Briefs

Chaplain interns graduate April 12
The Upstate community is welcome to a special worship graduation celebration for Upstate’s chaplain interns who have successfully completed the nationally accredited Clinical Pastoral Education Program Thursday, April 12 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel at Downtown Campus. Graduates include Bob Crandall, Terry O’Loughlin, Susan Salomone and Pat Williams. Questions? Call 315-464-4687.
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Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is April 13
A discussion on the book Responsibility for Justice, written by Iris Marion Young, will be held April 13 at noon in 3507 Setnor Academic Building. The conversation will be led by James Dwyer, PhD. In the book, Young outlined an account of structural injustice and responsibility, while considering ways people avoid responsibility. The conversation will tie in examples that relate to health care. The room is wheelchair accessible, For more information, email Kathy Szczech at szczechk@upstate.edu.
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Neuro Research Day is April 13
Neuro Research Day will be held Friday, April 13 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. The symposium will feature Upstate faculty and residents. Keynote speakers Josef P. Rauschecker, PhD, 2018 Jacobsen Lecturer in Neuroscience, and professor of neuroscience, physiology and biophysics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, will present Effects of Sensory Deprivation on the Brain: Plasticity in Early Blindness and Chronic Tinnitus at 10:10 a.m.; David G. Morgan, PhD, 2018 Jacobsen Lecturer in Neuroscience and professor of translational sciences and molecular medicine at Michigan State University, will present Innate Immune Activation and Alzheimer’s Pathology in Mouse Models at 11:20 a.m.
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Second annual Kick Butts Day is April 20
Upstate’s second annual Kick Butts Day is April 20 at 9 a.m. near the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center on Downtown Campus and at 1 p.m. in the lobby of Community Campus. Information on the new nicotine replacement therapy program for visitors will be featured. Join the Pathway to Wellness team in celebrating Upstate’s smoke-free campus and help keep our campus cigarette-butt free. Questions? Email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu.
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Donate Life celebration at Downtown Campus is April 25
In celebration of Donate Life Month, Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus will host a ceremony, bake sale and silent auction April 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. To donate an item to the bake sale or silent auction, email Susan Rainbow at rainbows@upstate.edu before April 20. Wear blue and green April 25, take photos, and email to rainbows@upstate.edu by April 30. For more on how to become a donor, visit www.passlifeon.org.
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Volunteer celebration is April 27
A luncheon to celebrate Upstate’s volunteers will be held Friday, April 27 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Registration opens at 11 a.m. and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Keynote speaker will be United Way of CNY President Nancy Kern Eaton, who will speak on the importance of volunteers in our community. The Upstate community is invited to attend. Registration is $25 per person. R.S.V.P. to mackst@upstate.edu or call 492-5571. A shuttle from each campus will be available to transport attendees. If you are unable to attend but wish to share a message with the volunteers, please write to volunteer@upstate.edu with the subject line: Thanking UUH Volunteers.
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New York State, CSEA Partnership for Education and Training Spring 2018 Skills for Success courses offered
The New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training have announced Spring 2018 Skills for Success courses aimed at providing CSEA-represented employees with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to meet personal and professional development goals. Details are available online at https://www.nyscseapartnership.org/NYS-CSEA-Employees/Courses.cfm. Over 100 classes in 53 topic areas are scheduled statewide from January through May 2018. To increase participation in courses while limiting time away from the office and eliminating travel expenses, the partnership is offering 13 classes via webinar. Employees may enroll through the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) or by completing the course application form located on page 31 of the catalog. Information on how Upstate employees can register through the SLMS system is available online at www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/online_training.php. Select the link to GOER Online Learning (SLMS). For more information, call the New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training at 518-486-7814 or email learning@nyscseapartnership.org. For areas outside the Capital Region call (800) 253-4332.
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Upstate joins the American Public Health One Billion Step Challenge
The Upstate community—and your friends and family members—are invited to join the Central New York Wanderers Team as part of the American Public Health One Billion Step Challenge. Steps can be entered manually or automatically with a synced device. To create a profile and join the team, visit https://stridekick.com/tc/apha18. The challenge runs through April 8 and is part of Upstate’s National Public Health Week. Questions? Email Cindy Paikin at paikinc@upstate.edu.
