Nutrition Science & Dietetics  News


Joan Christy Lecture Series Presents Culinary Demonstration with the Iroquois White Corn Project

11/11/19

White Corn Project logoFalk College and its Department of Nutrition and Food Studies will host the Iroquois White Corn Project for a culinary demonstration and tasting on Thursday, November 14, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Falk (MacNaughton Hall) 104.

The Iroquois White Corn Project aims to bring Iroquois White Corn back as a staple of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) diet through the production of hand grown, picked, and processed products from heirloom seeds dating back at least 1,400 years in Haudenosaunee communities. Iroquois White Corn products are nutritious, non-GMO, gluten-free, and have a low glycemic index.

Lauren Jimerson, Seneca, Heron clan, resides with her son Angel Jimerson in ancestral Seneca territory near Victor, NY. With her passion for cooking and nutrition, Lauren developed several plant-based recipes during her time as the Interim Project Manager for the Iroquois White Corn Project. Lauren currently provides outreach and Angel works as the Iroquois White Corn Project Coordinator.

The Joan Christy lecture series is made possible by The Christy Food and Culture Fund, established in 2005 through the generosity of Syracuse University nutrition alumna Joan Christy ’78, G’81 to provide support for a lecture series in the nutrition program at the University.

The event is free and open to the public. For accommodations requests, please contact Jenn Hurley at jhurley@syr.edu or 315.443.1710.


Class of 2020 Falk Convocation and Syracuse University Commencement Ceremony update

19/09/19

Due to complex construction projects underway on campus, specifically the Stadium Project, various Commencement Weekend 2020 ceremonies will occur at alternative locations and at different times than in recent years. Specifically:

  • Commencement 2020 will take place Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. on the Shaw Quadrangle.
  • There are no changes to the Falk College Convocation ceremony, which will take place Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. in Manley Field House, as in previous years. Plans are already underway to celebrate the Class of 2020 during Falk’s Convocation with many special traditions, including each graduate being individually announced by name to walk across the stage. Tickets are not required. Parking is free. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person can watch the Convocation live online. Questions specific to Falk Convocation can be directed to Annette Hodgens ahodgens@syr.edu.
  • All pertinent details for Commencement Weekend 2020 will be made available on commencement.syr.edu as they are announced.

The Stadium Project is one of several University projects underway as part of the Campus Framework, a visionary roadmap meant to guide future campus planning and development for the next 20 years. For more information about current projects, visit the Campus Framework website.

Learn more about Convocation & Commencement


Dean Murphy welcomes Falk students to campus

28/08/19
Dean Diane Murphy
Diane Lyden Murphy, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.

Dear Falk Students,

Welcome back to campus, returning Falk students! Let’s give a very special welcome to the Class of 2023, as well as new transfer and graduate students. We are thrilled to have you join us. I hope you each enjoyed an adventurous and restful summer.

What a special time to be at Syracuse! There are plenty of exciting events planned on campus this semester, including a very special Orange Central homecoming and reunion on September 12-15, which will commemorate 150 years of Syracuse University history.

As we jump right into the Fall 2019 semester, I would like to remind you of some important information that will help you as you begin—or continue—your studies here at Falk College.

Falk College Student Services is your support system. Student Services counselors are here to provide you with confidential academic advising and help you meet your requirements and goals. In addition, they are your resource for confidential social and emotional support. If you have any concerns throughout your academic career, please contact Student Services or visit Suite 300 MacNaughton Hall in the Falk Complex.

I encourage you to connect with the staff at Falk Career Services, who can help you prepare for life after college through career exploration, internship and job searching, professional networking, and more. They are also located in Suite 300 MacNaughton Hall, or you can search for opportunities through Handshake, the University’s job search and professional events portal.

In addition, you can connect to spiritual life on campus at Hendricks Chapel, as well as health and counseling services now open in the Barnes Center at the Arch. Visit news.syr.edu to keep up with Schine Student Center renovations and other important University updates.

The Student Lounge, located in Falk 216, is available to you anytime the Falk Complex is open. The lounge has a microwave, refrigerator, and vending machines for student use. Across the hall is the Falk Café on 2, open 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition to smoothies, make-your-own salads, and wraps, the Café has a grill for sandwiches, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and many other items. Just down the hall is Falk 229, the quiet student lounge.

