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Upstate Announcements for January 18, 2024

Make an appointment to donate blood at Upstate

An on-campus blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor. To schedule an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood



Submissions sought for 37th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition 

Submissions are sought for the 37th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition, open to all Upstate students, residents, staff, and faculty. Submissions of fiction, memoir, poetry are welcome by March 18. To submit and for full details, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/bioethics/writing-awards/dearinghome.php



Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging award nominations sought

Upstate’s Black History Month committee seeks nominations to recognize individuals, groups, and community organizations that have worked to advance the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Upstate and in our community. To nominate, visit: https://forms.office.com/r/8nHa6ckS8X or email [email protected]. Nominations are due by Feb. 12 and award recipients will be announced the week of Feb. 19. Questions? Email [email protected]. Awards will be presented at the SNMA Gala Saturday, Feb. 24.



Center for Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry seminar is today

Joseph Anderson, a resident in clinical psychology at Upstate and a PhD candidate at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, will present Sartre and the Clinic: Implications of Existential Psychoanalysis today at 4 p.m. in the Grand Rounds area of 713 Harrison Street and via Zoom. To join via Zoom, visit: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86196101134?pwd=lzlrXzkQZY5c0GbsGcxLpOZYGU7ShY.1&from=addon.  For more information, email Michael Miller at [email protected].  A recent article on CP3 in the Psychiatric Times can be found here:https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/department-of-psychiatrys-embrace-of-philosophy



Yoga for Everyone is Jan. 19

Yoga for Everyone will be held Friday, Jan. 19 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Performance Center on the 11thfloor of Upstate Golisano. 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].



Women’s Health Services to close Jan. 19; reopen in new space Jan. 22

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. 



Employee Assistance Program hosts events Jan. 22

Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program will host Hug Your Mug Jan. 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano. 



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]



NYS pension presentation is Jan. 25

New York State Deferred Comp and New York State Local Retirement System will host an educational presentation on the basics of pensions and how pensions help provide for the future Thursday, Jan. 25 from noon to 1:15 p.m. via WebEx. There will be Q and A sessions throughout the webinar. Registration is required. To register, visit: https://nationwidega.webex.com/weblink/register/r365c639dd6f1cab86bdd6e0d69c42c06



Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly conference is Jan. 31

Emergency Medicine will present the 21st annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly conference Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center. To register on-line and to view additional information on this event, visit: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/22515



Nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service due Feb. 1

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



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.



Upstate Foundation Valentine Ball for All is Feb. 7

The Upstate Foundation and Salt City Road Warriors will host the Valentine Ball for All Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse. The inclusive format replaces the Father Daughter Valentine Ball, and is open to any child or children age 3 and up and their parent(s), guardian or caregiver. The event will offer entertainment, special guests, face painting, photo booths, a craft project, gifts and more. Proceeds will benefit the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Campaign. Attendance is limited, so register soon at Valentine Ball (upstatefoundation.org). For more information, email Danielle Bright at [email protected]



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



Easy for You is Feb. 13

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room C3069 on the third floor of Upstate Cancer Center. Those with an Upstate ID are 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].



Burger King campaign benefits Upstate Golisano now through Feb. 14

Visit a Burger King location in Syracuse, Binghamton, Watertown, Utica/Rome and receive $6 worth of coupons for $1 now through Feb. 14. Coupons may be redeemed between Feb. 14 and March 31. 



Black History Month Gala is Feb. 24

Upstate Student National Medical Association in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host the annual Black History Month Gala Feb. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Semi-formal attire is requested. Student admission is $40 and general admission is $75. Proceeds will fund student scholarships. The deadline to purchase tickets or a table is Feb. 16 via email at [email protected].



Employee Assistance Program offers meditation weekly 

Mindful Meditation sessions are open to the Upstate community every Tuesday from 11 to 11:15 a.m. via WebEx. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/cristinA. For more information, email Annemarie Cristino at [email protected]


Professional Development and Learning assessment survey reminder 

Professional Development and Learning seeks insight from staff into the current needs and trends surrounding workforce development at Upstate. The survey takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5PB3QTN. The deadline is Jan. 25. 

Learning needs assessment surveys ensure we offer courses, microcredential tracks, and other opportunities that assist with growth and advancement at Upstate. The 2020 learning needs assessment resulted in the creation of three popular microcredential tracks: Leading Self, Learning to Lead, and Leading Others. For more information, email Haley Gravalis at [email protected]



Professional Development and Learning open enrollment 

Professional Development and Learning offers open enrollment for courses January to June 2024. For a schedule of classes, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/pdl_open_enrollment_course__jan_to_june_2024.pdf

To register for a class, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?category=61

Consider enrolling in one of four popular microcredential tracks: Leading Self, Learning to Lead, Learning to Lead for Nurse Manager Succession (new), and Leading Others. To learn more, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/microcredential/index.php. For more information, email Haley Gravalis at [email protected]



Upstate Transplant Center to relocate 

Upstate Transplant Center will relocate to Upstate Specialty Services at Harrison Center, Suite A, 550 Harrison Street. The location change is to better serve patients. The clinic will welcome patients to the new location beginning Jan. 30. All phone and fax numbers remain the same. For more information about the move, email Linda Curry at [email protected]



Hope Café opens new locations at Upstate 

The Hope Café coffee shop is now open in the retail area of the Academic Building Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The café serves coffee, lattes, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items to go. 

Hope Café is also open on the ninth floor of Weiskotten Hall Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This location offers homemade meals each day, including Peruvian style rice or quinoa, veggies, a variety of Peruvian and Latin-inspired meats, fried chicken, and more. 

Questions about these locations? Email Eric Adams at [email protected]



Find a Doc profile updates for 2024

Faculty and providers may update their public-facing Find a Doc profile online, here: https://www.upstate.edu/search/?tab=people&ID=. Search name, click Faculty/Provider Profile, and select Update My Profile. Updates and changes can be made, including: 

  • Addition of 2023 publications   
  • Ensure correct location is listed 
  • Include new specialties, certifications, memberships 

For help, contact your Find a Doc manager or submit a ticket here: https://www.upstate.edu/websupport



Save the date: Emergency Medicine conference is March 20

The 23rd annual Contemporary Issues in Emergency Medicine conference will be held Wednesday, March 20 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center. To register for Highlights of 2023-2024 Academic Year—Emergency Medicine at its Best, visit: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/22941.



Upstate Frame of Mind highlights schizophrenia recovery 

The fourth episode of Upstate Frame of Mind features an interview with Sunny Aslam, MD, a triple board-certified psychiatrist focusing on access to high quality psychiatric care and addiction treatment in Syracuse. The conversation highlights schizophrenia, what recovery looks like, and what it takes to advocate for marginalized people. To listen, like, subscribe, visit: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4q1EKrId2hfDC6OjfaoKcG?si=QCo42t9JRFOs44USb369_Q&nd=1&dlsi=8e89991dfbe841b9. Questions about this podcast? Email Faiz Kidwai at [email protected]


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 [email protected]