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Upstate Announcements for November 8, 2023

Native American Heritage Month events underway

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presents the following events:

—Native American meal offerings at lunch in campus cafeterias Nov. 8, 15, 22, 23.

—Presentation by Dr. Mary Owen. Nov. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall.

—Documentary Film Screening of The Good Mind. Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 4414 A, Academic Building.

—Cultural Talk with story teller Regis Cook. Nov. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in 4414 A, Academic Building.

—Documentary Film Screening of Voices from the Barrens, Native People, Blueberries and Sovereignty. Nov. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

—Boarding School Experience Presentation. Nov. 30 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 4414 A, Academic Building. Pete Hill will provide insights into the boarding school experience.

—Weekly Online Trivia: Weeks of Nov. 8, 15, 22  Link for 11/8: https://forms.gle/xPfRD7gXNPajvtgSA


Off campus events:

—Ska nonh Great Law of Peace Center Fall Arts and Craft Show. Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool.

—Ray Symposium Lectures: Indigenous Resilience, Climate Change and the Environment Humanities. Nov. 12, Eggers Hall, Syracuse University. 

—Virtual Event: Native American Heritage Month by UCS Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Franklin H. William Judicial Commission and the 8th Judicial District (link to be provided).



rTMS study seeks participants with concussion-related headaches

Upstate Physical Therapy Education seeks adults with chronic post-concussion headaches to participate in a clinical trial. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), a non-invasive brain stimulation technique, will be used to manage headaches and other post-concussion symptoms. This study takes place in the Motion Analysis Lab at the Institute for Human Performance. Parking and compensation will be included. For more information, contact Yi-Ling Kuo, PT, PhD, at [email protected] or 315-464-6911.



Global Health seeks study participants

Yearly vaccination is the most effective way to protect yourself from the flu virus and its complications. Global Health seeks individuals between 18 and 85 years of age for a study to help researchers learn more about an investigational flu vaccine. For more information, email [email protected] or call 315-464-9869.



Registration open for 2024 Health Justice Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 Health Justice Conference to be held Jan. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 4414 B/C at the Academic Building. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will also be an option to attend via Zoom. To register to attend Health Advocacy through Education: Illuminating Pathways to Progress, visit https://healthjusticeconference.com/attendee-registration-1. The conference will revolve around empowering marginalized communities through education, advocacy, and collective action that can transform the organization and outcomes of healthcare systems. We will host large and small groups to facilitate discussions between attendees and our esteemed presenters and panel members. Topics of discussion for this year’s conference include reproductive health, healthcare for the homeless, healthcare for the incarcerated, harm reduction principles, one health, environmental health, Native American health disparities, and improving accessibility in our community. Questions about the conference? Email Mariel Liebeskind at [email protected], Shade McFarlane at [email protected], or Katie Farkouh at [email protected].



Center for Philosophy, Psychology and Psychiatry presentation is Nov. 9

Philosopher Richard Boothby, PhD, professor of philosophy at Loyola University, will present Embracing the Void: Rethinking the Origin of the Sacred Thursday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. in the second-floor grand rounds area of 713 Harrison St. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. to Michael Miller at [email protected] prior to the event. Boothby specializes in existential and phenomenological philosophy, as well as philosophy of psychoanalysis. This talk will explore the work of Freud and Lacan on our relationship to the unknown other, or "the Thing," and how this may inform the religious impulse. 



Explore academic opportunities at Upstate Medical University Nov. 9

Upstate Admissions will host an event highlighting academic opportunities Thursday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital. Staff will be available to discuss all opportunities at Upstate from bachelor’s to doctorate level, including advancing a future in health care and financial support. For more information about the event, email Maggie Moore at [email protected].



Virtual support offered to Upstate Community Hospital staff for transition to Hyperdrive through Nov. 11

Upstate IMT will offer virtual support to Epic users transitioning to Hyperdrive at Upstate Community Hospital now through Nov. 11 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Staff will have access to personalized guidance and assistance for troubleshooting problems. Email sent the week of Nov. 3 provided users with information on how to access real-time virtual support, including where to find Hyperdrive support in Epic and how to troubleshoot common issues. Hyperdrive, which hosts Hyperspace, will become accessible to all Epic users, across all Upstate locations, beginning Nov. 28. For instructional guides, videos, and system update notifications, visit https://www.upstate.edu/training/intra/epic/hyperdrive.php. In addition to the dedicated web page, users may access the Playground or PLY at any time to preview features and common workflows. Questions? Email Matt Hill at [email protected].



Easy for You is Nov 14

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the multidisciplinary suite (C 3068) on the third floor of Upstate Cancer Center. Everyone with an Upstate ID is welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement is available. For more information, contact Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or [email protected].



Sarcoidosis Support Group is Nov. 14

Upstate’s Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Division will present Ways to Improve Physical Fitness at the next Sarcoidosis Support Group meeting, to be held Nov. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the fifth-floor classroom at Upstate Health Care Center. To register, email Shania Edwards-King at [email protected]. 



