- School of Medicine guests now have wireless access
In Headlines on September 11, 2012
Open wireless access lets guests access the Web while visiting the School of Medicine.
Whether using a laptop, tablet or smartphone, access to the Internet just became easier for guests visiting the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Open wireless access is now available throughout the school’s Mazurek Medical Education Commons, Margherio Conference Center, and Scott Hall cafeteria and second floor. The move provides hassle-free, open access to the Web, answering demand from guests, prospective students and their parents visiting campus, faculty who teach in the education spaces, and visiting medical residents in programs at the School of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Education hospital partners.
The upgrade required the addition of a new wireless network configuration installed on wireless access points already included in the Mazurek’s infrastructure.
The Medical System Information Systems’ Network Operations group planned and completed the project earlier this year, said Erwin Rauschendorfer, chief information officer and senior director of Information Technology for the School of Medicine.
“Most of the effort was in design and testing to ensure a smooth implementation,” he said. “Since this is a guest wireless connection, extra planning and preparation was involved to ensure appropriate security to the School of Medicine and WSU,” he said.
The wireless project is just one step the School of Medicine has taken to maintain a stellar information experience for all. Rauschendorfer, along with Ron Spalding, chief administrative officer for the School of Medicine Office of Medical Education, jointly presented their best practices for quality technology support to the medical campus in June, following an information technology user survey.
The survey was led by WSU’s Computing and Information Technology group, as part of a national project in which the university participated. C&IT issued the survey to users in various WSU locals, including the School of Medicine campus.
A technology committee, made up of education administrators, support managers, library staff and students, ensures the quality trend continues.
“We learned that we are on the right track in providing quality service and that our model of having all of the stakeholders at the table when reviewing current practices and future initiatives is very important,” Spalding said.
For example, new students already receive a hands-on orientation to all campus technology. Video streaming of lectures is available within an hour after a lecture is completed, a Listserv is used for class communication and all classrooms are audio/visual-wireless equipped.
They will continue to review new technology, specifically the use of iPads and other portable devices, looking at both the learner’s and the educator’s perspectives, he said.“We want to expand the use of technology where it makes sense and, with our limited resources, in the most effective manner. And while the survey was very positive, it was based on a small number of participants. The committee would like to get more users to take this coming year’s survey, so we get a better picture of how we are performing,” he said.
- Third annual Wayne State University-University of Michigan Joint Physiology Symposium brings a day of shared rewards
In Headlines on September 10, 2012
The poster finalists and winners pose with the symposium coordinators and other officials.The Wayne State University Department of Physiology hosted the third annual Wayne State Univeristy-University of Michigan Joint Physiology Symposium on Aug. 24, bringing together the strengths of both departments.
The symposium, started in 2010 by Jian-Ping Jin, M.D., Ph.D., chair of WSU Physiology at Wayne State, and Bishr Omary, Ph.D., M.D., professor and chair of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan, was created to bring together two major Michigan research departments, traditionally strong in education and research, to promote, initiate and strengthen integrative collaboration in physiological research.
“Our aim is to connect faculty, students and research fellows in our departments to identify complementary expertise, encourage new collaboration projects and sustain existing teamwork,” said Drs. Jin and Omary. “Our ultimate goal is to build a foundation for multi-PI joint research grants.”
Held every other year at Wayne State University, the symposium opened with remarks by Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., dean of the WSU School of Medicine. Oral presentations and a poster session presented by faculty, students and post-doctoral students from both universities and Henry Ford Hospital followed.This year’s symposium saw 85 posters on display in Room 1328 and the cafeteria in Scott Hall.
Awards for the top four posters from each university were conferred by Ambika Mathur, Ph.D., interim dean of the WSU Graduate School. Xuequn Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor of WSU Physiology, and Liangyou Rui, Ph.D., associate professor of U-M Molecular & Integrative Physiology, coordinated this year’s symposium.
The winners were Chandni Jain, Francina Gonzalez De Los Santos, Vanesa Ramseyer and Ziauddin Syed from Wayne State University, and Sarah Kampert, Megan Greenwald-Yarnell, Elise Demitrack and B.J. Holtz from the University of Michigan.
