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Upstate Announcements for February 26, 2019


Card Access now required to enter Weiskotten Hall, Setnor Academic Building

Entrance into Weiskotten Hall and Sentor Academic Building will now require a swipe of an Upstate ID badge. For added safety and security, these entrances will be locked and only accessible by passing your ID badge over card access readers that have been placed at all exterior entrances of the two buildings.

All guests and visitors should be directed to Weiskotten Hall’s main entrance, which will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Public Safety Officer at the main desk in the Weiskotten Hall lobby will be able to assist visitors get to where they are going.

Additionally, the south entrance to Weiskotten Hall directly across from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center will only be open from 6 to 10 p.m. to allow access to the Health Sciences Library. During all other hours, this location will be secured and entry only available through card access.

Questions regarding the card access? Please contact University Police at UPDTech@upstate.edu. 



Elizabeth Blackwell Day is today

Elizabeth Blackwell Day will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26 at noon in the 4414A in the new Academic Building. Sharon Brangman, MD, distinguished service professor and chair of Geriatrics, will present A Conversation with Dr. Brangman: Breaking Down Barriers in Medicine and the Legacy of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell. The Upstate community is invited. For more information on Black History Month events, visit www.upstate.edu/events



Sarah Loguen Day is Feb. 27

Sarah Loguen Day will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 at noon in 1144 Academic Building. Griot Vanessa Johnson will present Dr. Sarah Loguen: Underground Railroad Princess. The event will include a celebration honoring Zacharia Mohamed, Sarah Loguen Fraser Scholarship recipient. The Upstate community is invited. 



Downtown Campus blood drive is Feb. 27

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Feb. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building. To schedule an appointment, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=SUNY



Applications for Advocates grant funding due Feb. 28

Advocates for Upstate Medical University are accepting applications for grant funding until Feb. 28 at noon. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate Medical University 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. For guidelines and an application form, visit http://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grant_funding.php. For more information, call Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610. 



Upstate Foundation’s 16th  annual Radiothon for Kids is Feb. 28 and March 1

The Upstate Foundation’s 16th  annual Radiothon for Kids will broadcast live from the main lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus Feb. 28 and March 1 from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Y94 and 570WSYR. Volunteers are sought to answer phones, take pledges, and make calls to family and friends to seek donations. Two-hour shifts are available. Those unable to volunteer for a two-hour shift may be considered for a social media ambassador post. To volunteer, call Robin Grabowski at 315-464-5748. All funds raised help sick and injured children at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. 



March schedule for Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds announced

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are held Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B. CME credits are available and registration is not required. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The schedule for March is as follows.

  • March 1, Corey McGraw, MD—Multiple Sclerosis for Primary Care Providers  
  • March 8, Palma Shaw, MD—Limb Preservation for Chronic Arterial Disease: A Team Approach  
  • March 15, Ali Scrimenti, PharmD—Shingles: What you Should Know  
  • March 22, Sunny Aslam, MD—What is Addiction? What Treatments Work?  
  • March 29, Gennady Bratslavsky, MD—Updates in Urologic Oncology at Upstate: From Surgical Advances to Clinical Trials and Genetic Testing   



Special film screening on dying is March 3

End of Life will be shown Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building, 766 Irving Avenue. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and reception with the filmmakers and members of the Syracuse-area hospice, medical and spiritual communities. The event is sponsored in part by Upstate’s Spiritual Care Program, and is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available at the following locations: http://bit.ly/parking_map. For more information, call Bonnie Shoutlz at 315-492-6341. For more about the film, visit www.endoflifeproject.com



Schwartz Center Rounds is March 5

Cultural Clashes in Healthcare: You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello will be held March 5 at noon in the first floor conference room at Upstate Cancer Center. CME credit and a light lunch will be provided. Schwartz Center Rounds are open to all hospital staff. For more information, contact Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu or 315-464-5596. 



Child Life Journal Club is March 6 

Child Life Journal Club will be held March 6 at noon in 11405 A/B at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Child life specialists from Upstate’s Child Life Program will discuss improving the transition from pediatric to adult care for cystic fibrosis patients. The featured article is available on Blackboard by searching: Child Life Journal Club. Lunch will be provided. 



