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

Tom Reynolds, 313-577-8093, treynolds@wayne.edu

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 and founder of the Office of Women's Health, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, 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.

Martin Bluth, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology, 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, 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 2020 LIST – JANUARY 6

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 11th year, Wayne State's Word Warriors series promotes words especially worthy of retrieval from the linguistic cellar.

SECOND ANNUAL DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN URBAN EDUCATION – JANUARY 8

The College of Education invites the community to explore issues related to the role of philanthropy in urban education reform during its second annual Distinguished Lecture in Urban Education. Na'ilah Suad Nasir, president of the Spencer Foundation, will discuss the impact funders can have on urban education. Local leaders in education and philanthropy will discuss priorities, projects and partnerships in urban education. Panelists include Pamela G. Alexander, director of community development for the Ford Motor Company Fund; Wanda Cook-Robinson, superintendent of Oakland Schools; Nate McCaughtry, professor and assistant dean in the WSU College of Education; and Punita Dani Thurman, vice president of program and strategy for The Skillman Foundation.

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, Pharm.D., assistant professor (clinical), is an expert in community pharmacy practice advancement and ambulatory care.

Brittany Stewart, assistant professor (clinical), is an expert in transition of care, disease state management, immunizations and medication therapy management.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – JANUARY 20

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.