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Upstate Announcements for January 17, 2019


Downtown Campus Blood Drive is today and tomorrow

A campus blood drive will be held today, Jan. 17 until 5 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. To schedule an appointment, contact Linda Underwood underwol@upstate.edu or 315-464-6755. 



Services for Health Professions student are set  

Funeral services for Lucy Reff, a respiratory therapy student in the College of Health Professions, who died Saturday, Jan. 12, will be Monday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 521 James St., Clayton, N.Y. Upstate will provide a shuttle for individuals interested in attending the funeral.  The shuttle will depart from the traffic circle in front of Upstate University Hospital at 8:45 a.m. and will return immediately following the service. To reserve a space on the shuttle, please R.S.V.P by noon Friday, Jan. 18 to: campact@upstate.edu.  There is no charge for the shuttle.  

Calling hours are Saturday, Jan. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Clayton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lucy Reff Scholarship fund. Donations may be sent to the Upstate Foundation/Health Professions Alumni Association, 750 East Adams St, CAB 326, Syracuse, NY 13210, or through the College of Health Professions Alumni website: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/chpalumni/donate.



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are Jan. 18 and 25

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Jan. 18, 25 and Feb. 1, 8, 15 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B. CME credits are available. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The schedule is as follows: 

Jan. 18: Flavia Soto, MD—Obesity and Bariatric Surgery

Jan. 25: Julius Gene Latorre, MD—Advances in Acute Stroke Management

Feb. 1: Mohammed Jawed, MD—Uterine Artery Embolization

Feb. 8: Robert Carhart, MD—Congestive Heart Failure Program

Feb. 15: Harold Smulyan, MD—Computerized ECG Interpretation, Friend and Foe



2019 health insurance option transfer changes due Jan. 18

The 2019 health insurance rates for New York state employees have been announced. The deadline to make option transfer changes through Upstate’s Human Resources-Benefits Office for 2019 is Jan. 18. For detailed information, rates and deadlines, visit: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/2018_option_transfer_announcement.pdf



Stop the Bleed session is Jan. 18

A Stop the Bleed drop-in skills session will be held Friday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 12405A Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Blackboard course UH34834 is a prerequisite. Approximately 10 minutes will be needed. 



Health Justice conference is Jan. 21

Health Justice at Upstate: Shifting the Power, a one-day conference dedicated to health equity and racial justice, will be held Monday, Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in various locations throughout the Academic Building. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/hjau-info and register at http://bit.ly/hjau2019.



Faculty Development Seminar is Jan. 22

Darren Carboni, MBA, director of Interprofessional Education, will present Team Science—How to Teach Teamwork Tuesday, Jan. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. in 318 Health Sciences Library, Weiskotten Hall. R.S.V.P. by Jan. 15 to Michele Henderson at hendermi@upstate.edu or 315-464-1681. Lunch will be provided.



Center for Bioethics and Humanities Winter 2019 Seminar Series sessions are Jan. 25 and Feb. 12

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Winter 2019 Seminar Series will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 12 in 4507 Setnor Academic Building. A light lunch will be offered at 11:45 a.m. prior to the start of each seminar. The schedule is as follows: 

Jan. 25—Katarina Lee, JD, MA, assistant professor of family medicine at University of Manitoba College of Medicine, will present Taking the Womb to the Operating Room: Ethical and Legal Issues Impacting Uterine Transplantation. Lee will also address how uterine transplantation highlights the general lack of regulation of assisted reproductive technologies in the United States, given uncertainty whether the National Organ Transplantation Act ought to govern uterine transplantation.

Feb. 12—Devan Stahl, PhD, MDiv, assistant professor of clinical ethics at Michigan State University, will present Which ‘Me’ Matters? Are the prior wishes of once competent patients always determinative? This presentation will explore the foundations and limits of precedent autonomy for people with acquired cognitive impairment.



Hot Topics in Research is Jan. 31

Ebbing de Jong, PhD, director of Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry, will present Improved Analysis Capabilities at the Upstate Mass Spectrometry Core Facility Thursday, Jan. 31 at noon in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome. Pizza will be served. R.S.V.P. to Danielle Limer-Nies at limernid@upstate.edu. 



January edition of Frontline is available

The January edition of the Employee Assistance Program newsletter, Frontline, is now available online at www.upstate.edu/hr/document/frontline_current.pdf. January’s issue includes articles on enthusiasm, online gambling addiction, exploring the roadblocks that interfere with New Year resolutions, neurodiversity, and more. Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program is available by phone at 315-464-5760 or email at eap@upstate.edu. 



Nominations for Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service due Feb. 1

Nominations are sought for the 2018-2019 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 1 and may be sent to Megan Chase, Human Resources-OTD, 417 Jacobsen Hall, or via email at chasem@upstate.edu. The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service, created by The State University of New York, recognizes state classified service employees represented by CSEA, PEF and PBA of NYS for excellence and superior service. For additional information visit: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/staff_resources/upstate_stars/chancellor-award.php.  



Advocate to accept grant applications Feb. 1 to 28

The Advocates for Upstate will accept grant funding applications beginning Feb. 1. All applications are due by noon Feb. 28. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate Medical University at all campuses are eligible to apply for funding to be used between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. The Advocates mission is to improve patient care and satisfaction, support medical education and enhance community health. Items or services that can be funded through department budgets are not eligible for Advocates Grant Funding. Detailed overview and guidelines along with application forms are available on The Advocates website at www.upstate.edu/advocates/grant_funding.php or call Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610.



