Tip sheet

Wayne State University experts available to comment on trending topics for November

Wayne State University's PR team compiles a list of university experts who can speak about trending topics and significant milestones each month.

To reach an expert, contact:

Ted Montgomery, 313-577-5699, tedmontgomery@wayne.edu

Tom Reynolds, 313-577-8093, treynolds@wayne.edu

NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH – NOVEMBER

Diabetes is the third leading killer in this country. It is also, in most cases, highly preventable. What can you do on a daily basis to minimize your chances of getting diabetes?

Zhiqiang Cao, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has conducted research into the development of an insulin-delivery device and other technology to diagnose and treat diabetes. 

Anjan Kowluru, distinguished professor of pharmaceutical sciences and VA senior research career scientist, has been conducting diabetes research for over two decades. He is prepared to discuss the mechanisms underlying the onset of diabetes and diabetic complications.

Berhane Seyoum, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, Division of Endocrinology, is prepared to discuss prevention and, in particular, the growing problem of diabetes in the Detroit area.

CHILD SAFETY PROTECTION MONTH – NOVEMBER

What are the best practices for keeping your child safe at home, in the car and in school?

Lt. Dave Scott, Crime Prevention Section, Wayne State University Police Department, is ready to talk about child safety in various environments and measures to ensure their safety.

NATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT MONTH – NOVEMBER

What are the employment trends in industries, small business, global economy and technology? As students, mid-career professionals, individuals with special needs and retirees enter the job market, what are their work options, career opportunities and potential obstacles?

Susan Gabel, professor of inclusive education, is ready discuss working with individuals with special needs in the workforce. 

Nannette McCleary, university counselor – career planning, is prepared to address career development topics.

Shawn Turner-Pewitt, university counselor and career planning expert, is ready to explore the topic.

NATIONAL FAMILY LITERACY MONTH – NOVEMBER

NATIONAL FAMILY LITERACY DAY – NOVEMBER 1

Kathryn Roberts, associate professor of reading, language and literature, is available to discuss how to engage families in early literacy development and provide tips for parents who want to raise avid readers. She can also discuss early literacy, comprehension, informational literacy and visual literacy.

NATIONAL YOUNG READERS WEEK - NOVEMBER 4-8

Gina DeBlase, associate professor of reading, language and literature, is ready to discuss the importance of reading as it relates to digital literacies and adolescent identities, writing development and instruction, and inquiry-based instruction.

U.S. GENERAL ELECTION DAY – NOVEMBER 6

Why is it important to vote in non-presidential elections? What's at stake locally and statewide?

With the legalization of marijuana on the ballot, Randall Commissaris, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is prepared to discuss his research on the impact of marijuana on driving ability. His team is working to help determine a measurement for THC akin to the standard 0.08 blood alcohol level.

Marc Kruman, professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Citizenship, is ready to talk about the importance of exercising our right to vote as U.S. citizens.

VETERANS DAY – NOVEMBER 11

How is Veterans Day celebrated nationwide? What do veterans do on this day?

Matthew McLain, assistant director, Wayne State's Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence, is prepared to discuss how Veterans Day is observed.

Geralyn Stephens, associate professor of career and technical education, can discuss Wayne State's involvement in the Troops to Teachers Program, a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel and veterans begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK - NOVEMBER 12-16

Roland Sintos Coloma, assistant dean of the Division of Teacher Education, is ready to talk about the importance of public education and the role Wayne State University plays to ensure children in metro Detroit have access to quality education.

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY – NOVEMBER 15

Our fundraising experts can talk about how philanthropy makes a difference in countless lives.

Tracy Utech, associate vice president, principal gifts, Wayne State University, can talk about the significance of philanthropy in our society.

AMERICA RECYCLES DAY – NOVEMBER 15

Does recycling really make a difference? Our expert can give you the hard facts about how recycling makes a positive difference in this country.

Daryl Pierson, sustainability coordinator, Wayne State University Office of Sustainability, is available to examine the importance of recycling both at home and the workplace.

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT – NOVEMBER 15

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Learn about tips to help you quit.

Michele Cote, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of oncology and associate center director for education population science, is ready to talk about the Great American Smokeout and tips to quit smoking.

NATIONAL TOLERANCE DAY – NOVEMBER 16

Many of today's societal issues are rooted in intolerance. Our expert can talk to you about intolerance and building an inclusive community.

Marquita Chamblee, Wayne State University associate provost for diversity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer, is prepared to discuss intolerance and building an inclusive community.

WORLD PEACE DAY – NOVEMBER 17

Our expert can talk to you about the origins of this day and what it means to hawks and doves alike.

Frederic Pearson, professor of political science and director of Wayne State University's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, is available to discuss World Peace Day.

THANKSGIVING – NOVEMBER 22

How to avoid gaining weight over the long holiday weekend. Our nutritionist expert can offer tips on how you can enjoy yourself without the guilt that comes from overeating and drinking too much.

Kai-Lin Catherine Jen, nutritionist and professor in the department of nutrition and food science, can provide tips to avoid overeating as the holiday season approaches.

BLACK FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 24

The origins of how our obsession with shopping led to the establishment of this relatively new "holiday." Americans' rampant consumerism and desire for material goods says a lot about us as a society. Our expert can explain what all of this means.

Jeffrey Stoltman, associate professor of marketing and director of entrepreneurship and innovation programs, is prepared to examine the origins of Black Friday and offer a historical analysis of the year's biggest shopping day.