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February 12, 2008
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

SUNY Upstate announces appointments, honors and awards

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – SUNY Upstate Medical University announces the following appointments, honors and awards:

• David Eck has been named manager of Clinical Engineering in the Department of Information, Management and Technology (IMT). Prior to SUNY Upstate, Eck, a licensed professional engineer, was a manager with EA Engineering, an engineering consulting company headquartered in Maryland. Eck resides in Liverpool, N.Y.

• Dominic Carone, Ph.D., was named the 2007 Psychologist of the Year by the Central New York Psychological Association. Carone is assistant professor and coordinator of the Neuropsychological Assessment Program in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and serves as a volunteer faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He was selected for the award for his efforts as chair of the association’s Legislative Committee and his activity on the state level in favor of compromise solutions to professional issues, most notably how a new Scope of Practice Law impacts the practice of neuropsychology. Carone resides in Baldwinsville, N.Y.

• Robert A. Levine, M.D., professor of medicine, gave an invited lecture for the 2008 FDA Visiting Professor Lecture Series Jan. 24 at the FDA White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Md. Levine served as a member of the FDA Gastrointestinal Drugs Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2005. Levine resides in Fayetteville, N.Y.

• Yumino Umino, Ph.D.; Eduardo Solessio, Ph.D.; and Robert Barlow, Ph.D.; of the Department of Ophthalmology, coauthored the article “Speed, Spatial and Temporal Tuning of Rod and Cone Vision in Mouse” published January 2008 in the Journal of Neuroscience.

• Susan S. Graham, M.S., M.T.(A.S.C.P.), has been invited to sit on the advisory board of the new lab tech program at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES. Graham is associate professor and chair of the Medical Technology Program in SUNY Upstate’s College of Health Professions. Graham resides in Liverpool, N.Y.

• Lisa M. Allen, R.D.M.S., R.D.C.S., and Mary Joe Maestri, of the Regional Perinatal Center, coauthored an article titled “Three Dimensional Findings Associated with Ectrodactyly-Ectodermal Dysplasia-Clefting Syndrome” that was published in the January issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. Allen resides in the town of Onondaga. Maestri resides in Jamesville, N.Y.

• Andrea S. Viczian, PhD, received a $50,000 Hendrick’s grant in November for her studies of the visual system. Viczian is an assistant professor of ophthalmology in the Center for Vision Research in the Department of Ophthalmology. Viczian resides in Manlius, NY.

• Thomas A. Bersani, M.D.; Patrick A. Costello, M.D.; Michael J. Geiss III, M.D.; Luis J. Mejico, M.D.; Stephen W. Merriam, M.D.; Mark J. Safran, M.D.; Sam C. Spalding, M.D.; Stephen G. Spitzer, M.D.; Barbara W. Streeten, M.D.; Andrea S. Viczian, Ph.D.; Robert W. Weisenthal, M.D.; and Leslie D. Woodcock Jr., M.D., of the Department of Ophthalmology presented at the 58th Annual Post-Graduate Review Course in Ophthalmology Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Oncenter in Syracuse.

• Robert Barlow, Ph.D., and Drew Everhart, Ph.D., of the Department of Ophthalmology, co-authored an article published in the Nov. 2007 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Barlow, also presented a talk about Macular Degeneration Nov. 15 at the Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio through the institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Barlow resides in Manlius. Everhart lives in Syracuse.

• Charles Danko, Pharm.D.; Vera McIlvain, Ph.D.; Barry Knox, Ph.D.; and Arkadii Pertsov, Pharm.D., coauthored an article that was published in the Oct. 22 issue of BMC Bioinformatics.

• Carol Recker-Hughes, P.T., M.A., presented at the Consensus Conference on Clinical Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, held Dec. 13 to 15 in Alexandria, Va. The conference sought to develop consensus about standards in clinical education consistent with preparing the professional DPT (doctor of physical therapy) graduate for entry into practice. Recker-Hughes is assistant professor and director of clinical education in the Department of Physical Therapy in SUNY Upstate’s College of Health Professions. Recker-Hughes resides in Fayetteville, N.Y.

• Kasandra Scales first-year medical student in SUNY Upstate’s College of Medicine, was invited to present her master’s thesis, “After the Rain,” at the 11th Annual International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Conference, held Jan. 6 to 10 in Cairo, Egypt. After the Rain was a project funded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation that provided an alternative approach to support the mental health of the displaced population of Hurricane Katrina survivors. Scales resides in Syracuse.

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