The Billy Joel Professor

By Shawn Wright, '14

When Joshua Duchan decided three years ago to write a book about Billy Joel, he hoped to score a brief phone interview with the Piano Man. Never in Duchan's wildest dreams did he expect to have lunch in the singer-songwriter's home near Oyster Bay, New York. Yet, there he was, enjoying a Caesar salad and receiving a lesson from Joel on the correct way to eat oysters. Read more...

Art + Soul = ArtSoul Therapy

By Cathy Nelson 

In addition to being graduates of Wayne State's Art Therapy program and founders of ArtSoul Therapy in Royal Oak, Lisa Crystal, M.Ed. '94, Tessa Bird, M.Ed. '01, and Erin Shahly, M.Ed. '10, have something else in common: they never planned on careers as art therapists.


Helping Grow Healthy Kids

By Peter A. Salinas

Throughout most of his young life a boy struggled with his weight, but last year with his classmates, teachers and parents cheering at the finish line, he completed what he thought he might never accomplish — a 5K run. Tim Podlewski, principal at Yake Elementary School, in Woodhaven, Michigan, says the student’s success was due, in large part, to the Building Healthy Communities program operated by the Wayne State University’s Center for Health and Community Impact. Read more...

One Baby at a Time

By Leslie Mertz 

When a modern American city has the same incidence of premature babies as a village in a Third World nation, something is amiss. But that is exactly what is happening in southeastern Michigan, according to Sonia Hassan, M.D., who is director of the Center for Advanced Obstetrical Care and Research. The center, which is housed at Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center, partners with the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


Web exclusive: Ten from Taiwan

Ten from Taiwan

10 members of Lo-Sun families make their way from Taiwan to Wayne State

By Carol Baldwin

Sze-Cheng “John” Lo (Ph.D. CLAS ’79) moved to America to learn about Taiwan.

After spending a year in the U.S., completing his master’s in biology and suffering a broken heart, he was ready to go home. But his mother – being a mom, after all – told him not to come home without his Ph.D.

Because that’s what moms do.

And Lo, being a good son, did what his mom instructed: He got his Ph.D. in biology in 1979, and followed it with postdoctoral work in the department of chemistry. He also married his old girlfriend’s roommate, started a family, moved back to Taiwan and has since watched nine more members of his family return to his WSU stomping grounds.


Web exclusive: Good chemistry

Dr. Avery Goldstein, CLAS ’88, chose Wayne State for science, athletics

Coming from a long line of Wayne State graduates, Dr. Avery Goldstein, CLAS ‘88, chose Wayne State University because of its excellent chemistry department as well as its offerings in athletics.

Goldstein’s mother and sisters both attended the university, and his grandfather attended Central High School — which is now Old Main. But the academics and the research opportunities finalized his decision to attend.

“My original interest in the university came when I chose Wayne State over Yale and Michigan State University,” Goldstein says. “I knew I wanted to study chemistry, and they had a great chemistry department. Also, I was a competitive fencer, and they had one of the best fencing programs in the country. I fenced foil.” 

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Web exclusive: Sense of adventure leads the way

Sense of adventure landed economics alum at Wayne State

Find what you’re passionate about, because only when you’re passionate about something will you have enough drive and energy to become great at it.

As an international student from Germany, Markus Krygier, CLAS ‘88, began his journey in the United States in pursuit of a master’s in economics. Having heard the experiences of other exchange students who attended Wayne State University, his choice was easy. Wayne State had a good relationship with the University of Freiburg in Germany, where Krygier spent his undergraduate years, so he quickly applied and was selected for the exchange program.




WSU Press turns 75

By Peggy O'Connor

What has 736 pages and explores the history, culture and psychology of Jews in Hungary?

It’s the longest book published by the Wayne State University Press: The Jews of Hungary: History, Culture, Psychology by Raphael Patai in 1996.

Academic publishers – or university presses – are often their institution’s best-kept secret. For those not in on that secret, Wayne State does, indeed, have its own academic publisher and it has served the university, the city and the state very well since its founding in 1941.


Zombies and monsters and guillotines, oh my!

By Annessa Carlisle

Diversity within the university setting often refers to the student body, but the faculty at Wayne State University, and their areas of expertise, also run the gamut. From the unusual to the undiscovered. these are unique areas of study that are distinctly Wayne State.

