Archives For: April 2013

School of Mind-Body Medicine Student Applies Mind-Body Approach with Major League Baseball Players and the Chronically Ill: Introducing Rowan Silverberg

Rowan Silverberg Conducts a Corporate Workshop on Well Lifestyles

Rowan Silverberg is a student in the master's program in Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine.  She has been working in the field of Mind-Body Medicine for over 20 years.  Since 2005, she has worked as a Mental Skills Coach for professional baseball players, teaching them how to leverage the mind-body connection, using meditation, breathing techniques, and yoga.   She is also employed by a Fortune 500 Company, as a massage/yoga therapist in an on-site holistic primary care center, where she has worked since 1991.  Patients she sees in the primary care center have a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, ranging from neck and back pain to rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and migraines.  In addition to her work in the clinic, she leads stress management presentations throughout the company and offers personal coaching.  

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Mark Schulman: Defending Science Against the 'Futurists' and 'Marketing Gurus' of TED

Saybrook President Mark Schulman

The TED organization isn't the first to censor scientists for having unconventional ideas.  It's just the latest.

It's worth remembering that for hundreds of years, "scientific evidence" was used to justify the convenient assertion that people of color were racially inferior. Today we call that "misusing science" and "pseudoscience" -- but at the time it was mainstream scientific thought.  Nothing about it was true, but the scientific mainstream laughed at radicals who said so.

For years mainstream scientific studies denied the connection between smoking and poor health.  It was "insurgent" scientists who finally made the case.  During the "reefer madness" era, it was considered a matter of settled science that marijuana was a "gateway drug" that would lead to a life of violent crime, and that comic books coarsened the young and destroyed empathy.  For a scientist to say otherwise was to invite censure -- even though they were empirically correct.

Which is to say that there is such a thing as "bad science" and "pseudo-science," but that even scientists have a pretty poor record deciding what it is sometimes.  When social forces try it, when social organizations or politicians or businesses try to tell scientists what is and isn't science ... well, do I even have to mention Galileo?

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Creativity on the Radio, 4/2013


1.) Radiolab: Click here: Radiolab is a show about curiosity where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. It is hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

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Interview with Saybrook Creativity Studies Student Diana Rivera

Diana Rivera

Diana Rivera is a third year student in the Masters to Ph.D Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University. She is currently working on her Master's Thesis.

Tell us a little about your background.

I am a performing artist with extensive training and professional experience in acting, writing and producing for theatre. I wrote and produced shows while I lived in San Francisco. I also use to produce visual art and entertainments events (film festivals, award programs, exhibits). At this point, I do a lot of creative writing--children’s stories, scripts for TV and film concepts that I may or may not produce in the future. I love to create collage art. Professionally, I also provide professional development coaching to creative professionals.

What made you decide to apply to the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University?

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Peter Amato, PhD Student in Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine, Operates Integrative Healing Centers in Pennsylvania and St. Maarten

Peter Amato in St. Maarten

Peter Amato operates two integrative wellness centers, both named Inner Harmony. The first is in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania and the second is on the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean. The Scranton center is situated on the campus of the Regional Hospital of Scranton (formerly Mercy Hospital).   Both centers provide holistic healthcare, based on a model of healing mind, body, and spirit.

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Jana Downum, PhD, Student in the Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine, Carries Mind-Body Learning into her Work with Head-Injured Population

Jana Downum in Biofeedback Office

Jana Downum is a PhD student in the School of Mind-Body Medicine, with a specialization in healthcare practice.  She is also a biofeedback therapist working for Pate Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas. Her patients at Pate Rehabilitation typically present with traumatic brain injury, and she is able to help patients better manage their stress and pain, and improve their sleep.

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Call for Papers: MIC Conference 2013


The MIC Conference 2013 will be held September 29 to October 1, 2013 in Bologna, Italy. The event will be held in conjunction with the celebration for the Marconi Prize 2013, the top international award for inventors in the field of Information and Communication Technologies, promoted by the Marconi Society. 

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Upcoming Event: Creative Indiana

Creative Indiana


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Creativity, Innovation and Economy, 3/2013

Carl Weins, The Wall Street Journal

1.) "The Experts: How Should Leaders Spur Innovation?" by Rosebeth Moss Kanter: Click here to read: "Leaders should get rid of the innovation stiflers—too much bureaucracy and hurdles to go through, unwillingness to support proposals unless they're sure things or loading people with so much work that they barely have time to think, let alone envision something new.

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Upcoming Conference in May, 2013


Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, the 2nd annual HEA Arts and Humanities conference, 2013

It is happening May 29- May 30, 2013. Click here for more information.

The Higher Education Academy’s second annual learning and teaching Arts and Humanities conference, ‘Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching.'

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Saybrook University PhD Graduate in Mind-Body Medicine Addresses Work as a Spiritual Practice: Beth A. Haggett, PhD

Beth Haggett, PhD, at Zenger-Folkman

Beth A. Haggett completed her Ph.D. in Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine in January 2013, with a specialization in Health Care Systems.  She accepted a position as Director of Product Development for Zenger-Folkman, a well-respected company specializing in Strengths-Based Leadership. This was an unexpected career move that was both exciting and intimidating. Transitioning from a demanding but flexible research and study schedule to a 40 plus hour workweek with much less flexibility was a concern for her.

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Saybrook University Faculty Member Dr. Lisa Kelly Participates in Humanitarian Outreach to Dominican Republic

Dr. Lisa Kelly Collage of Photos

Lisa Kelly, PhD, is a Saybrook University graduate, a member of the Saybrook University faculty, and the Director of Instructional Excellence in the School of Mind-Body Medicine.  In November of 2012 Dr. Kelly returned to Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic ,to work with the children sponsored by the Dove Mission Youth Development Center ( This was Lisa’s sixth trip to work with the disenfranchised children of Puerto Plata.

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