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September 2, 2015

WSU scientists discover mechanism for air pollution-induced liver disease
A research team led by Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., at the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, has discovered that exposure to air pollution has a dir...

September 1, 2015

S.E. Michigan Purchasing Managers Index remains steady despite global market concerns
DETROIT—The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) remained relatively stable from July to August, falling just under a point from 57.5 to 56.6. While some respondents expressed c...

August 27, 2015

Wayne State appoints Leonard Savala director of the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement
Wayne State University announces the appointment of Leonard Savala as director of the newly established Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE), effective Aug. 31.  He will lead th...

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WSU scientists discover mechanism for air pollution-induced liver disease, Sep 2, 2015
A research team led by Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., at the Wayne State University School of Medicine's Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, has discovered that exposure to air pollution has a direct adverse health effect on the liver and causes liver fibrosis, an illness associated with metabolic disease and liver cancer. Zhang, associate professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics and of Immunology and Microbiology, and his group have been studying the adverse health effects of air pollution from a unique perspective. While the major research efforts in the field were focused on the effects of air pollution on lung tissues and cardiovascular system, the Zhang lab studied the pathological effects and stress mechanisms of air pollution on the liver, the major organ of detoxification and metabolism. Their work demonstrated that inhalation exposure to high-concentration airborne particulate matter PM2.5 has direct effects on the liver, triggering liver fibrosis, a pathological condition characterized by accumulation of the extracellular matrix protein collagen that occurs in most types of chronic liver diseases. "Our work has a major impact on medical care and health policy-making for the populations under air pollution environment," Zhang said.


WSU president bikes 100 miles for scholarship funds, Aug 23, 2015
More than 1,100 cyclists signed up for the “The Baroudeur,” a French word meaning warrior — which is the nickname of the university’s sports teams. The brainchild of WSU President M. Roy Wilson, it’s the first urban bike ride event the university has organized. “It was a bigger turnout than we expected,” said Wilson. “We were hoping for close to 1,000.” Riders at the event chose one of four open road courses: a 20-, 50-, 62- or 100-mile ride, also called century. Wilson, an avid cyclist, was doing a century Saturday. “I wanted to bring this to Downtown Detroit and have people experience the university and the city,” Wilson said. “I’m hoping this is something we can do every year. We’re off to a good start.” Wilson said Saturday’s event was open to all and future Baroudeur rides will be, too. Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for students at the university.
U-Haul, Wayne State proceed with sustainability study in Detroit, Aug 18, 2015
Wayne State University researchers will analyze the economic and social impacts that U-Haul® corporate sustainability initiatives are having on the New Center neighborhood, and how these impacts interact with larger redevelopment trends in Detroit. The focus of the study will be on the adaptive reuse of the former Nabisco® factory at 899 W. Baltimore St. in Detroit's Midtown district. The research will be conducted during the next 18 to 24 months. The agreement constitutes Phase II of a U-Haul commissioned study. Phase I built the context by examining the ingredients and effects of adaptive reuse projects in the U.S. and around the world. Wayne State University's research will be led by Professor Robin Boyle and Associate Professor Rayman Mohamed of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. "This project will allow us to understand how sustainability can be linked at the building, neighborhood, district and city levels," Mohamed said. Boyle added: "There is very much an ethnographic study: we will embed ourselves in the neighborhood to understand how change can spread outwards from a single location to influence changes in the larger midtown area."


Nearly 1,000 to bicycle through Detroit to raise money for Wayne State students, Aug 17, 2015
Nearly 1,000 people are preparing to bicycle through Detroit this weekend for the inaugural Wayne State University fundraiser, The Baroudeur. "Baroudeur means fighter or warrior in French and is a term used in cycling for riders not afraid to break away from the peloton and do things on their own, even if they might be an underdog," Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson said in a statement. Riders will start rolling from Gullen Mall on campus Aug. 22. The noncompetitive ride is the brainchild of Wilson, who had attended similar fundraisers at other campuses around the country. “I’m an avid cycler myself; I think it’s a great way to get to see a different area and understand a little bit about the region,” Wilson told Crain’s. “I thought this would be a good way to have people come in and give them an opportunity to experience Wayne State and Detroit.” According to Matthew Lockwood, director of communications at Wayne State, the majority of riders have either signed up for the 20 or 100 mile course so far. “I am very pleased with the number (of people registered). It was a little more than I was expecting.” said Lockwood, who spearheaded the coordination of the event. “Our initial goal was 500 riders, so I think it speaks to a growing cycling culture in Detroit and that they enjoy exploring the city on bikes now.”
President Wilson to moderate Michigan CEO Summit panel, Aug 12, 2015
A frank look at what Michigan's competitors are saying, insights from new and seasoned entrepreneurs, ideas from a global innovation expert and how to transition to a new Michigan economy are just a few highlights planned for Business Leaders for Michigan's upcoming Michigan CEO Summit. This year's summit, scheduled for Nov. 12 at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, is aiming at helping participants -- business and community leaders and policy makers -- maintain a strong "turnaround" mentality. Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson is scheduled to moderate a panel designed to give attendees an insiders’ look at the obstacles, opportunities and support that exist for entrepreneurs in Michigan.
Wayne State among top 50 safest campuses in the nation: Chief Holt explains, Jul 29, 2015
Wayne State University has been ranked among the top 50 safest college campuses in America. BestColleges.com, which released the top-50 list, reviewed available data of every public college and university in the United States over the last five years (2009-13). Annual reports detailing crime or fire incidents over the previous year are included in the data, as required under the federally mandated Clery Act. Wayne State was commended for providing safety and security measures that ensure lower rates of criminal incidents and behavior. The WSU Police Department (WSUPD), in particular, is noted for programs it has developed and administered for students and staff.
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