The Mower Visiting Scholar at Ben Gurion University's Regional Alcohol & Drug Abuse Research Center
is co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and the Division of General Internal Medicine.
The Mower Visiting Scholar Program is
intended to promote a dynamic relationship between the University of
Colorado and Israel’s Ben Gurion University (BGU). The aim is to promote
research capacity at BGU in the area of substance use by providing
opportunities for CU researchers to provide training, workshops,
symposia and joint research development on site at BGU.
Program is generously funded by Drs. Tobia and Morton Mower and it
supports several individual visits by researchers from CU to Israel each
year to carry out workshops or symposia and collaborate with Israeli
researchers working in similar areas. The Program will fund 2-3 Visiting
Scholars per year. Each visit is expected to last from 1-3 weeks.
Dr. Susan Calcaterra,
had the pleasure of traveling to Be'er Sheva, Israel in 2019, to
represent the University of Colorado as the innaugural Mower Visiting
Scholar. While at Ben Gurion
University, Dr. Calcaterra met with various faculty members to determine
potential partners for research collaborations in the field of
substance use disorders. She was introduced to faculty members in the
Department of Social Work, Nursing, Emergency Services as well as
faculty members in the hospital setting. Dr. Calcaterra was introduced
to the President of Ben Gurion University, Dr. Chamovitz, and learned of
his vision for the University's future.
Dr. Calcaterra gave a talk entitled, Too Much of a Good Thing: When the Use of Marijuana Becomes a Public Health Crisis,
Ben Gurion nursing students. After her time at Ben Gurion University,
she traveled to Tel Aviv where she toured the city on foot and saw
famous sites including Rothschild Boulevard and the Carmel Market. She
also enjoyed spending time looking out into Mediterranean Sea. As the
Mort and Toby Mower Visiting Scholar, Dr. Calcaterra looks forward to
ongoing collaboration between faculty members at Ben Gurion University
and CU with the generous support of The Mowers.