Volunteers sought for breakfast service at the Samaritan Center Nov. 15

Join members of Upstate Emerging Leaders United as the group helps with breakfast service Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6:15 to 9 a.m. at the Samaritan Center, 215 N. State St. The Samaritan Center mission is No One Goes Hungry. To participate, or for more information, email [email protected] or Scott Neal [email protected].



Skilled trades job fair is Nov. 15                    

Upstate will host a job fair for a variety of skilled trades positions Thursday, Nov. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. at CNY Works, 960 James St., Syracuse. For more information and a list of highlighted jobs, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/job_fair.pdf. Questions about this job fair? Call Christine Knappen at 315-464-4921.



Great American Smokeout/Vapeout is Nov. 16

The Great American Smokeout/Vapeout will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in three locations:

  • second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital
  • atrium of Upstate Cancer Center
  • outside cafeteria at Community

Play the Smoking Jeopardy game, get free nicotine lozenges, and receive information to help you and your loved ones become tobacco free.



Center for Bioethics Journal Club is Nov. 16

The Center for Bioethics Journal Club will be held Nov. 16 at noon, via Zoom. Rachel Fabi, PhD, will speak. To join, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAudeGoqDwvEte1q3ROkz1PBeQBPTp8XS5Q. For copies of the featured articles, email [email protected].



Upstate Gala ‘Diamonds and Denim’ is set for Nov. 17 

Gala 2023, hosted by the Upstate Foundation, will be held at the Oncenter Friday, Nov. 17. Festivities begin at 8 p.m., with a patron party for sponsors starting at 7 p.m. The Diamonds and Denim theme welcomes guests to balance comfort with formal attire. For instance, men could wear a jacket with their denim, and women could wear bedazzling jewels and some form of denim. (Yes, you can wear jeans!) Other aspects of the Foundation’s signature event remain the same: small plate dining stations, live band, short presentation and plenty of time for socializing and dancing. There will be a special guest band performance by the The Consultants featuring drummer Dr. Lawrence Chin, and someone will win a diamond. Gala proceeds will benefit the Upstate Foundation’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Campaign. For more information including reservations and sponsorship opportunities, or attire ideas, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/Gala, or call the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4416.



Property Management closure Nov. 24

The Property Management Surplus Warehouse (1098 Erie Blvd E.) will be closed Nov. 24. Questions? Email Sean Barkley at [email protected].



Applications for 2024 Your Cause charity due Nov. 30

Team Upstate seeks applications from the Upstate community for a CNY agency to be the featured Your Cause charity in 2024. The Your Cause sponsorship offers Upstate employees an opportunity to nominate a charity that will be the focus of Upstate volunteer outreach through the year. This year’s Your Cause agency was Francis House. To nominate an agency for the Your Cause sponsorship, complete and submit an application by Nov. 30. Team Upstate committee will review applications and announce the winning organization in December. Application is available here: https://www.upstate.edu/teamupstate/your-cause/. Email completed applications to Nancy Prott at [email protected]. Questions? Email Becca Pesci at [email protected]



AIDS exhibit at Upstate Library now through Dec. 2

The National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit AIDS, Posters and Stories of Public Health: A People’s History of a Pandemic will be on display in the Health Sciences Library on the first floor of Weiskotten Hall now through Dec. 2. For more information about the exhibit, visit: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/aids-posters/about.html.



Salvation Army's Christmas Bureau is Dec. 20

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau will be held Dec. 20 at the OnCenter. To volunteer, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F49ABAE2FA2FEC70-45295579-salvation. Spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis and due to space restrictions, the Salvation Army cannot accept any last-minute volunteer requests.



iPage access when off campus

Off-campus login access has been upgraded to comply with enhanced security measures set by IMT. Since the default homepage for most browsers is set to the iPage, users will be greeted with the same login screen as seen when accessing other services, like Self-Serve.



Upstate Frame of Mind features discussion on recent trends in substance abuse

The third edition of Upstate Frame of Mind will feature addiction psychiatrists Zsuzsa Meszaros, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry at Upstate, and Tolani Ajagbe, MD, interim division chief of addiction psychiatry at Upstate and the chief of psychiatry and medical director of addiction treatment services at Crouse Health. The conversation focuses on recent trends in substance use, particularly the opioid epidemic, as well as the rise of nascent substances such as xylazine. To listen, visit: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2jHqjrhju2mCMpDwzAT7qR?si=p9h-4KogSveW_It6fqIDug. 



The Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about Upstate’s latest volume of poems and essays, a program to help those in long-term care residences, and a mental health crisis overseas.

The Informed Patient podcast and HealthLink on Air radio show are produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications. The Informed Patient interviews are available through various podcast platforms, including YouTube. HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Audio and transcripts of the podcasts and the radio shows are also available at upstate.edu/informed.

To suggest an Upstate expert or topic for a possible podcast, email Amber Smith at [email protected]