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Orientation and welcome week for incoming Class of 2020 is July 25-29
In Headlines on July 22, 2016
The Wayne State University School of Medicine Class of 2020 will be welcomed on July 25.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine Class of 2020 will be welcomed on July 25.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine welcomes the incoming Class of 2020 for Year One Orientation July 25-July 29 with a series of activities and programs introducing the 288 entering students to the policies, curricular requirements, services, student organizations, extra-curricular programs, administration, faculty and staff of the medical school.

The week kicks off with a welcome breakfast and remarks from medical school leadership in the Scott Hall Cafeteria, and concludes Friday with the annual White Coat Ceremony, held in front of family and friends at the Max M. Fisher Music Center and Orchestra Hall in Detroit.

The Class of 2020 includes 164 men and 124 women ranging from 20 to 46 years old. The overall grade point average for the class is 3.65. Of the students, 235 enter with bachelor’s degrees, 49 with master’s degrees and six with doctorates.

The most common undergraduate academic majors for the new class are Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Chemistry, Physiology, Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Physics. The most popular alma mater for the class is the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, but 84 other colleges and universities also are represented. The most common male name in the class is Eric. For females, it is Lauren and Amanda.

Spanish is the most common language spoken other than English. While all of the students are residents of the United States and Canada, their birth countries vary, with 231 born in the U.S., nine in Canada, eight in India and three each in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the Syrian Arab Republic. A total of 209 are Michigan residents, 20 are from California, nine are from Illinois and seven are from Florida, with the remainder hailing from 15 other states.

Other events to be held throughout the week include a review of the School of Medicine’s education program, a “Mythbusters: WSUSOM Edition” session to introduce student government, lunches with upperclassmen and clinical and basic sciences faculty members, presentations about public safety, the city of Detroit, financial aid essentials, a day in the life of a medical student, mentorship and wellness programs, a walking tour of Midtown Detroit, an overview of how students are assessed, a School of Medicine Alumni Association and Student Organization Fair, and service-learning activities in and around the city to familiarize students with Co-Curricular Program opportunities and the school’s mission of urban clinical excellence.

A total of 4,770 applications were submitted to the school for the entering class.

Dr. Chuan-Pu “C.P.” Lee dies at age 84
In Headlines on July 21, 2016
Chuan-Pu “C.P.” Lee, Ph.D., at her 2011 retirement party.

Chuan-Pu “C.P.” Lee, Ph.D., at her 2011 retirement party.

Chuan-Pu “C.P.” Lee, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emerita of Biochemistry for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, died July 20. She was 84.

Dr. Lee retired from the School of Medicine Dec. 31, 2011, after a 36-year career with the School of Medicine. She was appointed a professor of Biochemistry on Sept. 1, 1975, and was named Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry in 1990.

Even after her retirement, she continued to serve with colleagues and students in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as an advisor.

“Science has been my life,” Dr. Lee said upon her retirement. “I have great passion for mitochondrial bioenergetics research. I also enjoyed teaching and interacting with students. I have been blessed with excellent research assistants, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows. I have had a well-equipped laboratory. We all worked hard and built a congenial working atmosphere in the lab. Our research projects progressed well and were rewarded with ample funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.”

Dr. Lee established an endowment fund to assist pre- and post-doctorate fellows in the department to assist with costs associated with presentations and travel to national and international scientific meetings. She said she created the fund to provide young researchers “an opportunity to meet leading scientists in the world, broaden their scope of scientific research, and provide inspiration and encouragement in pursuing their career.”

Dr. Lee is survived by a brother, Chuan-Shue “Mike” Lee (Catherine).

Her family is planning funeral service and burial to be held in Delaware. Planning for a local memorial service to honor Dr. Lee is underway. Details will be announced when finalized.

School of Medicine researcher co-stars in new one-act opera about women in science
In Headlines on July 20, 2016
Gerty Cori

Gerty Cori

Chien-Shiung Wu

Chien-Shiung Wu

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

Mary Grivas and Jinsheng Zhang, Ph.D., rehearse a scene from "Headstrong."

Mary Grivas and Jinsheng Zhang, Ph.D., rehearse a scene from "Headstrong."

Art and science will intertwine in dramatic fashion when the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores presents the debut of a new one-act opera, “Headstrong,” based on the 2015 book “Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World,” by journalist Rachel Swaby.

“Headstrong” premieres at 7 p.m., Aug. 6, at 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $15 for Ford House members and students, and are available here.

The one-time performance will be followed by a reception with the author and cast, who include the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Jinsheng Zhang, Ph.D., a professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a trained operatic singer; his wife, Jie Wang, a former research assistant for the School of Medicine and trained soprano; and Dorothy Duensing, a mezzo soprano with the Michigan Opera Theater and adjunct professor for voice at WSU. Mary Grivas, a soprano and veteran liturgical singer in the metro Detroit and Windsor area is also a cast member.

The book covers Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, to lesser-known yet significant scientists of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing this one-of-a kind musical performance to Ford House,” said Ford House President Kathleen Mullins. “The Ford family has a history of championing science education, especially for young women, so we’re pleased to be the setting for ‘Headstrong’ to premiere.”

The opera, written and composed by Grosse Pointe-based musician and teacher Wes Fishwick, who received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in piano performance from WSU, takes Swaby’s eloquent and insightful anecdotes of women scientists throughout history to the stage for a one-act musical experiment. Swaby will lead a conversation about her book and the importance of women in science before the performance.

