U-M Social Science Researcher Creates Smartphone Apps to Enhance Fathers’ Engagement with Their Children

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U-M Social Science Researcher Creates Smartphone Apps to Enhance Fathers’ Engagement with Their Children

(Photo courtesy of Kwanie) By Dan Meisler Here are two undisputed facts of American life today: Almost everybody has a smartphone, and smartphones seem to be able to do almost anything you want them to do. But Dr. Shawna Lee, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is focusing on one thing smartphones don’t do right now, but could: deliver programs and information that will improve the mental health, psychological well-being and social relationships of people who are underserved by social service agencies. For over a decade, Lee...

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WSU Alumnus Jim Anderson Looks to the Future for Exciting New Technologies

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WSU Alumnus Jim Anderson Looks to the Future for Exciting New Technologies

(Photo courtesy of Wayne State University) While looking for a way to plot environmental pollutants while working on his master’s degree in civil engineering at Wayne State University, Anderson developed the world’s first computer mapping technology. He founded Urban Science in 1977 as a way to use that knowledge to help companies measure their performance in the marketplace through data. Today, Detroit-based Urban Science employs around 750 people and provides analysis for nearly every major automotive maker in the world. Anderson recently...

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Wayne State Study May Lead to Use of Smart Phones to Assist in Stress Management Programs in Workplace

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Wayne State Study May Lead to Use of Smart Phones to Assist in Stress Management Programs in Workplace

(Image courtesy of Wayne State University) By Julie O’Connor DETROIT – Although studies of the health effects of stress have been published for years, few have examined how chronic and momentary — or acute — stress influences health while people go about their daily lives. Researchers at Wayne State University recently published the study, “The Relationship of Chronic and Momentary Work Stress to Cardiac Reactivity in Female Managers: Feasibility of a Smart Phone-Assisted Assessment System,” in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, which looked...

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Scanning Babies’ Fingerprints Could Save Lives

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Scanning Babies’ Fingerprints Could Save Lives

(Image courtesy of Michigan State University) By Kim Ward   Each year, 2.5 million children die worldwide because they don’t receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. Michigan State University Professor Anil Jain is developing a fingerprint-based recognition method to track vaccination schedules for infants and toddlers that will increase immunization coverage and save lives. To increase coverage, the vaccines must be recorded and tracked. The traditional tracking method is for parents to keep a paper document. But in...

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