Wayne State University

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized urban research institution offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students. Wayne State’s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over 200 acres; its five satellite campuses 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. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools — particularly in the sciences — Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan’s public universities.

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Businessman and philanthropist Joe Ricketts shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist after his workers voted to unionize. Dave Weaver/AP Photo

In an era of billionaire media moguls, do press unions stand a chance?

Joe Ricketts abruptly shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist after his employees voted to unionize. Is what he did legal? And how could similar events be prevented in the future?
Scary pumpkins are the least of what frightens us at Halloween, a day devoted to being frightened. asife/Shutterstock.com

The science of fright: Why we love to be scared

We may pretend that we do not like fear, but Halloween proves otherwise. Many of us enjoy being scared. But why?
A pair of identical twins. The one on the right has OCD, while the one on the left does not. Brain Imaging Research Division, Wayne State University School of Medicine

How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

It can be very hard for people to accept that they – or their family member – are not to blame for their mental illness. Seeing the evidence in a scan can make a difference.
A National Guardsman stands at a Detroit intersection during the summer riots of 1967. AP Photo/David Stephenson

Why Detroit exploded in the summer of 1967

Fifty years ago, Jeffrey Horner watched news broadcasts of the riots that erupted just miles from his home. But he was worlds apart from the racial tensions that had been festering for decades.
Who’s collecting your data, and what are they using your data for? Brian A. Jackson/Shutterstock.com

The real costs of cheap surveillance

What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it's accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
Empty field north of downtown Detroit, photographed nine months before the city declared bankruptcy in 2013. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File

Detroit’s recovery: The glass is half-full at most

Less than four years after Detroit filed for bankruptcy, boosters say a revival is underway in the Motor City. But two scholars say new growth has not spread yet to neighborhoods that need it.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in center. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Why Russians support Putin’s foreign policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has not dropped below 80 percent since March 2014. Russians overwhelmingly support their president's aggression in Georgia and Crimea. Here's why.
Upon request, Facebook will remove content for violating local laws. In the last six months of 2014, it restricted access to 3,624 pieces of information in Turkey. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Is internet freedom a tool for democracy or authoritarianism?

The U.S. State Department and the United Nations are spending big bucks to support the internet as a boon for democracy. But new research shows just providing access isn't enough.
Racial disparities in tip size can’t be explained by discriminatory service. Brian A Jackson/Shutterstock

What’s behind racial differences in restaurant tipping?

Within the US restaurant industry, blacks are generally considered comparatively poor tippers. One recent survey of roughly 1,000 restaurant servers from across the nation found that 34% thought blacks…
The Spirit of Detroit may yet rise again. Dave Sizer/Flickr

Bankruptcy is not the end, but the beginning for Detroit

On the surface it appears that the City of Detroit is facing a hopeless future. A closer look suggests that the picture is not so bleak. The alarm has been raised by the State of Michigan placing the city…

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