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Upstate Announcements for January 28, 2019


The flu now widespread in Onondaga County and New York state, vaccine available from Employee Health

Influenza is now categorized as geographically widespread in our county and across the state. It is not too late to get your flu shot. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine, and has a valid Upstate ID badge, is strongly encouraged to visit Employee Health on either campus to receive the vaccine. Appointments are preferred. All employees should be mindful of mask requirements, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and appropriate use of sick time. 

To date, we can account for 11,176 flu-vaccinated Upstate employees, students and affiliates. This effort will help protect our staff and patients as we approach peak flu season and cases continue to increase. For more information, call Downtown Campus Employee Student Health at 315-464-4260 or Community Campus at 315-492-5624. 



‘Peace of my mind’ multimedia arts exhibit now open at Upstate

Special presentation with artist is Jan. 31

A Peace of Mind, a multimedia arts project built around the question “What does peace mean to you?” is on exhibit at the Health Sciences Library through Jan. 31. The library is located on the first floor of Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave. Syracuse. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit, produced by photographer John Noltner, features more than 30 6-foot panels highlighting portraits and personal stories of ordinary people from across the country. Noltner is an award-winning photographer from Minnesota, who began the project 10 years ago in an “effort to rediscover humanity in an increasingly polarized world.” 

While on campus, Noltner will create an audio/visual presentation called Upstate Stories. He will interview and photograph students and faculty members and present his Upstate Stories work Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the Fourth Floor of the Academic Building. A dinner buffet will be held at 5 p.m. Bringing the exhibit to Upstate was made possible by funding from the State University of New York Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant and various campus groups, including the Campus Activities Governing Board, Upstate Student Government and the Health Sciences Library. 



WW workshop at Upstate is Jan. 29

A WW workshop will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29 at noon in 10405A East Tower of Downtown Campus. The workshop will include information on the program, the app, and new features; hands-on experiences to learn more about WW Freestyle and SmartPoints; and special joining offers. For more information, call Kim Hare at 315-464-4891. 



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. 



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. 



Public Health Grand Rounds on National Diabetes Prevention Program is Feb. 7

Parul D. Rahbari, MPH, project officer at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotions, and Susan Millstein, LCSW, MPH, manager of the Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention at the New York State Department of Health, will present The National Diabetes Prevention Program Thursday, Feb. 7 at 12:15 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds are available via webinar. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5326705423217659649.  For more information, email Alyssa Indelicato at indelica@upstate.edu. 



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. 



Bioethics and Humanities Winter Seminar Series is Feb. 12 

Devan Stahl, PhD, MDiv, assistant professor of clinical ethics at Michigan State University, will present Which Me Matters? Tuesday, Feb. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in 4507 Setnor Hall. A light lunch available at 11:45 a.m. 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. 



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. 



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.edu or 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.  



Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks study participants 

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy participants ages 18 to 45 to enroll in a dengue fever clinical trial. For more information and to enroll, contact Keely Terrillion at trials@upstate.edu or 315-464-9839. Parking and compensation will be provided. 



HealthLink on Air features Upstate experts on WRVO, iTunes, Upstate.edu

Among recent guests on HealthLink on Air are Upstate research scientist Frank Middleton, PhD, who has appointments in neuroscience and physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, pediatrics and psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Upstate nurse Kelly Mussi, assistant director of transitional care; Upstate nurse Suzanne Wheeler, a case manager in the department of transitional care; and Upstate alumnus Steve Hicks, MD, PhD, a pediatrician and research scientist at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. 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.