Coffee with the CEO is March 6, 12, 21 and April 5, 11

Join Upstate University Hospital Robert Corona, DO, MBA, for a brief presentation, coffee and a conversation. R.S.V.P. to confirm attendance at http://web.upstate.edu/ihospital/intra/coffee-with-ceo-rsvp.php. The schedule is as follows. 

  • Wednesday, March 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. or noon to 1 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center
  • Tuesday, March 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center 
  • Thursday, March 21 from 8 to 9 a.m. or from 3 to 4 p.m. in Classroom A/B at Community Campus
  • Friday, April 5 from 8 to 9 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. in the Community Room at Community Campus
  • Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 8 a.m., 2 to 3 p.m., or 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium at Upstate Cancer Center



Spiritual Care offering ashes and mass March 6

Spiritual Care will offer ashes Wednesday, March 6 in multiple locations. The schedule is as follows. 

  • 8 a.m. with Sr. Mary Anuli Emebo: 5E OR, room E5416
  • 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. with Rev. Terry Culbertson: Fifth Floor Conference Room at Upstate Health Care Center
  • 9:15 to 10 a.m. with Rev. Terry Culbertson: Oneida Conference Room at the Galleries
  • 10 to 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Terry Culbertson: Ophthalmology Clinic Conference Room at 550 Harrison
  • 10:30 to 11 a.m. with Rev. Jane Dasher: 12thfloor chapel at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon with Bob Crandall: Meditation Room at Upstate Cancer Center
  • Noon to 1 p.m. with Upstate chaplains: Interfaith Chapel on first floor of Downtown Campus
  • 4 p.m. with Fr. Gerry McKeon: Interfaith Chapel on first floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus



Presentation on small business innovation research is March 7

James Monroe, PhD, ALLVAR, will present How Do SBIRs Fit Into a Startup Company’s Strategy? March 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. The event is free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the CNY Biotech lot. R.S.V.P. to cnybac@upstate.edu. 



Lecture focusing on neurobiology of addiction and novel opioid use disorder treatments is March 14

Yasmin Hurd, PhD, director of the Addiction Institute for Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System and Ward-Coleman Chair in translational neuroscience at Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, will present Translating the Neurobiology of Addiction for Novel Treatments of Opioid Use Disorder Thursday, March 14 at noon in 1159 Weiskotten Hall. The presentation is part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship Lecture and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information, email Patty Gooden at goodenpa@upstate.edu.



Retirement webinar for Upstate employees is March 14

TIAA will hold a financial essentials webinar March 14 from noon to 1 p.m. The live webinar is designed for employees enrolled in the SUNY Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and those who have a SUNY Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan (403b). The webinar will offer tips on protecting retirement savings. Online registration is available at the following link: https://shared.tiaa.org/public/publictools/campaign/login/webinar?resume=%2Fidp%2Fr8jGr%2FresumeSAML20%2Fidp%2FSSO.ping&spentity=SAML.on24.com. Upstate employees are subject to all Upstate policies regarding use of campus electronic equipment. Failure to comply may lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.



Artwork sought for fundraiser through March 15

The Advocates for Upstate Medical University seeks donations of artwork by local artists and artisans to auction at its 21stannual Mystery, Malt and Merlot fundraiser to benefit The Upstate EMS Program and Clark Burn Center. Artwork valued at $50 or more will be prominently displayed at the event’s Art Walk. Donor names also will appear in the event program booklet. The event will be held Friday, April 12 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Oncenter Ballroom, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. Items will be accepted through March 15 and tickets for the event are on sale through March 29 at www.upstate.edu/advocates. To donate items or for more information, contact Jonathan Adler at adlerj@upstate.edu or 315-464-5610. Advocates for Upstate Medical University is a volunteer membership organization supporting healthcare and scholarship through fundraising and service.



Entries for 33rd annual Dearing Writing Award Competition due March 15

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities seeks works of fiction, essay, poetry and memoir for the 33rd annual Dearing Writing Award Competition. The competition is open to Upstate residents, employees, faculty, and matriculated students. Entries are due by March 15. Two copies are required. One copy must include the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy must include only the title and category with the work. Please note: one entry per writer, maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems. Email 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 Center for Bioethics and Humanities annual journal, The Healing Muse. For more on the journal, visit www.thehealingmuse.org



12th annual Celebration of the Faculty is March 20

The 12th annual Celebration of the Faculty will be held March 20 in 4414 Academic Building. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the program will run from 5 to 6 p.m. The 2019 Gold Standard Awards will be presented during the program. Recipients include: Maureen Burke, Amit Dhamoon, Lauren Germain, Stephen Graziano, Robert Gregory, Brian Johnson, Muhammed Sarwar, Debra Wolf, and Charles Woods. 