Spiritual Care Journal Club is Feb. 6

Spiritual Care Journal Club will be held Feb. 6 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. 1317 Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The Journal of Palliative Medicine’s 2018 article “Spiritual and Religious Coping of Medical Decision Makers for Hospitalized Older Adult Patients” will be discussed. Bring your lunch. For more information, call 315-464-4236. 



Dog Visit is Feb. 7

A Dog Therapy visit will be held Thursday, Feb. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library. 



Psychiatry Grand Rounds on cannabis legalization is Feb. 14

Sunny Aslam, MD, assistant professor of addiction and pain medicine, will present New York State Cannabis Legalization for the Public Health: A State-Run Monopoly Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. at Upstate Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building, 713 Harrison Street, second floor. 



Magnet Designation Education Extravaganza is Feb. 14

The Magnet Designation Education Extravaganza will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 in five locations. The event is open to the Upstate community and will offer information about Upstate's work toward Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information, email Nicole Harf at harfn@upstate.edu. The schedule for Feb. 14 is as follows: 

Downtown Campus from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Room 1403

Community Campus from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Community Room

UHCC from 9 to 11 a.m., Fifth Floor Conference Room

550 Harrison from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Joslin Diabetes Center from 2 to 4 p.m., Conference Room



SNMA Black History Month Gala is Feb. 15  

The Student National Medical Association will host the annual Black History Month Gala Feb. 15 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Marriot Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga St. Tickets are $25 for students; $40 for faculty and staff. 



33rdannual Dearing Writing Award Competition submissions due March 15

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities 33rdannual Dearing Writing Award Competition is open to all SUNY Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty. Submissions will be accepted now through March 15. Works of fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir are sought; the subject matter is open. 

Two copies are required with each submission. One copy requires the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category—students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should include only the title and category, along with the work. One entry per writer is permitted, with a maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than five poems. 

Send submissions to Jessica DeJohn Barbuto at barbutoj@upstate.edu. Winners will be announced and awards presented May 1. Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for CBH’s annual journal, The Healing Muse. For more information on the journal, visit www.thehealingmuse.org



Heart Walk team captains sought; event is March 23

Team Upstate seeks motivated individuals to serve as team captains for the 2019 American Heart Association Heart Walk, March 23 at Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike. Team captains coordinate their department’s participation in the event. Team Upstate has been a top team for the past 21 years due, in large part, to the efforts of its team captains. To become a team captain or for more information, email Becca at pescir@upstate.eduor Beth at sellersb@upstate.edu. 



SUNY approved investment providers offer consultation meetings

SUNY approved investment providers will offer consultation meetings to help with retirement planning, SUNY Optional Retirement Program, 403b investments, future income requirements, and distribution options. For more information, available dates and times, and to schedule an appointment with Kenneth Woods of Fidelity or Darryl Fiasconaro from TIAA, visit www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php.  



Nominations sought for President’s Convocation Awards

Nominations are sought for the 2019 President’s Convocation Awards now through April 1 in the following categories: Advancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Excellence in Library Science, Excellence in Professional Service, Excellence in Faculty Service, Excellence and Leadership in Research, Excellence in Basic Research by a Young Investigator, Excellence in Clinical Research by a Young Investigator, Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Voluntary Faculty. Awards will be presented at Fall Faculty Convocation. 

Nominations for all award categories, except Voluntary Faculty and the Binghamton Teaching Awards, will be processed electronically. No hard copies will be accepted. To nominate, visit: www.upstate.edu/convawards. The nomination period will run from Jan.7 to April 1. No nominations will be accepted after April 1. 

Voluntary Faculty nominations will be accepted in paper form only. For Voluntary Faculty nomination forms, contact Margaret Bourke at bourkem@upstate.edu or 315-464-4520. Nominations for Voluntary Faculty are to be submitted to the respective college dean by April 1.



HealthLink on Air features Carol Sames and Martin De Vita

Among recent guests on HealthLink on Air are Upstate exercise physiologist Carol Sames, PhD, and Martin De Vita, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Syracuse University. HealthLink on Air is a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications and is available on iTunes and other podcast sources and is broadcast on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at www.healthlinkonair.org.  



Tummy Time Dosage Study at Upstate seeks participants 

The Tummy Time Dosage Study at Upstate is dedicated to determining optimal dosage of prone positioning to facilitate motor development and body composition in early infancy and aims to discover how much tummy time parents need to do with their young babies in order to promote the best possible motor development and body composition. The study currently seeks participants. 

Participating infants are randomized into one of three daily dosage groups—0 to 30 minutes; 31 to 60 minutes and more than 61 minutes. Families try to accumulate their prescribed tummy time minutes over the course of the day and keep a daily log of minutes performed until the time at which their baby independently transitions in and out of sitting. Participants are visited in their homes one time per month for 12 months in order to measure their height, weight and motor development, and then again at 15 and 18 months of age. The monthly visit lasts about 30 minutes. Infants with typical development (not born more than three weeks early) that are zero to eight weeks of age are being recruited. The results of this study will allow infant practitioners to provide families with specific tummy time recommendations. 

For more information on enrollment, email Erin Wentz at wentze@upstate.edu.