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Are American ideals a pipe dream?

Stephen Henderson spoke with Marc Kruman, director of the Center for the Study of Citizenship and history professor at Wayne State University, about the state of America today. The conversation focused on opportunity, political participation and American ideals. Regarding the role of race, Kruman said that the founding fathers would likely be surprised at the degree of racial equality in the U.S. today and that they never got far enough to conceptualize it. He added that the black vote in the south since 1965 has changed the region and that black elected officials were unthinkable before.

NMC speaker compares Iraq to Vietnam

Professor Frederic Pearson, director of CULMA's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, recently addressed an audience of about 200 at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City about the chances for the democratization of Iraq. "There is some hope, if we get the right balance" of U.S. and Iraqi leaders in the security forces there, Pearson said. He added, however, that "Americans are perplexed that we're seen not as liberators but as occupiers. We're going into one of the most anti-colonial places in the world." A photo of Pearson is included.

WSU, WDET show class in support of Coleman

Columnist Karen Dumas, writing about a controversy involving WDET-FM manager Michael Coleman when he was at another station, says she is impressed that Wayne State and WDET are "standing behind Coleman. . . . More than all, we should recognize the integrity of the Wayne State University for standing behind their employee and for showing us all the importance and principles of teamwork and true leadership; a class in which we should all enroll." Dumas points out that many people jump to conclusions before they know all the facts.
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Hills professor garners national award

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants awarded a Max Block Distinguished Article Award to Alan Reinstein, George R. Husband Professor of Accounting at Wayne State University\'s School of Business Administration. Reinstein and his co-author Avinash Arya received the award in recognition of their innovative and thought-provoking technical analysis article, "Recent Developments in Fair Value Accounting," published in The CPA Journal.

Student loan tax credit; No cuts to higher education

Legislation has been introduced in the State House that would give a five year tax credit of 50 percent for students with a student loan. The state would forgive that portion if the student agrees to stay in Michigan for 5 years. Also, key lawmakers are promising not to cut the budget for higher education. State Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, says: "We have seen the pain created by the extreme cuts that Governor Snyder made in 2011 and now it's time for us to protect those higher education institutions as we have to make cuts throughout the budget.
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Personalized strategy is best for heart health

Nancy T. Artinian, associate dean for research and director of the Center for Health Research at Wayne State University's College of Nursing, discusses the long term benefits of lifestyle changes for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
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Experts offer tips for staying fit in the workplace

Tonia Reinhard, a registered dietitian and director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Wayne State University, offers some tips to up your midday meal game. Sandwiches: Look for healthy bread that has 4 grams of fiber or more, add a lean source of protein, like chicken breast lunch meat, and then leafy greens, like spinach or kale. Be conscious of what you are spreading on your sandwich; mayonnaise is packed with calories and fat, while mustard is very low in calories and fat. Smoothies: Smoothies can fit into a fast-paced lifestyle, where there is limited time to eat or prepare a lunch. Blending a smoothie is also a great way to incorporate healthy foods into your diet that you may not typically eat raw by themselves.

Spring Gala supports dance at Wayne State

In February 2000, the WSU dance department was renamed the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance after a generous gift of $2 million from Allesee, a longtime Metro Detroit dance and cultural arts advocate and philanthropist. Guests at the Fifth Annual Spring Gala dinner, held at The Whitney, enjoyed a full evening of cocktails and elaborate meals. Following the dinner party, a concert \"Dancing the Legacy\" was held at Wayne State\'s Bonstelle Theatre. Allesee\'s gift is the largest of its kind to any university dance program in the country and created the first individually named department at WSU.

Software cuts out test dummy

King H. Yang, a professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering at WSU, has studied computer modeling as it relates to vehicle crashworthiness and occupant injuries for over 27 years. Yang believes that numerical simulations will eventually replace conventional crash testing. \"There is a lot of information about injuries that we cannot get from using crash dummies, but is readily available from the computer simulations.\" Yang believes that as engineers continue to develop computer models, they will one day be able to pinpoint the type of injuries that will occur as a result of a given crash.