Tip sheet

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

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, 248-880-6838, tedmontgomery@wayne.edu

Tom Reynolds, 248-884-9179, treynolds@wayne.edu

NATIONAL ASTHMA AND ALLERGY AWARENESS MONTH – MAY

  • Karen MacDonell, Ph.D., associate professor of family medicine and public health sciences, has worked on multiple NIH-funded projects focused on identifying and reducing health disparities. Her recent work has included mHealth (mobile health) approaches for both assessment and intervention, including the Detroit Young Adult Asthma Project, a technology-based intervention to improve adherence to medication in African American youths with asthma.

HEALTHY VISION MONTH – MAY

  • Mark Juzych, M.D., chair of ophthalmology, visual and anatomical sciences, can talk about the major advances we have made in eye research, treatment of common eye diseases and best practices for general eye health maintenance.

NATIONAL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE EDUCATION MONTH – MAY

  • Phillip Levy, M.D., M.P.H., FACEP, is a professor of medicine, Edward S. Thomas Endowed Professor and associate chair for research in emergency medicine, and assistant vice president of translational science and clinical research innovation at Wayne State. Levy is ready to speak about the importance of heart health and the significance of blood pressure monitoring.

OLDER AMERICANS MONTH – MAY

  • Peter Lichtenberg is director of the Institute of Gerontology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, and the founding director of the Wayne State University Lifespan Alliance. He is also a Distinguished University Service Professor of Psychology. Lichtenberg is prepared to talk about financial decision-making, financial exploitation and financial capacity in older adults, neurocognitive impairment, late-life depression, and impacts on quality of life and longevity.

SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH – MAY

  • Darius Mehregan, M.D., Hermann Pinkus Chairman of dermatology, can discuss the importance of early detection, best practices for protecting your skin from the sun, and new advances in the treatment of skin cancer.

NATIONAL TEACHER DAY – May 4

  • Kathleen Crawford-McKinney, associate professor of reading, language and literature, is available to talk about National Teacher Day. Her research areas include writing process and practice, and a commitment to preparing urban teachers to meet the needs of PK-12 learners.

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY VIRTUAL SPRING COMMENCEMENT – MAY 5

  • Wayne State's spring 2021 commencement ceremonies will be held on Wednesday, May 5. Degrees will be conferred to more than 4,000 graduates. Due to the need to continue practicing social distancing as a necessary public health measure, Wayne State will hold the ceremonies virtually.

CINCO DE MAYO – MAY 5

  • Jorge Chinea, director of Wayne State's Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and professor of history, is ready to talk about the historical and cultural significance of Cinco de Mayo.

NATIONAL NURSES WEEK – MAY 6-12

  • Ramona Benkert, interim dean of Wayne State University's College of Nursing, is prepared to speak about National Nurses Week — a weeklong event that recognizes the unsung heroes of our health care system. Benkert can address recent changes in the nursing profession and how Wayne State is filling the need for highly skilled nurses in Michigan.

NATIONAL WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK – MAY 9-15

  • Sonia Hassan, M.D., associate dean for maternal, perinatal and child health, and founder of the new Office for Women's Health for Wayne State University, can speak about women's health care issues and best practices for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

MEMORIAL DAY – MAY 31

  • Marc Kruman, founding director of Wayne State's Center for the Study of Citizenship and professor of history, is prepared to discuss the historical significance of Memorial Day as a nationally recognized holiday in the United States.

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY – MAY 31

According to the World Health Organization, more than 6 million people die from tobacco use every year. Tobacco use also takes a toll on national economies through increased health care costs and decreased productivity.

  • Ann Schwartz, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the deputy center director of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and professor of oncology at Wayne State University. She was recently elected to a three-year term on the International Lung Cancer Consortium's steering committee.

SPORTS AND THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS

  • Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, a podiatric physician specializing in sports medicine and an associate professor of exercise and sport science, is ready to talk about the impact of sports on the spread of the virus, particularly during the recent surge.

WHAT HAS THE PANDEMIC TAUGHT US ABOUT THE WORKPLACE

  • Perhaps one of the most positive epiphanies the pandemic spawned was that we can thrive as organizations even when staff work remotely. How will this change how managers and employees view where they do their work moving forward?
    • Carolyn Hafner, Wayne State's associate vice president and chief human resources officer, can talk about what companies and organizations are considering in terms of flexible work schedules as a result of the pandemic.

WHAT HAS THE PANDEMIC TAUGHT US ABOUT HOW WE EDUCATE OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS?

  • Throughout the last year, 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 education from kindergarten to high school.