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Survey: State's economy growing

A new monthly survey of purchasing managers by Wayne State University's School of Business Administration and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the Institute for Supply Management released Tuesday indicated the local economy continued to expand during May. Nitin Paranjpe, an economist and faculty member in WSU's business school, said the May increase was a result of growth in production and new orders, and improvement in employment activity. http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2010/06/08/business/doc4c0ee2ab71417901121336.txt
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Wayne State researcher calls for dramatic shift In cancer research

For decades, cancer has been believed to be caused by a sequential accumulation of common gene mutations, with the identification, characterization and targeting of common genetic alterations and their defined pathways dominating the field. Henry Heng, associate professor in Wayne State's Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, is challenging this notion, however, with evidence that the general mechanism of cancer occurs at the level of the genome, not the gene. Heng published a study in a recent edition of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry that represents an important illustration of the evolutionary mechanism of cancer. http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2785&DateTime=6%2F8%2F2010+2%3A22%3A57+PM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE
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Wayne State mulls fate of diversity award named after Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas, Wayne State alum and journalist who was formerly a member of the Washington D.C. press corps, has resigned her position with Hearst as a columnist. This move follows in the wake of her remarks Monday that were denounced as anti-Semitic. Ben Burns, director of Wayne State's journalism program and former reporter for United Press International, is quoted in the story. Two Wayne State students were interviewed on campus in the Fox 2 story. http://detroit.blogs.time.com/2010/06/08/hearing-helen/ http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/06/08/University-reviews-Thomas-diversity-award/UPI-65431276035462/ http://www.globe-democrat.com/news/2010/jun/08/university-reviews-thomas-diversity-award/ http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=999&DateTime=6%2F8%2F2010+12%3A35%3A23+PM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=1014&DateTime=6%2F8%2F2010+5%3A26%3A02+PM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=1004&DateTime=6%2F8%2F2010+5%3A35%3A34+PM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=1480&DateTime=6%2F9%2F2010+6%3A52%3A04+AM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=1275&DateTime=6%2F9%2F2010+6%3A56%3A33+AM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=130&DateTime=6%2F9%2F2010+8%3A39%3A32+AM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE

Wayne State researcher calls for dramatic shift In cancer research

For decades, cancer has been believed to be caused by a sequential accumulation of common gene mutations, with the identification, characterization and targeting of common genetic alterations and their defined pathways dominating the field. Henry Heng, associate professor in Wayne State's Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, is challenging this notion, however, with evidence that the general mechanism of cancer occurs at the level of the genome, not the gene. Heng published a study in a recent edition of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry that represents an important illustration of the evolutionary mechanism of cancer. "Considering cancer as an evolutionary process is vital to both basic research and clinical applications," Heng said. "Unfortunately, most previous efforts have focused on individual cancer genes, which represent only a small part of the evolutionary story of cancer. A growing body of evidence suggests that no distinguishable pattern can be discerned from single gene studies. Instead, it appears that finding a general mechanism will require us looking to the system as a whole -- the genome." http://www.wwj.com/Wayne-State-Researcher-Calls-For-Dramatic-Shift-In/7408668

U.S. surgeon general at WSU med school commencement today

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin is speaking at the Wayne State Medical School commencement ceremony today. The graduation is being held at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. http://www.detnews.com/article/20100608/SCHOOLS/6080380/1026/local/U.S.-surgeon-general-at-WSU-med-school-commencement-today http://www.fox33.com/category/story/?id=232367 http://www.wdetfm.org/article/surgeon-general-to-address-wayne-state-students http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20100608/APN/1006080574

DPS closing 32 buildings in June

While Detroit Public Schools will shut 32 schools this month -- nearly a fifth of the district\'s schools -- it\'s also launching new approaches to instruction with a teacher-run academy and a medical training-focused high school. Northwestern, which was slated to close and become home to alternative education students, will become the site in 2011 for Ben Carson Academy, a small high school program focusing on medical professions. It\'s being developed with the help of Wayne State University and a $50,000 planning grant.

Erb Family Foundation announces $1.2 million in grants

The Erb Family Foundation has awarded 19 grants totaling $1.23 million for environmental and arts/cultural initiatives in the metropolitan Detroit region, Crain\'s Detroit Business reports. Grants include $100,000 to InsideOut Literary Arts Project to work with Detroit Public Television, the Arts League of Michigan, the Matrix Theatre Company, Wayne State University Press and other local groups to present events throughout the year that celebrate the achievements of women poets.
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Bomba king Osvaldo 'Ozzie' Rivera: A Motown oracle for modern times

A feature story about Osvaldo \"Ozzie\" Rivera, educator, musician, activist and historian, notes that he was a founding member of Latino en Marcha Leadership Training Program at Wayne State University. This group was the predecessor to the WSU's Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies. He was recently a featured voice in "Regional Roots: The Birth and Evolution of Detroit and its People," a documentary by One of Us Films and WSU's Detroit Orientation Institute.

Wayne State mulls fate of diversity award named after Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas, Wayne State alum and journalist who was formerly a member of the Washington D.C. press corps, has resigned her position with Hearst as a columnist. This move follows in the wake of her remarks Monday that were denounced as anti-Semitic. Ben Burns, director of Wayne State's journalism program and former reporter for United Press International, is quoted in the story. http://www.freep.com/article/20100608/NEWS01/6080366/1320/WSU-mulls-fate-of-award-named-after-Thomas http://www.freep.com/article/20100608/NEWS07/6080367/1322/White-House-icon-retires-after-controversial-remark http://www.detnews.com/article/20100608/OPINION03/6080312/1348/local/Legendary+career+caves+in+on+Helen+Thomas http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2790&DateTime=6%2F8%2F2010+8%3A13%3A05+AM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/06/longtime_washington_journalist.html http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2785&DateTime=6%2F7%2F2010+9%3A42%3A37+PM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE
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Could Time Inc. donate the 'Assignment Detroit' house to local journalists?

A group of panelists, who attended last weekend's Journalism That Matters conference, suggested that Time Inc. should donate to local reporters the house that serves as the "Assignment Detroit" project headquarters. Time launched Assignment Detroit in September, and bought a $99,000 house in Detroit\'s West Village to serve as a home base for journalists from such outlets as Time Magazine, Fortune, CNNMoney.com, Essence and Sports Illustrated. The company told the Detroit Free Press in August that it plans to donate the house to charity when the project ends. Juanita Anderson, Wayne State University assistant professor of media arts and studies, is noted as one of the panelists.

Wayne County news briefs: Surgeon general to be WSU speaker

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is scheduled to deliver the commencement address Tuesday for the Wayne State University School of Medicine. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. Nearly 280 students are earning medical degrees. http://www.freep.com/article/20100606/NEWS02/6060528/1001/News http://www.clickondetroit.com/community/23798327/detail.html http://www.courant.com/news/chi-ap-mi-wayne-surgeongene,0,4393513.story http://www.fox33.com/category/story/?id=231739 http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2010/06/us_surgeon_general_dr_regina_b.html
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Intern of the Year: Yan Isayev, 21

Yan Isayev, a Wayne State University student scheduled to graduate with a bachelor's degree in honors finance in December, is on internship number four with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. This is some achievement, since the insurer doesn\'t have a formal intern rotation program. Isayev was so impressive during his first internship in corporate communications that he was invited back for a second in corporate marketing, then a third in business intelligence and now a fourth in information technology.