She Sees Zombies

Whether you believe zombies walk among us or not, Wayne State University professor Chera Kee sees them everywhere. The idea of the zombie has been a part of popular culture for almost a century. Today you can run but you can’t hide from zombies — they are on TV shows, movies, clothing, action figures, slot machines, and restaurant menus — and not just at Halloween. There are zombie walks, runs and conferences.


Web exclusive: 'A flagship collaboration'

WSU’s Technical Writing Initiative provides marketing support to community organizations via TechTown

By Kristin Palm

Lisa Podnar is facing a professional challenge. Her client, the manufacturer of a biometric gun lock, wants to convey that his product is manufactured in Detroit. But, because select components are made outside the country, the Federal Trade Commission will not approve a “Made in the USA” stamp.

Podnar’s team has designed a website mockup for their client, and their solution is to include subtle hints indicating the company’s Detroit base. The homepage background is a large photo snapped by Podnar on the Detroit riverfront, featuring the Spirit of Detroit, the Ren Cen and an American flag at half-mast. The “About” section explains the client’s roots in metro Detroit; his affiliation with TechTown Detroit, the Wayne State-affiliated business incubator that is a hub for Motor City innovation; and his belief that, given the city’s manufacturing history and “get it done” ethos, his product could not be made anywhere else.


Wayne Law names Richard Bierschbach as new dean
Richard Bierschbach has been selected to serve as the next dean of the Wayne State University Law School, ending a seven-month national search to replace former dean Jocelyn Benson. He will begin at Wayne State on Aug. 17, 2017. Read more... 

149 years and counting...

For thousands of Wayne State alumni, faculty and staff, the countdown has begun leading to the university’s sesquicentennial, marking 150 years of growth and commitment to higher education, research and the Detroit community. In May 1868, Wayne State University was officially founded as the Detroit Medical College. 

Get ready to ride in the Baroudeur

Register today for Wayne State's cycling event benefiting student scholarships. The Baroudeur is a fun, noncompetitive event that gives riders of all abilities an opportunity to explore the Motor City and surrounding area on two wheels while helping economically disadvantaged students pursue higher education.  

Alumni Association Names 2017 Alumni Awards Recipients

The Wayne State University Alumni Association has named John Walus, J.D. ’04, and Lance Werner, MLIS ’04, as recipients of its 2017 Alumni Awards Read more...

Boost Your Career with WSU's Cyber Range Hub

Cybersecurity professionals who want to bolster their knowledge, newcomers to the field, or mid-level professionals preparing for a career change can register for three new training options at Wayne State University's Cyber Range Hub. Read more...


Warriors In Action Showcases WSU's Impact


Recently named one of the nation's most innovative cities, Detroit is becoming known as a powerhouse in technological and entrepreneurial ingenuity - and Wayne State University is at the heart of it all. Read more...

President Wilson Named Chair-Elect of AAMC
Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson has been named chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges board of directors. The AAMC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Read more... 

WSU is at the Forefront of Automotive and Manufacturing Innovation

Detroit is the birthplace of the auto industry. And while the city is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, the region remains a global leader in manufacturing and automotive production. Wayne State and its students are at the forefront of everything from automotive safety and autonomous vehicles to sustainable manufacturing global supply chain management and advanced materials manufacturing. Read more...


Wayne Law Clinic Charity Exceeds Goal by 313%

Ten families will have a warmer holiday season thanks to a donation drive supported by students, faculty, staff and friends of the Wayne State University Law School. Read more...

Alumnus Joique Bell Returns to the Detroit Lions

Joique Bell will make his season debut with the Lions the same weekend that he will graduate from Wayne State with a master's degree in sports administration. Read more...

Wayne State named among 50 Safest Large Colleges and Universities in America

College Choice has named Wayne State one of the safest large universities in America. Their ranking takes into account several factors, including health, security issues, violence against women and discrimination to assess the safety and overall wellness of students. Read more… 

Math Corps receives national award for commitment to Detroit kids

Math Corps, a combined academic and mentoring program for Detroit Public School students, has helped thousands of Detroit's inner-city kids graduate from high school and go on to college. Read more...

