Welcome to the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition
Chaired by professor Rick Welsh, we offer the following academic programs:
• Addiction Studies, M.A.
• Addiction Studies (C.A.S.)
• Dietetic Internship (C.A.S.)
• Food Studies, B.S.
• Global Health, M.S.
• Global Health (C.A.S.)
• Nutrition, B.S.
• Nutrition Science, B.S., M.A., M.S.
• Public Health, B.S.
You can also view more specific details on our programs by visiting our web pages on public health, nutrition science and dietetics and food studies.
Sports Nutritionist to Speak at Syracuse University April 8
Sports nutritionist, Sarah Wick, RD CSSD LD, will speak at Syracuse University on April 8, 7:00 p.m., in the Life Sciences Bldg., Room 001. Her presentation will focus on sports nutrition and how it affects performance.
Christy Lecture Series in Nutrition welcomes
Seth Goldman, co-founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea April 13
Seth Goldman, co-founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea— the mission-driven entrepreneur who Beverage World magazine just placed at the top of its "50 Disruptors in the Beverage Industry" list —is the featured speaker at the Christy Lecture Series in Nutrition presented by Falk College April 13, 10:15-11:30am, 312 Lyman Hall. Goldman’s presentation is entitled, "Scaling an Authentic Brand While Keeping it Honest."
Sarah Skinner completes nutrition internship at St. Vincent Sports Performance
In January 2015, Sarah Skinner, a graduate student majoring in nutrition science in Falk College, secured a four- week unpaid internship with St. Vincent Sports Performance, a national and highly competitive nutrition internship with only four interns selected annually. For Sarah, the St. Vincent internship allowed her to get a real-world glimpse of her career goal of working with a sport team (professional or collegiate level). The internship was a hands-on sports nutrition experience where she worked one-on-one with potential NFL players preparing to enter the NFL Combine, Pro Days, and the Draft.
March is National Nutrition Month
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' theme for national nutrition month, which takes place in March, is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle." The student group Orange Wrap is planning is a Plinko game where students in the dining halls come to the table, play the game by dropping a disk in one of the slots on top.
Trauma REU student Charles Preuss with dog Bear - photo credits
Research training program for veterans accepting applications
To improve access to undergraduate research experiences in the area of trauma for groups typically underrepresented in this research, including veterans, a collaborative venture between Syracuse University’s Falk College, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is now recruiting students for its 2015 program June 1-26 on the Syracuse campus. The Undergraduate Trauma Research Training program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity that brings together veterans and non-veterans in a safe environment to pursue trauma research activities.
Falk College Announces New Master of Arts in Addiction Studies
To address a growing need for more counselors, healthcare professionals and social services professionals with adequate training and credentialing in alcohol, other drugs and behavioral addictions, Falk College announced the creation of a 36-credit Master of Arts in Addiction Studies degree. The degree program provides students with opportunities to develop broad competencies in preparation for employment in a number of fields addressing alcohol, other drugs and behavioral (process) addictions.
Sam Rodgers Earns ACC Post-Grad Scholarship
Sam Rodgers, a nutrition major in Falk College, is one of three Syracuse student-athletes recognized for his academic and athletic achievements with a post-graduate scholarship from the ACC. Rodgers was an AFCA Good Works Team honoree this season for his work in the community, which includes a pair of mission trips to Haiti with the group Poverty Resolutions. Rodgers was also named a Remembrance Scholar for this academic year at Syracuse, which is one of the highest awards a student at Syracuse University can receive. He will represent Falk College as one of two Class of 2015 marshals. Rodgers, who was previously a CoSida Academic All-America, served as a captain this season and finished his career with the Orange having served as the teams long snapper in every game since his arrival at Syracuse.
Food studies, nutrition faculty, students participated in NYC James Beard Empire Feast
Falk College food studies chef instructor, Mary Kiernan, cooked for and participated in the James Beard Empire State Feast Event on Feb. 27 at the James Beard House in NYC. Assisting her and the other team chefs were Falk nutrition students, Rachel Johnson and Kaylah Wicks. The Beard Foundation offers events to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster an appreciation of American cuisine. Preparation for the event included recent test run-throughs at Syracuse University’s Falk College teaching kitchens.
Public health faculty lead GIS workshop for students, community members
On November 24, students, faculty and community members gathered for the first annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Workshop sponsored by Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. David Larsen, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, led the workshop as part of public health professor Sandra Lane’s research work in the area of neighborhood trauma and violence in Syracuse.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honors nutrition professor Sudha Raj for leadership in service, excellence in practice
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, will honor Falk College associate professor of nutrition, Sudha Raj, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, with two awards at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) to be held in Atlanta October 18-21. Dr. Raj will receive the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) Leadership in Service Award and the Excellence in Practice Award from the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG.
Falk College Faculty Awarded Komen Foundation Grant for Breast Cancer Awareness, Education Programming
Public Health professor of practice, Luvenia Cowart, working with Maria Brown, assistant research professor, School of Social Work, has received a $47,293 grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure New York Foundation to support the project, “Breast Cancer Awareness and Education Program for African American Women in Underserved Communities.” The project’s aim is to reduce disparities in breast cancer and its associated health risks, and to promote participation in mammography and early detection services for African American women in the Syracuse community.
Study Identifies Key Components for Prevention, Intervention Programs for Adolescent Smoking in China
Falk College professors, Ambika Krishnakumar (Child and Family Studies) and Lutchmie Narine (Public Health) authored “Parenting practices and adolescent smoking in mainland China: The mediating effect of smoking-related cognitions,” which appeared in the August 2014 edition of the Journal of Adolescence. In collaboration with Dr. Yan Wang, Drs. Krishnakumar and Narine examined the direct and indirect associations of general and smoking-specific parenting practices with Chinese adolescents' smoking behaviors. Results suggest that parenting practices and smoking-related cognitions are critical components to be incorporated in prevention and intervention programs for adolescent smoking in China.
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.
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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Lecture with Sports Nutritionist, Sarah Wick
An evening lecture on sports nutrition and how it affects performance
Wednesday, April 8th
Life Sciences Bld, Room 011
Food Chains: The Revolution in America's Fields
Join us for an award winning film showing and discussion
Thursday, April 9th
Falk Complex Room 104
Learn more about the film
6th Annual PLAY Mini-Conference
"Family Play in Diverse Cultures" presented by Jaipaul Roopnarine
Saturday, April 11th
Mt. Nittany Elementary School
Christy Lecture Series in Nutrition
"Scaling an Authentic Brand While Keeping it Honest" presented by co-founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea, Seth Goldman
Monday, April 13th
312 Lyman Hall
Sports and the Pursuit of Healthiness
Symposium focusing on the historical reasoning for the development of sports, concerns for the health of athletes, changes that reduced health risks and the impact of health concerns on sports participation.
Date: Friday, April 24th
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Grant Auditorium
Falk College Community Meet-and-Greet with Dean Murphy
Dean Murphy is interested in hearing your ideas about student needs in our new building. A date will be scheduled after Spring Break.
Falk Complex Student Lounge, Room 216