May 21, 2013
- Wayne State University names Joan C. Dunbar as associate vice president of technology commercialization
- DETROIT — Hilary Ratner, Ph.D., vice president for research at Wayne State University, announced the appointment of Joan C. Dunbar, Ph.D., of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., as associate vice pre...
- 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 ...
May 16, 2013
- Author to speak about the rise of powerful conservative law group
- Author Michael Avery will speak about his new book, “The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals” (co-author is Danielle McLaughlin), at 5:30 p.m. May ...
WSU In The News
- 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.
- School of Business professors' study on women in the workplace highlighted in Crain's column, May 19, 2013
- Mary Kramer, Crain’s Detroit Business publisher wrote about a study by Wayne State University professors Sudip Datta and Mai Iskandar-Datta regarding women in the workplace. The Dattas, a husband-and-wife couple in the School of Business Administration, conducted research of nearly 1,600 CFOs in U.S. publicly traded companies between 1994 and 2007. Collecting information on education and controlling for that and industry and company performance variables, they found CFOs -- men and women -- were hired at comparable salaries. But within five years, there was a 5 percent compensation gap. Why? Two factors, said Sudip Datta. "They take women for granted." Women were viewed as less likely to jump ship and move to other opportunities, probably for family reasons. Second, women were less likely than men to negotiate better compensation packages over the years. Their study, with co-author Abhijit Guha, was published in the May issue of the Harvard Business Review.
- Wayne State students share career aspirations in Detroit Free Press feature, May 16, 2013
- In a feature piece about career aspirations for college students, two Wayne State students expressed their goals. Musamma Chowdhury: “I am extremely passionate about education and becoming a Pharmacist. Since the Pharmacy program is seven years long, in four years I hope to see myself as a responsible college student at Wayne State University who is working toward her Pharmacy degree. I am excited to spend the next few years at Wayne State University learning and mastering toward my degree.” Rahima Uddin: “In four years, I see myself as a happy, successful and independent woman. I will continue my study at Wayne State University; I am determined to excel in the medical field and pursue my dream of becoming a dentist.”
- Dbusiness notes $4.4M gift to WSU from the Evangeline L. Dumesnil Trust, May 15, 2013
- Wayne State University has received a gift of $4.4 million from the Evangeline L. Dumesnil Trust to provide scholarships for music students. “I am excited and grateful that the Evangeline L. Dumesnil Scholarship will become an enduring source of support and recognition for our outstanding music students,” said Matthew Seeger, dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. “Our music students have committed themselves to developing and sharing their talent and creativity, and the Dumesnil Scholarship will help ensure their education is not a financial burden.” For 22 years, the Evangeline L. Dumesnil Trust has awarded scholarships to Wayne State students with outstanding musical talent and academic excellence. Nearly 350 students have been recognized as Dumesnil Scholars, and the scholarship has provided more than $1.7 million in tuition support.
- WSU researcher aims to make STEM education more accessible to Native Americans, May 15, 2013
- Underrepresented minorities comprise approximately 30 percent of the United States population, but only 10 percent are college educated in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Native Americans and Aboriginal Canadians are the least represented minority group in higher education and are poorly represented in STEM fields at all levels. A Wayne State University study recently funded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science aims to change these statistics. According to Maria Pontes Ferreira, assistant professor of Nutrition and Food Science in Wayne State’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and principal investigator of the study, targeting underrepresented minorities will help increase trainee numbers in STEM programs and change the face of STEM. While attracting and retaining Native Americans has remained elusive due to a perceived lack of cultural relevance and/or support for STEM, Ferreira believes there is a way to break down this barrier. “Native youth are taught to respect elders, and many elders are ‘keepers of traditional knowledge’ which interfaces with science,” said Ferreira. “Linking elders to postsecondary STEM education for Natives will improve perceptions of STEM as culturally relevant and culturally supportive of Natives, and impact Native student interest, pursuit and endurance in STEM careers.”