Falk College opens Nutrition ACE Center
Falk celebrated the opening of its Nutrition Assessment, Consultation and Education (ACE) Center, a new hands-on learning laboratory to prepare students with traditional and emerging professional competencies critical to effective nutrition practice. The ribbon cutting ceremony, tours and a reception took place September 25th. A generous and visionary gift from Falk College alumna, Rhoda Dearman Morrisroe ‘69, made the ACE Center possible. It includes two lecture halls, one with a demonstration kitchen and one with a teaching station; two small private consultation rooms; a physical assessment room, and; a small conference room with a large media screen.
Syracuse Food Justice Symposium October 2-3
"Taking Back Our Health through Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture," the first-ever Syracuse Food Justice Symposium, will focus on grassroots urban agriculture and food justice. Scheduled to take place October 2-3, it is organized by a broad coalition of grassroots organizations, not-for-profit agencies, community gardeners, interested stakeholders and Syracuse University partners, including the Falk College's Food Studies program. Sessions will explore food justice, regional food systems frameworks, and engaging community youth in good food work, among many other topics. A dinner prepared by local chefs using regional and local farm products will be prepared on October 2, followed by the keynote address by Malik Yakini, founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), which operates a seven-acre urban farm and is leading efforts to open a co-op grocery store in Detroit's North End.
Brandon Steiner '81 to receive Arents Award October 23
Brandon Steiner '81 will receive Syracuse University's highest alumni honor, The Arents Award, on October 23. He has continued his commitment to Syracuse University and its students through service to Falk College and its Department of Sport Management as a member of its Advisory Board, which he currently chairs, and as a teacher and guest lecturer in several classes. "We are deeply privileged for the opportunity to work with Brandon. His life exemplifies the best qualities of Orange spirit-the willingness to work hard, a genuine concern for others, and a sincere desire and willingness to change the lives of others for the better," says Diane Lyden Murphy, dean, Falk College.
Sandra Lane Honored with the 2015 Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy
Sandra D. Lane, a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence and professor of public health and anthropology at Falk College, will be honored with the 2015 Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy at the upcoming American Public Health Association meeting in November. The award honors Lane's excellence, creativity and innovation in the development and implementation of health policy. The award was given by the American Public Health Association, through their section on Community Health Planning and Policy Development.
Dr. Merril Silverstein awarded $1.49 million from John Templeton Foundation, $401,072 from NIH to investigate outcomes of religious engagement in later life
The John Templeton Foundation awarded a $1.49 million grant to Merril Silverstein, Ph.D., the Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging, for a three-year study entitled, "Religious Transitions, Transmissions, and Trajectories Among Baby-Boomers and their Families." Additionally, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Silverstein $401,072 for the project, "Religiosity and Mortality Risk in Later Life." Both projects focus on positive outcomes for older individuals, their families, and society related to religious engagement in later life. Given the rapidly growing older population and concerns about the viability of families as conduits for transmitting and preserving religious traditions, the research project provides much-needed data analysis on a major social issue confronting families today.
Falk College receives grants to assist trauma victims of neighborhood violence
Grant awards from the Community Foundation of Central New York and the John Ben Snow Foundation will support a new collaborative project, led by principal investigator, Linda Stone Fish, Falk Family Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy. The project, entitled, "In This Together," will provide workshops to help social service professionals, educators, health care practitioners, juvenile justice workers, clergy, and mental health counselors learn how to identify and address signs of trauma. The program will also provide grief counseling, healing circles, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and therapy to community members impacted by violence.
Falk College recognizes staff for excellence
Seven Falk College staff members were honored for excellence in a ceremony held in August 2015. Dean Murphy and Falk College presented awards to: Nadaya Brantley, internship coordinator, Social Work; Jaime Grillo, internship coordinator, Sport Management; Mamie Hensel, counselor, Student Services; Annette Hodgens, recruiting specialist, Admissions; Tracey Reichert-Schimpff, director, clinical services, Marriage & Family Therapy; JoAnne Turner, manager, student records, Student Services, and; Kate Veley, events and alumni manager, Office of the Dean. (Photo above courtesy of Professor Alejandro Garcia).
Falk instructor's handbook for change explores patterns of decision-making as vehicle to change the self
Long-time Falk College instructor, Thomas J. Schur, M.S.W., a member of the Syracuse University faculty for more than 25 years, recently released the book, Mag or Min: Which Are You?, which explores two patterns of decision-making that define who a person is over the course of their life. "Magnifiers" make decisions based on the assumption that any task to be attempted will almost always work out, despite the odds against it. They "magnify" the possibility of a favorable outcome. "Minifiers" make decisions based on the assumption that any task to be attempted will seldom work out, despite the odds in favor of it. They "minify" the possibility of a favorable outcome. A podcast of his book, which serves as a substantial overview of the Mag/Min framework, is available here: www.tschur.com.
Brainfeeders teams with Common Thread Community Farm to bring CSA to SU, ESF students
Common Thread Community Farm, working with Brainfeeders, the food studies student organization, is making it possible for Syracuse University and ESF students to get fresh produce through a CSA share pick-up site on campus starting this August. See video here: The CSA vegetable shares will include fresh, sustainably grown potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, beets, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, peppers, eggplant, herbs, winter squash, celery, leeks, kale, chard and more.
Falk Faculty Dessa Bergen-Cico, Nancy Mudrick Named Fulbright Scholars
Falk College today announced associate professor of public health, Dessa Bergen-Cico, and professor of social work, Nancy Mudrick have received Fulbright Scholarship Awards.
Aging Studies Institute hosts Aging Families/Changing Families International Conference
Aging studies scholars from around the world convened at Syracuse University for the Aging Families/Changing Families International Conference hosted by the Aging Studies Institute and the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committees on Aging and Family. Conference attendees represented colleges and universities from four continents and nearly two dozen countries, with topics addressing a shared commitment to the research, teaching, and advancement of the field of aging studies. More than 120 attendees participated in the three-day event that included daily keynote speakers, 17 sessions and 78 presentations of original research focused on aging in the context of family life. (Photo above courtesy of Professor Alejandro Garcia.)
Syracuse Lead Study adds new zip codes to expand participation
A study funded by the National Institutes of Health is seeking participants who are 9, 10 or 11 years old, reside in 13057, 13202, 13203, 13204, 13205, 13206, 13207, 13208, 13209, 13210, 13211, 13212, 13214, 13215, 13219 & 13224 and consider their race as either African-American or Caucasian.