Coffee Table Conversations
We are not just a school for teachers. We are a school for leaders.
As the fourth largest college at Texas A&M University — with more than 6,000 enrolled students — we work to enhance equity in educational achievement and health outcomes in education, sport, business, government, and health.
We strive to use our collective wisdom to support communities in providing a superior education and quality of life through our teaching, research, and service.
Coffee Table Conversations is a series of virtual events on various topics that seek to disseminate the work of faculty and staff in meeting the challenges of our time.
Upcoming Coffee Table Conversation details will be posted leading up to the Spring 2021 semester.
HEALTH IN THE AGE OF COVID: MAINTAINING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH DURING THE PANDEMIC
Nov. 10, 2020
This conversation showcases a number of initiatives designed to support mental and physical health in the age of COVID. You will hear about programs implemented by the college, understand the impact and need, find out how to get involved, and learn more about future developments in this area. Learn more about the speakers and topics covered below.
SPEAKERS AND SUMMARY OF TOPICS
Dr. Joyce Alexander, Dean and Professor
Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Nicolaas Deutz, Director of the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity
How to Recover from Illness as an Older Adult with a Chronic Disease
New insights and the pandemic have urged a change in the way we can help older adults to recover from illness. The Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity (CTRAL) is working on alternative ways to improve rehabilitation like specific nutritional formulations and home-based and monitored exercise programs.
Dr. Meg Patterson, Assistant Professor
Managing Stress During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it an onslaught of stressors, all within abnormal physical and social environments. In this presentation we will discuss what happens to the human body when undergoing chronic stress and strategize optimal stress management techniques to employ as we continue through the pandemic.
Lorinda Cohen Gomez, Instructional Professor and Associate Chair for the Physical Education Activity Program
Exercise during COVID-19
Physical activity is essential to our overall health and wellness. We will focus on the benefits to help you through the pandemic and ways to incorporate exercise into your new “normal”.
Dr. Robert O. Carpenter, MD, MPH, FACS, College of Medicine
The Importance of Weight Control and Treating Obesity in Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic
Obesity remains one of the most significant causes of diminished quality of life, shortened lifespan, and elevated medical expense in the United States. The medical conditions related to obesity, known as “co-morbidities”, range from diabetes to sleep apnea to infertility to organ failure and beyond. Individuals suffering from overweight or obesity are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19, suffering a more severe course of the disease, and even dying of its complications. Fortunately, significant and sustained weight loss may help these patients improve their comorbidities while reducing their risk of death should they contract COVID-19.
Dr. Carly E. McCord, Director of Telebehavioral Care, College of Medicine
Socially But Not Emotionally Distant
Fostering connection to others and healthcare during an isolating time. This talk will review suggestions and best practices for reducing emotional isolation and provide a brief overview of telehealth including what it is, evidence of effectiveness, and available options.
Dr. Lori Greenwood, Clinical Professor and Director of Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (MSAT)
How MSAT Students are Caring for High School Athletes During COVID
Participating in youth sports can be very beneficial for mental and physical health but during COVID caring for these student-athletes presents different challenges. Dr. Greenwood will discuss how athletic training students at Texas A&M University are navigating the new normal of athletic healthcare during COVID and how they are continuing to contribute to the health and safety of this population while using best practices.
Dr. Adam Barry, Professor and Associate Department Head, HLKN
Maintaining a Healthy Relationship with Alcohol
During the pandemic, there are reports of people drinking alcohol more frequently and in greater quantity than typical. This presentation will discuss alcohol and its health benefits and impact, as well as the factors that motivate people to drink.
TEACHER TRAINING IN A COVID WORLD
Sept. 22, 2020