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November 28, 2001
Vol. 28, No. 13



A Class Act: Informal Classes marks 30th anniversary

Director of Health & Safety says to exercise caution, but keep things in perspective

UT Press offers scholarly books about Middle East

UT and LULAC develop Austin Youth Leadership Academy

Advancements in disease research, mathematical theory take honors at Siemens competition

$7.2 million grant funds medical research

Marketing professor's research blends expertise in music industry, electronic commerce

New division to enhance teaching effectiveness, learning opportunities

Four teams to compete in MOOT CORP® finals

Eckhardt continues to safeguard campus history six years after his death

Norma Cantú brings expertise into classroom

$2.15 NSF grant to improve production of oil, gas

Research team discovers mechanism regulating plant growth

Engineers harness "quantum dots" for neurological research

Orange Santa program makes season brighter

Readership Survey

Anti-terrorism expert calls for increased steps to combat terrorism

Arete: Jessica J. Summers

School of Social Work gets funding for substance abuse research

A salute to military veterans, POWs, MIAs




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School of Social Work becomes major player in national research on substance abuse

The School of Social Work has become the third social work program in the country to be funded as part of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) initiative to stimulate the development of federally funded social work research on substance abuse.

The university joins two other top-10-ranked programs at Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University, said Barbara W. White, dean of the School of Social Work.

The Substance Abuse Research Development Program will focus specifically on substance abuse among under served populations (particularly African Americans and Mexican Americans) and will emphasize factors at the individual, family, organizational, societal and cultural levels that influence substance abuse and substance abuse treatment.

The five-year, $2 million Research Development Program will involve both research and training activities to develop substance abuse research among faculty and students in the School of Social Work and related disciplines.

In addition to this newly funded initiative from NIDA, three other federal grants totaling $4.3 million were awarded as follows:

  • Research grant from NIDA to study the normalization of heroin as a "club drug."
  • Research grant from NIDA to study drug problems on the U.S./Mexico border.
  • Technology transfer grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Servces Administration to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice in the addictions field.

Research Scientist Richard Spence is the principal investigator of these three grants.

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