May 23, 2013
- National urban planning and community building experts to speak at Wayne State University
- Can joy and happiness be used as catalysts for urban revitalization? The 2013 Van Dusen Urban Leadership Forum at Wayne State University will pair nationally renowned urban planning, creative and ...
- Understanding differences in job commitment types can lead to better correctional employees, Wayne State University researcher finds
- DETROIT — Commitment to the job by correctional staff members cannot be bought but must be earned by an organization, a Wayne State University researcher believes. A study by Eric Lam...
- Wayne State University chair selected for national leadership program
- DETROIT — Ratna Naik, Ph.D., chair and professor of physics and astronomy in Wayne State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected as a fellow for the 20...
WSU In The News
- Wayne State receives second year funding from the New Economy Initiative to build technology commercialization efforts, May 22, 2013
- Wayne State University received notice of a $820,398 grant from the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI) that will continue to support the Technology Commercialization Office’s efforts to expand and improve the university’s entrepreneurial culture and technology commercialization results. With this support from NEI, WSU will continue to expand the activities of its Technology Development Incubator to support the validation of early-stage technologies with significant commercial potential, increase licensing staff, and enhance marketing tools to create awareness of the availability of WSU intellectual property assets to industry and the venture capital community. “A key focus for the New Economy Initiative is to increase tech transfer and commercialization throughout the region, and Wayne State is central to those efforts,” said David O. Egner, executive director of the New Economy Initiative. “As a driver of innovation and new ideas ––from the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences –– Wayne State continues to produce intellectual property that ultimately leads to company and job creation. We're thrilled to support the university’s efforts to increase commercial outputs and entrepreneurial activity as a whole, while helping build an innovation corridor right here in Detroit that benefits the entire region.”
- Reviving Detroit from the ground up, May 22, 2013
- In an opinion piece, John Bare, vice president of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and executive-in-residence at Georgia Tech's Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship wrote: “When others dismissed Detroit as a falling knife unworthy of investment, David Egner saw something else. Egner imagined Detroit regenerating from within, with damaged civic tissue repairing itself to foster new life and commerce. As president of a foundation named for a patriarch who emigrated to Michigan 130 years ago and immediately launched a business, he was in a position to test his idea. The secret, Egner figured, is harnessing the collective power of what he calls "anchor institutions": in this case, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Medical Center. Through what emerged as the Midtown Project, Egner's Hudson-Webber Foundation, alongside other funders, is finding ways to hitch the fortunes of these institutions to the fortunes of the surrounding neighborhoods.”
- Dunbar named Wayne State's associate VP of tech commercialization, May 21, 2013
- Hilary Ratner, vice president for research at Wayne State University, announced the appointment of Joan C. Dunbar as associate vice president of technology commercialization in the Division of Research. Her appointment comes after a competitive national search in which she emerged as the transformational leader the university sought. In 2012, Dunbar joined WSU’s Division of Research as interim associate vice president of technology commercialization. In just a year, Dunbar nearly doubled faculty invention disclosures, facilitated the pipeline of nine start-up opportunities with the anticipation of several companies launching in the near future, initiated a mentors-in-residence program, created an innovation fellows program, began the Technology Development Incubator, and strengthened partnerships with WSU’s TechTown. These significant achievements were powered by grant funds, projected to be $2.5 million over a three-year period that Dunbar secured from the New Economy Initiative (NEI). “The grant from the NEI has allowed Wayne State to re-invent technology commercialization on our campus,” said Ratner. “With the help of the NEI, Dr. Dunbar is re-energizing our faculty and students to translate their research in even more productive ways that benefit not only the university but the region, state and nation as well. Dr. Dunbar’s deep knowledge and experience will serve Wayne State and our faculty well as we advance the mission of the Wayne State’s Technology Commercialization Office.”
- Grant lowers cost for hybrid academy, May 21, 2013
- Students ages 14 and up interested in possible careers working with electric vehicles can attend a four-day academy at Macomb Community College to be held June 24-27 at MCC’s South Campus in Warren. The academy features an interactive workshop for those interested in cars and electronics and includes instruction in the principles of battery electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles. The CAAT is a collaboration between Macomb Community College and Wayne State University, designed to provide the spectrum of educational opportunities necessary to support and leverage the emerging alternative energy vehicles industry in southeast Michigan.
- Wayne State family of grads profiled in Oakland Press feature, May 20, 2013
- Bloomfield Hills mother Sabrina Shields would never have thought she would be graduating from college at the same time as her daughter, and one semester after her stepson, but the timing just worked out that way. Sabrina, 52, along with her daughter, Raycene Nevils, 26, graduated from Wayne State University with master’s degrees in different subject areas. Nevils received her master of arts in language learning, with a certificate in peace and security, while Shield got her master of arts in teaching. Last December, Shields’ stepson, Stephen Shields, 25, also graduated with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University in Alabama.
- Michigan Chronicle article profiles Allan Gilmour's presidency at Wayne State, May 19, 2013
- An interview with Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour was featured on the front page of the Michigan Chronicle. The story provided a list of several accomplishments during President Gilmour’s tenure including the awarding of a 10-year, $166 million Perinatology Research Branch contract; new admissions guidelines; construction of the Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building; new AAUP Contract; several administrative improvements; and the McGregor Memorial Conference Center Reflecting Pool.