January 2021 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends January 2021
Your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered by an expert

Your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered by an expert

As COVID-19 vaccines begin to be administered across the nation, many of us have questions about the vaccines, their efficacy and what they mean for how we continue to respond to the pandemic. To answer some of those questions, we turned to Teena Chopra, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and corporate medical director of hospital epidemiology, infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship at the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University.

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Wayne State University STEM Innovation Learning Center, OurOffice to empower the next generation of leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion  

Wayne State University’s STEM Innovation Learning Center and OurOffice have announced a fellowship program that will empower current and future leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion within tech and tech-enabled industries. The program is the first fellowship program supported by a university to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion learning in a real-world environment.

Wayne State University wins Fleet Award for college access  

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) recently honored Wayne State University with the Fleet Award during their 2020 College Access Impact Awards. The award recognizes an individual or organization that has significantly contributed to the college access field outside the walls of K-12 institutions. Throughout the past few years, Wayne State has actively demonstrated a commitment to postsecondary attainment with programs like the Warrior Way Back program and the Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge.

Wayne Health/WSU/Ford mobile COVID-19 testing program expands; mobile vaccine distribution in the works  

Wayne Health and Wayne State University are expanding their COVID-19 mobile testing program thanks to a donation of Ford Motor Company-developed and upfitted mobile health units from Oscar-winning film director Steven Soderbergh and funding support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The program is being expanded to five vehicles – including two Ford mobile health units purchased by Soderbergh in appreciation for COVID-19 testing services by Wayne Health that kept his crew and cast safe during the recent filming of his latest film, No Sudden Move, in Detroit.

Alumna works with Pepsi to share her take on Detroit  

When asked to share her perspective on Detroit, alumna Desiree Kelly says it’s much more than portrait painting; it’s about expressing individual lives and their experiences through her artwork. Kelly is an award-winning artist who is known as Detroit’s premier portrait painter. She is acclaimed for her portraits of public icons that are immersive and reflect on the narrative of her subjects. Kelly incorporates artifacts and phrases within each work and uses a unique mixture of street art and traditional oil technique. She has recently worked with Pepsi's advertising agency, who expressed interest in her work and its use of energy, colors and mixed media.

RSVP for COVID-19 Vaccines Town Hall

RSVP for COVID-19 Vaccines Town Hall

Join WSU Jan. 18 for the 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

Join WSU Jan. 18 for the 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

Upcoming events


Jan. 11: Winter 2021 classes begin


Jan. 14: Vaccines Town Hall


Jan. 18: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Virtual Tribute


Jan. 19: National Day of Healing from Racism


Jan. 21: Knowledge on Tap presents: African Democracy: Hopes and Challenges


Jan. 24: Virtual Planetarium Show: The Moon


Jan. 25: Spring/summer course schedule available


Jan. 27: Winterfest


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In the news

WDET: Health experts answer your questions about COVID-19 vaccines

Michigan Radio: What's the word? Wayne State University has new list of obscure words worth using

The Conversation: How kids can benefit from mindfulness training

Psychology Today: Moving forward in 2021: A guide to de-polarizing America

Detroit Free Press (Opinion): People must overcome fear of COVID-19 vaccine

Crain's Detroit Business: $500,000 grant to expand free outdoor Wi-Fi, programming in Detroit's Cultural Center

Fox 2: Wayne State mobile COVID-19 testing units win praise, servicing most vulnerable

Michigan Chronicle: Wayne State University receives scholarship funds from Dr. William F. Pickard for School of Social Work

Bridge: Detroit police working to de-escalate confrontations with the mentally ill

Have a Warrior Strong new year!

Have a Warrior Strong new year!

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