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Detroit Orientation Institute offers spring session

The Detroit Orientation Institute (DOI) at Wayne State University is now accepting applications for the spring session scheduled on three consecutive Tuesdays, April 25, May 2 and May 9. The DOI offers a historical perspective and candid look at Detroit and the metro region. The sessions are especially beneficial to newcomers or anyone wishing to learn about the city and metro area. Business executives, professionals from nonprofit organizations, university faculty, high school teachers and administrators, government administrators and journalists typically attend. Contact information is provided, including the DOI\'s Web site address at www.doi.wayne.edu.

The Gay Moralist: Open relationships and double standards

As I embark upon a week\'s worth of same-sex marriage debates with Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family (details below), I am bracing myself for his arguments. Please join me as I debate Glenn Stanton at Wayne State University in Detroit on February 13 at 7 p.m. in Community Arts Auditorium; at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids on February 15 at 4 p.m. in Kirkhof Center Grand River Room; and at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant on February 16 at 7 p.m. in Bovee University Center Auditorium. All events are free and open to the public. Dr. John Corvino teaches philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit . He writes bi-weekly for BTL and occasionally for the Independent Gay Forum www.indegayforum.org.
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WSU professor interviewed on WWJ

Sally Roberts, assistant professor in Wayne State 's College of Education (COE), was interviewed by WWJ's Greg Bowman during his "Making the Grade" segment. Roberts talked about the COE's GO-GIRL (Gaining Options-Girls Investigate Real Life) program expanding nationally. The 10-week, semester program, created for seventh-grade girls from public and private schools in the Detroit metropolitan area, is designed to help students develop mathematical confidence, skills and conceptual understanding by integrating mathematics and social science research. Registration and background information about GO-GIRL was provided including Web site materials located at: http://www.gogirls.wayne.edu.

Readers see education gap tapping in China

Columnist Carol Cain mentions that she has received a lot of mail on her Dec. 5th column, "China Land of Opportunity." Many readers mentioned the e-learning report by Tom Watkins, former state school superintendent that looked at how Michigan stacks up against China . (See it at www.coe.wayne.edu).\"I thought (Wayne County Executive Robert) Ficano, (Oakland County Executive L. Brooks) Patterson, (Butzel Long attorney Peter) Theut and Watkins all had very valid observations. Obviously, China can no longer be ignored by Corporate America. The main ingredient for success is to raise the bar for our educational system. Watkins\' recent report issued while he was at WSU ( Wayne State University ) is terrific.\"

China: land of opportunity

"If we do not understand how fundamentally the world has changed with the emergence of 1.3 billion new Chinese capitalists and instant communication through technology and take swift action to respond, we will become irrelevant and an economic backwater," said Tom Watkins, former Michigan school superintendent, who has traveled extensively in China . Recently, he released a report while working at Wayne State University . It examines learning in Michigan compared to China . See it at: www.coe.wayne.edu.
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Still standing - Chicago duo does Detroit definitively

Mazzei, the arts writer for Metro Times wrote an extensive review of the new Wayne State University Press book -- American City : Detroit Architecture1845-2005. The review includes nine color photos of some of the buildings featured in the book --http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=8550. The book covers the work of such renowned architects as Daniel Burnham, Stanford White, Cass Gilbert, Frank Lloyd Wright, Minoru Yamasaki and Philip Johnson. The project started a couple of years ago when two guys on assignment for The New York Times came to Detroit to do a story about the renovation of the Book-Cadillac Hotel. Architecture critic Robert Sharoff and photographer William Zbaren decided to walk around downtown and were so fascinated with the buildings that they decided to collaborate on a book. The result is an informative, gorgeously executed and desperately needed book. It showcases 50 buildings, including museums, schools, monuments and libraries. There are 90 color illustrations; full-page, full-bleed images and double-truck photo spreads set off by ample white space, giving the glorious larger-than-life sculptures room to breathe.

