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Wayne State's administration creates anti-Hispanic climate

Publisher-editor Dolores Sanchez, in an editorial, details complaints by the Hispanic community against WSU Administration over the Chicano-Boricua Studies Center controversy. She urges a meeting between President Reid and representatives of the CBS Community Advisory Board. Also on the page are a chronology tracing the history of the center from its roots in 1971 to the present, a letter from an African-American graduate expressing concern about the treatment of two professors affiliated with the center, and an advertisement for a "legal defense fundraiser."

Three largest universities create high-performance research network

Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan have joined forces to create a high-performance network with the capacity to meet their emerging and demanding research needs. The new network, Michigan LambdaRail, or MiLR, is scheduled to be operational in January 2005. It will enable researchers to transfer huge amounts of data at super-speed. John Camp, chief information officer for WSU, pointed out that MiLR will give the three universities a competitive advantage in attracting external support for research and in attracting students and faculty to the respective campuses. "We are now members of a small and elite group of universities nationally that are investing in high-performance networks to strengthen research and facilitate collaboration," he said.

Runoff voting makes ballot

Wayne State University political science professor Kevin Deegan-Krause supports the Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) that will be considered on Ferndale's next election ballot. Deegan-Krause says IRV, a voting method that lets voters rank choices at the polls rather than choosing one candidate, can give a more balanced representation of the political spectrum on the council. "IRV would produce an election outcome that looks more like the community itself," he says.

Cancer Institute plans expansion

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, a Comprehensive Cancer Center and affiliated with Wayne State University, announced that it will buy land and buildings from the Detroit Medical Center over the next seven years to create a modern, streamlined cancer program in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood and at a DMC-owned Farmington Hills site. Dr. John Ruckdeschel, president and chief executive officer at Karmanos, said the changes mean that Karmanos "goes from being a DMC subsidiary to DMC's full and equal partner."

Karmanos cancer center pursues national profile

The Karmanos Cancer Hospital, which is splitting from the Detroit Medical Center, now is poised to become one of the nation's premier cancer treatment programs, according to hospital officials. The approved split Tuesday clears the way for a major expansion of the cancer center, which will include hiring 20 new doctors and the construction of a $47 million addition, Karmanos CEO Dr. Ruckdeschel says. Mike Duggan, the DMC's chief executive, says "Karmanos is going from being a DMC subsdidiary to the DMC's full and equal partner." The story notes that Karmanos is staffed by Wayne State University School of Medicine professors, who are studying the latest breakthroughs in cancer treatment. Photos of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute are included with the story.

Grad students feel brunt of college tuition hikes

Wayne State University's graduate students will see an 8.5 percent - or about $220 per term - increase over last year in tuition. The University of Michigan's graduate tuition varies from program to program with increases ranging from 5 percent to 12.1 percent, or $300 to $1,000 more per term. University officials say graduate programs are always more expensive than those for undergraduates. With research at their core, they require more specialized training, individualized instruction and state-of-the-art technology. Hilary Ratner, associate provost and dean of Wayne State's graduate school, says "all of those factors converge to create a higher instructional cost per student." Wayne State graduate student Nicole Usiondek is also quoted in the story. A photo of Usiondek accompanies the story.

Core Technology Alliance creates top-flight biotech labs at Michigan institutions

Wayne State University is noted in a brief as one of the member institutions of the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor, established in 2001. Wayne State, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the Van Andel Research Institute were awarded $64 million to create a statewide network of biotech labs. Wayne State received the Michigan Center for Genomic Technologies as part of the network to study gene expression.

Boys' behavior linked to prenatal cocaine exposure

Dr. Virginia Delaney-Black, Wayne State University School of Medicine, is quoted extensively in a story about her research findings recently published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Delaney-Black and her colleagues found that boys exposed to cocaine in their mothers\' womb were much more hyperactive than those with no prenatal cocaine exposure. Boys who experienced persistent cocaine exposure were also more likely to have delayed speech and language development or other problems in central processing, as well as problems with their motor skills and abstract thought than were their peers who experienced little or no exposure to the drug. These findings were not true of the girls involved in the study, the report indicates.

Medicaid helps keep seniors out of nursing homes

An opinion article notes a study prepared for the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) by Wayne State University's Department of Community Medicine. The study found that senior care management programs allow seniors to remain at home despite needing services that qualifies them for nursing home care. The study says there appears to be a high need for this service among seniors in Wayne County, especially in communities that have higher premature deaths compared with the remainder of the state.

Warrior volleyball picked sixth by coaches

The Wayne State volleyball team was selected to finish in sixth place in the South Division by head coaches of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in preseason balloting. The coaches chose Northern Michigan University to win the league\'s North Division, and the University of Findlay to take the South Division. The GLIAC proved to be one of Division II's toughest conferences last season, sending three teams to the NCAA II Great Lakes Region Tournament. The volleyball season begins Friday.