Alok Kumar (Part I)

Dec 21, 2020

We welcome Alok Kumar to discuss his latest book, ‘Ancient Hindu Science: Its Transmission and Impact on World Cultures.’

Alok Kumar is a professor at the State Univeristy of New York, Oswego.


A county in southeastern Michigan wants to determine the effectiveness of sampling and studying sewage to see whether hot spots for the COVID-19 virus can be traced.

The pilot project was expected to start in June in Macomb County, just north and northeast of Detroit.

Samples will be collected twice each week from seven sites in Clinton Township. If successful, the pilot project can be expanded to other parts of the county, according to Macomb Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller.


April 21st @ 9:00 pm on WGVU Public Television - PBS FRONTLINE presents Coronavirus Pandemic investigating how the deadly COVID-19 outbreak began in the U.S. and how the federal response allowed it to spread. WGVU spoke with correspondent Miles O’Brien.

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Pine Rest Christian Mental Services

Social distancing and the spread of COVID-19 is heightening anxiety. Pine Rest Christian Mental Services is experiencing an increase in patients seeking telehealth appointments. Pine Rest began transitioning from in-clinic to telemedicine appointments beginning March 17th. In an average month, it assists more than 400 patients. The COVID-19 pandemic has spiked telehealth visits to 700 per day or 3,500 a week. “I don’t think I’ve I had a client that I’ve talked to that has not had concerns about COVID in some way.” Jean Holthaus is Pine Rest Telehealth Clinic Manager.

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"I was trained as a reproductive tract developmental biologist back at Harvard Medical School. When I was recruited here of course, I'm going to continue to study reproductive tract biology, and one of the more interesting aspects of reproductive tract biology is the fibroids it's the most common tumor and women by far and no one really knows how they start and no one really knows how they grow. I thought that that would be a really good way for me to advance our knowledge and continue the study." 

Jose Teixeira, PhD portrait

Uterine fibroid tumors are the most common tumor found in women. Researchers have been trying to figure out how they start and grow. Funding from the National Institutes of Health has led to a Grand Rapids-based collaboration leading to what’s been described as a breakthrough that may lead to better treatments.

Each year in the United States, 600,000 women will have a hysterectomy. Half of those are the result of uterine fibroid tumors. The only cure is the removal of the uterus.

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Groundbreaking on the Grand Rapids Innovation Park is less than a month away. A multi-million dollar gift will fund cancer-fighting technologies.

Doug Meijer and the Meijer Foundation are investing $19.5 million into what will be named the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Center.

A new facility has opened at the University of Michigan to handle diagnostic testing of millions of samples per year including patients' blood, saliva and tissue. 

The Michigan Medicine Clinical Pathology facility is located in four former Pfizer buildings in Ann Arbor and received its first patient sample last month.

Samples also include urine, cells and DNA. They come in for testing from University of Michigan clinics and hospitals as well as from around the country.

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Personalizing the management of disease is the goal of National Institutes of Health and partners like Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health. In its beta test year, NIH has enrolled more than 25,000 underrepresented individuals from across the country into its All of Us Research Program. It aims to enroll another one million in the coming years. The research aims to improve health outcomes.

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A Barry County man claims a fragment of the meteor that penetrated the earth’s atmosphere over Michigan this week – the one with the sonic boom causing an earthquake registering 2.0 on the Richter scale – came down over his head just outside Hastings. WGVU made the drive and trekked the fields in search of its remains.

“Uh, uh…who’d of…50 yards from where it hits and seeing it!”

Stacy Garrison was pulling into his driveway around 8:10 Tuesday evening. / Grand Valley State University

Ralph D. Hauenstein, the son of philanthropist Ralph W. Hauenstein carried out his late father’s wishes Monday announcing financial gifts to three West Michigan institutions.

“I think his life was exemplary of where he’s placed his fortune. Represented here are the mind, the body and the soul and the health of all three,” said Brian Hauenstein, the Grandson of philanthropist Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein who passed away in January 2016.

Biologists with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are planning to take a second look at fish in the Rogue River due to growing water contamination concerns from nearby tannery dump sites.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that testing from four years ago found elevated levels of toxic industrial chemicals in fish north of the Rockford dam, prompting the state to issue limits to eating those fish in a health advisory.

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A scientific manuscript soon to be published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research questions the effectiveness of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal’s electrical barrier preventing Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan.

WGVU spoke with Dr. Alan Steinman about the findings. Steinman is Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University.

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Premiums will rise an average of 27 percent for the hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents who buy their own health insurance. Consumers eligible for income-based tax credits will be protected from the increasing premiums. The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services published the rates Wednesday. Enrollment for 2018 begins in a week. 

Autonomous cars head for the Big Apple

Oct 18, 2017

Autonomous vehicles are already navigating the verdant hills of Pittsburgh and cruising the pitched avenues of San Francisco. They may soon be tested by the chaos of downtown Manhattan, where pedestrians, taxis, buses and bikes embark daily on an eternal quest to avoid impact.