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Media Reports for December 2012

December 30

This week in Michigan history: The Bonstelle Theatre begins dazzling audiences
The Bonstelle Theatre, designed by architect Albert Kahn and opened in 1903 as the Temple Beth-El, opened as an entertainment venue on Jan. 1, 1925. What was then called the Bonstelle Playhouse was...

December 28

With strike threat looming, Wayne State and professors talk through the holidays
With the threat of a faculty strike looming, both sides in Wayne State University contract talks say they'll continue working toward a deal. The two sides have met over the holidays, and additional...

December 20

Michigan Public Radio broadcast features WSU team behind Street Medicine Detroit
Street Medicine Detroit, a WSU School of Medicine student organization that involves medical students providing treatment for the homeless, was featured in “Stateside" with Cynthia Canty on NPR’s M...

December 19

Judge stops forfeiture procedures to seize home of MI Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway
A federal judge has temporarily stopped forfeiture procedures to seize the home of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway. The move could signal that change is afoot behind the scenes, rangi...
Guest commentary: Don't gut medical research funding in fiscal cliff talks
Three University of Michigan health care officials warn in an op-ed that medical research is in jeopardy due to automatic funding cuts that could take effect soon if Washington does not address res...
Book by WSU physics professor among MSNBC's top picks for 2012
Wayne State University physics professor Peter M. Hoffman’s book titled “Life’s Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order From Chaos” (Basic Books) is among this year’s picks for books about sc...
WSU professor invents system to detect invasive species in ship ballast water
A Wayne State University researcher is working to create a device ships can carry to avoid bringing new invasive species into the Great Lakes. Jeffrey Ram, professor of physiology in the WSU School...
News outlets report WSU graduate Victor Chukwueke to remain in U.S. under special legislation
A Nigerian student who has battled illness and fought to remain in the U.S. since moving to Michigan more than a decade ago will be allowed to stay under legislation that received final congression...

December 18

Wayne State police crime statistics report shows declines, details recent incidents
There were fewer larcenies, vehicle thefts, aggravated assaults and sex offenses at Wayne State University in the first ten months of 2012 than there were through October of 2011, according to new ...
Detroit News art critic highlights African art exhibit at WSU's Elaine Jacob Gallery
The purpose behind artistic creation gets the once-over in a show about African art that focus on very different human impulses. "When Art Works: African Utilitarian Objects from the Faxon Collecti...
CFPCA dean speaks with Craig Fahle about communication during a crisis after Sandy Hook incident
In the aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Craig Fahle spoke with Matthew W. Seeger, dean of WSU’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, and crisis and emergen...
Media outlets report Jocelyn Benson named interim dean of WSU's law school
Wayne State University Monday announced the appointment of Jocelyn Benson as interim dean of the Law School. Benson, an associate professor, has been a member of the law faculty since 2005 and is t...

December 17

Mental illness and violent crimes
Dr. Gerald Shiener, Wayne State University assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences in the School of Medicine, spoke with Craig Fahle about the various psych...
Hilberry Theatre to present Michigan premiere of 'Detroit' by Lisa D'Amour
The Hilberry Theatre will continue to celebrate its 50th season with the Michigan premiere of the new play "Detroit" by award-winning playwright Lisa D'Amour. "Detroit" has only been produced in th...
Bankruptcy law professor quoted in Crain's article analyzing emergency manager act in Detroit
Detroit's scramble for one last financial foothold before slipping into the hands of an emergency manager or a federal bankruptcy judge should gain intensity this week. The Legislature last week ap...
WSU online education expert comments in article examining student progress at Mass. Virtual Academy
Students at a privately operated online school that is costing Massachusetts taxpayers almost $2.5 million a year are falling far behind other students in the state based on their assessment test s...

December 16

MARY KRAMER: Are women single-issue voters?
Crain’s Detroit Business publisher Mary Kramer discusses the question in her opinion column: “Would Gov. Snyder sign into law what many view as the most regressive new laws governing abortion proce...
Detroit News publishes editorial by WSU clinical researcher examing health disparities in Detroit
Jenny Mahn, a clinical research coordinator at Wayne State University, opined about health disparities as it relates to unequal access to and differences in health care. In 2006 Mahn accepted an in...
WSU experts discuss the "fiscal cliff" as part of a Craig Fahle Show roundtable
Wayne State University experts Lyke Thompson, director of the Center for Urban Studies; William Volz, professor of accounting; and labor historian Mike Smith talked about the “fiscal cliff” during ...

