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Upstate Announcements for July 20, 2020

Updates to COVID-19 employee travel policy COV T-09 are available online 

Review policy COV T-09 for the latest information on travel to and from states with high covid infection rates. All covid policies are available via the Upstate intranet at https://upstate.ellucid.com.



Upstate’s COVID-19 testing site to offer tests for asymptomatic employees and students July 22 and 23 

Upstate employees and students who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are welcome to be tested at the 800 E. Water St. testing site July 22 and 23—drive through or walk up. Capacity will allow for 50 tests per day. Employees/students will not be charged above what insurance covers. To schedule an appointment, call 315-464-2582 and select option 0. Individuals will receive test results by phone within 48 hours. Results will also be available through MyChart. Testing is private and not connected to Employee/Student Health. Additional dates will be added as testing capacity allows. 



Cafe 550 will re-open July 22

Cafe 550 will re-open July 22 with normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Menu items will be available to order for grab-and-go only; no sit-down dining is permitted at this time. 



New York State Deferred Compensation enrollment webinar is July 22

The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan will host an educational webinar Wednesday, July 22 at noon. The webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about the plan. For details, visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php.



Bioethics and Humanities Virtual Journal Club is July 23

Rachel Fabi, PhD, will lead a discussion on how bioethicists can contribute to addressing racism and why they should July 23 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. For access to the article and a Zoom link, email Andrea Musolino at musolina@upstate.edu. Conversations about race and racism will continue during the virtual journal clubs for the next six months. 



Donations and volunteers sought for Mary Nelson’s backpack and school supplies drive through July 24

New school supplies and new or gently used backpacks will be accepted through July 24 at various locations throughout campus. For drop box locations, visit www.upstate.edu/backpack. Volunteers are sought to help with school supply distribution. To volunteer, call Mary Nelson at 315-422-2761. For a Team Upstate volunteer shirt, email Becca Pesci at pescir@upstate.edu with your shirt size.  



Central Stores and DISTA will merge July 25

Beginning July 25, Central Stores and DISTA will merge to become Materials Management Warehouse (MMW). When placing an order, use MMW as the location. Questions? Call Tracy Pileski at 315-464-2432. 



Blood drives are July 27, 28 and Aug. 12

Upstate will host Red Cross blood drives July 27 from noon to 6 p.m. and July 28 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria at Upstate Community Hospital; and Aug. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building. Upstate staff and students are welcome to make an appointment online at: www.upstate.edu/blood. Individuals unable to keep an appointment should email brucek@upstate.edu. Precautions will be taken to protect donors.  



World Breastfeeding Week online education sessions are Aug. 6

World Breastfeeding Week: Celebration of Breastfeeding During a Pandemic will be held Thursday, Aug. 6 in two sessions. Session and registration information is below. For more information, email Narcavac@upsate.edu. Session one will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jayne Charlamb, MD, will present Policy and Decision Making: Breastfeeding During COVID-19 and Michele Chai, MD, will present Pros and Cons of Supplementation. To register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/wbwHCP . Session two will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Session two will feature Breastfeeding Support During a Pandemic: Mothers Share their Experiences and an expert Q and A panel. To register, visit:  https://tinyurl.com/wbwMOM 



Easy for You is Aug. 11

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 7335B (West Wing) at Upstate University Hospital. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information call Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519. 



Biomedical Sciences Retreat is Sept. 15

The Biomedical Sciences Retreat will be held virtually Tuesday, Sept. 15. Virtual talks will be held in the morning and a live virtual poster session will take place in the afternoon. Details on scheduling, speakers, abstract submissions and Zoom links will be forthcoming. For more information, email Natalie Andrianos at adriann@upstate.edu



Upstate Family Medicine accepting new families for primary care

Upstate Family Medicine is now accepting new families for primary care, at two convenient locations. For an appointment at Community call 315-492-3400 and for an appointment at UHCC call 315-464-4686.



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds to begin virtually in September 

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will reconvene virtually in September. Rounds will be held Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Details will be forthcoming. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu



Proposals sought for Clark Endowment for Pediatric Research

Proposals for funding through the Clark Endowment for Pediatric Research are due Sept. 1. The Clark Endowment for Pediatric Research, an initiative established through Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Upstate Foundation, supports basic or clinical research projects and research equipment relevant to child health, up to $15,000.00 for one year. All proposals will be reviewed and ranked for scientific merit by the Pediatric Research Advisory Committee. Awards will be announced in October. The awards will fund projects from Nov. 1, 2020 to Oct. 30, 2021. For an application and more information, contact Lisa Blystone at 315-464-7600 or blystonl@upstate.edu.



Institute for Global Health seeks volunteers 

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy volunteers ages 18 to 45 to participate in a Dengue Fever clinical trial. Parking and compensation are included. To volunteer, call 315-464-9869 or email trials@upstate.edu.