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Welcome to the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition

Chaired by professor Rick Welsh, we offer the following academic programs:

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.

Cancer Survivors Cooking Demonstration

Falk College sponsors purposeful plant-based eating for cancer survivors cooking demonstration March 9

The benefits of plant-based eating for cancer survivors, and easy steps patients and their families can take to eat healthy, is the focus of a special cooking demonstration offered by nutrition science and dietetics students at Syracuse University. Falk College, in collaboration with the Upstate University Cancer Center's certified specialist in oncology nutrition, presents "Purposeful Plant-based Eating for Cancer Survivors and Cancer Risk Reduction: A Recipe Demonstration and Tasting," Wednesday, March 9, 6:00 p.m., Nutrition ACE Center, 204 Falk College. The program was developed in Falk College's Food Demonstrations: A-Z course, taught by Professor Tanya Horacek, that helps students develop nutrition education skills for working with a variety of audiences. The event, which is intended for cancer survivors, patients and their family members and those who are interested in cancer prevention, is free and open to the public.


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How light, sound impact human health

Margaret Voss, professor of practice, nutrition, published, "A framework to assess evolutionary responses to anthropogenic light and sound" in Trends in Ecology & Evolution (July 2015). The paper is meant to be a framework to help researchers structure their future work to obtain clear and solid evidence of this trend and its implications for human biology.

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Professor Bellows' new book explores the human right to adequate food, nutrition

Professor of food studies, Anne Bellows, introduces the human right to adequate food and nutrition in her recently released publication, Gender, Nutrition and the Human Right to Adequate Food: Toward an Inclusive Framework. The book identifies structural disconnects fueling food insecurity for a billion people, and disproportionally affecting women, children, and rural food producers: the separation of women's rights from their right to adequate food and nutrition, and the fragmented attention to food as commodity and the medicalization of nutritional health.

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Falk College Hosts Inaugural Ann Selkowitz Litt Distinguished Speaker Series

"Food and Fear: How Therapists and Dietitians Collaborate in Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders" was the featured topic for the Inaugural Ann Selkowitz Litt Distinguished Speaker Series held Thursday, November 5 in Grant Auditorium. Sandra Pinney, RDN, and Laura K. Ratner, LICSW, LCSW-C, BCD, addressed the difference between normal and problematic eating, and the importance of a collaborative relationship between dietitians and therapists in eating disorder recovery.

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Falk College names Rick Welsh to endowed Falk Professorship

As part of their visionary and purposeful commitment to academics as a path to success, Syracuse University alumni David B. and Rhonda S. Falk established a series of endowed professorships in each of the seven academic disciplines of Falk College. Today Falk College announced Rick Welsh has been named Falk Endowed Professor.

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Falk College Announces new Master of Science (MS) degree in Food Studies

Syracuse University's Falk College is now offering a new Master of Science (MS) in Food Studies. This 36-credit hour Food Studies MS program provides students with a foundation in the political economy of food systems, including human rights, food governance, and food justice and health.

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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.

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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.

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photo by Katherine Sotelo | The Daily Orange

Brainfeeders brings locally grown vegetables to campus

BrainFeeders, a student organization in Falk College's Food Studies program, is working to establish long-lasting food access and justice programs throughout the SU/ESF campus. The group is partnering with Common Threads CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to have SU's first-ever CSA drop off location on campus, which started in August. BrainFeeders has also partnered with the Student Association to provide free transportation from campus to the Regional Market on Saturdays in the fall. View schedule for Regional Market Shuttle. BrainFeeders' faculty advisor is Professor Rick Welsh, who is department chair of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition.

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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.

Anna Delapaz

Meet Falk College's first food studies major

Once she took her first food studies course, she discovered there is so much to know about food. So when Falk College announced its newest undergraduate major in food studies, it was no surprise that Anna Delapaz '17 signed on as the first official major in the program. A double major in nutrition, her career plans are focused on becoming a registered dietitian. She hopes to delve further into her interests in community gardens and improving food access. "I think having a background in both nutrition and food studies is a great way to fully grasp the complexity of food," says Delapaz.

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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.

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Public health professor Dessa Bergen-Cico named Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Bergen-Cico, associate professor of public health, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in the Republic of Georgia for the 2015-16 academic year. Her research will support development and implementation of primary prevention and drug education in Georgia and the region.

Project ETHICS documentary team

Project ETHICS filmed for upcoming documentary

In 2013, associate professor of public health, Dr. Katherine McDonald, received a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH), to address the pressing need for scientific knowledge to improve the health of persons with intellectual disability. A survey was created by an expert panel, which included Micah Fialka-Feldman, a Syracuse University student, teaching assistant, and staff member. Feldman, who will graduate in May 2015 with a certificate in Disability Studies, helped design the survey and assisted with recruitment and sharing findings. During the project, McDonald was contacted by documentary filmmaker, Dan Habib, an Emmy-nominated creator of award-winning films on disability-related topics about his upcoming film, Intelligent Lives.

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Food Studies assistant professor Evan Weissman receives 2015 Meredith Teaching Recognition Award

In recognition of teaching excellence, Evan Weissman, Ph.D., assistant professor of food studies, was honored with the 2015 Teaching Recognition Award as part of the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship Program. Awards will be presented during a ceremony on April 13.

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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.

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Falk College Announced 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.

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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.

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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, honored Falk College associate professor of nutrition, Sudha Raj, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, with two awards at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Atlanta October 18-21. Dr. Raj received 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.

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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, 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.

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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.

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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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