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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.

College grads' debt increases

A new study suggests that rising tuition costs, higher borrowing limits on government loans and new wave of low-income students have pushed average debt burden of college graduates higher as more students borrow. Undergraduate students borrowed, on average $19,300 which is up from $12,100 a decade earlier. More students, even from the nation's wealthiest families, took on debt to pay for college. The volume of federal government loans alone rose 137 percent from 1992 to 2002, to $20.7 billion.
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Student entrepreneurs to present business models Nov. 15 at Wayne State

Students from the Blackstone LaunchPad, Wayne State University\'s student entrepreneur program, and other colleges around the Metro Detroit area will showcase their business models at Wayne State\'s Get Launched! Event Nov. 15. Get Launched! allows today\'s students to showcase tomorrow\'s next great business model. Their business ideas range from mobile apps and social media technology to retail and automotive engineering, and everything in between.

O'Connor: Change Judicial Elections in Michigan

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, speaking at a symposium on judicial election and selection at Wayne State University earlier this week, urged Michigan to change the way it chooses judges from an electoral system to one of merit-based selection as is done at the federal level. Michigan is one of 39 states that has elected judges rather than judges selected by legislatures and then given life tenure to insulate them from political influence.
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Detroiters attribute population decline to crime, poor schools, few jobs

Crime, poor schools and a lack of employment are common themes Detroiters point to as reasons why more than 200,000 people have left the city in the past 10 years. Brian Raveau, 23, said he worries about his fiancée walking home at night from Wayne State University. "I've had a pleasant experience," he said about living near WSU where he also attends school. He said Detroit needs to create a better image to get people to want to move to the city. He said getting rid of abandoned buildings will help.