There are several computer labs in the Falk Complex. Falk 113 is a PC lab, Falk 253 is a Mac lab. Both are available to students at any time. Falk 400 and 407 are PC labs that are also used as teaching classrooms. When class is not in session, they are open for student use. You may check their schedule of availability using the Orange Events website. You may also use the quick-print stations in Falk 216 and 229 for printing and email. These stations log out automatically after 15 minutes of use.

The Student Involvement Fair will be held Wednesday, September 4 on the Quad from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Rain location: Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center). With more than 300 student organizations on campus, you are sure to find something that interests you. I highly encourage each of you to attend.

You can discover activities and events on campus by visiting the University’s new community calendar. You can also follow Falk College and other campus groups on social media.

Syracuse University email is the primary communication method at the University. Your professors and University offices will contact you with important information using your Syracuse University email address (ending in “@syr.edu”), not your personal email address. So, it is essential to read your University email at least once every day.

While I hope this list is helpful, there are many other resources available to you at Syracuse University. Please visit syracuse.edu/life/students to review a more inclusive listing of valuable student resources to enhance your experience at Syracuse.

With that, I wish you the very best for the upcoming Fall 2019 semester. Once again, welcome to Falk College and the Syracuse University family.

Go Orange!

Diane Lyden Murphy, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.
Dean
Falk College


Falk College welcomes new faculty and staff

14/08/19

Syracuse University’s Falk College is pleased to announce the appointment of new staff members who have joined Falk College in the past academic year, including Karen Goebel, office coordinator in the School of Social Work; Meredith Groman, administrative assistant and Jamie Rhoades, assistant teacher in the Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School; Kevin McNeill, internship placement coordinator in the Department of Sport Management; Megan Myers, assistant director of development in the Office of Advancement; Kathleen Nasto, office coordinator in the Department of Human Development and Family Science; Jessica Pitcher, career advisor and David Sly, associate director of career services in the Office of Student Services; Laura Sauta, administrative assistant and Megan Snow, internship placement coordinator in the Department of Public Health, and; Zachary Schuster, assistant director of undergraduate admissions and recruiting in the Office of Admissions.

It also welcomes five new faculty members, Justin Ehrlich, Chandice Haste-Jackson, Jeremy Losak, Stefanie Pilkay, and Xiafei Wang.

Justin Ehrlich Portrait

Justin Ehrlich

Assistant Professor, Department of Sport Management

Justin Ehrlich joins Syracuse University’s Falk College Department of Sport Management as a tenure-track assistant professor in Fall 2019, where he will teach in the area of sport analytics.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Ehrlich taught as an associate professor at Western Illinois University, School of Computer Sciences, since 2010 in Macomb, IL. There, he specialized in data visualization, visual analytics, sport data computation and analysis, machine learning, computer graphics, virtual reality, server-side development, languages and technology. He taught several courses such as Topics of Computer Science: Data Visualization, Operating Systems, Advanced Computer Graphics, Server-Side Development, and served as chair of the Council for Instructional Technology and chair of the IT Governance Executive Committee. He previously worked as an AViSSS (Animated Visual Supports for Social Skills) lead software developer for the University of Kansas and has held roles such as ASP.net developer for Nomise Systems and lead developer for HSSportsTV.net, both in Wichita, KS.

Ehrlich has published several papers in sport data visualization and analysis in Public Choice, Mathematical Social Sciences, Games, and the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sport. He has conducted many talks and live demonstrations on sport data computation, visualization, and analysis that incorporate use of Tableau (with VizQL), R, Python, and D3.

Ehrlich’s research has received support from the U.S. Department of Education, the U3E, and from Falk College. He was awarded the Moore Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the University of Kansas School of Engineering, the Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching with Technology from Western Illinois University, and several awards from WIU’s College of Business and Technology.

Ehrlich earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Kansas in 2010. His dissertation was titled, “The Effect of Desktop Illumination Realism on Presence and Generalization in a Virtual Learning Environment.” He also holds a computer science M.S. earned in 2007 from Wichita State University, and an accounting and business administration B.B.A., earned in 2004 from Friends University in Wichita, KS.

Chandice Haste–Jacksond Portrait

Chandice Haste–Jackson

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Chandice Haste–Jackson is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science beginning Fall 2019.

In addition to working as internship coordinator in Falk College since 2016, Haste-Jackson has served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Science since 2005, teaching courses such as Intimate Relationships and Gender Roles, Family Development, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She has also taught as adjunct faculty for Onondaga Community College and the American Public University/American Military University System Department of Human Development and Family Science. She previously served in Syracuse University’s School of Education as director of the Liberty Partnerships Program and has held positions at the Chadwick Residence, Inc., the Dunbar Association, and Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc.

