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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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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.

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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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Rick Burton appointed University Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA

Rick Burton, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, was appointed as the University Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA effective July 1. The Faculty Athletics Representative reports to Chancellor Syverud and is an institutional liaison to Syracuse Athletics as well as a representative of the University in conference and NCAA matters. Key issues this position has focused on in the past include overall student-athlete welfare, compliance with new and ongoing NCAA legislation, and generally advocating for the best interests of the University and its constituencies. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse in 2009, Rick served as Commissioner of the Australia-based National Basketball League, and as the chief marketing officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics.

Photo of Kappa Omicron Nu Inductees
Pictured here, Falk College benefactor, David B. Falk with Michael Jordan whose daughter, Jasmine, graduated with the Falk College Class of 2014, and Falk College assistant dean for advancement, David Salanger

Congratulations Class of 2014!

The Falk College congratulates the newest Syracuse University alumni who graduated from the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and Syracuse University May 10-11. The Falk College Class of 2014 included 286 undergraduates, 144 master’s candidates, 20 students who earned Certificates of Advanced Study and 7 Ph.D. students. In addition to members of the Class of 2014 celebrating at the Manley Field House event, Saturday’s Falk College convocation included many proud parents and grandparents, spouses and partners, brothers and sisters, family members, friends, and members of the University’s Board of Trustees, including Falk College benefactor, David B. Falk.

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SPM Students Embark on European Olympic Odyssey

Students in the Department of Sport Management, led by instructor Pat Ryan, are traveling across Europe this May as part of the SPM Olympic Odyssey trip. Transforming the traditional classroom across geographies, time zones and cultures, this hands-on European exploration of the Olympic movement investigates the history of the ancient and modern Olympic Games and their influence on modern sport through in-depth study of Olympics sites. The group will visit London, Paris, Lausanne, Olympia and Athens.

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Falk College Honored with 2014 Chancellor's Awards for Public Engagement & Scholarship

The Falk College is pleased to announce that its students representing 21 courses, student organizations, field placements/internships and community efforts, and their faculty-staff advisors, were recognized with 2014 Chancellor's Awards for Public Engagement and Scholarship (CAPES) during a ceremony April 23. The Chancellor's Awards for Public Engagement and Scholarship are given each year to Syracuse University students and groups who exemplify the highest ideal of sustained, quality engagement with citizens in our community. Social work student, Joshua Berman '14, received a Chancellor's Citation. A 2014 Inspiration Award was presented to Bette Brown Thoreck, B.S.S.W. program director.

“Changing Sports, Changing Lives” Documentary Now Available

Falk College tradition of sports research documentaries continues with new film focused on athletes with disabilities

Students enrolled in SPM 300—The History of Sport spent the 2013-14 academic year focusing their research efforts on sports that have been adapted to transform and enrich the lives of athletes with physical disabilities. In the fall semester, students worked as a research team, each one taking a specific assignment that became their final projects. In the spring semester, these projects have provided the collected body of research to produce a documentary film entitled Changing Sports, Changing Lives.

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Falk College Announces 2014 Faculty of the Year Awards

Faculty members from the Departments of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition and Sport Management were honored for excellence in teaching, research and service with 2014 Falk College Faculty of the Year Awards. The honorees, who are nominated by their peers for outstanding performance and contributions to students, the Falk College, Syracuse University and beyond, were recognized during the Falk College’s Convocation for the Class of 2014 on May 10. The name of each recipient, the award received, and excerpts from the letters of nomination are noted below.

  • Dennis Deninger
    Professor of Practice, Sport Management
    2014 Falk College Faculty of the Year/Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Maureen Thompson
    Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, Public Health
    2014 Falk College Faculty of the Year/Excellence in Service Award
  • Rodney Paul
    Professor, Sport Management
    2014 Falk College Faculty of the Year/Excellence in Research Award

Alice Sterling Honig featured speaker at Eighth Annual Jack Reilly Distinguished Lecture May 13

The Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education at Syracuse University, along with Child Care Solutions, invites the community to the Eighth Annual Jack Reilly Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Alice Sterling Honig, Ph.D. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. at Peck Hall, 601 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse. In addition to hearing Dr. Honig’s presentation entitled, “Nurturing Early Language,” this annual event presents an opportunity to ask questions, and to network with parents, providers and educators. The program qualifies for one NYSOCFS training hours.

Alice Sterling Honig has done extensive research and written books and articles on infants and toddlers, language development, child-care practices, preschooler social development, fathering and the effects of divorce on children.

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Rachel Razza Recognized With 2014 Syracuse University Teaching Award

Rachel Razza, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Child & Family Studies in the Falk College, was named a Syracuse University 2014 Teaching Recognition Award as part of the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship Program. This honor recognizes excellence in teaching innovation, effectiveness in communicating with students and the lasting value of courses. She will be honored at a ceremony on April 21. A member of the Falk College since 2007, the primary focus of Dr. Razza's scholarly work is children's self-regulation, a multifaceted construct that encompasses a variety of skills underlying children's ability to monitor cognitive strategies and adapt behavior to fit situational demands. Her work explores associations among different facets of self-regulation, contextual predictors of self-regulation, and implications of various self-regulatory skills for children’s school readiness and later school success. She is particularly interested in specifying these pathways among at-risk children, as these children are particularly at-risk for self-regulatory deficits.

