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July 2022 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends July 2022
Buoyed by renewed federal grant, Upward Bound program at WSU continues to rise

Buoyed by renewed federal grant, Upward Bound program at WSU continues to rise

The Upward Bound program at Wayne State continues to rise. Set to enter its 56th consecutive year, the program — which furnishes Detroit students with college enrollment help, career counseling, academic support and community engagement — received yet another boost recently, when WSU was awarded a five-year federal grant worth nearly $4 million to continue its Upward Bound outreach. The renewal grant will allow the program to continue to serve low-income Detroiters and high school students who would be the first in their family to attend college.

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SciPol-Detroit advocates for science-based policies in first Washington, D.C., trip  

Wayne State’s Science Policy Network-Detroit — known as SciPol-Detroit — was formed with the goal of advocating for science-based policies. The group took a major step in that effort with its first in-person trip to Washington, D.C., where members met with the offices of five U.S. representatives. The group had two full days of meetings and advocated for three issues chosen by the students: federal science funding (America Competes Act), maternal and perinatal health (Momnibus bill) and health disparities (Health Equity and Accountability Act).

WSU students win fashion competition, internships in New York  

Two Wayne State University fashion design and merchandising students are spending the summer interning in New York after winning first place in the WindowsWear Mentorship Program competition. Kate Martin won the Longchamp competition and a paid internship with Longchamp, while Maya Kasbah won the Coach competition and a paid internship with Coach.

Diversity of graduate faculty among the best  

Wayne State University not only has Michigan’s most diverse student body, but it also has the most diverse doctoral faculty among Michigan’s public universities, according to data published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle aggregated the race, ethnicity and gender of full-time faculty members at more than 3,300 institutions as of November 2020. Its data shows that 32.1% of Wayne State’s doctoral faculty are minorities, making it the only Michigan public university over 30%.

Ali Abolmaali selected as next dean of Wayne State University College of Engineering  

One of the country’s most sought after and experienced civil engineers has been selected as the next dean of the Wayne State University College of Engineering. Following a national search, Ali Abolmaali will begin his new role at Wayne State Aug. 15, 2022.  Abolmaali has served as chair of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) for the last 10 years. He is also a Dr. Tseng Huang Endowed Professor in Structural Engineering and Applied Mechanics, the founding director of UTA Center for Structural Engineering Research, and the professor-in-charge of the Structural Simulation Laboratory at UTA.

Boris Baltes named interim dean of the College of Education  

Boris Baltes, senior associate provost for faculty affairs, has been named interim dean of the College of Education. His appointment is effective July 1, 2022. During his time as interim dean, he will also remain in his position in the Office of the Provost. Baltes first came to Wayne State in 1998 as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology. Baltes’ major research interests include examining biases in performance appraisal, age and workplace issues, and the area of work-family conflict.

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Wayne State’s Baroudeur is back

Wayne State’s Baroudeur is back

Farmers Market returns to offer locally grown produce and activities

Farmers Market returns to offer locally grown produce and activities

Upcoming events


July 14: Boeing Boeing, presented by Theatre and Dance at Wayne


July 14: Faith Community Research Network Launch


July 15: Virtual FAFSA Fridays


July 18: Student Service Center eXpress


July 21: Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest: Hatch Off


July 23: The Baroudeur


July 26: Navigating Wayne State


July 26: Alumni Webinar Series: "Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life"


July 29: Rachmale Structures and Materials Laboratory Dedication


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In the news

WXYZ: Spotlight on the News: The life of Dr. M. Roy Wilson

Bridge Michigan: Opinion: Invest in Michigan’s research universities to keep state competitive

Crain's Detroit Business: Wayne State, DPS want students to be ambassadors for vaccines

Detroit Free Press: The Baroudeur partners with Batch Brewing for annual Detroit cycling event

Michigan Radio: Wayne State changes transfer credit policy to increase access

Detroit Legal News: Wayne Law alumnus donates $10,000 to increase access to law professors’ book 'No Equal Justice'

Crain's Detroit Business: Notable women in construction, design and architecture

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