- Golden Gala will celebrate donors, Trailblazer and Ambassador Award winners
In Headlines on September 10, 2012
Robert Lisak, M.D.
Ananda Prasad, M.D., Ph.D.
Sanford Cohen, M.D.The Wayne State University School of Medicine will celebrate donors who helped fund student organizations and scholarships, and recognize leaders and contributors in the medical field during its annual Golden Gala.
Set for Sept. 29, the theme of the gala is “A Salute to Detroit: When Old Meets New.” The gala, which will take place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, includes a reception, raffle, plated dinner, live music and afterglow.
In addition the School of Medicine will present its Trailblazer, Ambassador and Distinguished Service awards.
The Trailblazer Award recognizes alumni and faculty who have forged paths through previously unexplored territory to become pioneers in their field of medicine and medical research. This year’s winner is Robert Lisak, M.D., F.A.A.N., F.R.C.P., professor and former chair of the WSU Department of Neurology.
The Ambassador Award honors people and corporations who epitomize the spirit of the School of Medicine. They represent world-class vision, leadership and progress demonstrated through outstanding service, commitment to the school’s teaching and research missions, and dedication to the city and the community. This year, Ananda Prasad , M.D., Ph.D., M.A.C.P., distinguished professor of WSU Internal Medicine, will receive the award.
The Distinguished Service Award is given to physicians, basic researchers, non-medically related individuals or alumni who have made major contributions to humanitarian causes or through community participation. The 2012 Distinguished Service Award winner is Sanford Cohen, M.D., professor emeritus and former Chair of WSU Pediatrics.
The gala will feature Huel Perkins, FOX2-TV news anchor, as master of ceremonies for the evening. A reception and raffle begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m., and an afterglow at 9:30 p.m. The event is black tie only.
A single ticket is $225. Two or more tickets cost $200 each. Complimentary valet parking will be available at the Marriott Hotel Motor Port, located on Renaissance Drive West. Paid parking will be available at the Beaubien Place Garage (accessible from Beaubien Street or St. Antoine).
A block of rooms are reserved at the Detroit Marriott for the event at a cost of $139 per night. To book a room, call 800-352-0831.
For additional information or to donate to the raffle, contact Cheryl Mudd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-577-3114. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Lori Herman at email@example.com or 313-577-1474.
- AIDS drug AZT inventor and famed cancer scientist Jerome Horwitz dies at 93
In Headlines on September 7, 2012
Jerome Horwitz, Ph.D.World-renown cancer scientist Jerome Horwitz, Ph.D., emeritus professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Oncology, for the Wayne State University School of Medicine and esteemed colleague of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (formerly the Michigan Cancer Foundation and Detroit Institute of Cancer Research), died Sept. 6. He was 93.
Dr. Horwitz’s unprecedented commitment to cancer research helped synthesize a new class of drugs for the advancements of cancer treatments, including the discovery of azidothymidine in 1964 as an anti-cancer drug. AZT later became the first drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of HIV infection and AIDS. In 1967, Dr. Horwitz created dideoxycytidine, which would later became the second cancer drug approved for AIDS patients, followed by Stavudine. These drugs remain the cornerstone in the treatment of HIV and AIDS.
Dr. Horwitz wrote more than 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals as well as several book chapters. His awards and recognitions are numerous and include Education ’92 Humanitarian by the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS; Michigan Scientist of the Year (1993); Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit New (2000); Outstanding Achievement Award by the University of Michigan in recognition of the synthesis of AZT; the Distinguished Service Award by Wayne State University (1995); and Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Annual Dinner honor (2005) for outstanding achievements to advance science. In addition, he was named Person of the Week by Peter Jennings; one of the 25 most intriguing people of 1986 by People magazine; he was elected to the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars in 1993 and has an endowment in his name, the Jerome R. Horwitz Fund for AIDS research.
