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October 16, 2014

From CDC crisis communication efforts to medical and bioethical effects of Ebola virus, Wayne State University faculty experts available for comment
The Ebola virus, now confirmed in at least two patients in the United States, is rapidly becoming the main discussion topic in homes and workplaces around the nation. Government and health officia...

October 14, 2014

Wayne State study may lead to use of smart phones to assist in stress management programs in the workplace
DETROIT – Although studies of the health effects of stress have been published for years, few have examined how chronic and momentary — or acute — stress influences health while people go about th...
Detroit entrepreneurs offered chance to pitch ideas at BizGrid Live!
Entrepreneurs will be offered a unique opportunity to network with more than 30 organizations providing assistance to Detroit businesses at BizGrid Live!, to be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesda...

WSU In The News

WSU First Lady Jacqueline Wilson discusses partnership with Covenant House, efforts to address homelessness , Oct 15, 2014
On Thursday, Nov. 20, metro Detroit business leaders will spend the night outside in solidarity in an effort to raise funds and bring attention to the plight of homeless youth in Detroit and across the nation. The Sleep Out: Executive Edition, hosted by Covenant House Michigan (CHM), presented by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, and sponsored by Delta Air Lines among others, is part of a nationwide event taking place in 15 cities at Covenant House sites across North America. For the first time in Detroit, men and women from the business community will come together to raise awareness and funds to support Covenant House’s life-changing work helping young people leave the streets and begin new lives. “I’m thrilled to play a role in this remarkable and very powerful event,” said Jacqueline Wilson, Wayne State University first lady, founder of WSU’s Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) Program and co-chair of 2014 CHM Sleep Out: Executive Edition. “Wayne State’s longtime partnership with Covenant House is a wonderful example of its unwavering commitment to addressing and eradicating homelessness within our community.”


Wayne State University engineering gets $25M gift, Oct 9, 2014
Wayne State University’s College of Engineering is receiving $25 million from an alumnus to promote entrepreneurship in Detroit, officials announced Thursday. The gift from James Anderson, president and CEO of Urban Science in Detroit and his wife, Patricia Anderson, is believed to be the largest gift ever to the university’s engineering program. Anderson, who graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the engineering college in 1966 and 1970, founded in 1977 his auto retail consulting firm, which now has 19 offices with 850 employees. Anderson told the Free Press he hopes the gift for students and faculty can help encourage entrepreneurship that can help Detroit grow. “Wayne State had all of the great ingredients to create the success that I’ve enjoyed since graduation,” he said. “There is a community of aspiring entrepreneurs that want the opportunity.” Anderson “wants to encourage students to have a similar path to success that he was able to have based on his education at Wayne State,” said Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson. “He was able to take his knowledge and start up a company and employ a lot of people that’s contributing to the local economy.” The $25 million will establish the James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute, which will be part of the College of Engineering.


WSU's First Lady reaches out to help financially stressed students graduate, Oct 9, 2014
Just like Detroit, students at Wayne State University sometimes face challenging circumstances on their path to graduation. With that in mind, Wayne State’s First Lady Jacqueline Wilson began The HIGH Program (Helping Individuals Go Higher) which provides direct support to financially stressed students at Wayne State University to assist them in reaching their goal to graduate. Laura Weber Davis spoke with Mrs. Wilson about the program's mission to ensure that no student abandons their dream of earning a degree solely because of housing or financial challenges.
Wayne State's Innovation Fellows Program discovers potential new startup opportunities , Oct 8, 2014
Wayne State University’s Innovation Fellows Program is cultivating the next generation of chief scientific officers and entrepreneurial scientists for local high-tech industry. The program is supported by the New Economy Initiative (NEI) for Southeast Michigan and is led by Bramdon Dogwill, project manager of innovation programs in WSU’s Technology Commercialization Office. The first class of fellows recently completed the program by presenting a technology commercialization roadmap of their project. “This program aims to train the next generation of entrepreneurial scientists, and helps them understand what is needed to take a university technology outside of the laboratory and create a new company or license agreement,” said Joan Dunbar, associate vice president for technology commercialization at Wayne State University. The Innovation Fellows Program promotes technology commercialization education for post-docs in the areas of medicine, pharmacy and allied health, nursing, engineering, and liberal arts and sciences.
Wayne State University launching $750 million Pivotal Moments fund raising campaign, Oct 7, 2014
Wayne State University will launch a $750-million capital campaign this morning, hoping to raise money for student scholarships and endowed faculty positions, among other items. "As everyone knows, this is an unprecedented time in Detroit's history," university President M. Roy Wilson said in an interview with the Free Press. "Wayne State doesn't want to just take advantage of the revitalization of Detroit, we want to keep helping it. An investment in Wayne State is an investment in Detroit. Our goal is to become one of the premier urban public research universities in the nation." The campaign is called "Pivotal Moments: Our Campaign for Wayne State University." The school will hold several showcase events across campus on Thursday to mark the official launch of the campaign. The goal is to complete the campaign in four years, timing the completion with the university's 150th birthday. The biggest chunk of the money raised – about $275 million – will focus on students, officials said. The money will go toward endowed scholarships, internships, study abroad and success programs. Wayne State has already raised nearly half of the total, with $357.2 million coming in during a so-called "silent phase" of the campaign.


Wayne State: 'Aspirational' goals in $750M fund drive, Oct 7, 2014
Wayne State University has a vision: Deep investments in student scholarships, endowed professorships and university facilities to attract the best and brightest students and faculty. Ultimately, it aspires to be the most renowned urban public research university in the nation. These are among the goals for WSU’s $750 million fundraising campaign, which will be unveiled publicly Wednesday.
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