Tip sheet

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

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

RETURN TO WORK AND SCHOOL
With employees alternating between working from their offices and from home, there can be some significant challenges, both personally and professionally. Matthew Piszczek, assistant professor of management, is an expert in work-life issues, remote work, workforce aging, commuting, strategic HRM, employee/labor relations, and offers a wide range of solutions.

SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES
Following this holiday shopping season, consumers might be dismayed to find many goods still aren't readily available this year. One of the least understood issues arising from the pandemic is the severe disruptions in supply chains. Kevin Ketels, a lecturer in global supply chain management, can offer perspective and insight about this complicated issue.

NATIONAL BIRTH DEFECTS PREVENTION MONTH – JANUARY
Each January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raises awareness among women and families about measures they can take to have a healthy baby. Thanks to ongoing medical advances, children born with birth defects are living longer. What are some actions that can help reduce the risk of birth defects? 
Sonia Hassan, M.D., associate vice-president, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine, and founder and director of the Office of Women's Health at WSU, is prepared to talk about the significance of perinatal health in preventing birth defects.

NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH – JANUARY
Our expert can discuss the importance of donating blood, common issues and concerns, the best times of the year to do it, and who should — and should not — donate blood.
Tammon Nash, M.D. assistant professor, teaches blood bank theory and clinical transfusion to residents. She is prepared to address the critical life-saving need of blood donation.

NATIONAL GLAUCOMA AWARENESS MONTH – JANUARY 
Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58% increase. The leading cause of irreversible blindness, glaucoma is known as "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms. Once vision is lost, it is permanent. What preventative measures are available, if any? How often should we receive vision screenings for glaucoma? 
Mark Juzych, M.D., professor and chair of ophthalmology, visual and anatomical sciences, has expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma. He is able to discuss what can be done to prevent and fight glaucoma.

FESTIVAL OF SLEEP DAY – JANUARY 3
Our physician expert can talk about the importance of a good night's sleep and how poor sleeping habits can have a negative impact on one's health.
M. Safwan Badr, M.D., founding director of the Wayne State University Sleep Medicine Fellowship program, is available to talk about the significance of sleep deprivation and how the interruption of sleep patterns may affect a person's health. An internationally known sleep disorders researcher and research mentor, Badr is past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 

WAYNE STATE WORD WARRIORS UNVEIL 2021 LIST – JANUARY 4
As part of its initiative to draw attention to some of the English language's most expressive — yet regrettably neglected — words, Wayne State has released its annual list of the year's top 10 words that deserve to be used more often in conversation and prose. Now beginning its 13th year, Wayne State's Word Warriors series promotes words especially worthy of retrieval from the linguistic cellar. 

NATIONAL PHARMACIST DAY – JANUARY 12
Our experts can talk about the important role pharmacists play in overall health care and divulge some little-known facts about what pharmacists do, beyond filling prescriptions.
Joseph Fava, assistant professor (clinical), is an expert in community pharmacy-based clinical services, including vaccine therapeutics.
Brittany Stewart, assistant professor (clinical), is an expert in pharmacist-led hypertension management and community pharmacy practice advancement.

NATIONAL TAKE THE STAIRS DAY – JANUARY 14
Our fitness expert can help you calculate the positive fitness benefits of regularly climbing stairs instead of using the elevator.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – JANUARY 17
What is the history behind Martin Luther King Jr. Day? How has it evolved from a special day recognized by some states to a nationally recognized holiday?
Kidada E. Williams, Ph.D., associate professor of history, specializes in African American history from slavery through the late 20th century, with an emphasis on racial violence in the former slaveholding South. She is ready to explore the significance of King's "I Have a Dream" speech and offer context about the civil rights movement leading up to, and following, the famous event.

INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY – JANUARY 27
International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a date for official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime and also promotes Holocaust education globally.
Howard Lupovitch, Ph.D., associate professor of history and director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, specializes in modern Jewish history and teaches a course on the Holocaust. He is available to speak about the Holocaust and offer historical information.

DATA PRIVACY DAY – JANUARY 28
Our data expert can explain how to protect your privacy and reveal the best strategies for avoiding having your personal information stolen.
Garrett McManaway, senior director of information security and compliance at Wayne State's Computer and Information Technology (C&IT), is prepared to discuss privacy issues and data protection.

ECONOMIC CHALLENGES, 2021
For many, 2021 was another challenging year. But is there hope that things will get better in 2022? We can offer finance experts to talk about how what it will take to jumpstart Michigan's and business experts to talk about what it will take to restart Michigan's private sector engines.

WHAT HAS THE PANDEMIC TAUGHT US ABOUT HOW WE EDUCATE OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS?
We learned many valuable lessons about being nimble in our classrooms and best practices for providing an excellent education in different learning environments. Our education experts can talk about what the pandemic has taught us as we deliver public educations from kindergarten to high school.