Attendees and Speakers of Trauma Conference

Now available online:

Videos from “A Community in Trauma” conference explore how grief, loss impact children and families in the Syracuse community and what to do when trauma becomes pervasive

A day-long conference exploring the epidemic of violence and the long-term wounds it inflicts on the children who grow up in its shadow in the Syracuse community was sponsored by the Falk College's Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) in March. The event featured community experts who deal with violence and trauma. Each guest speaker offered different perspectives on related problems and solutions. Due to overwhelming interest from persons interested in the well-being of children, youth and families, including teachers, school administrators, counselors, criminal justice professionals, agency staff, advocates, volunteers, service providers, social workers, and health care professionals, the conference sessions are now available online for viewing using the links below.

CFS professor of practice, Colleen Baish Cameron, whose professional credentials include work as a Certified Child Life Specialist, worked closely with community leaders who are deeply involved with and committed to trauma response in our community, including: Timothy Noble Jennings-Bey, director of the Trauma Response Team for the United Way of Central New York and founder of the Identity Research Institute; Terrence Byrd-El, assistant director, Syracuse Trauma Response Team and creator of the "Man to Man" self-development program for young men between the ages of 11-16, Kimber Gunn, who has been working in the youth development field for over twenty years and Arnett Haygood-El, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility Inc., Southwest Community, who has worked professionally for 15 years assisting low income, at-risk youth and their families to overcome the barriers of growing up in poverty. A graduate student at Syracuse University working on a master’s degree in Child and Family Health in a Global Community, his studies are focused on the effects of community violence on urban youth development. Falk faculty involved in the project also include CFS department chair and associate professor, Robert Moreno; assistant professor of public health, Dessa Bergen-Cico; associate professor of social work, Keith A. Alford; Mary Kish, internship coordinator, and; Sydnee Corridors, CFS student.

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Falk College organizations plant Pinwheel Garden to raise awareness, money for Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Falk College, in conjunction with two of its student organizations, Kappa Omicron Nu, the national honor society program for CFS majors at Syracuse University and the Syracuse University chapter of the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) worked together to raise awareness and money to support the McMahon-Ryan Child Advocacy Site during Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is commemorated in April. Last week the group collected donations for paper pinwheels and blue wristbands. On Sunday, April 13, the group planted the pinwheel garden in between the Schine Student Center and Newhouse.

Falk students, faculty advocate for women's human rights to adequate food, nutrition at United Nations meetings

Students in the Falk College’s new graduate course, FST 700—Gender, Food, and Rights attended the United Nations’ (UN) annual Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings over Spring Break. Led by food studies professor, Anne Bellows, three students, Melanie Shaffer-Cutillo, Karen Cordano, and Stacia Martelli canvassed official meetings on issues related to women’s human right to adequate food and nutrition as official delegates of the non-governmental organization, Food First Information Action Network (FIAN) International. Bellows is an editorial board member and contributor to the FIAN worldwide publication, “The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch.”

The Gender, Food and Rights course the students are enrolled in advances inquiry introduced in another Falk food studies course, FST 403/603—Right to Food and Nutrition and foregrounds a focus on the relationship between the human right to adequate food and nutrition and women’s rights. The class operates from an investigation into the question, when so many call for the inclusion of women into food and nutrition programs and policy making, why do women and girls continue to experience hunger and malnutrition at greater rates than do men across diverse demographic groups experiencing right to food violations?

Tanya Horacek

Falk College Nutrition Professor, Tanya Horacek, Part of Team Awarded $4.9 Million USDA Grant for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Falk College associate professor of nutrition, Tanya Horacek, R.D., Ph.D., and Syracuse University are part of a 14-university team that has received a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to empower college students to create obesity prevention programs for their peers as well as students in elementary and high schools. The campaign, which will launch in August, is entitled, "Get Fruved." It will harness the peer-to-peer interactions of more than 1,000 students who will work together to create interventions so students become more physically active. “Fruved" is a term that refers to fruits and vegetables. The behaviors students will address include healthy eating and physical activity as well as managing stress, emotional well-being, and the importance of positive social support systems. The students will also be advocates for environmental change on their campuses to support positive health behaviors. This project purposefully uses a non-diet approach to weight management and instead focuses on promoting healthy behavior and positive healthy body images.

Brooks Gump

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.

Otto Welcome

Congratulations to our newly admitted undergraduate students!

If you are one of our newly admitted undergraduate students, Congratulations! You should feel very proud that your hard work and persistence have paid off. We’d like to invite you to attend one of our admitted student receptions. Meet faculty, staff and students and discover more about Syracuse University. We’ll treat you to your name up in lights on the Carrier Dome scoreboard plus lunch on the turf and a list of options including: a student life expo, residence hall tours, campus tours and more. It’s a big decision, so come ask your questions and find out why so many people choose to Go Orange!

We’ll be in New York City on Saturday, April 5th at Syracuse University’s Lubin House in Manhattan, if you can’t make it to campus. Our on-campus receptions will be held: April 7, 11, 14 and 21. And be sure to ask about the overnight “Own the Dome” event on April 13th.

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.

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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.

Dates: September 18-21

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Orange Central 2014

Alumni, come celebrate your greatest SU moments & make new memories.

Dates: October 9-12

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Family Weekend 2014

Dates: October 31-Nov. 2

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