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Upstate Announcements for January 4, 2024

Nominations sought for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service 

Nominations are sought for the 2023-2024 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service. This award recognizes state classified service employees represented by CSEA, PEF and PBA of NYS for excellence and superior service. Nominations are due Feb. 1, and should be emailed to Megan Chase, Human Resources, at [email protected]. For additional information and nomination form visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/chancellor-award.php



Email retention and archives reminder

The default retention period for email at Upstate is six months, as documented in policy UW C-08. To keep emails for a longer period of time, items should be stored in the “Archive” folder of the email mailbox. Tips on how to use the archive folder can be found here: https://www.upstate.edu/training/intra/epic/documents/archive_solutions_upstate2.pdf. For more information on email archives, call the Help Desk at 315-464-4115 or submit a ticket through the online support system.



Brightspace course emails sent in error

Brightspace course emails received between Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 were sent in error. The 2024 annual required courses will be assigned to staff mid-January. If needed, users may self-enroll in these courses at any time using ‘Register for Course’ in the left-hand menu of their ‘My Training’ screen. Questions? Email Tracie Wildner at [email protected].



New Microsoft Teams client

IMT has begun the roll out of the new Microsoft Teams client. For details on how to enable and use the new client, visit: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/switch-to-the-new-microsoft-teams-2d4a0c96-fa52-43f8-a006-4bfbc62cf6c5. Any issues with Teams following the launch, open a Help Desk ticket using the Online Web Portal or call 315-464-4115. The old Teams client will begin to be phased out, starting in mid to late February.



Yoga for Everyone is Jan. 5

Yoga for Everyone will be held Friday, Jan. 5 from 8:15 to 9 a.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Yoga for Everyone is co-facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga. No experience necessary to join and all are welcome. Questions? Email [email protected].



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is Jan. 9

Wendy Broton, MSN, FNP, will present Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections Anatomical vs. Dysfunctional Voiding Reasons Jan. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. via WebEx. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=mb12c0085f1ef7676b1c7d2756818540d. Email Tiffany Senke at [email protected] . CME credit will be available for participants.



Easy for You is Jan. 9

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Suite C3068 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 therapy is available. For more information contact Jackson Tarr or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or [email protected].



Blood Drives are Jan. 10, 11 and 12

Blood Drives will be held at Upstate locations Jan. 10, 11 and 12. To register for an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood. The schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. at Upstate Community Hospital
  • Jan. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. in 1507/1508 Setnor Academic Building
  • Jan. 12 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano



Cardiology Grand Rounds is Jan. 12

Theodore Abraham, MD, University of California, will present HCM and New Therapies during Cardiology Grand Rounds Friday, Jan. 12 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. via WebEx. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m705cd8d9fb8c17dce4af19dbe92c52c7. (Meeting number: 2306 533 0817 Meeting password: Cardiology1). One AMA PRA credit is available to participants. Presentation is open to MDs, residents, fellows, PAs, NPs, RNs, and the public. Questions? Email Lisa Carroll at [email protected].



Upstate honors Dr King by examining health advocacy at Health Justice Conference Jan. 15

Upstate will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with its annual student-led Health Justice Conference Monday, Jan. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Academic Building, NAB 4414/BC. The theme for this year’s conference is “Health Advocacy through Education: Illuminating Pathways to Progress.”

Roselyn Tso, who directs the federal Indian Health Service, leads a list of nearly 20 invited speakers who will address a broad range of health advocacy efforts. A complete list of speakers is here. Pre-registration is preferred and can be done here, but registration is also available at the door. The conference is free and open to the public and includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.



Pet A Pooch supervisors sought for Jan. 16, 18 and 31

Pet A Pooch supervisors are needed to escort pets and their humans to visits. For more information and to sign up to help, email Deb Emerson at [email protected]. The schedule is as follows:

Jan. 16 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital

Jan. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Community

Jan. 31 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital



Women’s Health Services to close Jan. 19

Women’s Health Services will close Friday, Jan. 19 to accommodate a location change to the third floor of Upstate Health Care Center, across from the Perinatal Center. The move will consolidate OB/GYN services to the third floor and double to Women’s Health Services clinical space to accommodate expanding volume. The clinic will reopen Jan. 22 in suite 3073. All phone and fax numbers remain the same.



Upstate Innovation Day is Jan. 23

Upstate Innovation Day will be held Jan. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator Theater, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse. The Pharmaceutical, Biologic and Medical Device Research and Commercialization—including Upstate’s CNY Biotech Accelerator Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC)—Pitch Event will offer a $5,000 pitch award. The program is free but registration is required, here: Eventbrite Registration. There are a limited number of exhibit tables available. If interested in, email Kathi Durdon at [email protected].



World Cancer Day is Feb. 5

Join Upstate Cancer Center, She Matters and the Mammovan Monday, Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a World Cancer Day information and screening event at Salt City Market. World Cancer Day is an international initiative to raise awareness of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. Information and valuable resources about cancer prevention, screenings, and treatment will be offered. The Upstate Mammovan will be onsite offering breast cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule a mammogram, call 315-464-2588 or visit www.upstate.edu/noexcuses.



Author of the Doctors Blackwell to speak at Elizabeth Blackwell Day Feb. 7.

Janice P. Nimura, author of The Doctors Blackwell, will celebrate Elizabeth Blackwell Day at Upstate Medical University Wednesday, Feb. 7 at noon in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The event is open to the public.

Nimura will discuss her book, The Doctors Blackwell, which tells of the tenacity and vision of sisters, Elizabeth and Emily, who became pioneering physicians. Elizabeth Blackwell earned her medical degree in 1849 from what is now Upstate Medical University becoming the first woman physician in the United States; Emily received her medical degree in 1854 from what is now Case Western Reserve University. The Doctors Blackwell was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in biography. This year, 2024, marks the 175 anniversary of Elizabeth Blackwell receiving her MD from what is now Upstate. Cosponsors of the Nimura’s visit are the student chapter of the American Women Medical Association and AMWA President Sabrina Sun and the Office of the President



The Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about heart failure, a condition that can lead to heart failure and fibromyalgia.

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 SmithAmb@Upstate.edu.