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November 20, 2014

Professor Jack Sobel, M.D., appointed interim dean of Wayne State University's School of Medicine
Wayne State University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Margaret Winters announced today that Professor Jack Sobel, M.D., chair of the WSU Department of Internal Medicine, i...

November 19, 2014

Research shows anti-HIV medicines can cause damage to fetal hearts
          Just-published findings in the journal AIDS raise concern about potential long-term harmful impact of “antiretroviral therapy” on in-utero infants whos...

November 18, 2014

Media Advisory: Covenant House to host 17th Annual Candlelight Vigil Against Youth Homelessness, Nov. 20
WHAT: Covenant House Michigan (CHM) invites the public to its 17th Annual Candlelight Vigil Against Youth Homelessness on Thursday, Nov. 20. Supporters will come together to light a candle of ho...

WSU In The News

President and Mrs. Wilson among executives to sleep out in support of homeless youth, Nov 20, 2014
More than 40 executives slept outside in cardboard boxes Thursday night as part of the “Sleep Out: Executive Edition” event, organized by Covenant House Michigan. Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson was among the executives participating in the overnight sleepover. He talks about his experience with WDIV reporter Lauren Podell. WWJ-AM noted during an early news segment that President Wilson and First Lady Jacqueline Wilson participated.


WSU to host the Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Urban Studies event feat. Detroit native David E. Kirkland, Nov 18, 2014
David E. Kirkland, bestselling author, activist, cultural critic, educator, researcher and Detroit native, will return to his hometown to deliver the keynote address during the Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Urban Studies’ inaugural lecture and community response at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center. Hosted by the Wayne State University College of Education and the family of Professor Emeritus Leonard Kaplan, the event will celebrate the newly launched collaborative, as well as unite community leaders, teachers, students and parents for a discussion on the state of urban education. Kirkland, an associate professor of English and urban education at New York University, will speak about the complexities of teaching and learning in urban settings.
FOCIS event highlighted, Nov 18, 2014
Irvin D. Reid, director of the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS), was a guest on the Frank Beckmann Show discussing this week’s special FOCIS programs. On Monday, FOCIS presented “Democracy in Far Away Places: Namibia and Afghanistan,” featuring Martin Andjaba, ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to the USA. Also featured this week on Tuesday was Sakena Yacoobi, examining “The Challenges of Democracy and the Education of Women in Afghanistan. Yacoobi co-founded Creating Hope International and is founder and CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).
Wayne State's Walter P. Reuther Library welcomes new director, Nov 17, 2014
Wayne State University has appointed Erik Nordberg as the director of the Walter P. Reuther Library and Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. With more than 20 years of archival experience, Nordberg comes to Wayne State from the Michigan Humanities Council in Lansing., where he served as executive director. “We’re very excited to welcome Erik Nordberg back to Wayne State,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State University Library System. “His archival experience and interest in industrial, labor and metro Detroit history will fit in perfectly with the mission of the Reuther Library and be a great asset to Wayne State.” Nordberg looks forward to collaborating with campus partners and promoting Wayne State through the Reuther Library. “As part of the Library System, it’s wonderful to work among people with a shared interest in libraries and archives,” said Nordberg. “But I’m also very excited to work with students and faculty—even if they aren’t history majors, there’s still so much the Reuther can add to their studies and research.”
Studies find alternative to anti-cholesterol drug, Nov 17, 2014
For the first time since statins have been regularly used, a large study has found that another type of cholesterol-lowering drug can protect people from heart attacks and strokes. The finding can help millions at high risk of heart attacks who cannot tolerate statins or do not respond to them sufficiently. And it helps clarify the role of LDL cholesterol, the dangerous form. Some had argued that statins reduced heart attack risk not just by lowering LDL levels but also by reducing inflammation. The new study indicates that the crucial factor is LDL, and the lower the levels, the better. At the same time, and by sheer coincidence, two other groups of researchers reported genetic studies that supported the trial’s conclusions. One, led by Dr. Brian A. Ference of Wayne State University School of Medicine found that gene mutations mimicking the effect of ezetimibe and ones mimicking the effect of statins had the same effect on heart disease risk for a given reduction in cholesterol. The implication, he said, is that “lowering cholesterol with ezetimibe, or a statin, or both, should each lower the risk of heart disease by about the same amount.”
WSU first lady raises awareness of homelessness, discusses Covenant House partnership , Nov 16, 2014
A group of metro Detroit business leaders will spend the night outside this Thursday to support homeless youth. The executive sleep out is hosted by Covenant House Michigan. Melissa Golpe from Covenant House and Jacqueline Wilson, the first lady of Wayne State University joined 7 Action News This Morning to talk about the event.
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