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Upstate Announcements for February 7, 2024

A reminder from the Office of Institutional Compliance, Privacy, and Ethics

With the upcoming Superbowl and NCAA nearby, we would like to remind the Upstate community that sports betting boards are considered gambling. Most gambling activities in New York state are illegal and should not be engaged in on state property. New York state allowable gambling activities does not include private gambling pools such as a Superbowl board or any other sport. This constitutes a violation of state law, as well as our code of conduct.  Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.



Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers Black History Month events

The Upstate Office of Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will offer a series of events in celebration of Black History Month.

  • Student Success and Academic Excellence panel presentation. Feb. 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 4414A Academic Building. The panel will feature Onondaga Community College President Warren Hilton, PhD; Syracuse City School Superintendent Anthony Davis and Executive Director of Say Yes to Education Syracuse Ahmeed Turner.
  • Virtual presentation Racial Bias in Health and AI from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 13 with Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, MBA, PhD, deputy dean of biomedical informatics and chair of biomedical informatics and data science. Information to join will be forthcoming.
  • A session on Structural Racism and Health is planned for 1 to 2 p.m., Feb. 22 in 2331 Weiskotten Hall, featuring Brittany Taylor, community impact director of the American Heart Association.
  • Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Personnel panel presentation from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Feb. 27 in 4414 Academic Building. Featured panelists are Davie Bey, managing principal at DKON Consulting; Jamie Lyn Perry, assistant professor of management at Syracuse University and Gwen Webber McLeod, president of Gwen Inc.

Also on tap for Black History Month is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, to be held today, Feb. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse; and the Black History Month Gala Feb. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, 701 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.



Submit photos for Hospital Week

In preparation for Upstate’s National Hospital Week celebration May 13 to 17, individual photos are sought for the online gallery and printed materials. Selfies are acceptable and show your Upstate pride. Email photo to [email protected] by March 8. For more information visit www.upstate.edu/hospitalweek.



Upstate Frame of Mind focuses on the game Dungeons and Dragons

Robin Dean, PsyD, MSEd, a licensed psychologist in Upstate’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, and Vince Wong, MD, a second-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellow, will discuss Dungeons and Dragons and how game roleplay offers potential for an effective vehicle for group therapy in the fifth episode of the podcast Upstate Frame of Mind. To listen to the episode, visit: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4j5VCQ9edtDyLP9urNzuep?si=qJcMMI_GSv6ALb92ZdUXbw. Consider liking and subscribing, as it helps others find the podcast. Questions? Email Faiz Kidwai at [email protected].


Stop the Bleed training is available for all staff

Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death in trauma. Learn to ‘Stop the Bleed’ with direct pressure, wound-packing, and tourniquets. Step 1: Take Stop the Bleed on Brightspace Step 2: Sign-up for Stop the Bleed Skills (15 minutes). Questions? Email [email protected].



This week is National Burn Prevention Week

National Burn Prevention Week runs through Feb. 10. For information about how to prevent burn injuries due to flammable liquids, visit www.upstate.edu/burncenter/ or check out Upstate’s Clark Burn Center on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/clarkburncenter/.



Employee Assistance Program to host Hug Your Mug events Feb. 8 and 22

Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program will host Hug Your Mug events Thursday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at IHP and Thursday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Nappi. Free hot cocoa will be served and EAP committee members will be on site. Questions? Email Deb Emerson at [email protected].



Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging award nominations due Feb. 12

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 on Saturday, Feb. 24.



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].



HealthLink seminar on palliative care is Feb. 13

HealthLink will host a seminar on palliative care Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. via WebEx. Upstate’s Kelsey Marks, Inpatient Adult Palliative Care Services, will discuss the differences between palliative care and hospice care, how to access palliative care, and what options are available to patients and their families. The seminar is open to Upstate and the public. To register, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/weblink/register/r3a687fc75bfc20599e403e53c5f5f95b.



Upstate Spiritual Care will offer ashes for Ash Wednesday on Feb. 14

The schedule for distribution of ashes for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 is as follows:

  • 7:45 a.m. room E5402/5E, Upstate University Hospital
  • 8:45 a.m. 5th floor conference room, Upstate Health Care Center
  • 10 a.m. Suite D conference room, 550 Harrison
  • 10:30 to 11 a.m. Treehouse Chapel, 12th floor Upstate Golisano
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meditation Room, first floor Upstate Cancer Center
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Interfaith Chapel, first floor Upstate University Hospital
  • 4 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass in Interfaith Chapel, first floor Upstate University Hospital

To receive ashes at Community, visit the Spiritual Care office (room 3101) between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


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. 



T-shirt sales to benefit Joey’s Wish are Feb. 14 and 15

A T-shirt sale to benefit Joey’s Wish will be held Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second-floor lobby outside Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital. For more information, email [email protected].



Pet A Pooch supervisors sought for Feb. 14, 20, 28, 29 and March 19

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

  • Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upstate University Hospital or ambulatory building
  • Feb. 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Community
  • Feb. 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Upstate University Hospital
  • Feb. 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Upstate University Hospital
  • Feb. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upstate University Hospital or ambulatory building
  • March 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Upstate University Hospital



Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Feb. 15

The Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club will meet Feb. 15 at noon via Zoom. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcemgqTkoHNX6GEZAg7eQEnAE9vG_WijT. Questions? Email Kathleen Szczech at [email protected].



Deadline to purchase tickets for the Black History Month Gala is Feb. 16

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].



Transplant Center ribbon cutting is Feb. 16

Upstate Transplant Center will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. at Upstate Specialty Services at Harrison Center (550 Harrison Street) to celebrate the relocation to Upstate Specialty Services. Tour and refreshments to follow. Questions? Email Linda Curry at [email protected].