Haste-Jackson serves on the School Counselor Advisory Board for the Syracuse City School District and is a consultant for My Brother’s Keeper Syracuse initiative founded by President Obama.

Haste-Jackson has presented for the Society for Research on Adolescence in San Francisco, CA and the National Council on Family Relations in Orlando, FL. She has given presentations for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement in Washington, DC, the New York State Education Department Empire State Youth Summit in Albany, NY, Ethiraj College and Women’s Christian College in Chennai, India, as well as for the National Diversity Council’s Upstate New York College Diversity Summit in Syracuse, NY, among others.

Haste-Jackson’s work in urban youth development, vulnerable families, cross-cultural family dynamics, and diversity education has received support from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, New York State Legislature-Joan Christensen, Onondaga County Department of Long-Term Care and Aging Services, Onondaga County Youth Bureau, Onondaga County Department of Health, Onondaga County Department of Social Services, United Way of Central New York, and Syracuse University.

Haste-Jackson earned a Ph.D. in child and family studies from Syracuse University in 2013. Her dissertation was titled, “Strengths and Risk Factors for Romantic Relationships: Perspectives of African American Women.” She also holds a M.S. in behavioral sciences with a concentration in psychology, earned from Cameron University in 1999, and a B.A. in cultural anthropology, earned from Syracuse University in 1996.

Jeremy Losak Portrait

Jeremy Losak

Assistant Professor, Department of Sport Management

Jeremy Losak joins Syracuse University’s Falk College Department of Sport Management as a tenure-track assistant professor in Fall 2019, where he will teach in the areas of sport management and sport analytics.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Losak was a graduate assistant in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University. His teaching experience includes positions as teaching assistant for Sport Economics, teaching assistant and later head teaching assistant for Undergraduate Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, and teaching assistant for Managerial Economics. In the sports industry, he was a baseball analytics consultant for Wasserman Media Group, marketing analytics consultant for The Madison Square Garden Company, and analytics intern for the Auburn Doubledays.

Losak’s research focus is in sports economics, particularly sport labor markets and betting markets. He is published in Managerial Finance and in the Academy of Economics and Finance Journal. He has given several presentations at venues such as the 2019 Eastern Economic Association Conference in New York, NY; the 2018 Southern Economic Association in Washington, DC; the 2018 Missouri Valley Economic Association’s Sports Economics Session in Memphis, TN, and; the Center for Research in Sports Administration’s Sports, Data, and Journalism Conference at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

Losak is the recipient of a Junior Researcher Award for the 2018 Sports, Data, and Journalism Conference at the University of Zurich and the Distinguished Student Paper Award at the 2018 Missouri Valley Economic Association Conference. He is also the recipient of travel grants from the Institute for Humane Studies Hayek Fund and Clemson Graduate Travel Grant Service. He was named a 2016 Falk College Class Marshal and a Falk College Scholar while at Syracuse University.

Losak earned a Ph.D. in economics from Clemson University in 2019 where he was a Koch Fellow in the John E. Walker Department of Economics. He also earned a B.S. in sport management from Syracuse University’s Falk College in 2016.

Stefanie Pilkay Portrait

Stefanie Pilkay

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Stefanie Pilkay joins Syracuse University’s Falk College School of Social Work as a tenure-track assistant professor in Fall 2019.

Before joining Syracuse University, Pilkay served as an adjunct lecturer at both Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York, NY since 2018 and the University of Tennessee, College of Social Work in Knoxville, TN since 2015, teaching research methodology, trauma theory and practice, lifespan and neurophysiological development, and human behavior in the social environment. She was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Atlanta, GA since 2017. She has served as a court-appointed special advocate for Anderson County Tennessee Juvenile Court. In 2014, she was a forensic social worker for the Community Law Office, Knox County Public Defender’s Office. Specific to her research experience, Pilkay has served since 2018 as an early investigator trainee on “Developmental Origins of Health and Disease,” an international cross-discipline research study with collaborations between Canada and the U.S.

Pilkay’s research interests include trauma, early-life adversity, inter-generational transmission of adversity, adversity and trauma mechanisms for risk and resilience in human development. She is published in the Journal of Social Work Education, the Journal of Social Service Research, and has given several peer-reviewed presentations, most recently at the 64th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Orlando, FL, Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference in Murfreesboro, TN, the International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect in Prague, Czech Republic, and the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry in New York, NY. Pilkay’s work has been supported by the National Institute of Health/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center.

