Grant to Enable Mandel School Research on Support Systems for Women


The words from Lean on Me ring true for those recovering from substance abuse problems. Elizabeth M. Tracy, professor from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, wants to examine exactly who are in those networks and how they either help or hinder recovery.

Tracy and a team of researchers will follow 420 women who are receiving help from three local social service agencies over their first year in recovery to understand what kinds of individual social networks women need to build to support a healthy recovery.

Tracy, chair of the Mandel School's doctoral program, is the lead investigator on a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).

What makes this study unique is that it focuses on the supports women already have. Most prior research has focused on substance abusing men. Read more.

Campus News

Parking rates for the 2009-2010 fiscal year are now available online. These rates reflect efforts to contain costs for faculty, staff and students, while still providing a modest increase in operating dollars to support critical needs in the parking operations.

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 University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Lessons Learned from Physics Education Research" from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. There has been an impressive array of results recently on how people learn physics that are widely applicable to learning in all the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). UCITE will host Chandralekha Singh of the University of Pittsburgh, who has been one of the leading researchers in this area for more than a decade. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

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



The 63rd Annual Association for Continuing Education Book Sale will take place May 30 through June 2 in Adelbert Gym. Several categories of books are available for purchase, including photo journalism, art, the Beat Generation, and more. Credit cards will be accepted. Go online for complete details and price information.

Case Western Reserve's Department of Family Medicine is hosting the Seventh Annual Scientific Meeting featuring the Dr. Edward C. and Diane White Lectureship in Family Medicine, and the Jack H. Medalie Keynote Address, from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. Topics include Alzheimer's disease; health care delivery in correctional facilities; pre-participation physical exam; and patient adherence to treatment. Faculty, community physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, fellows, and medical students are invited to attend. The conference is free, but registration is encouraged by May 30. Contact Karyn Schmidt for details.

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 26, 2009

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Case in the News

Analysts say GM bankruptcy may not be all that bad

The Associated Press, May 23, 2009
With General Motors' long-anticipated day of reckoning a little more than a week away, nearly all signs are pointing to the wounded auto giant limping its way into bankruptcy court, but experts say that might not be as bad as once expected. Jon Groetzinger, a visiting law professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

The queens in Obama's high court, May 22, 2009
As early as this week, President Obama is expected to pick a replacement for retiring Justice David Souter—and the nominee will very likely be a woman. Jonathan Entin, professor of law and political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Stock analysis, then and now

The New York Times, May 23, 2009
After federal and state investigations earlier in this decade into possible conflicts of interest among Wall Street analysts, the securities industry made important changes in its practices. A separate, forthcoming study in the Review of Financial Studies has also found that the difference between Wall Street and independent stock research has largely disappeared. It was conducted by several professors, including Leonardo Madureira of Case Western Reserve University. He is an assistant professor of banking and finance at the Weatherhead School of Management.

For African American women, breast cancer treatment isn't a given

Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2009
With a Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy and radiation are often urgently needed. Researchers say African American women may be more reluctant to pursue such treatment because of the time and cost involved. Here's a good overview of these and related issues from, with information provided by Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati.

Higher Ed News

Many summer internships are going organic

The New York Times, May 23, 2009
The interest in summer farm work among college students has never been as high, according to dozens of farmers, university professors and people who coordinate agricultural apprenticeships.