Dr. Horwitz, a native of Detroit, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of Detroit; and his doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan, followed by post-doctoral fellow training at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. He began his tenure at the Detroit Institute of Cancer Research (now Karmanos) and Wayne State University in 1956 and retired in 2005 at the age of 86.
“We are extremely grateful for Dr. Horwitz’s legacy – his outstanding service and contribution to cancer research and AIDS that continues to helped thousands of people live a long and productive life,” said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of the Karmanos Cancer Institute and interim chair of Oncology for the School of Medicine. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Dr. Horwitz’s wife Sharon, daughters Carol Kastan and Suzy Gross, as well as other family members and friends.”
Services for Dr. Horwitz will be held Sept 9 at 11:30 a.m, at the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield. The family requests donations in honor of Dr. Horwitz be directed to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Henry Ford Hospice or B’nai Moshe.
- National EEG society awards Dr. Nash Boutros top honor
In Headlines on September 6, 2012
Nash Boutros, M.D.
A Wayne State University School of Medicine professor has been recognized with the top award from the Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurosciences Society, an organization he helped found in the 1960s.
Nash Boutros, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, will receive the E. Roy John Award for career contribution to Neuropsychiatric Electrophysiology on Sept. 13 in Bristol, Tenn. The award will be presented at the joint annual meeting of the EEG and Clinical Neurosciences Society, the International Society for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry and the International Society for Brain Electromagnetic Topography.
The award is given in recognition of contributions to the understanding of sensory gating or habituation in clinical neurosciences in normal and psychopathological conditions. Sensory gating describes neurological processes of filtering out redundant or unnecessary stimuli in the brain from the environment. Dr. Boutros and colleagues defined the abnormality in schizophrenia patients and the delineation of the neural systems involved in mediating the function.
The Bloomfield Hills, Mich., resident is an internationally-recognized expert in Electrophysiology recruited to WSU from Yale University, said David Rosenberg, M.D., interim chair of the WSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.
“He is quantitating findings on the EEG and getting a non-invasive brain fingerprint that has huge diagnostic and treatment implications,” Dr. Rosenberg said.
Dr. Boutros is director of the School of Medicine’s Psychiatric Clinical Electrophysiology and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation laboratories and associate chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. He has made it his life’s work to bring the electrophysiological assessment of neuropsychiatric disorders to the forefront of medicine. The ECNS society acts as the gatekeeper for the electrophysiology movement, in which psychiatry is not an abstract science but instead utilizes EEG technology for diagnosis, he said.
“As I am one of the founders of this organization, my pride comes from the fact that the ECNS is thriving and is achieving the goals that the original founders envisioned – developing and leading the clinical applications of electrophysiology technology in diagnosing and managing neuropsychiatric disorders,” Dr. Boutros said. “As the nomination is not limited to members of the organization, this becomes a real honor to be placed among individuals with recognized contribution to this field.”
He received the society’s Presidential Service Award in 2007.The late Dr. John founded the Brain Research Laboratories at the New York University School of Medicine in 1974, serving as director for more than 30 years.
- Fundraiser for Student-Run Free Clinic Thursday at Olga's Kitchen
In Headlines on September 5, 2012
The Robert R. Frank Student-Run Free Clinic serves Detroitís medically uninsured.
Olga’s Kitchen will host a fundraiser for the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Robert R. Frank Student-Run Free Clinic from 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday at its Detroit location, 1040 Woodward Ave., on the first floor of the Compuware Plaza.
A percentage of profits from both dine-in and take-out orders will benefit the nonprofit clinic, which provides primary and preventive care, health education and awareness, patient advocacy, social work and counseling, prescribed medications, basic on-site lab testing and specialty care referrals to the medically uninsured in Detroit. It operates in collaboration with Mercy Primary Community Care Center of Detroit from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Click here to access a flyer to print. You must bring the flyer with you and present it to your restaurant server. Flyers will not be distributed in the restaurant or within the parking areas, and digital flyers will not be accepted.
Olga’s will validate parking in the Compuware parking structure. Visit www.olgas.com for location information.