WSU looks forward: College hopes to continue its reinvention and overcome financial woes by boosting enrollment, graduation rates

A prominent story about Wayne State 's positive momentum and growth over the last decade, and plans for the future, are featured in the Detroit/Wayne County section. Wayne State is characterized as reinventing itself over the past decade. The university, with about 34,000 students, saw enrollment increase 9 percent between 2001 and 2005. In that period, the school opened new residence halls, classrooms and other student facilities and started construction of a technology park that it hopes will boost its status as a research institution. Currently under way is a series of 20 meetings on WSU\'s 2006-2011 operating plan. The meetings, which will continue through December, are intended to gather comment from everyone with a stake in the school\'s future. Officials hope to draw up and distribute a proposed five-year operating plan next spring and hope to present suggestions to the school\'s Board of Governors for approval in June. Implementation campuswide would begin in the fall of 2006. More information on WSU\'s strategic planning program can be found at www.wayne.edu. A photo of NextEnergy's technology center, currently under construction in Wayne State 's TechTown, is featured.
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Wayne State publishes a report on 'technological peripheries'

Wayne State University said Thursday it had published a new report on what it terms \"technological peripheries,\" areas where high-tech systems intersect with -- and often conflict with -- lower-tech systems, frequently resulting in problems and even disasters. An international group of researchers, organized by Wayne State and sponsored by the National Science Foundation of the United States and el Consejo Nacional Ciencia y TecnologĂ­a of Mexico, met last year in Mexico City to examine the challenges of large-scale systems, focusing on air transport networks. This workshop found that the rapid development of technology in the United States and Europe was outstripping the diffusion of that technology to developing countries, resulting in mismatches in language, infrastructure, regulation, and management practices. To obtain a copy of the report, contact Allen Batteau, director of Wayne State \'s Institute for Information Technology and Culture, at (313) 874-7010. More at www.iitc.wayne.edu.
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Business calendar

Health disparities conference: Wayne State University presents its President\'s Conference on Health Disparities, today and Tuesday at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center . Registration required. $25; Wayne State students free. Visit www.research.wayne.edu under announcements. Fieldwork in government: The Institute for Information Technology and Culture completes its series of seminars on anthropological fieldwork in business, community and government organizations \"Inside Insights,\" 1-2:30 p.m. room 289 of the Student Center Building on the Wayne State University campus. No cost.
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MIKE WENDLAND: E-learning report says more tech skills needed

Technology columnist Mike Wendland dedicated his column to a Wayne State University research study on e-learning released last week. The 6-month-long study, authored by Tom Watkins , special assistant to the president at WSU and former superintendent of Michigan schools, includes 29 recommendations involving the incorporation of e-learning in Michigan K-12 schools. " Michigan cannot lead in the 21st Century without casting off the anchors of attitude, archaic laws and public policies and beliefs that bind us to 20th Century education models," says the report, which also suggests Michigan is losing it leadership role in e-learning because of state and federal budget cuts and a lack of political commitment. The recommendations were compiled after meetings with hundreds of school superintendents and administrators, technical leaders, teachers, business leaders and students. The report can be viewed online at www.coe.wayne.edu/e-learningreport.pdf.
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Wayne State, LTU, LCC offer free tuition, housing to students at universities closed by Katrina

Wayne State University said last week it would offer a full tuition and housing waiver to students whose universities have been closed down by Hurricane Katrina. The offer applies only to students who have paid their tuition and housing for the fall semester in full. The university said two students taking advantage of the offer, Denetra Mack and Doctor Ashe, had just completed their first week of classes at Xavier University in New Orleans when they were ordered to evacuate at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Mack is a junior chemistry major from Detroit , while Ashe is a junior psychology major from Detroit . They and 16 other undergraduate students from Xavier, Tulane and Loyola universities in New Orleans are now Wayne State University students. More at www.wayne.edu/katrina_aid.