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October 13, 2015

Wayne State dedicates new $93 million biosciences center aimed at eliminating health disparities in Detroit
                              Wayne State University — Detroit’s public, urban research university — is celebratin...
Wayne State’s Alexey Petrov named 2015 American Physical Society Fellow
DETROIT – Wayne State University Physics and Astronomy Professor Alexey A. Petrov has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for “contributions to heavy flavor physics, ...

October 12, 2015

Wayne State opens new $93 million biosciences center aimed at eliminating health disparities in Detroit
What: Wayne State University — Detroit’s public, urban research university — is celebrating the opening of the Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), a $93 million facility dedicated to studying...

WSU In The News

General Motors supports fifth annual Wayne State Supply Chain Case Competition, Oct 8, 2015
WWJ automotive reporter Jeff Gilbert talked about the fifth annual General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition being held Oct. 8-11 at the Detroit Marriott. Top business students from around the world will be taking an in-depth look at the supply chain systems that support the automotive industry and high-tech vehicles. The program will introduce students to the issues and challenges involved in producing leading technology vehicles through a case study. They will examine topics such as component purchasing strategy, global vs. domestic sourcing and risk management.
Actor Tom Skerritt to talk veterans project at Wayne State, Sep 30, 2015
Air Force veteran and actor Tom Skerritt is visiting Wayne State University to talk about his project to give veterans and military personnel a voice through storytelling. The university said in a news release that Skerritt, whose roles include the films "Alien," ''M.A.S.H." and "Top Gun," will give a lecture on campus Thursday afternoon. He'll talk about the Red Badge Project, which helps military personnel tell their stories. The project's website says it teaches participants about storytelling methods including poetry, song, filmography and documentary production. A military and veteran audience drawn from Wayne State's student body will attend the lecture. Veterans from the general public are also invited.


How Detroit anchor institutions are developing local talent, Sep 21, 2015
Detroit’s colleges and universities have a number of programs to help prepare their students for the workforce. Andrew Feig, associate dean of the Graduate School and professor in the Chemistry Department at Wayne State University, is on the steering committee for two such programs. Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) is a National Institutes of Health-funded program designed to provide experiential service to doctoral students. Feig says the program places students with local companies for internships in order to show students that a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences provides more options than becoming a professor. Another program, also funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on better preparing undergraduate students for biomedical careers. Research Enhancement for Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (REBUILD) is a partnership between Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University. Catering to an under-represented and economically disadvantaged college population, REBUILD teaches science through actual “new science,” not just canned laboratory assignments. For example, students have worked with local urban farms to study the effects of fertilizer and design best practices for future use. It's an especially great opportunity for students of the smaller schools involved that wouldn't otherwise have access to the advanced research laboratories of WSU. “Ultimately, the goal is for students to be successful in whatever it is they want to do,” says Feig. “If they know the content matter of chemistry but not how to apply it to societal needs, that person might not do well in the workforce."
First-year enrollment up by 10 percent at Wayne Law, Sep 3, 2015
With 131 incoming first-year students, Wayne State University Law School marks a 10 percent increase over last year’s 119 first-year students. Coursework is underway for the new class, which includes students ages 20 to 56. They hail from 35 undergraduate colleges and universities, where they pursued 34 undergraduate and graduate majors, including biology, chemistry, journalism, mathematics, music and religious studies. All but 10 students are from Michigan. Eleven of the new students are in Wayne Law’s evening program, eight are in a combined program of day and evening classes, and 112 chose to attend the day program. “I’m proud that with our boost in enrollment, we’ve also not only maintained but increased the caliber of our incoming students,” Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson said. She noted that the median LSAT score of the incoming class is 157, up from 156 last year, and the median grade point average is 3.42, up from 3.29.
WSU scientists discover mechanism for air pollution-induced liver disease, Sep 2, 2015
A research team led by Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., at the Wayne State University School of Medicine's Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, has discovered that exposure to air pollution has a direct adverse health effect on the liver and causes liver fibrosis, an illness associated with metabolic disease and liver cancer. Zhang, associate professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics and of Immunology and Microbiology, and his group have been studying the adverse health effects of air pollution from a unique perspective. While the major research efforts in the field were focused on the effects of air pollution on lung tissues and cardiovascular system, the Zhang lab studied the pathological effects and stress mechanisms of air pollution on the liver, the major organ of detoxification and metabolism. Their work demonstrated that inhalation exposure to high-concentration airborne particulate matter PM2.5 has direct effects on the liver, triggering liver fibrosis, a pathological condition characterized by accumulation of the extracellular matrix protein collagen that occurs in most types of chronic liver diseases. "Our work has a major impact on medical care and health policy-making for the populations under air pollution environment," Zhang said.


WSU president bikes 100 miles for scholarship funds, Aug 23, 2015
More than 1,100 cyclists signed up for the “The Baroudeur,” a French word meaning warrior — which is the nickname of the university’s sports teams. The brainchild of WSU President M. Roy Wilson, it’s the first urban bike ride event the university has organized. “It was a bigger turnout than we expected,” said Wilson. “We were hoping for close to 1,000.” Riders at the event chose one of four open road courses: a 20-, 50-, 62- or 100-mile ride, also called century. Wilson, an avid cyclist, was doing a century Saturday. “I wanted to bring this to Downtown Detroit and have people experience the university and the city,” Wilson said. “I’m hoping this is something we can do every year. We’re off to a good start.” Wilson said Saturday’s event was open to all and future Baroudeur rides will be, too. Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for students at the university.
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