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July 28, 2014

Wayne State professor part of team that sequenced genome of African rice to aid in “Green Revolution”
DETROIT – With the world population projected to increase from 7.1 billion to over 9 billion by 2050, there is a need for a second “green revolution” that will create crops with two to thre...

July 22, 2014

New research at Wayne State will lead to more accurate multi-component system reliability and failure predictions in the auto industry and beyond
DETROIT — A team of researchers from Wayne State University recently received a $350,000 award from the National Science Foundation for the project, “Failure Prediction and Reliability Analysis o...

July 21, 2014

Wayne Law celebrates donation of Congressman John Conyers’ papers
DETROIT – Some of the titans of American civil rights legal history gathered Friday, July 18, at Wayne State University Law Sc...

WSU In The News

Schoolcraft and Wayne State transfer credit agreement will benefit students at both schools, Jul 27, 2014
A new agreement recently signed by the presidents of Schoolcraft College and Wayne State University will allow students to get a maximum value for their completed coursework while pursing an associate's, then bachelor's degree, at these partner institutions. The new agreement will provide a seamless transfer experience while increasing student retention and degree completion at both schools. Dr. Conway A. Jeffress, president of Schoolcraft College, and Dr. M. Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University, were joined by administrators, staff and members of the Board of Trustees to celebrate the Reverse Transfer Agreement. “Today is just one of many in a long list of acknowledgments of the very successful partnership Schoolcraft and WSU have had for many years, all of which have been for the benefit of students in the region,” said Dr. Wilson.
Teens in WSU's Ralph Bunche Summer Institute identify and remove invasive plants on Belle Isle, Jul 24, 2014
About 100 teens came together to improve Belle Isle on Thursday. With the help of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources they learned how to identify and remove invasive plants that are known to be killing native Michigan plants. They say it was wonderful to meet so many other teens who want to make a difference. “It feels great to help Detroit look better, and I love seeing a better place for everyone to live,” said Jalen Hedwood, a volunteer. “There are kids who want to see their city clean, want to help out, and be part of organizations that focus on positivity and leading us to our future,” said Travon Stearns, another of the volunteers. The teenage volunteers are part of The Student Conservation Association and the Wayne State University Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program.
Researchers from Wayne State detail new studies and findings in the area of risk management, Jul 23, 2014
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Wayne State University, "One potential countermeasure to address this concern is the use of a bicycle warning sign with a 'Share the Road' plaque. This paper presents the results of a controlled field evaluation of this sign treatment, which involved an examination of driver behavior while overtaking bicyclists. A series of field studies were conducted concurrently on two segments of a high-speed, rural two-lane highway. These segments were similar in terms of roadway geometry, traffic volumes, and other relevant factors, except that one of the segments included centerline rumble strips while the other did not. A before-and-after study design was utilized to examine changes in motor vehicle lateral placement and speed at the time of the passing event as they relate to the presence of centerline rumble strips and the sign treatment. Centerline rumble strips generally shifted vehicles closer to the bicyclists during passing maneuvers, though the magnitude of this effect was marginal.
PBS show "History Detectives" stops by the Reuther Library to investigate the Hoffa files, Jul 22, 2014
"History Detectives: Special Investigations" premiered an episode that purports to "solve" a case familiar to most Metro Detroiters: the disappearance of former Teamsters President James R. Hoffa on July 30, 1975. "History Detectives" newcomer Kaiama Glover, who teaches in the French and Africana Studies Departments at Barnard College, visited the Reuther Library at Wayne State on-camera for “research."
WSU and several state university researchers embark upon 2-year, $150K study of beach muck, Jul 21, 2014
Researchers from multiple Michigan universities and agencies are embarking on a two-year, $150,000 study to better understand beach muck issues at the Bay City State Recreation Area. Donna Kashian, a professor of ecology at Wayne State University and lead researcher for the project, said that the survey is part of a wide range of work scientists and economists will undertake to better understand the beach issue over the next two years. Researchers from Wayne State University and Michigan State University, as well as other researchers, are set to team up to study the different dimensions of the beach muck problem and help identify paths forward to address it.


Dr. Badr comments in WSJ article examining optimal sleep for good health, Jul 21, 2014
Several sleep studies have found that seven hours is the optimal amount of sleep—not eight, as was long believed—when it comes to certain cognitive and health markers, although many doctors question that conclusion. "I don't think you can overdose on healthy sleep. When you get enough sleep your body will wake you up," said Safwan Badr, chief of the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
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