bullet traveled through his eye and nasal cavity, eventually landing in his mouth. It was Feb. 18 in Kiev, two days before Ukraine’s bloodiest day of riots since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989. While in Ukraine, Dmytro underwent three surgeries — one of which lasted seven hours to remove the damaged eyeball. Dr. Mark Juzych, Kresge Eye Institute director and Department of Ophthalmology chair at Wayne State University School of Medicine, was contacted regarding the boy’s situation. “We are fortunate that the Institute has broad expertise in ophthalmological specialties including the ability to address complex ocular trauma patients,” he said. Dmytro underwent his fourth and final surgery in Michigan on Friday, July 25 to repair the area around his eye socket. He has had seven surgeries total. He had an appointment Friday Aug. 1 for the final step — constructing a prosthetic eye — before returning to Ukraine Aug. 14. Nadia said his prosthetic eye should be complete by Aug. 12.
WSU awarded NIEHS grant to study urban environmental stressors, Aug 6, 2014
A new grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will allow researchers to study how exposures to stressors that are prevalent in the urban industrialized environment impact human health in Detroit and beyond. The grant, awarded to Wayne State University, is one of 21 Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers funded by NIEHS. The new Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) includes collaborators at Henry Ford Health System, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University, as well as community organizations. CURES will study diseases that compromise quality of life in an industrialized urban environment, such as Detroit, explained CURES co-leader, Melissa Runge-Morris, M.D., director of the Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and professor of oncology at Wayne State University. “Our team of researchers, along with community members, will explore the role of environmental exposure on immune disorders, metabolic disease, cancer, and mental health,” she said.
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