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Ralph Kummler, dean of the College of Engineering, is profiled in this Q&A format article that mentions his research on environmental issues and includes his observations on a variety of state, national and environmental issues. He said one of the biggest challenges facing the college is maintaining preeminence in high technology. He reviewed many of the college's strengths and pointed out that it has "an important role to play in continuing the preeminence of Detroit as the motor capital of the world." A photo of Kummler accompanies the article.

Lawyers hail admission of mistakes in terror trial

Both newspapers ran an AP story about the Justice Department's announcement that it would not pursue terrorism charges against three Detroit-area defendants who were tried last year on grounds they were part of a terror cell. The government said its prosecutors made errors that deprived the defendants of a fair trial and that it supports their request for a new trial. WSU law professor David Moran said the Justice Department's admission of errors following an internal investigation was surprising and a "very welcome development."

Parties pick rest of their slates

Paul Massaron of the Wayne State Board of Governors is quoted in a story about Democratic and GOP party conventions in Michigan last weekend. "Had the top of the ticket not won, I would not have been elected," he told Democrats assembled at Detroit's Cobo Center. Delegates from the two parties nominated candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court, state board of education and university board positions. The nominees for the WSU Board of Governors are Democrats Annetta Miller, an incumbent, and Tina Abbott, secretary-treasurer for the Michigan AFL-CIO. Republican candidates are Paul Hillegonds, an incumbent, and Susan Licata Haroutunian. The AP ran a separate story on the nominations, which was picked up by Booth Newspapers.

Taking menopause in one's stride, if lucky

Dr. Susan Hendrix, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the WSU School of Medicine and a principal investigator for the federal Women's Health Initiative Trials regarding estrogen levels and their affects on women during menopause, is quoted in this article. She says hormone therapy can just delay the inevitable. "What are you going to do when you come off (the pills) - go through it all over again? It's not like you put a Band-Aid on and when you remove the Band-Aid you're through menopause and don't have symptoms anymore." She suggests that women educate themselves about menopause and how to work through it.

Rain, humidity spawn strong ragweed season

A story about the fall allergy season includes comments by Willane Krell, a pulmonologist and assistant professor of internal medicine in the WSU School of Medicine. "This year, I'm seeing more people who didn't have problems in previous years," she says. "They're complaining that everything is stuffed up, and they're showing up with watery eyes and drippy noses," she said. She attributes the increase in complaints to a cooler summer with abundant rain, which creates more mold. "And mold is an allergen for a lot of people."