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Volunteers needed for genetic child behavior research study
Biological parents of a child between the ages of six to 12 years, may be eligible to participate in an Upstate research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Drs. Stephen Faraone and Stephen Glatt are studying new ways of classifying mental health disorders in children and looking to change the way that psychiatric disorders are understood and diagnosed in the future. To do this, genetic variation and basic cognitive abilities within families will be analyzed. The goal is to provide a better basis for a new diagnostic system that is less subjective than what is currently used. The plan is to recruit about 700 families (2,800 individuals), looking at a broad spectrum of childhood behaviors, from those children who are developing typically with no mental health concerns, and also those who may have any mental health concerns or behavioral problems. Parents and their children will complete a series of questionnaires and computer-based tasks, and provide a blood sample for genetic analysis. The study procedure takes up to three hours for the family. Each participant will be financially compensated. For more information and to enroll in the study, call Pat Forken at 315-464-5619.
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Mystery Malt & Merlot is April 13
The Advocates 20th Annual Mystery Malt & Merlot event will be held at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown in the Finger Lakes Ballroom Friday, April 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This year’s recipient is the planned Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at the Downtown Campus. This unit will serve children between the ages of 12 and 17. Reservations are $90 and can be made at www.upstate.edu/advocates or e-mail Susan York, Manager Business & Administration for an invitation, yorks@upstate.edu, 315-464-5610.
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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine set to open new site in Upstate Cancer Center
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is pleased to announce the opening this Spring of our new state-of-the-art Clinical Laboratory on the fifth floor of the Cancer Center. This new laboratory and the anticipated remodeling of the laboratory sections remaining in Upstate University Hospital position our department to support our clients’ current and future laboratory testing needs. The transition to the Cancer Center will begin as soon as construction is completed. Every effort to minimize any disruption in laboratory testing services during the move. sections moving to the Cancer Center include Blood Bank, Core Lab, Microbiology, Special Chemistry, Special Hematology, Acid Fast Testing, Specimen Receiving, and Customer Service.  All other Clinical Pathology sections and Anatomic Pathology will remain in the Hospital.  Phone and fax numbers will not be affected by the move. When the Specimen Receiving area moves, specimens will continue to be sent to the lab via pneumatic tube to the new location. Hand delivered specimens will be brought to the fifth floor of the Cancer Center.  More details will be provided in the near future. Questions or concerns please contact Carol Barnett at 315-464-3281.
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Blood donations needed  to test new diagnostic screening for hepatitis A virus
The Center for Global Health and Translational Science is looking for healthy participants ages 22 and older to give a  blood donation to help test a new diagnostic test for hepatitis A virus. Compensation of $25 is offered. Appointments take place in the Clinical Research Unit, Institute for Human Performance. Scheduling is flexible and parking is provided. To schedule an appointment or inquire about trials, call 315-464-9869 or email trials@upstate.edu.
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Dearing Writing Award Winners to be honored at reception April 25
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities has announced the winners of this year’s Dearing Writing Award Competition. Winners in the student category are Isaiah Buchanan, MSI, for his poem “Risk Factors,” Natela Dushukyan, biochemistry graduate student, for her poem “Returning Home,” and Melanie Hundt, MSIV, for her essay “Practicing in the Twilight Zone: A Third Year Medical Student’s Perspective.”Winners in the faculty/employee category are DeAnna Gilson, IMT, for her poem “Do You Think She Knew?” and Deborah Cloonan, Hematology/Oncology, for her essay “The Rope.” Winners will read from their works an be honored at a reception Wednesday, April 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium.
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National Hospital Week features Renee Downey Hart May 9
Renee Downey Hart, PhD, will present Espresso and Herbal Tea: Finding Human Moments in the Age of E Wednesday, May 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11thfloor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. In this interactive and fun session, Downey Hart will address how we can connect in business, redefine leisure, and cultivate friendships in the age of speed and hustle. The Upstate community is welcome to attend.
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HealthLink On Air features Upstate experts
Recent guests on HealthLInk on Air include: pediatrician Winter Berry, DO; registered pharmacists Eric Balotin and David Geloso; infectious disease specialist Stephen Thomas, MD; orthopedic surgeon Timothy Damron, MD; pediatric rheumatologist and integrative medicine specialist Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO; and gastroenterologist Sekou Rawlins, MD. HealthLink on Air is a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications and is available on iTunes and WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are available at www.healthlinkonair.org.
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