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"Leaders on Leadership" - Anthony Earley

Anthony Earley, chairman and chief executive officer of DTE Energy, was the guest on the \"Leaders on Leadership\" program co-produced by Wayne State University's WSU School of Business Administration and Detroit Public Television. Wayne State students in the audience and host Larry Fobes participated in the discussion focusing on Earley's leadership experiences aboard a US warship; building nuclear power plants on the East Coast; and the challenges facing DTE during last year\'s power outage.

"Back from the grave - are sacred Indian artifacts going home?"

Pasatiempo, New Mexico Weekly Magazine of Arts, 8/20-26 The U.S. government recognized the rights of Native Americans through the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) 14 years ago. Progress in carrying out the act has been slow. Thomas Killion, chair of the Wayne State Anthropology department, said the act had been expanded to cover more than human remains and now includes "sacred objects" central to Native American culture and religion. "The category 'cultural patrimony' includes items that are emblems of the group and its identity…" said Killion. "We compare it to the U.S. Constitution, which is preserved as an icon of our nationhood." Killion said many objects held by museums were critical to the organization of Native American political groups and were returned because they were "defining objects and that their loss struck hard at the identity of the group."

Wayne State continues to rise in NSF research rankings

Wayne State University Thursday announced that the 2002 National Science Foundation report on research and development expenditures at U.S. universities found WSU continuing to climb. Wayne State advanced two places in total university R&D to 61st among all U.S. universities, and one place to 41st among public universities. Key growth areas include social sciences by 24.4 percent, life sciences by 13.4 percent, physical sciences by 10.6 percent and engineering by 7 percent. The university's rank for medical sciences held at number 22, a growth of 12 spots from 10 years ago. Chemistry and physics both climbed higher; four spots to 47 in chemistry and two spots to 41 in physics. In the past seven years, Wayne State's research has grown over 11 percent annually, with research expenditures reaching nearly $199 million in 2002.

U-M, MSU ranked among best in U.S.

A nationwide ranking of America's top colleges lauds a handful of Michigan schools as being among the nation's best. The rankings, published by U.S. News & World Report, reveal that the University of Michigan is among the country's best universities nationwide and Michigan State University is among the "best values." Other Michigan universities were placed in a ranking that assigned tiers to schools not in the top 50 percent in their category, and Wayne State University was placed in the fourth tier. The rankings are generated by a formula that includes variables such as graduation and retention rates, faculty and financial resources, and the percentage of alumni who donate money to their alma mater.

Beaumont, Oakland University offer useful nursing program

In an editorial about the current shortage of nurses, a problem that the Michigan Nurses Association says will worsen as the baby boom generation ages, a partnership between Beaumont Hospital and Oakland University is cited as a good model for addressing the issue. The Royal Oak-based hospital and the university have joined to provide scholarships aimed at high-achieving minority students to encourage them to pursue the nursing profession. In addition, Oakland University is planning to nearly double the number of students it will enroll in its undergraduate program next year.

Graduate enrollment in science, engineering hits record

The number of graduate students enrolled in science and engineering disciplines at U.S. universities reached an all-time high of 455,400 in fall 2002, according to the National Science Foundation. Following a downward trend from 1994-98, science and engineering enrollment in graduate programs has increased every year since 1999. NSF attributes the 2002 gain to an increase in U.S. women and minority students, but the number of new foreign students fell nearly 8 percent that year.

What's in the bag?

A story about how to pack healthy lunches for school children includes comments by Catherine Jen of the Nutrition and Food Science Department. She points out that parents play a key role in teaching their children healthy eating habits. "If the parent at home never eats any vegetables or healthy food, the kids won't," she says. "If the parent chooses variety and does not eat those junk foods, then the kids will learn." The article included suggestions for some healthy school-lunch items.