December 13

Gun law legislation discussion
Wayne State University Board of Governors Vice-Chair Debbie Dingell participated in a discussion on gun law legislation which is now awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature. Changes to the concealed ...
Detroit police remain unclear on handling of marijuana possession in wake of legalization
Detroit voters overwhelmingly supported decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana in November, but so far it doesn't appear anything has changed from the government or legal perspectives. Not...
Two Wayne State professors named AAAS Fellows
Stephanie Brock and Arthur Suits, professors of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advance...
FOX 2 news reports on WSUPD's successful crime reduction efforts
Fox 2 reported on the successful efforts of Wayne State’s police department (WSUPD) in fighting smash and grab thefts in the Midtown area. Wayne State crime expert David Martin tells law enforcemen...
Mlive.com reports crime down 42 percent around Midtown, according to WSU police chief
Wayne State University Police Chief Anthony Holt says that although he will not have exact figures until Thursday, crimes reported on the campus of Wayne State University and the surrounding neighb...

December 12

DEARBORN: Fordson students start WSU water group
Five Fordson High graduates now attending Wayne State University are participating in the National Student Water Association. Next spring Muhamad Chbib, Abess Makki, Rashid Al-Mehdi, Ali Mourad and...
Detroit News story highlighting discovery of mastodon bone includes analysis from WSU geology professor
Two Metro Detroit boys have found a mastodon bone in the 24 Mile and Dequindre area. A research scientist with the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills confirmed the fossil the boys s...
WSU labor expert comments in Christian Science Monitor about right to work law
Now that GOP-led Michigan lawmakers have approved a so-called right-to-work law, the next question becomes this: Should they be worried about reprisal? “When the unions made the effort to push thro...

December 11

Wayne State's Marick Masters discusses 'Right To Work' laws
Marick Masters, director of labor studies at Wayne State University, appeared on “The Hays Advantage” hosted by Kathleen Hays and Vonnie Quinn.” Masters says "statistical evidence shows that right-...
Right-to-work effects
Marick Masters, labor expert at Wayne State University, commented about the effects that will be felt following passage of the right-to-work law in Michigan. He said unions are going to have to rea...
Right-to-Work controversy
Marick Masters, professor of business and political science at Wayne State University, commented in two segments about the right-to-work legislation which is expected to be signed today by Gov. Ric...
Commentary: 'Lame duck' wrong time to push controversial legislation
Elizabeth Faue, Wayne State University history professor, is critical of the Michigan Legislature’s efforts to push controversial bills, such as right-to-work, during its lame-duck session. In an o...
Two Wayne State University Press titles included in Detroit News' "books that make an imprint" list
“Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations” by Michael H. Hodges (Wayne State University Press), and "Coney Detroit" by Katherine Yung and Joe Grimm (Wayne State University Press) made the list of Detr...
Healthcare Weekly Review reports DMC, Wayne State help launch major study that could lead to breakthrough in managing “treatment-resistant” hypertension
The Detroit Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute and the Wayne State University School of Medicine have begun enrolling patients in a pioneering new study that could lead to a dramatic breakthro...

December 10

Marick Masters comments about right-to-work law in Wall Street Journal article
The Michigan legislature's rapid initial passage on Thursday of right-to-work legislation could set the stage for battles in other states over union power in the workplace. In 2012, 22 states consi...
Wayne State's Dr. Smitherman discusses Obamacare on MSNBC
Dr. Herbert C. Smitherman Jr., assistant dean of community and urban health at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine, was a guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s program exploring the chall...
Observer & Eccentric profiles Bloomfield couple who gave $1M for neurology research fund
The Wayne State University School of Medicine got a big boost from Bloomfield Hills residents Sindgi Dattu Sastry and Pushpa Sastry who gave $1 million to create the Sastry Foundation Clinical Neur...

December 9

College of Nursing Associate Dean quoted in Hour Detroit about at-home blood pressure testing
Taking your blood pressure at home is a proven way to get a reliable result, and a handy way to keep tabs on your health. Hypertension is the No. 1 reason for doctor visits in this country, and one...
WSU labor expert comments in a Detroit News article examining right-to-work law
A right-to-work law in Michigan, home to 671,000 unionized employees, could further deteriorate the membership, finances and political clout of labor unions. Gov. Rick Snyder says the law will spar...
Detroit media outlets cover "Always Sonny!" tribute at Wayne State
Longtime fans, old-school friends, close media companions and academic associates came together Thursday to celebrate the colorful life and more than 60-year career of hall-of-fame broadcaster Sonn...

