Mandel School Researcher
Nearly $5 Million Grant
to Study Prenatal Cocaine Exposure
Sonia Minnes, an assistant professor from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and now the lead researcher in phase four of a long-term study of cocaine exposed children, has received a five-year, nearly $5 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Nearly 400 teens, half of which were prenatally exposed to cocaine, will be studied in their adolescent years. With the inception of this new study, "Prenatal Cocaine Exposure in Adolescence," Minnes and her co-investigators will follow the children through age 18.
Researchers will look at the youths' choices when it comes to using drugs, having sex or engaging in delinquent behaviors, and see if there is an association with prenatal cocaine exposure. The study will also closely follow the cognitive development and mental health behavior of the young people. Read more.
Access Services will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, August 22. In addition, the department will remain open until 6 p.m. August 24-26.
On Thursday, August 20, the quad level entrance to the Sears building is scheduled to be closed from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Contractors will be replacing the canopy roof. A crane will be in place and the area will be blocked off while the work is in progress. The building will be accessible from the quad through the Nord and Wickenden entrances. Contact Customer Service for Facility Operations by phone at 368-2580 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
For Faculty and Staff
The Department of Human Resources will host a supervisory briefing session on the topic of "Increasing Employee Productivity—Case Western Reserve University Performance Management Process" from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, August 20, in Nord Hall 310A. Objectives include facilitating communication between employees and supervisors; increasing the effectiveness of communication; and developing a performance improvement plan.
Church of the Covenant is hosting a "Welcome Bash for Students" from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sunday, August 23. The event will feature food, beverages and music from a steel band. The event—which will be held on the lawn of the church next to Thwing Center and Mather House—is designed to welcome students to the neighborhood. Rain site: inside the church.
Students interested in microscopy, optics and 3-D imaging are invited to learn more about the Microscopy-Principles and Applications class (GENE 537, PHOL 537, and MBIO 537). The course will provide an introduction to various types of light microscopy, digital and video imaging techniques, and their applications to biological and biomedical sciences via discussions and hands-on experience. Contact Patty Conrad at 368-0199 for more information.
In celebration of National History Day, a documentary on late Cleveland philanthropist Flora Stone Mather will be shown at the History Associates board meeting beginning at noon, Wednesday, August 19, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. The documentary was made by 2009 History Day participants Noah Broadbent and Zack Hostoffer, both seventh-grade students. National History Day was founded by the late David Van Tassel, who served as chair of the the university's history department.
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.