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July 1, 2015

Strong month for employment helps keep S.E. Michigan Purchasing Managers Index strong
DETROIT— A robust Employment Index helped keep the Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) relatively unchanged from May to June, decreasing negligibly from 66.4 to 66.1. The PMI’s thre...
National Multiple Sclerosis Society grant funds new study model
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has provided a grant to a Wayne State University School of Medicine professor to explore a new model of MS pathology. Alexander Gow, Ph.D., the ...

June 29, 2015

Wayne State University Governor Emeritus Leon H. Atchison dies at 87
Leon H. Atchison, the longest-serving member of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, died on Monday, June 22, after a lengthy illness. He was 87. Committed to the university, its ur...

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Leon Atchison, 32-year WSU board veteran, dies at 87, Jun 28, 2015
Leon Atchison, Wayne State University’s longest-serving member of its Board of Governors died Monday, the school announced Friday. Atchison, who completed his last term in 2002 after 32 years of service, was 87. In 2008, the university renamed South University Hall — one of WSU’s two undergraduate residence halls — Leon H. Atchison Hall. In a news release, the university credited Atchison's vision with the creation of the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. WSU also said he led the reorganization of the College of Liberal Arts and the establishment of the College of Science. During his decades on the board, more than $1 billion in capital improvements were made. Atchison’s death is “a major loss of a valued friend and a treasured colleague,” Gary Pollard, chair of the Board of Governors, said in a statement. “Leon was an exceptional member of the Wayne State board and a wonderful person,” Diane Dunaskiss, a member of the Board of Governors, said in a statement. “He was committed to the mission of the university. His wisdom and experience were valued by his colleagues and the university community. Leon’s passing is a tremendous loss and he will be greatly missed, but he will be remembered with great fondness and appreciation.”


WSU study will test safety of urban farm sites, Jun 28, 2015
Urban farming has been growing in popularity in Detroit and other postindustrial cities, but a lingering concern is over the soil where city farms are sprouting. With virtually all urban farms planted on land that once held houses, shops, or factories, the safety of fruits and vegetables raised in Detroit dirt has remained a question. Urban farmers have addressed this concern by testing their soil for lead, arsenic and other metals and pollutants before they plant. And so far, this testing has shown that most sites in Detroit are safe for growing food. Now, a new study by Wayne State University aims to take this testing a step further and develop a more detailed method for assessing the safety of local urban farm sites. What's different, said Lawrence Lemke, associate professor of geology at WSU and a coprincipal investigator in the study team, is that the new effort is sampling soil from many more spots within each farm. "Our work will open up new research directions tailored to an urban institution, yet still address important agricultural issues," said Yifan Zhang, assistant professor of nutrition and food science in Wayne State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the other coprincipal investigator in the study. "In addition, our work will provide us with an opportunity to develop outreach materials based on our research findings to provide communities with guidance on how to grow food safely and in a sustainable manner."


Children's Hospital, WSU researchers identify cancer trigger, Jun 18, 2015
Two medical researchers from the Children's Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine have identified a gene mutation that can trigger acute lymphoblastic leukemia, one of the most common types of cancer in children, along with other types of cancer. "Because of this finding, families will eventually be counseled regarding their risk for some kinds of cancer and targeted interventions will be devised and tested," says Dr. Steven Lipshultz, pediatrician-in-chief of the Children's Hospital and the chair of the WSU School of Medicine department of pediatrics. The study began about 10 years ago when Dr. Madhvi Rajpurkar treated a child for low blood platelets. The child and an aunt later developed acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of cancer that can be found in blood and bone marrow. She suspected there might be a genetic mutation in the family. Rajpurkar and others worked to isolate and identify the mutation in a gene that regulates growth rates in bone marrow.


WSU chemical engineering professor awarded DOE Early Career Grant , Jun 7, 2015
Eranda Nikolla, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemical engineering in Wayne State University’s College of Engineering, was selected out of 620 submissions to receive a five-year, $750,000 award for her proposal, Nanostructured, Targeted Layered Metal Oxides as Active and Selective Heterogeneous Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution. Nikolla will pursue work that will lead to development of efficient catalysts for energy generation and storage. She aims to combine computational tools with nanoscience and catalysis to design nanostructured, nonprecious metal oxide electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution – a key reaction in electrochemical energy conversion systems, such as generation of H2 from water. The proposed work will have a significant impact on the development of efficient energy conversion systems. “It is a great honor that our research was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy with a 2015 Early Career Research Award,” said Nikolla. “The funded work will have a significant impact in the field by providing fundamental insights that can guide the design of nonprecious metal oxide systems for electrocatalysis.”
Carl Levin touts his Wayne State center for good governance, Jun 3, 2015
Carl Levin, who recently retired from the U.S. Senate following 36 years as the longest-serving U.S. Senator, wrote a guest article about the newly launched Levin Center at Wayne State University. Levin said the Levin Center is designed to be a “catalyst for encouraging legislative bodies at all levels – from city councils to state legislatures, Congress, and international organizations – to engage in better oversight to solve problems. Our plans include offering practical educational and training sessions taught by proven investigators, such as oversight bootcamps that teach participants how to design investigative, hearing and follow-up plans.” The Levin Center also will offer courses, conferences and research to promote the value and mechanics of effective oversight, as well as internships and fellowships to build a cadre of individuals versed in oversight as a means for change.
Wayne State University kicks off summer with Wednesday Farmers Market, Jun 2, 2015
Wayne State University will kick off summer with its Wednesday Farmers Market offering fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, honey and baked goods. There will also be several hot and cold lunch options. The market opens June 3 and will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 28 at 5401 Cass, in front of the Reuther Library. Prepared food vendors for the season will include Midtown's Avalon International Breads, Corktown's Brooklyn Street Local, Russell Street Deli, Mystic Kettle and Sweet Potato Sensations. New vendor Drifter Coffee will also have items available this season.


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