Pilkay earned a Ph.D. in social work with a minor in graduate statistics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2017. She holds a M.S. in social work, an evidence-based interpersonal practice major with trauma treatment graduate certification, and a B.S. in social work with majors in honor’s social work and psychology, earned in 2014 and 2013, respectively, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Xiafei Wang Portrait

Xiafei Wang

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Xiafei Wang joins Syracuse University’s Falk College School of Social Work as a tenure-track assistant professor in Fall 2019.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Wang served as a research assistant on “Evaluation of Chinese National Working Committee on Children and Women & the United Nations Children’s Fund Joint Child Friendly Spaces Project in China,” funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund: China since 2017, and on “Improving Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Health Outcomes: Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (I-Fast) Integrated Episode of Care Model” since 2014, funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and Department of Developmental Disability.

Wang has published peer-reviewed articles in Social Work Research, Journal of Social Service Research, The Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, PsyCh Journal, Community Mental Health Journal, Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Child Abuse & Neglect, and Social Work in Mental Health, as well as multiple book chapters.

Wang recently presented at the 32nd Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment in San Diego, CA, the Council of Social Work Education 64th Annual Program Meeting in Orlando, FL, National Association of County and City Health Officials 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2018 in Dublin, Ireland, ResilienceCon 2018 in Nashville, TN, and the Society for Social Work and Research 22nd Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., among other presentations.

Wang’s work has received support from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Big Cities Health Coalition, Central Benefits Health Care Foundation, and the Ohio State University College of Social Work.

Wang earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2019. Her dissertation was titled, “Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma: A Mixed-Methods Study.” There, she also earned her M.S.W. in 2015. She earned a M.A. in social work and social policy from Peking University in 2012 and a L.L.M. from the Peking University Law School & The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Beijing, China and Lund, Sweden in 2011, where she was named valedictorian. She also earned a B.A. in social work from Peking University in 2009.


Welcome Class of 2023!

09/08/19

Otto with students moving in to a dormFalk College welcomes the Class of 2023 including 307 first-year and 20 transfer students who join 140 graduate students who are new as well. Welcome back to all Falk students who, this year, represent 40 states and 30 countries!

The entire welcome week schedule for new students can be found by visiting the Syracuse Welcome 2019 Guide.


Nutrition student tests her culinary knowledge in Atlantic City competition

23/04/19

Kelsie Wilson in the kitchenIn February, Kelsie Wilson ’20 was part of the first team to represent the Syracuse Chapter of the American Culinary Federation in the Baron H. Garland Regional Knowledge Bowl Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, a Jeopardy-style competition that tests culinary knowledge.

Wilson, a student in Syracuse University’s nutrition science and dietetics program in Falk College, was recruited for the team by one of her professors, Chef Mary Kiernan. “After much deliberation and convincing by my family and Chef, I decided to become a part of the Syracuse ACF Chapter team.”

Wilson was joined by Jessica Czyz, resort and recreation services management student at SUNY Morrisville, Rose Thompson and Grace Beard, hospitality management students at Onondaga Community College, and coached by Joseph Visser, a SUNY Morrisville culinary arts alumnus. The Syracuse Chapter was one of eight teams representing the Northeast region.

“Jessica, Rose, and Grace were a lot of fun to work with. We were not really sure what to expect going into this competition, as we were the first team the Syracuse Chapter had ever sent to this competition,” she says. “We agreed that we would all do our best and have fun,” says Wilson. “In the end, we were able to beat out two of the eight teams, so we felt very proud of what we accomplished.”

Wilson will start her senior year in the fall, and the competition was just one of many experiences that highlight her time at Syracuse University. One of her favorites, she says, was working as a teacher’s assistant for cooking labs in the Susan R. Klenk Learning Café and Kitchens, a 5,000-square foot commercial kitchen and experimental food lab. “My passion is and will forever be in the kitchen. It is where I have always felt the most comfortable. I greatly enjoyed helping students broaden their culinary skills and knowledge about food,” says Wilson.

After high school, Wilson had her eyes set on culinary school. “All my life I have wanted to be a chef and work in my very own kitchen,” she says. “I applied and was accepted into the Culinary Institute of America.”

But she decided to take her career path in a new direction when she was inspired by a dietitian. “During my senior year of high school, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It took a major toll on her and my family.” During my mother’s recovery, I saw how her dietitian was able to help her through her nutrition. This led me to change my career path so that I could help people in the same way.”

