Momentum: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Receives Nearly $1 Million Grant to Study Recovery Mechanisms
in Teens Facing Addiction

On May 4, 2009, Case Western Reserve University announced nearly $9 million in new philanthropic commitments to the School of Medicine. This story is the third in a series that will highlight these new gifts.

The John Templeton Foundation has awarded Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine a $942,307 grant to support the work of Maria E. Pagano, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Pagano's research focuses on the recovery process of youth and adults afflicted with the disease of addiction. Her primary research interest centers on the role of service in addiction recovery. Pagano's research has shown that adult alcoholics who help others with their struggles with addiction were twice as likely to be sober in the year following treatment as compared with non-helpers. With the support of the John Templeton Foundation, her three-year investigation will expand her work with adults to explore how helping others assists the adolescent helper in staying sober.

"My work thus far suggests that even those very early in recovery can benefit from being active in service," Pagano said. "This has important implications for treatment, and I am grateful for the John Templeton Foundation grant, as it allows me to gather empirical evidence to support this age-old wisdom. We hope this work will lead to more adolescents becoming the young men and women they were meant to be." Read more.

Campus News

During the summer months, the Case Club at Severance Hall is closed on Fridays. The regular schedule will resume Friday, August 21. Special note: the Musical Arts Association will celebrate the July 4 holiday on Monday, July 6; the Case Club will be closed that day.

Case Western Reserve University's Emerging Infections Committee continues to monitor H1N1 flu conditions and provide updates to help students, faculty, staff and visitors avoid contracting this new strain of the flu. No cases have been reported on campus. Additional information is available on the university's emerging infections Web site.

For Faculty and Staff


The Staff Advisory Council is currently accepting nominations for representatives through June 26. Eligibility for membership on the council is defined as all regular, full or part-time, exempt and non-exempt, non-faculty employees with at least six months of service with the university. Representatives are elected for a two-year term. Terms of membership begin on the third Monday of September of every year. The following management centers will be filling positions this term: the School of Dental Medicine, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Academic Administration, and University Administration. Eligible employees also are encouraged to nominate themselves. Send all nominations to Robin Kramer via e-mail with the subject line "SAC Elections Committee." Questions can be directed to Kramer by e-mail or by phone at 368-5942.

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites nominations and applications for the position of Faculty Diversity Officer. The successful candidate will be a tenured Case Western Reserve University faculty member in good standing with a terminal degree in their discipline, and a minimum of three years related experience in diversity/inclusion work and/or faculty development in an academic institution. Complete application packets should be submitted by Friday, May 22, to receive full consideration. Learn more.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.



Case Western Reserve University's LGBT Task Force is marching in the Cleveland Pride Parade on Saturday, June 20. The group will meet at 11 a.m. on the corners of West 3rd Street and Rockwell Avenue in downtown Cleveland to assemble for the march. If interested in participating, contact Jennifer Lhotsky via e-mail, or by phone at 368-0705.

The School of Law's LL.M. in U.S. and Global Legal Studies Program is co-sponsoring the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) Northern Ohio Chapter's first meeting for its Young Professionals Group from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at the Ritz-Carlton, downtown Cleveland. Yannick Le Couedic, executive director of FACC Ohio, will update attendees on the numerous activities the chamber has been working on to grow relationships. The event also is designed for attendees to network and learn more about the business and cultural relationships between France and Northern Ohio. Contact Scott Guye by e-mail to register for the event.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

May 20, 2009

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Case in the News

7,000 summer jobs for teenagers available in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, May 20, 2009
Cleveland teenagers can apply for 7,000 six-week summer jobs that city leaders hope will keep them off street corners and out of trouble. The city has partnered with Cleveland State and Case Western Reserve universities and Cuyahoga Community College, clergy, local businesses and the city schools to promote education, recreational and employment opportunities.

Local astronaut on risky mission to repair Hubble telescope, May 19, 2009
Chris Mihos, professor of astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, comments on the risky space mission that includes a Broadview Heights, Ohio native.

Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals research questions Celebrex effectiveness against colon cancer

The Plain Dealer, May 18, 2009
A new study finds that individuals who have low expression of the "Celebrex gene," or 15-PGDH, don't benefit at all from taking Celebrex—a drug that relieves arthritis pain and inflammation without harming the digestive tract—when it is used to prevent colon cancer. The study, published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was led by Sanford Markowitz, professor of cancer genetics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Oakwood company lands Third Frontier grant

Bedford Sun, May 16, 2009
ViewRay Inc. is one of six companies from Northeast Ohio to receive state grants from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission. The company will receive $5 million toward its work in developing an instrument that puts magnetic resonance imaging together with radio therapy for the benefit of cancer patients. The instrument makes breakthroughs in guiding radiation to cancerous tumors. ViewRay is working with The Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University on the project.

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center has relied solely on local talent to achieve construction aims

The Plain Dealer, May 16, 2009
In a letter to the editor, Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center administrators outline their plans to move to a new building on Euclid Avenue. They write that the success of this project results from a collaboration of Cleveland organizations, including Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Test prep, to what end?

Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2009
The National Association for College Admission Counseling is releasing an analysis on the impact of test preparation services that backs the claims of test prep companies that they do produce gains on the SAT. But the research described suggests that the gains are relatively small—gains that theoretically shouldn't matter much in admissions decisions.