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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.

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Dr. Merril Silverstein awarded $1.49 million from John Templeton Foundation, $401,072 from NIH to investigate outcomes of religious engagement in later life

The John Templeton Foundation awarded a $1.49 million grant to Merril Silverstein, Ph.D., the Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging, for a three-year study entitled, "Religious Transitions, Transmissions, and Trajectories Among Baby-Boomers and their Families." Additionally, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Silverstein $401,072 for the project, "Religiosity and Mortality Risk in Later Life." Both projects focus on positive outcomes for older individuals, their families, and society related to religious engagement in later life. Given the rapidly growing older population and concerns about the viability of families as conduits for transmitting and preserving religious traditions, the research project provides much-needed data analysis on a major social issue confronting families today.

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Falk College receives grants to assist trauma victims of neighborhood violence

Grant awards from the Community Foundation of Central New York and the John Ben Snow Foundation will support a new collaborative project, led by principal investigator, Linda Stone Fish, Falk Family Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy. The project, entitled, "In This Together," will provide workshops to help social service professionals, educators, health care practitioners, juvenile justice workers, clergy, and mental health counselors learn how to identify and address signs of trauma. The program will also provide grief counseling, healing circles, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and therapy to community members impacted by violence.

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Falk College recognizes staff for excellence

Seven Falk College staff members were honored for excellence in a ceremony held in August 2015. Dean Murphy and Falk College presented awards to: Nadaya Brantley, internship coordinator, Social Work; Jaime Grillo, internship coordinator, Sport Management; Mamie Hensel, counselor, Student Services; Annette Hodgens, recruiting specialist, Admissions; Tracey Reichert-Schimpff, director, clinical services, Marriage & Family Therapy; JoAnne Turner, manager, student records, Student Services, and; Kate Veley, events and alumni manager, Office of the Dean. (Photo above courtesy of Professor Alejandro Garcia).

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Falk instructor's handbook for change explores patterns of decision-making as vehicle to change the self

Long-time Falk College instructor, Thomas J. Schur, M.S.W., a member of the Syracuse University faculty for more than 25 years, recently released the book, Mag or Min: Which Are You?, which explores two patterns of decision-making that define who a person is over the course of their life. "Magnifiers" make decisions based on the assumption that any task to be attempted will almost always work out, despite the odds against it. They "magnify" the possibility of a favorable outcome. "Minifiers" make decisions based on the assumption that any task to be attempted will seldom work out, despite the odds in favor of it. They "minify" the possibility of a favorable outcome. A podcast of his book, which serves as a substantial overview of the Mag/Min framework, is available here: www.tschur.com.

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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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Falk Faculty Dessa Bergen-Cico, Nancy Mudrick Named Fulbright Scholars

Falk College today announced associate professor of public health, Dessa Bergen-Cico, and professor of social work, Nancy Mudrick have received Fulbright Scholarship Awards.

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Aging Studies Institute hosts Aging Families/Changing Families International Conference

Aging studies scholars from around the world convened at Syracuse University for the Aging Families/Changing Families International Conference hosted by the Aging Studies Institute and the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committees on Aging and Family. Conference attendees represented colleges and universities from four continents and nearly two dozen countries, with topics addressing a shared commitment to the research, teaching, and advancement of the field of aging studies. More than 120 attendees participated in the three-day event that included daily keynote speakers, 17 sessions and 78 presentations of original research focused on aging in the context of family life. (Photo above courtesy of Professor Alejandro Garcia.)

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Syracuse Lead Study adds new zip codes to expand participation

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health is seeking participants who are 9, 10 or 11 years old, reside in 13057, 13202, 13203, 13204, 13205, 13206, 13207, 13208, 13209, 13210, 13211, 13212, 13214, 13215, 13219 & 13224 and consider their race as either African-American or Caucasian.

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