Wilson continues,“I looked up the best schools in the country to go for my nutrition degree and I was led to SU. Being raised in the Syracuse area I had always heard about how great the local university was, and how some of the best minds in the world attended school here, so naturally it was not a difficult decision to make.”

Wilson is studying to become a Registered Dietitian. “I want to educate people on how to make food for themselves and their family that is not only delicious but also healthy for their body,” RDs work in private practice, hospitals, schools, and government agencies helping improve health and wellness for individuals and communities.

With her years of experience working in restaurants and her nutrition education from Syracuse, Kelsie plans to pursue a career in the culinary field and give the world a fresh, new take on preparing healthy, appetizing food. she says. “I do not yet know where I want to end up in my career But I do know that whatever I do and wherever I do it, it will be with me having a knife in one hand and a pen in the other—cooking and educating about the joy of healthy cooking.”

Falk College offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nutrition science and dietetics, as well as other fields that promote health and well-being.


Study in India with Falk College

19/04/19

NSD students are posed with professor in front of the Taj Mahal“There is no textbook, magazine or movie that could accurately depict the amazing food, markets, and people you will encounter.”

Those are the words assistant teaching professor of nutrition, Chaya Charles, used to describe the immersion component of the course, “South Asia: Family, Food, Culture and Healthcare Systems (NSD/HFS/SAS 400/600).

This three-credit course focuses on developing cultural competency skills through awareness, didactics and experiential learning by means of the immersion experience.

It is offered during the Fall 2019 semester online and is open to undergraduates and graduate students. A cultural immersion trip to India follows as part of the course, December 31, 2019 to January 11, 2020, with visits to New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

The cultural immersion component includes interactions with local professionals, communities, and families, as well as observational and experiential learning within healthcare and food systems. “I had the great fortune of joining the students and faculty on their trip to India, and I would describe the experience as nothing short of life changing. To be immersed in such a diverse and rich culture, full of tradition and history, exceeded all of my expectations,” adds Charles.

Senior food studies and psychology major Phoebe Bennett describes this course and her travel to India as an opportunity to experience food as a form of community. “From participating in making roti during temple feeding and having multiple families serve home-cooked meals to picking fresh vegetables from a garden belonging to a linage of gods, I felt that food connected us no matter our culture differences,” says Bennett.

“Everyday I kept saying this is my favorite day because truly I was experiencing things I probably will never get to experience again.”

This course counts for NSD 555 for Nutrition majors and has limited capacity. Students should apply through Syracuse University Study Abroad. For more information, contact Professor Sudha Raj at sraj@syr.edu. The registration deadline is May 8.


Congratulations 2019 Falk Student Research Celebration Winners

17/04/19

Students talk in hall in front of a winning research posterFalk College congratulates the following winners of the 2019 Falk Student Research Celebration:

Undergraduate Winners

Name: Bridget Clark
Kelly Brown, BS; Heather Brubacker, MS, Dietetic Intern; Laura Brown, MS, RD; Baylee Carroll, BS, Dietetic Intern; Elizabeth Gardner; April Hill; Sarah Mihalko, BS; Katie Obojkovits, BS, Dietetic Intern; Madeline Peck; Tanya Horacek, PhD, RD, Professor; Syracuse University, Syracuse NY.
Program/Major: Nutrition Science
Faculty Research Mentor: Tanya Horacek
Title: Process Evaluation of the Healthy Campus Environmental Audits

Name: Olivia Cullen
Madeline Peck; Tanya Horacek, PhD, RD, Professor; Syracuse University, Syracuse NY.
Program/Major: Nutrition Science
Faculty Research Mentor: Tanya Horacek
Title: Assessing Food Insecurity Rates and Effects on a Sample of Undergraduate Students

Name: CB Garrett
Program/Major: Sport Analytics
Faculty Research Mentor: Rodney Paul
Title: Impact of Birthplace on Player Performance in Different Weather Conditions

Graduate Winners

Name: Jennifer Guzzy
Program/Major: Master of Social Work (MSW)
Faculty Research Mentor: Ryan Heath
Title: Extracurriculars and Teachers as a Substitute for Parents: Do they support strong academic outcomes in students without parental involvement?

