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Congratulations to Falk College students who have been named to the Fall 2013 Dean’s List. Students receive this certificate of achievement when they have achieved a minimum of a 3.4 semester grade point average and have earned at least 12 credit hours of course work.

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The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics provides an environment of teaching, research, service, and engaged scholarship within our communities.

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NSD Faculty Fellows

Nutrition faculty Named Fellows of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

In recognition of professional contributions, Falk College nutrition faculty members Drs. Kay Stearns Bruening, Sudha Raj and Sarah Short, along with long-standing, part-time instructor, Donna Acox, were named Fellows of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. The Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition. Fellows demonstrate the Academy's core values of customer focus, integrity, innovation, and social responsibility. Fellows provide outreach to their communities and grow public trust for Academy members.


NSD Faculty Fellows

In Memoriam: Patient Advocate, Author Jessie C. Gruman H’11

Jessie C. Gruman, president and founder of the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH), died on July 14, 2014 after a long illness. Dr. Gruman was the recipient of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Syracuse University in 2011. Jessie Gruman thoughtfully and passionately drew on her own experience of treatment for multiple cancer diagnoses, plus surveys, peer-reviewed research and interviews with patients and caregivers as the basis of her work to advocate for policies and practices to overcome the challenges people face in finding good care and getting the most from it.

“We at Falk College were honored to know and be able to nominate Jesse Gruman for an honorary degree at Syracuse University. She led an inspired and committed life giving voice to endless medical consumers. Her advocacy for medical patients and research has helped create a more responsive healthcare system,” notes Diane Lyden Murphy, dean, Falk College.


NSD Faculty Fellows

Nutrition major Sam Rodgers ‘15 continues focus on community service, nominated for Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Senior student-athlete Sam Rodgers has made community service a top priority in his time with the Orange men’s football team and he has been nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his efforts. Rodgers, who was also nominated in 2013, has been active in numerous community service organizations, most recently making his second mission trip to Haiti and working to establish a chapter of Uplifting Athletes at Syracuse. He’s traveled to Haiti in May in each of the last two years with Poverty Resolutions. Rodgers made the trip with his family and Syracuse student-athletes and assisted on a number of projects while there while partnering with the Mission of Grace Orphanage in the country. Earlier this year Sam, who is majoring in nutrition, was named a 2014-15 Remembrance Scholar. He will serve as one of two undergraduate Falk College Marshals for Convocation/Commencement 2015 next May.


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Falk College Announces New CAS in Trauma-Informed Practice

A Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Trauma-Informed Practice is now available through the Falk College’s Department of Marriage and Family Therapy. Comprehensive in scope, it prepares professionals to respond to trauma across a broad scope of origins, symptoms and systems. Core courses and electives address the theoretical foundations of trauma, as well as evidence-based trauma-informed practice approaches and techniques. Trauma-informed care provides a way for different agencies and groups to come together around a common concern. In a trauma-informed framework, prevention programs, human services, government agencies, and civic groups work together to create healthier and safer communities.


Food Science, Wheat Inspected

Falk College Announces New Bachelor of Science in Food Studies; Now Enrolling Majors for Fall 2014

The Falk College today announced a new bachelor of science degree in Food Studies. The new program, which is now enrolling majors for Fall 2014, provides a thorough understanding of food systems, politics and economies from production to consumption locally, nationally and globally. Students develop marketable skills, such as data management and analysis, food preparation and presentation, and the ability and knowledge to link these skills to the growing interest in food systems. The opportunity to pair the food studies major with minors within the Falk College and throughout Syracuse University, such as public health, nutrition, social sciences, policy studies or communications, offers students unique and marketable complements to their degree programs.


Rodney Paul

SPM Professor Dr. Rodney Paul and SPM Sabermetrics Club Featured in ESPN the Magazine

Baseball is full of cutting-edge stats that try to predict pitcher performance. But one centuries-old gauge is just as telling: the barometer.

ESPN The Magazine recently featured the research of Dr. Rodney Paul, Falk College Professor of Sport Management, and the SU Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club. In the article, reporter Peter Keating talks about Paul’s research and the fascinating discovery that the physics of air density doesn’t just affect the speed of pitching but also pitch selection. The research showed that pitchers alter their pitch selection based upon air density (altitude, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure), with pitchers throwing more breaking pitches when air density is low and fewer breaking pitches when air density is high. Furthermore, when comparing pitcher performance to expectations (based on betting market odds), pitchers that threw a high percentage of breaking pitches outperformed expectations on low air density days and pitchers who primarily throw fastballs outperformed expectations on high air density days.

Keating suggests that the results of the SPM club’s research may affect how teams play in the future based on weather and altitude.


Gerontology Education Workshop Attendees

Aging Studies Institute Hosts Gerontology Education Workshop

The Aging Studies Institute at Syracuse University hosted a Gerontology Education Workshop June 1-5. The workshop included 33.5 contact hours of substantive presentations on a variety of topics related to public policy and aging, preparation for and execution of two group assignments, and professional networking. SU faculty from Falk, Maxwell, and the Law School were on the program along with a keynote address by a colleague from Boston University. According to ASI Center director, Janet Wilmoth, 15 faculty members from other universities from across the U.S., five SU graduate students, one visiting scholar and Falk College Dean, Diane Murphy, attended the event. The event was sponsored by ASI’s Center for Aging and Policy Studies, which has core support from NIA Grant # 1P30AG034464.


Rick Welsh Portrait

Falk Professor to Study Anaerobic Digesters for Small-scale Dairy Farms

Falk College professor of Food Studies, Rick Welsh, and Stefan Grimberg and Shane Rogers, two environmental engineers from Clarkson University, have received a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture to develop educational and outreach materials related to smaller-scale anaerobic digesters.

In the U.S., anaerobic digesters have been seen as larger farm technologies since the more manure produced on a farm, the greater the amount of biogas produced too. This biogas is captured and burned to produce heat that can be used to keep parlors warm or to produce steam to turn a turbine and produce electricity. Excess electricity can be sold.


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Led by Dean Diane Lyden Murphy, the College brings together a rich history of academic programs whose signatures of social responsibility and justice join new and evolving majors reflective of educating global citizens.

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Coming Back Together


Syracuse University's African American & Latino alumni reunion.

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