Be the Match bone marrow donor drive is March 21

Be the Match, a bone marrow donor drive, will be held March 21 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the second floor at Downtown Campus. For more information, stop by the event or call Remi Misiewicz at 315-464-5294. 



Cancer Center Grand Rounds is March 22

Meng Welliver, MD, associate professor at Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital’s Department of Radiology, will present Toward Precision Medicine in Soft Tissue Sarcoma March 22 at 7:30 a.m. in C1076 A/B/C at Upstate Cancer Center. 



President's Employee Recognition Award nominations due April 1

Nominations are sought for the President’s Employee Recognition Awards. The deadline for submission is April 1. Information on the awards and a downloadable PDF nomination form is available at: http://www.upstate.edu/president/awards/. Paper copies of the form will be sent to all departments. Awards will be presented at a ceremony June 18. Provider of the Year will be presented to a physician (MD, DO MBBS), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who goes above and beyond her or his job responsibilities in delivering healthcare. Please note that while faculty members are not eligible for individual awards, they may be included in team nominations.

The six award categories are: 

  • Outstanding Diversity Contribution of the Year (Team) 
  • Community Service of the Year (Team and Individual) 
  • Team of the Year 
  • Leader of the Year 
  • Employee of the Year 
  • Provider of the Year 



12th annual Naomi Chernoff, MD, Creativity Conference is April 5

The 12th annual Naomi Chernoff, MD, Creativity Conference will be held April 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Archbold Theater at Syracuse Stage. To register for Reflections from Experience—Memory and Meaning in Life, the Arts and the Clinic, visit www.upstate.edu/cme/. Speakers include: Georgian Mustata, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Upstate; Vincent Monnier, MD, professor of pathology and biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University; Erin Soros, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in applied psychology at University of Toronto; Steven Lynn, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Binghamton University; and Stephan Wolfert, actor and playwright. For more information, contact Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu or 315-464-3104. 



Holistic Healing conference is April 18

Holistic Healing: Caring for the Mind, Body and Spirit will be held Thursday, April 18 at the Syracuse University Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. Breakfast and lunch are included and 5.9 contact hours will be provided. Registration is $75 before April 1 and $85 after. To register, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/holistic_healing. Topics include: holistic nursing, reiki in the hospital setting, integrative massage, essential oils, holistic nutrition approach, botanical healing introduction, yoga and quality of life, meditation, and hypnosis. 



International Students Association to host 13th annual International Festival April 19

The International Students Association will host the 13th  annual International Festivalcelebration Friday, April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The event will showcase diversity at Upstate with a variety of performances from different cultures and food from various cuisines. There will be prizes for best ethnic attire. If you would like to perform at the event or cook a dish from your country please contact Sumana at sundaras@upstate.edu. The event is free and open to the Upstate community. 



HealthLink on Air features Jeopardy contestant Rachel Fabi

Recent HealthLink on Air guests include ethicist and former Upstate Medical University President Gregory Eastwood, MD; Distinguished Professor Stephen Faraone, PhD; assistant professor and Jeopardy contestant Rachel Fabi, PhD; assistant professor Anna Stewart-Ibarra, PhD; and medical students Alfred “Aj” Espinoza and Dan Farrell. HealthLink on Air is a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications. HealthLink on Air 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



Recycle for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

To help raise funds for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, place used printer cartridges or ink jet cartridges in original box (do not put the UPS label on the box), place in interoffice mail, and address to recycle.  



Memorial Mass cards are available at Upstate

Memorial Mass cards are available and support the Father Al Bebel Spiritual Care Fund. To receive a card, call the Center for Spiritual Care at 315-464-4687 or the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-7853. 



OTD offers class on emotional intelligence 

Organizational Training and Development offers TalentSmart's Mastering Emotional Intelligence (EQ) class. Learn what EQ is, your EQ score, and strategies to handle yourself in times of stress and dealing with others skillfully.  Visit these links to choose from the self-assessment http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=129475or multi-rater class http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=13115. For more information and to register, contact Tracy Fenner at fennert@upstate.edu or 315-464-2957. Self-serve registration is not available for this course.