Mandel School Researcher Receives
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.

Campus News

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 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.

For Students

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.

August 18, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University med students learn from one another

The Plain Dealer, August 18, 2009
While Washington struggles to redefine the nation's health care system, a handful of medical schools across the country have begun changing how they train their doctors. The change is evident from the start of the school year at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, as a group of students in hospital scrubs shuffles into a brightly lighted meeting room.

More on universal health care and small businesses

The New York Times, August 14, 2009
Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes a column about universal health care and small businesses.

Abnormal protein may signal pancreatic cancer

U.S. News & World Report, August 16, 2009
Prion, an abnormal protein, is a biomarker of early pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests. Prion accumulation causes mad cow disease, but very little is known about prions outside of the brain. This study identified the mechanism by which prions cause pancreatic tumors to grow more aggressively, said researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Baker sees boost from Madoff

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 17, 2009 (subscription required)
The law firm Baker Hostetler has worked on several high-profile cases. Cassandra Robertson, assistant professor of law at Case Western Reserve University's School of Law, said the firm's proven ability to handle the complex and high-profile Madoff work will beget similar cases in the years to come, something that will be beneficial for lawyers there.

Higher Ed News

The methodical madness of Move-In Day

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 18, 2009
In recent years, campus administrators have done much to make moving in easier for students. On many campuses, the move-in operation is now as thoroughly planned as a military invasion.