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.”
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.
Web exclusive: Alumna combines love of science with law
Never be afraid to take the unexpected path. Mary McLemore, CLAS ’80, LAW ’85 took a surprising turn during her time at Wayne State that ended up changing her life.
After earning a biological sciences degree, McLemore continued her scientific studies in the master’s program at WSU. But then she stopped and went to law school. “I was late coming to that conclusion,” McLemore says of her decision to switch studies.
“To be honest, it started with a discussion in the bar with someone who was in law school. After studying one night, my friend and I ran into his friend from law school. It was the conversation that night that started me down the path to law.”