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Numerous construction projects recognized with Engineering Society of Detroit awards

Wayne State University\'s Marvin I. Danto Engineering Development Center recently received an honorable mention from the Engineering Society of Detroit. \"It\'s important because it\'s an important research center here in southeast Michigan,\" said Robert Stevenson, chair of the committee in charge of selecting the winners. \"And then to put that on a college campus and make it look good -- we thought that was a challenge.\"

Links' members leave lasting imprint: Professional women's group contributes to new learning center

Alicia Nails, director of Wayne State University's Journalism Institute for Media Diversity, is quoted in a story profiling The Links, Inc., which brings its five-day 2010 National Assembly today to Detroit. Nails is also the spokesperson for the Oakland County chapter of the organization, which is comprised of professional women of color dedicated to enriching the lives of people of African descent here and abroad.
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Wayne State rallies millions of grants for research

Grant funding for research at Wayne State University is up $8.2 million as of the end of June, compared to the same time in 2009. So far the university has taken in $122.7 million this year compared to $114.5 million a year ago, representing an increase of about 7 percent. That increase came after most of the federal stimulus funds were disbursed last year. \"The funds we got from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation were more continuation and bridge funds than seed funds,\" says Jim Barbret, associate vice president for research and finance at Wayne State. \"Yes, we expect a plateau of funding (over the next year or two now that the stimulus funds have been sent) but not a drop.\"
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Supply chain strategy could bring 66,000 new jobs to region, report says

Metro Detroit, in combination with the adjacent areas of Ontario and Ohio, could see up to 66,000 new jobs and $10 billion in new annual economic development if the region develops a coordinated cross-border supply chain management strategy. Teams from Wayne State University collaborated with the Detroit Regional Chamber and Michigan State University to devise a new study which identified three areas of supply chain management: heavy manufacturing, light manufacturing and distribution.
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WSU med school's interim dean to keep job

After nearly a year as interim dean, Dr. Valerie Parisi has been elevated to full dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. "Valerie has done an outstanding job of building relationships within the School of Medicine and throughout Wayne State, as well as with other health-care organizations in the community," said President Jay Noren. During the past year, Parisi has led talks for a closer partnership with the Henry Ford Health System and completed contracts for medical students, residency programs and clinical services at the Detroit Medical Center.
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Tech + Art = Business?: TechTown offers artists gallery space, entrepreneur training

Increasingly focusing on the arts, TechTown is evolving a holistic approach to economic development in Detroit - the idea that art and technology go hand-in-hand in making a livable city. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from Wayne State's Office of the Vice President for Research, work is already underway on the 10,000-square-foot TechTown Gallery, which will be housed inside the Tech Two building on Cass Avenue. "This will be for students and faculty who need an outlet. Ultimately, the hope is they\'ll be able to commercialize their art," said Gloria Heppner, associate vice president for research. TechTown's executive director Randal Charlton, and John Richardson, interim department chair of WSU's Department of Art and Art History are also quoted.
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Macomb-Oakland INCubator joins network

TechTown has partnered with Automation Alley, Ann Arbor SPARK and Macomb Community College/Oakland University Business Incubator to launch a new collaborative group formed to support business development throughout the region. The four business accelerators have received a $3 million grant from the New Economy Initiative, which is pushing to rebuild the Detroit area's economic base. "Each business accelerator has developed particular strengths, and by sharing them, we will all be stronger," said Randal Charlton, executive director of TechTown.