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May 29, 2015

Wayne State provides local students with college experience
The office of Community Engagement@Wayne at Wayne State University is hosting its annual College JumpStart program. The program, which is free for all participating students, begins on July 26, 20...

May 28, 2015

Michigan’s University Research Corridor: Talent for a global economy
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (May 28, 2015) – Michigan’s leading research universities are magnets for top-notch talent, attracting, developing and retaining highly skilled individuals to propel Michi...
Wayne State now offering SAT BOOT CAMP for high school students
DETROIT – Community Engagement@Wayne, part of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University, is pleased to announce its new summer test prep course, SAT Boot Camp. SAT Boot Cam...

WSU In The News

Detroit Today takes a look at Wayne State's economic engine, May 26, 2015
Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson spoke with Ned Staebler, president and CEO of TechTown Detroit and vice president for Economic Development at Wayne State University. They discussed the revitalization of Detroit’s economy, how the business accelerator and incubator helps, and what role Wayne State plays.
Designing a difference: Wayne State students design swing for Carly, May 19, 2015
Dustin Chandler’s 4-year-old daughter, Carly, loves to swing. But, as she gets older, he feared this simple pleasure would be taken away from her since the swing can only handle 25 pounds. Carly suffers from the rare neurological condition CDKL5, and her disabilities make it impossible for her to use a traditional playground swing. Five Wayne State University freshman engineering students—Ahmed Alhamdani, Jennifer Ferrari, Lance Harmer, Taylor Heilig and David Tes and industrial design student Steven Patterson designed a swing that can accommodate Carly as she grows. Now known as “the swing kings,” Alhamdani, Ferrari, Harmer, Heilig and Tes started working on the project for their biomedical engineering class with Professor Michele Grimm, Patterson joined them as an independent study. “Our main goal of the project was to come up with a swing design that would enable users to continue using the swing as they grew older,” Alhamdani wrote. “The Wayne State group of students really took an interest in it. They’ve been great, they deserve all the credit,” Chandler said. “It’s a neat thing. It’s hard to describe that feeling to know they’re so committed to helping people they’ve never met. It’s something special.”
Will eating bugs go mainstream? WSU anthropology professor/entomophagy expert weighs in , May 10, 2015
A future in which cricket chips could be found on the shelves of an American grocery store next to their potato- and corn-based peers might not be that far off -- or at least that’s the hope of a number of start-ups selling food products that incorporate edible insects as key ingredients. A new paper published in the journal Food Quality and Preference argued that current strategies to focus on insects’ environmental and nutritional benefits are falling short. Instead, the authors suggest, the insects should not be treated as something that must be "hidden" and should also be presented in a way that's pleasing to all the senses -- as all food should be. Julie Lesnik, an anthropology professor at Wayne State University who specializes in entomophagy, told The Huffington Post that many Westerners have been taught from a young age to associate insects with the spread of disease or to think of them as agricultural pests, “a stigma translated into disgust and then we don’t eat them.” Further, from an evolutionary perspective, Lesnik notes that when humans first arrived in both Europe and America, it would have been covered in ice to such a degree that insects were not available as an edible resource. Today, thanks to our colder winters, most insects are still not available year-round, compared to the warmer climates where bug-eating is much more commonplace.
First Lady Michelle Obama visits Wayne State, May 3, 2015
First lady Michelle Obama talked to a rally of more than 2,000 Detroit high school students about the importance of committing to education beyond high school as part of her "Reach Higher" initiative. Obama spoke to the group from more than 40 Detroit high schools Friday at the city's first college signing day, hosted by the Detroit College Access Network at Wayne State University. More than 600 such college signing events are planned around the country. Obama told students that academic achievement should be just as celebrated as athletic accomplishments. She said every community should have a signing day celebrating the commitment to higher education.

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http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/04/27/michelle-obama-visit-detroit/26475029/
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2015/05/college_signing_day_isnt_just.html
http://wdet.org/posts/2015/05/01/80371-michelle-obama-talks-up-higher-education-at-wayne-state-rally/
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/first-lady-michelle-obama-to-visit-wayne-state-friday/32682142
http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/detroit/first-lady-michelle-obama-to-speak-to-students-friday-in-detroit
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/28950961/first-lady-to-speak-to-detroit-high-school-students
http://www.wjr.com/2015/05/01/first-lady-and-u-of-m-football-coach-jim-harbaugh-speak-to-high-school-students-at-wayne-state/
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/road-college-signing-day-starts-years-earlier/
http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2015/05/01/First-lady-speaks-to-Detroit-students-about-higher-education.html
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http://michronicleonline.com/2015/05/02/its-time-to-go-to-school-the-first-lady-brings-her-message-to-detroit/
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/05/04/making-big-deal-college-signing-day

Wayne State, Michigan State and U-M have $16.8 billion impact on Michigan's economy, study says, Apr 29, 2015
Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University drive $16.8 billion to the state's economy, according to a report released by the Anderson Economic Group. The eighth annual Economic Impact and Benchmark report on the University Research Corridor (URC) was released Tuesday by Anderson, which is based in East Lansing. The report compared the economic effect of the corridor to groups of universities in northern California, Illinois, southern California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Pennsylvania. "With a more than 50 percent increase in these areas in just eight years, URC universities are becoming a force to be reckoned with in developing new technologies and innovations," said URC Executive Director Jeff Mason. MSU, U-M and Wayne State make up the University Research Corridor, an alliance focused on "increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world," according to a statement from the URC. The $16.8 billion impact represents an increase from the previous report, when the economic impact of the URC was measured at $16.6 billion. The report states every dollar invested in MSU, U-M and WSU yielded a return of $21.

http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/04/michigan_state_u-m_and_wayne_s.html
http://esciencenews.com/articles/2015/04/29/research.seeks.alternatives.reducing.bacteria.fresh.produce.using.nanoengineering

Michelle Obama to speak to Detroit high schoolers Friday, Apr 27, 2015
First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Detroit Friday to celebrate the future of college-bound high school seniors. She will speak to more than 2,000 teens from 40 Detroit high schools during the first citywide College Signing Day, an enthusiasm-packed, pep rally-style event at Wayne State University. The White House said in a statement that Obama will "highlight the importance of students pursuing and completing a form of higher education, and students doing their part to answer the president's call for America to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world." The first lady will be joined by Ciara, a Grammy award-winning recording artist and education advocate. Mayor Mike Duggan will also speak. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the university's Matthaei Physical Education Center. The first lady is expected to talk for 10 to 15 minutes beginning at 12:15 p.m. The Mosaic Youth Theatre will be among the local performers tapped for the first lady's visit.

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http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/first-lady-michelle-obama-will-speak-to-detroit-students-on-friday/32601490

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