Warriors in Action showcase WSU’s involvement in alleviating health disparities

From prenatal to end-of-life care, Wayne State is a national leader in health disparities research and advocacy, with a mission to achieve health equity across diverse populations. Check out videos, stories and events that showcase the many initiatives and individuals committed to eradicating health disparities. Read more...

McGregor Fund gift will help at-risk students succeed at Wayne State
Wayne State University has received $200,000 from the McGregor Fund to develop a comprehensive plan for students who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, as well as those experiencing difficulty in meeting basic non-academic needs. Read more...

Wayne State offers fast track to bachelor's plus law degree

Wayne State University students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years through a new LawStart program. WSU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors College and Law School have joined forces to create the accelerated degree program for high-performing students. Read more...

School of Medicine celebrates 283 new medical doctors
At 21 years old, Ola Hadaya, M.D., is likely the youngest doctor the School of Medicine has ever graduated. The new physician, who next month will begin a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is one of 283 men and women who earned the title of doctor May 16 at the school's 148th commencement and hooding ceremony. Read more...

WSU Launches Warriors in Action

From water and urban farming to sustainability, green technologies and more, WSU’s urban location provides its students with opportunities to make a difference in Detroit and beyond through multidisciplinary pathways in the arts, sciences, engineering, law, medicine, pharmacy and business. Wayne State recently launched the website to showcase the university and surrounding community's impact on the environment. Read More...

Help WSU students excel in EcoCAR 3 challenge

Wayne State is the only university in Michigan accepted to participate in the premiere hybrid electric vehicle design competition that challenges teams to re-engineer a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid electric vehicle. The women-led team, recently featured in Glamour magazine, needs your help! They are asking alumni to take a brief survey to get input on attitudes and preferences related to hybrid vehicles. Click here to help them out.

Wayne State University names Keith Whitfield provost

Keith Whitfield, vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University and an expert on aging among African Americans, has been named provost of Wayne State University effective June 1, 2016. The WSU Board of Governors approved Whitfield’s appointment at its April 1 meeting.

Whitfield also holds Duke appointments as professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, research professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, read more...

Wayne State ranked among top in world for academic quality

One of the world’s most comprehensive rankings of academic quality has classified Wayne State University as 67th in the United States and 225th worldwide.

The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) 2015-16 World University Rankings, compiled by Middle East Technical University, gathered data on 2,500 higher education institutions  Read more...

President Wilson honored with INSIGHT Into Diversity’s 2016 Giving Back Award

Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson has been given the 2016 Giving Back award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for his work to propel underrepresented students toward science careers and increase the diversity of WSU’s campus, among other initiatives.

Wilson will be featured, along with 26 other recipients, in the April 2016 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue ofINSIGHT Into Diversitythe largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. READ MORE...

Class of 1959 alumna's annual gifts support public health students beyond the classroom

Seven students enrolled in the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health degree program were given the opportunity to attend three national academic conferences in 2015, thanks to annual gifts from Class of 1959 alumna and legacy donor Ann Lewicki, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Lewicki’s gifts provided funds for professional memberships and conference fees for students to present at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago, the American Association for Cancer Research Conference... READ MORE

DTE Energy gift aims to improve retention, graduation rates
Wayne State has received three grants totaling nearly $1.4 million from the DTE Energy Foundation.  The grants are part of the Foundation’s efforts to power the Michigan economy by ensuring graduates have the skills and talents to achieve career success in the state. Read more...

Has a special teacher inspired you?

Do you have a teacher who changed your life for the better? The Wayne State University College of Education is asking people to publicly recognize your favorite teachers by sharing their stories online. It’s part of a campaign called “Because of You, I…” — aimed at reminding people of the difference teachers make, and to inspire people to consider a career in education. Read more...

How Midtown Became Detroit's Safest Neighborhood

Collaboration between institutions and law enforcement agencies, led by Chief Anthony Holt and the Wayne State Police, has led to a 52 percent reduction in crime in Midtown since 2008. Click here to read the article that was originally featured in Model D.

Burns named VP for development and alumni affairs
Wayne State University has named Susan E. Burns as vice president for development and alumni affairs and president of the Wayne State University Foundation, effective Feb. 8, 2016.

The appointment will return Burns to her alma mater, where she previously served in various development leadership positions from 2001-08, including vice president for development and alumni affairs and president of the Wayne State University Foundation. Read more...