Law professor serves on commission that issues national report on addiction medicine

July 11, 2012

A five-year study by the National Advisory Commission on Addiction Treatment, on which professor Myles V. Lynk served as a member, has been issued by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

The report, “Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice,” reveals that addiction treatment is neglected by the medical system in the United States. It further indicates that, of the 16 percent of Americans who have the disease of addiction, 90 percent of them receive no form of treatment. Download Full Image

According to the study, released on June 26, 40 million Americans ages 12 and older have addictions involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs, which makes addiction disease more prevalent among Americans than heart conditions, diabetes or cancer. Addiction and the risky use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs constitute the largest preventable and most costly health problems facing the United States today, according to the report.

It offers a set of recommendations to overhaul current intervention and treatment approaches and to bring practice in line with the scientific evidence and with the standard of care for other public health and medical conditions.

To read the report, click here.

Lynk is the Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and the Legal Profession and a Faculty Fellow in the Public Health Law and Policy Program of the College of Law’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation. He also is an Affiliated Faculty in Justice and Social Inquiry in ASU’s School of Social Transformation. At the College of Law, he teaches business and corporate law, legal ethics and professional responsibility, bioethics in health care and law and literature. In 2008-2009 Lynk was a Visiting Honors Faculty Fellow in ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College. In 2010 he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Law’s Alumni Association. From 2004 to 2010 he served as ASU’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative.

Women's tennis earns ITA Academic Honors for fifth-straight season

July 11, 2012

2012 ITA All-Academic Team

For the fifth-straight season, the Arizona State women’s tennis team was named to the ITA Division I All-Academic Team. The Sun Devils recorded a 3.63 team GPA for the 2011-12 season, well above the ITA criteria of a cumulative GPA above 3.2. Download Full Image

Individually, the Sun Devils had seven athletes earn ITA Scholar Athlete honors. Seniors Sianna Simmons and Michelle Brycki, juniors Hannah James and Nicole Smith, and freshmen Clare Frye, Leighann Sahagun and Joanna Smith all earned honors from the ITA.

Simmons, who earned first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors last month, has received ITA Scholar recognition for three-consecutive seasons. A native of Atlanta, Ga., Simmons graduated in May with a degree in Global Studies.

The Arizona State tennis team was also recently honored by the NCAA for recording a perfect 1000 APR score for the eighth-consecutive season. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.