Fishwick’s work focuses on three scientists from the book -- Gerty Cori, a Czech-American and Nobel Prize-winning biochemist known for her groundbreaking work on carbohydrate metabolism; Chien-Shiung Wu, a nuclear physicist who was dubbed the “First Lady of Physics;” and Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book “Silent Spring” is credited with founding the modern environmental movement.

“There were so many extraordinary women mentioned in Rachel’s book, it was a challenge to narrow down the opera to just three women,” he said. “Gerty Cori, Chien-Shiung Wu and Rachel Carson all have such incredible scientific and personal stories. Telling them in a musical fashion will be a treat to audiences.”

“We hope that programming will serve as a spark to students to enter a STEM field as a career, and to have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the women – past and present – who have made important contributions to our world,” Mullins added.

Dr. Levy appointed to NIH study section
In Headlines on July 20, 2016
Phillip Levy, M.D., M.P.H.

Phillip Levy, M.D., M.P.H.

Phillip Levy, M.D., M.P.H., professor of Emergency Medicine for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been appointed to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Cancer, Heart and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section.

Dr. Levy, who also serves as associate chair of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine, will serve a four-year term that ends June 30, 2020.

Study sections review NIH grant applications, make recommendations to the appropriate national advisory councils and survey the status of research in their respective fields. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, scientific publications and other achievements and honors.

The Cancer, Heart and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section reviews applications for grants related to epidemiologic research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease and sleep conditions in human populations. Cardiovascular disorders considered include myocardial ischemia and infarction, cardiac hypertrophy and failure, cardiovascular arrhythmia, blood pressure and hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart rate, atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, dyslipidemia and peripheral arterial disease. Sleep conditions considered include sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, sleep disturbances, fatigue and insomnia. Areas related to cancer include cancer of the breast, prostate, digestive system, reproductive system, head and neck, skin, bone and lung, and hematologic and childhood cancers.

“Being entrusted to evaluate the scientific merit of grant proposals put forth by the top minds in medicine is an honor and a privilege,” said Dr. Levy, who also directs the WSU Clinical Research Service Center. “I am extremely proud of my appointment to the CHSA study section and look forward to my next four years of service.”

Dr. Levy is leading a number of studies related to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, including research to determine how vitamin D affects cardiac structure and function, and vascular function in African-Americans with hypertension. That study, funded by an NIH R01 grant, could identify vitamin D as a safe, effective and inexpensive therapy to stop, and even reverse, cardiac ravages caused by high blood pressure.

Dr. Belotte elected to WCMSSM Board of Directors
In Headlines on July 20, 2016
Jimmy Belotte, M.D.

Jimmy Belotte, M.D.

Jimmy Belotte, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been elected to serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the Wayne County Medical Society of Southeast Michigan.

"I am humbled to have been elected to serve on the board,” said Dr. Belotte, also a member of the Gynecologic Oncology Multidisciplinary Team for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. “I will seize this opportunity to learn from great leaders of our society. I will work relentlessly to make a difference and honor the trust vested in me.”

The Wayne County Medical Society of Southeast Michigan, the largest and one of the most active county medical societies in Michigan, advocates for the medical profession through legislative, public health and business initiatives, and promotes the core values and code of ethics to which members of the medical profession adhere.

Crain's names two physicians with WSU ties 'Health Care Heroes'
In Headlines on July 18, 2016
Mona Hanna Attisha, M.D. Res. '06

Mona Hanna Attisha, M.D. Res. '06

Carmen McIntyre, M.D. '90

Carmen McIntyre, M.D. '90

Two physicians who honed their medical skills at the Wayne State University School of Medicine were named Health Care Heroes by Crain’s Detroit Business this week.

Mona Hanna Attisha, M.D. Res. ’06, and Carmen McIntyre, M.D. ’90, are two of the five winners of the 15th annual awards honoring metropolitan Detroit health care professionals in five categories.

The Crain’s nod in its “Physician” category is the latest honor for Dr. Hanna Attisha, a pediatrician and former faculty member at the School of Medicine who, in 2015, discovered the elevated lead levels in the blood of children living in the city of Flint. She was also named to Time’s 100 Most Influential People list in April and received the 2016 Michigan Education Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor, in May. Crain’s Detroit Business named her to its 100 Most Influential Women list last month.

She completed her WSU residency at the Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan, serving as chief resident in 2006, and was an attending physician with the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine before joining Flint’s Hurley Medical Center in 2011. She now directs the center’s pediatric residency program and the Michigan State University/Hurley Pediatric Public Health Plan Initiative.

Dr. McIntyre, a Class of 1990 graduate and chief medical officer of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority with a clinical background in Psychiatry, won the “Advancements in Health Care” category for her creation of two programs. One, the Mental Health First Aid Training program, trains first responders in on-the-spot mental health evaluations. Since its inception two years ago, more than 10,000 first-responders, teachers and clergy can recognize and assist people who may be in a mental health crisis situation.

Her other program trains first-responders how to use the drug Naloxone for people suffering from opioid overdoses. Naloxone is a heroin antidote that stops overdoses. At least 50 people have been saved by first-responders in southeast Michigan since the program launched last fall, according to news reports.

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