Yoga for All is Feb. 16, 23, and March 1

Yoga for All is facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga, a form of yoga based on trauma research, evidence-based yoga therapy and body-based methods with gentle exercises for self-management of common symptoms and reactions. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Questions? Email [email protected]. The schedule is as follows:

  • Feb. 16 from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano
  • Feb. 23 from 12:40 to 1 p.m. in 8405A Upstate University Hospital
  • March 1 from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano
  • March 1 from 8:15 to 9 a.m. at Community (exact location forthcoming)



Upstate Golisano fundraiser is Feb. 24

Drag Me to the Masquerade, a community fundraiser for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Springside Inn, Auburn. Tickets are $85 and include dinner, show, and a masquerade mask. For more information about tickets, email Danielle Bright at [email protected].



Blood drive is Feb. 28

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



HealthLink seminar on genetic testing and prostate cancer is Feb. 29

A HealthLink seminar on genetic testing and prostate cancer will be held Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. via WebEx. In partnership with the Upstate Men to Men Prostate Cancer support group, Dr. Gloria Morris will discuss who should consider being tested, what is involved, what a genetic counselor does and how they can help you or loved ones. She will also discuss how genetic testing can lead to earlier identification of men who are at risk for prostate cancer and to more targeted care options for some men. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcumorjMjHdd9iJgo_py_H57-OHGbsAMU



Well NYS Every Day theme for February is to connect and socialize

Well New York State Every Day is a wellness initiative dedicated to educating, engaging, and empowering New York state employees to choose to eat foods that are healthy for them and to be physically active. The Well New York State Every Day theme for February is to connect and socialize. For more information on this initiative, visit: https://oer.ny.gov/wellnys-everyday. The webinar is available to view here: https://oer.ny.gov/wellnys-everyday-webinars. For more information, email Christine Podolak at [email protected].



Advocates to accept applications for grant funding in February

The Advocates for Upstate will accept applications for grant funding Feb. 1 to 29. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate on all campuses are eligible to apply for funding to be used between June 1, 2024 and May 31, 2025. Advocates for Upstate’s mission is to improve patient care and satisfaction, support medical education and enhance community health. Items or services that can be funded through department budgets are not eligible for Advocates Grant Funding. Detailed overview and guidelines along with application forms are available on Advocates for Upstate’s website. For more information, contact Jonathan Adler at [email protected] or 315-464-5610.



Women in Medicine Symposium is March 1

The Women in Medicine Symposium will be held Friday, March 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. The keynote address will be delivered by Upstate’s Chief Medical Officer Amy Tucker, MD. A panel discussion moderated by Yolanda King will include: Drs. Cynthia Taub, Keshia Suhail, Ruth Weinstock, Elizabeth Asiago-Reddy, Tanya Paul, Dana Savici; and Tara Mathews. The event will offer breakout sessions, mentorship sessions, and networking. Participants will learn skills in leadership development, negotiation, navigating difficult situations, finding balance with personal and professional life, and ways to accelerate career development. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 23 at: https://womeninmedicine.rsvpify.com. The event is presented by Upstate’s Department of Medicine and the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.



Joey’s Wish Bowl-A-Thon is March 2

The second annual Bowl-A-Thon to support Joey’s Wish will be held March 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Flamingo Bowl, 7239 Route 57, Liverpool. Tickets are $20 each and include two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, and soda. Joey’s Wish raises funds to support research that aids in ending the addiction crisis. To register, email Ann Morrell at [email protected].



Beyond the Doctorate Research Day is March 6

Beyond the Doctorate Research Day will be held Wednesday, March 6 in 4414 Academic Building. The College of Graduate Studies, Postdoctoral Affairs, and Graduate Medical Education invite the Upstate community to celebrate the research accomplishments of Upstate’s postdocs, residents, and fellows. Questions? Email Shaunna Arnold at [email protected].



Estate planning lunch and learn is March 8 

The Upstate Foundation will host a lunch and learn on estate planning Friday, March 8 from noon to 12:30 p.m. in C1076 at Upstate Cancer Center. All are welcome to bring a lunch to the event. The session will also be available via Zoom. Carolyn Hendrickson from the Upstate Foundation and Jennifer Alfieri, Esq., from Tompkins Trust Co., will discuss vital estate planning documents, how to ensure families are protected, and how to direct assets. To register, visit: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/f/4kzk/n?vid=13q7o1. Virtual participants will be sent the Zoom link once registered. For more information, contact Carolyn Hendrickson at [email protected].



Submissions for 37th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition due March 18

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. For more information, email Kathleen Szczech at [email protected].



Library access is through the Sim Center basement until March 22

Library entryway construction is underway until March 22.  All access to the Library is through the basement entrance of the Simulation Center. Signs are posted. Check the library website for updates. Questions? Email Michelle Bowers at [email protected].


Team Upstate seeks St. Baldrick's participants for March 24

Team Upstate seeks participants to help raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which directly funds pediatric oncology research. The St. Baldrick’s Day event will be held March 24 at Spinning Wheel, 7384 Thompson Rd, North Syracuse. The Upstate community, family and friends are all welcome to join Team Upstate, fundraise, and volunteer to have your head shaved. Participants who sign up prior to March 5 will receive a Team Upstate shirt. Instructions on where to meet will be emailed to registered participants a week prior. For more information, email Abigail Venskus at [email protected]. To join the team or donate visit: https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/TeamUpstate.



The Informed Patient podcast this week: Cold/flu/covid, cochlear implants versus hearing aids, pediatric living kidney donations/transplants

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about minimally invasive spine surgery, an operation to treat pancreatic cancer and a medical mission to Ukraine.

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]