December 6

Right-to-work law
During a story on the passage of the right-to-work law, Wayne State University professor and labor expert Marick Masters predicts passage of the right-to-work law will lead to lower wages and benef...
Student says Art as Activism class at Wayne State changed his life
An article highlights Wayne State University’s Urbanology: Art as Activism course offered through the Department of Art and Art History. Students, along with WSU associate professor Marilyn Zimmerm...
News reports highlight findings from the Wayne State Transportation Research Group's seat belt survey
A new survey conducted by the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group reveals that seat belt use in Michigan has risen to 84.9 percent in commercial motor vehicle drivers. That's up co...
Wayne State student uses education to manage roles, help Detroit
Norman Dotson’s various roles as dedicated Detroit advocate, skilled engineer, innovative entrepreneur, ambitious leader, supportive mentor and focused student would leave many people feeling compl...
Always Sonny: Detroit Celebrates A Legend
WWJ news anchor Jayne Bower, who worked with Sonny Eliot for many years, reminisced with WDET's Pat Batcheller about his life. Bower talked about her first impression when she met him and shared st...

December 5

If new home built for Red Wings, will the beloved Joe have to go?
Prospects for a new $650-million downtown Detroit sports arena and entertainment district that would provide new home ice for the Detroit Red Wings prompts questions about the future of Joe Louis A...
Ned Staebler quoted in Mlive article examining state economic development initiatives
Mlive, 12/4 Job-creation push spawns flurry of numbers, opinions By Rick Haglund Comparing various kinds of economic development initiatives for their impact on jobs and economic growth often is...
WSU researcher's work could result in shorter, sharper MRI scans, earlier diagnoses
Diagnoses of cancer, heart disease, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis could happen faster with technology being developed by a Wayne State University researcher. Matthew Allen, assistant professor o...

December 4

Karmanos Cancer Center first in Midwest to offer latest Molecular Breast Imaging
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center is the first hospital in the Midwest to offer the newest molecular breast imaging device – GE Healthcare's Discovery* NM750b. This molecular breast imaging (M...
Huffington Post profiles WSU student Bianca Ibarlucea for "Illuminating Chinatown"
On Nov. 24, at Cass and Peterboro, Detroit's Chinatown, 100 Flying Paper Lanterns were launched into the sky. The event was organized by Bianca Ibarlucea, a Wayne State University junior, for a cla...
U.S. manufacturing index shrinks to 3-year low; region sees similar drop
U.S. manufacturing shrank in November to its weakest level since July 2009, one month after the Great Recession ended. Concerns about automatic tax increases in the new year cut demand for factory ...
Patch online publications highlight WSU student commencement speaker Yelena Sukhoterina
Yelena Sukhoterina, a Troy resident and graduate of Rochester High School, will be the commencement speaker for Wayne State University's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) g...
Wayne State's Tonia Reinhard discusses superfoods that combat the cold and flu
Tonia Reinhard, senior lecturer in nutrition and food science at Wayne State University, offers tips on immune-boosting, nutrient-dense “superfoods” that will help improve your body’s ability to fi...

December 3

Suit seeks to overturn ban on women in combat
The American Civil Liberties Union and four female members of the U.S. military are filing a federal lawsuit challenging the ban against women serving in direct combat positions. They claim the ban...
Engineering Professor Cynthia Bir comments in Crain's article about crash test dummy technology
Cynthia Bir, professor of biomedical engineering at Wayne State University and a regular guest on ESPN’s Emmy-winning “Sports Science,” comments about crash test dummy technology used in the automo...
CBS Detroit reports Wayne State research fellow wins Young Investigator Award
Saptarshi Kar, a post-doctoral research fellow in the Wayne State University Department of Biomedical Engineering, won the Young Investigator Award at the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medic...
Lansing State Journal publishes Dean Barbara Redman's op-ed on the Affordable Care Act and its implications
Barbara Redman, dean of Wayne State University’s College of Nursing, wrote an op-ed about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its implications on health care delivery, in particular. ...

December 2

Wayne State part of international effort to understand chemical movement, processes in oceans
A Wayne State University researcher is working to advance understanding of the movement of chemical compounds through the world's oceans. Mark Baskaran, professor of geology in the College of Liber...
Wayne Law Honors Convocation celebrates student achievement and donors' generosity
More than 80 scholarships, fellowships, awards and prizes were presented to accomplished students at the Wayne State University Law School Honors Convocation Nov. 14. The ceremony recognizes except...
Berkley woman honored for work with disabled
It is hard to doubt Angela Martin's passion for helping families and individuals with disabilities. Not only is the Berkley resident committed to helping her younger sister with a disability live a...
Purchasing Managers Index shows SE Michigan economy slowed in November
The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for November is at 51.9, dropping eight points from the October PMI of 58.9 and indicating slowing growth in the Southeast Michigan economy. D...
Study focuses on returning wounded soldiers to meaningful civilian lives
Record numbers of soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with serious spinal cord injuries (SCI). Medical advancements can help heal their physical wounds, but little is known about how t...

December 1

New grant will help support foster youth in college
When a child grows up in the foster care system, they face some unique challenges as college students. They may lack the financial and emotional support their classmates get from families. The Mic...
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