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Upstate Announcements for February 1, 2021

Nominations sought for the 2021 President's Employee Recognition Awards 

President's Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 1. For more information and a nomination form, visit: 


The six award categories are: 

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


Black History Month Virtual Series: Selfie-videos sought; awards announced  

A virtual series, comprised of personal videos about family and online award ceremonies recognizing employees and community members, is being launched by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to celebrate Black History.  

Upstate students and staff are asked to videotape themselves answering the question, “How has your family shaped you?” in recognition of the 2021 national celebration theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.” Among the contributors are Chief Diversity Officer Daryll C. Dykes, PhD, MD, JD, and Holocaust survivor Richard Levy, both of whom give their perspectives on being members of bi-racial families.  

Employee contribution awards are being awarded online to Harry E. Taylor, PhD, assistant professor of Microbiology and Immunology, for his HIV research and to Chevelle Jones-Moore, MSW, social worker at Upstate Community Hospital, for her care of patients and involvement in the Faculty and Staff Association for Diversity and the annual Black History celebrations.  

Community contribution awards are being given to the United Way of Central New York for leading the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge and to Richard Levy and his late wife, Betty, for their civil rights efforts, connections with Upstate and support of the CNY Equity project.  

Videos will be posted throughout February at https://www.upstate.edu/diversityinclusion/blackhistory. For more information or to submit a video, email AskODI@upstate.edu



Are you working an essential job at Upstate and are also a Crunch fan?

If so, you have a chance to be "at" this season's hockey games at the Upstate Medical Arena. Upstate will have several fan cutouts at the games, but the deadline is almost here. To be considered, please email mascot@upstate.edu by end of day tomorrow, Feb. 2. Winners will be chosen at random.



Do you know an Upstate Strong Covid Hero?

Upstate is fortunate to be surrounded by everyday heroes who go the extra mile to help lead our institution’s response to Covid-19 in the community and across the region. To extend gratitude to an individual or a team for their efforts, nominate colleagues for recognition as an Upstate Strong Covid Hero at https://redcap.link/covidheroes



T-shirt sale supports hospital unit recognition and education programs

Purchase a Believe in Zero full-color, long-sleeve T-shirt for $25 each. Shirts are available in V-neck, crew-neck styles with the hospital logo on front and the Believe in Zero logo on back. Proceeds benefit quality recognition and educational programs at the unit level at both hospitals. Cash, PayPal, Venmo options are welcome. To buy shirts, visit: https://redcap.upstate.edu/surveys/?s=PDR4LNADTF. For more information, email Bezero@upstate.edu.



Elizabeth Blackwell Day is Feb. 3

Upstate is celebrating the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, MD. Born Feb. 3, 1821, Blackwell graduated from its medical school in 1849 and became the first woman MD in the United States. Upstate’s Medical Alumni and Upstate Foundation are raising money for a lifesize bronze sculpture of Blackwell and scholarships in her name. Sculptor Sharon BuMann is developing models for the sculpture. Upstate's HealthLink on Air podcast has interviews with NY Times-acclaimed author Janice Nimura, who wrote the new biography on the Blackwell sisters, and Upstate students Sruti Akula and Neelima Dosakayala who tell what it's like to be 21st century women studying medicine. Dosakayala will discuss what it's like to be a 21st century woman studying medicine. The interviews are available here: https://www.upstate.edu/hloa/2021/010421-nimura-interview.php and https://www.upstate.edu/hloa/2021/122220-akula-dosakayala-interview.php.



Wear Red Day is Feb. 5

Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 5. Wear red this Friday to support the American Heart Association mission to spread awareness about heart disease in women. Turn WebEx/Teams/Zoom background red and take a picture of the group while on a conference call. Start your meetings with a Heart fact. Take pictures of your red (no group shots, physical distance, masks on) and share on social media using the following hashtags: #goredsyracuse #syrheartwalk or #lifeiswhycny. For more information, visit www.heart.org. 



Upstate Nurse Instant Decision Day deadline is March 7

Upstate Nurses are invited to apply for the Online Bachelor's Program using a simplified and free admission application requiring only one standardized reference from their manager. Completed applications will lead to an invite to attend the Instant Decision Day where they will receive in person their admissions decision, receive course advisement directly form the program director and speak with the tuition assistance and professional development coordinator. The deadline to apply is March 7, 2021 at this link: https://www.upstate.edu/con/programs/bs/hta-bs.php. For more information, email Gabriela Lozanova at admiss@upstate.edu.



Submissions sought for 34th annual Dearing Writing Award Competition through March 12

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities seeks submissions for the 34th annual Dearing Writing Award Competition through March 12. The competition is open to all SUNY Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty. Works of fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir will be accepted on any subject matter.

Submit two copies: one copy should have the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category on it; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should 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 submission to Andrea Musolino at musolina@upstate.edu. Winners will be announced and awards presented April 7. Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for CBH’s annual journal The Healing Muse, available online at:  www.thehealingmuse.org.



Save the date: Student Research Day is April 7

Student Research Day will be held virtually April 7, 2021. Student talks will begin on Zoom at 1 p.m., followed by the keynote address with Erin Bromage, PhD, UMass Dartmouth, at 3 p.m. One student from each college will be selected to give a 10-minute oral presentation and five-minute Q and A. There will be a Virtual Poster Session from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Remo, an interactive virtual platform. Remo resembles a virtual conference and students will be able to share their posters as a PDF. For more information, email: AndrianN@upstate.edu.



Pathway to Wellness Monthly Challenge

February’s Monthly Challenge is to take care of your mental health. Register and track your progress at  https://wellnys.goer.ny.gov or print out the monthly challenge at: https://www.upstate.edu/health/wellness/monthly-events.php. Individuals who would like to sign up for communications from Pathway to Wellness should email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu.  



Wellbeing Index resource available online

In these difficult times, the wellbeing of everyone at Upstate is a key concern. Not only is it stressful now, but we know individuals may experience the emotional toll of these past months well into the future. Please remember that the Upstate community has access to the confidential and anonymous Wellbeing Index, developed by the Mayo Clinic. It includes a brief survey to help assess and reflect on an individual’s current level of distress, and changes over time. And, it provides lists of, and links to, an extensive set of resources to help with understanding and coping. There are Covid-specific resources. Remember to reach out to someone for support when needed. The Wellbeing Index is available at: https://app.mywellbeingindex.org/login and use "Upstate" as your invitation code to set up an account.


Departments of Physical Therapy Education and Nursing seeks study participants 

The Starting Pregnancy with Robustness for Optimal Upward Trajectories (SPROUT) project seek low-risk pregnant women with a singleton pregnancy for an innovative mother and baby study being done at Upstate. Physical activity during pregnancy has substantial benefits for maternal and fetal health including reduced risk of excessive weight gain, developing pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus and gestational hypertension, pre-term birth, macrosomia, depressive symptoms, and developing childhood obesity; and, can improve maternal sleep; and neonatal neuromotor skills at 1-month of age. To further explore the benefits of physical activity during pregnancy, participants will be randomly assigned to one of three exercise conditions. All women will be enrolled during the first trimester (6-to-13-week gestation) and without absolute contraindications to moderate intensity exercise during pregnancy as defined by American College of Sports Medicine and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Compensation in appreciation of time will be provided. For more information, contact the study coordinator, Danielle Marino, PT, DPT, at marinod@upstate.edu or 315-481-6013.