Wayne State University: December 2014

Wayne State University: December 2014

Founded: 
1868
Location: 
Detroit, Mich.
Mission: 
Create knowledge and prepare a diverse body of students to excel in an increasingly complex and global society.

Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students. Wayne State's main campus in midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over 200 acres; its six extension centers offer higher education to students throughout southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in.

Detroit, Mich., is in the midst of a remarkable economic resurgence with a growing and vibrant urban core that Wayne State University is proud to be an important part of.

"Every great city needs a great research university, so having Wayne State right in the middle of all that action is really key," said Stephen Lanier, Ph.D., vice president for research at Wayne State.

In particular, Wayne State places a great deal of importance on community and workforce development, an effort that has been recognized with the recent receipt of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) BEST and BUILD grants, two highly competitive awards, with Wayne State as one of only two universities nationwide to receive both recognitions. Both awards will enable Wayne State to develop programs to help prepare university students for their future careers.

The Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) program grant will help develop the infrastructure at Wayne State to allow students to not only explore multiple, different career opportunities, but also innovative ways to enhance their skills for the current economy.

NIH's Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiative grant, will provide funding to the REBUILD Detroit project, which stands for Research Enhancement for Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity. Wayne State has partnered with other institutions of higher learning in Detroit, including Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne County ommunity College District on this program, the goal of which is to encourage individuals from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research through peer mentoring and early introduction to laboratory research.

Wayne State's history of giving back to the community is deep-seated. Home to the NIH's Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) since 1992, the university was awarded an additional 10 year contract in 2013 to continue housing the facility. To date, the PRB has helped 20,000 at risk mothers, many of whom lacked health insurance.

Next year, Wayne State will officially open its Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), the university's newest research facility and the largest construction project in its history, a testament to the role the university will continue to play in the rebirth of Detroit. The facility is comprised of nearly 200,000 square feet and will house more than 400 researchers and staff. Research will focus not only on thematic areas, but overall on translating new discoveries to improve human health and society.

Wayne State regards the advocacy efforts of Research!America within the same context as Wayne State's workforce development efforts, and the important role both these organizations play in equipping today's scientists and researchers to navigate the current economic and political climate.

"I have always been impressed with the way that Research!America is front and center in terms of getting the message out," said Lanier.

To learn more, visit http://wayne.edu.

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