Subject of the Month: 2018

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April 2018


Sign for April 2018 Subject of the Month featuring a photo of a NASA space shuttle


Selector: Jim Van Loon

The Subject of the Month for April features not one but two topics to appeal to your inner rocket scientist:

  •  Astronomy: a course of study currently offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and
  • Aeronautical Engineering: studies of which were offered by the College of Engineering until the early 1960s


Aeronautical Engineering at WSU

Aero-Engg Videos

Aero-Engg Electronic Journals ( WSU Access ID & Password Required)

Advances in aerospace engineering [electronic resource]. ISSN: 2314-7520. Hindawi. Full text available from DOAJ: 2014 to present.

Aerospace science and technology [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1626-3219. Elsevier. Full text available from ScienceDirect: 01/31/1997 to present.

Aircraft engineering and aerospace technology [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1758-4213. Emerald Group. Full text available from ProQuest Central: 01/01/1997 to 1 year ago.

IEEE transactions on aerospace and electronic systems [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1557-9603. IEEE/IET. Full text available from IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL): 1965 to present.

Journal of aerospace engineering [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1943-5525. ASCE. Full text available from ASCE Library: 01/01/1988 to present.

Progress in aerospace sciences [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1873-1724. Pergammon. Full text available from ScienceDirect: 12/31/1995 to present.

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Wayne State University Sesquicentennial

WSU Logo with 150 years in the heart of Detroit

On May 18, in 1868, Wayne State University was officially founded as the Detroit Medical College. The first academic term began on Nov. 3, 1868.  On April 22, 1956, the Michigan Legislature adopted Act 183 “to establish and regulate a state institution of higher learning to be known as Wayne State University.” 

Photo of Detroit Medical College with the WSU Seal, Making History Since 1868


Throughout 2018, the WSU Libraries invite you to join us as we celebrate our University's rich history and sesquicentennial. The official celebration period will run from Jan. 1, 2018 to Nov. 1, 2018.  In addition to the Subject of the Month displays, please check the University Calendar for Special Events and Exhibits.

Dan Zowada Memorial Observatory

The Dan Zowada Memorial Observatory is a state-of-the-art 20-inch robotically-controlled remote observatory in the high desert of Rodeo, NM at an altitude of 4128 feet. This location has some of the clearest and darkest skies in the nation.

The observatory is named in honor of Michigan amateur astronomer, Dan Zowada, who tragically died of cancer at the age of 54; the facility was kindly donated to Wayne State University by the 419 Foundation of Russ and Stephanie Carroll.

Further information on the observatory can be found at

WSU Planetarium

The Wayne State University planetarium ( is proud to feature a new state-of-the-art Spitz High Definition Digital System for presentation of modern planetarium shows. Learn about the planets, our Solar System, stars, galaxies, and other wonders of the Universe. Be dazzled by one of our amazing fulldome films.


Astronomy e-Books (WSU Access ID & Password Required)

Aero-Engg eBooks (WSU Access ID & Password Required)