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What is public health?

public health n. The science and practice of protecting and improving the health of a community, as by preventative health practices, health education, control of communicable diseases, application of sanitary measures, and monitoring of environmental hazards. (The American Heritage Dictionary)

Students of Public Health work to improve the health and well-being of people locally, nationally, and globally through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.

For more information about the field of Public Health, visit http://www.whatispublichealth.org/


 

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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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National Science Foundation spotlights Falk REU program that trains veterans, non-veterans to conduct trauma-related research

The Trauma Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) program, launched three years ago by Falk Family Endowed Professor of Public Health, Brooks Gump and SUNY Oswego psychology professor Karen Wolford, trains veterans and non-veterans to conduct trauma-related research. A joint venture of Syracuse University, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and SUNY Upstate Medical University, the Trauma REU is offered to 10 students each year. It starts with an intense, immersive summer program--four weeks of trauma coursework while crafting a research project--and continues through the year as students conduct research under faculty supervision. Students are a mix of veterans and non-veterans. This highly interdisciplinary program includes faculty who are geneticists, psychologists and social workers and has contributed to research on stress reduction tools used by trauma patients


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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, 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.


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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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Gump to continue leading Undergraduate Program for Trauma Research with Veterans with newly awarded NSF grant

Falk Family Professor of Public Health, Brooks Gump, Ph.D., M.P.H., will continue leading a program this summer for undergraduate veterans and non-veterans (five openings for each) interested in becoming trauma researchers. Gump was one of six faculty from three upstate New York universities (Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate, and SUNY Oswego) who ran this Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2012 and 2013. As one of several on-going interdisciplinary collaborations in the Falk College, the REU program includes faculty members Keith A. Alford, Ph.D., ACSW, associate professor of social work and Dessa Bergen-Cico, Ph.D., CHES, CAS, assistant professor, public health. The $285,679 grant recently awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support the REU program for two more years, which is now recruiting undergraduate veterans and non-veterans to participate. Students can earn $3,000 for participating in an intensive four-week summer program from June 2-27, 2014 at Syracuse University.


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Larsen Focuses Research on Malaria Elimination in Zambia

David Larsen Portrait

In the Amazon port city of Belem, Brazil, David Larsen came to understand the luxury of a few pennies. Larsen, an assistant professor of public health in the Falk College, worked among the people living in extreme poverty in the favelas, while a missionary from 2002-04. "We'd be knocking on doors and saw very close up the devastating effects of the lack of health care, clean water and sanitation," he says. "They literally had nothing." And the simplest of measures—such as an ordinary antibiotic worth a few cents—could have a profound impact.


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College Events

Empathy Matters Information Session


Syracuse University college student's mentoring elementary school-aged children about the basics of empathy.

Date: Wednesday, Feb 4th
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Hall of Languages, Room 205

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Dr. Ramadoss Presents "Work-Family Interface in India"


South Asia Center's Spring Speaker Series

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 10
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: 340 Eggers Hall

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Negotiating a Global Sustainable Development Agenda: the View from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


Research Brown Bag Forum presentation by Chantal Line Carpentier, Sustainable Development Officer Division for Sustainable Development Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations.

Date: Friday, Feb. 13
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: 312 Lyman Hall

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Falk College Spring Graduate Information Session


Meet admissions staff and learn about Falk College graduate programs

Date: Saturday, Feb 28th
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Heroy Auditorium

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Mindfulness Goes to School: Linking Research with Practice


Contemplative Collaborative Brownbag Series presentation by Dessa Bergan-Cico & Rachel Razza.

Date: Friday, March 6th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: 123 Sims Hall

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