Name: Madeline Hilton
Program/Major: MSPH Global Health
Faculty Research Mentor: David Larsen
Title: Indoor Residual Spray Campaigns in Community Protection Against Malaria

Name: Ying Zhang
Program/Major: Human Development and Family Science
Faculty Research Mentor: Rachel Razza
Title: Positive Development in Adolescence: the Reciprocal Relationships Between Facets of Self-Compassion and Self-Regulation


Sudha Raj receives Excellence in Service Award from Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine

15/03/19
Dr. Raj
Sudha Raj, Ph.D., RDN, FAND

Sudha Raj, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, teaching professor in the Falk College nutrition program, was the winner of the DIFM Excellence in Service Award from the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The award was presented at the Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C. on October 21, 2018. Read more in this Q&A with Dr. Raj.

Dr. Raj is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has been actively involved. She has served as Newsletter Editor, Chair for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group and Chair for the Vegetarian Nutrition Evidence Analysis Group. She has also served as a committee member for the development of Standards of Practice for the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine.

Dr. Raj is interested in exploring the role of acculturative factors as they impact the health and well-being of Asian Indian immigrants specifically from India. Since 1994, she has developed dietetics related educational resources, written book chapters and given presentations highlighting the unique Asian Indian culture, food habits and role of food as delineated in the traditional medical system of Ayurveda.

Dr. Raj holds a B.Sc. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Madras University and M.Sc. degree from Bombay University in India. She subsequently completed her M.S and PhD degrees in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University.


Joan Christy Lecture Series Presents Culinary Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Julie Taboulie

06/03/19
Book cover for Julie Taboulie's Lebanese Kitchen
Book cover

The Falk College nutrition program will host “Lebanese Cuisine & Culture and Mediterranean Living,” a lecture presentation and live culinary demonstration with culinary star, TV host, and award-winning cookbook author Julie Taboulie, on Wednesday, March 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Nutrition Assessment, Consultation and Education (ACE) Center demonstration kitchen, Room 204 in the Falk Complex, as part of the Joan Christy lecture series.

In “Lebanese Cuisine & Culture and Mediterranean Living,” Julie Taboulie will focus on her famous food philosophies, “fresh is best” and “health is wealth,” while sharing professional techniques she uses on her Emmy-nominated PBS show, Cooking with Julie Taboulie and Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen.

“We look forward to welcoming spring with Julie’s visit and demonstration,” says associate professor Kay Stearns Bruening, Ph.D., RDN, FAND. “She uses fresh, local foods, which form the basis of healthy eating, often from her mother’s garden in Central New York.”

Hailed as the “Queen of Lebanese Cuisine,” Julie Taboulie (Julie Ann Sageer), is the host of the Emmy-nominated Cooking with Julie Taboulie and her brand-new award-winning series Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen currently airing on PBS stations and Create TV nationwide. Julie is the bestselling and award-winning author of her new cookbook Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Mediterranean Home Cooking that is available everywhere books are sold. She is a guest chef on NBC’s Today Show, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, and makes special guest appearances on numerous national and international media outlets. As an authority on Lebanese, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, Culinary Star Julie Taboulie is a sought-after spokesperson working with world-renowned global food brands, along with national and international culinary and lifestyle leaders. Julie Taboulie believes that “fresh is best” which is not only her brand mantra it is also her food philosophy and way of life. She strives to instill, inspire and influence others every day in extraordinary ways towards living a healthier and happier lifestyle all year long!

Julie Taboulie made her mark in the culinary world by making television history in 2012 with producing and premiering her Emmy-nominated and multiple award-winning national Public Television cooking show series Cooking with Julie Taboulie. This breakthrough in American broadcast shattered the country’s “kitchen” glass ceiling to become the first, and only Lebanese cooking series to air in the United States and Canada. Today, Miss Taboulie continues to be the most pivotal pioneer, public figure and personality to motivate the movement of making Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine mainstream across America, with her brand-new and award-winning Public Television series Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen airing on PBS stations and Create TV nationwide. This special series brings to life her love of her Lebanese culinary and cultural heritage in a celebration of all things Lebanese cuisine. Born Julie Ann Sageer in the United States, to an immigrant Catholic Lebanese family, Julie is first-generation and full-blooded Lebanese-American who has been immersed in learning, making and sharing Lebanese cuisine and culture all her life.

The Joan Christy lecture series is made possible by The Christy Food and Culture Fund, established in 2005 through the generosity of Syracuse University nutrition alumna Joan Christy ’78, G’81 to provide support for a lecture series in the nutrition program at the University.

The event is free and open to the public, with advance registration required by contacting Donna Sparkes at 315.443.5573 or djsparke@syr.edu by March 15, 2019.

For accommodations requests, please contact Donna Sparkes at 315.443.5573 or djsparke@syr.edu by March 15, 2019.


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