Autism symposium to address research, treatment and advocacy efforts, April 18, 19
Best selling author and ABC news correspondent John Donvan is a keynote speaker at Upstate Medical University’s Autism Symposium 2017: Where We Are, Where We Are Going,” to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18 and 19, in the 4th floor auditorium in the Academic Building. The symposium is free and open to the public. Day one of the symposium is geared to the general public. In addition to Donvan’s address, experts in the field of autism will offer an overview of the latest information on autism, including research, treatment and advocacy efforts. Day two of the symposium is geared to the scientific community and features the nation’s leading scientists in the field of autism research who will discuss their investigations and findings. Autism Symposium 2017 is presented by Upstate’s Program in Neuroscience and sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience & Physiology, Upstate Medical University. For the schedule of events, visit Neurosymposium.  Visit Neuroscience (to register.  For more information, contact Wendi Burnette, 315-464-7752,
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Quit Smoking Café is April 6
The Quit Smoking Café will be held Thursday, April 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Patients, families, students, employees and volunteers are welcome. New treatment options, information on how to quit and light refreshments will be offered.
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Neuro Research Day is April 7
Upstate Neurosurgery Department will sponsor a symposium presented by Upstate faculty and residents on basic and clinical neuroscience research at Neuro Research Day 2017, Friday, April 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall.  Invited speakers:
• 2017 Jacobsen Lecturer in Neuroscience Andrew Huberman, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology, Stanford University School of Medicine, will present “Repair of the retina and visual pathways: From mice to humans” at 10:30 a.m.
• 2017 Jacobsen Lecturer in Neuroscience Souray Ghosh, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, Yale University School of Medicine, will present “An innate immune checkpoint in cancer immunotherapy at 11:50 a.m.
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Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club meeting is April 7
First-year medical students John Echevarria and Marcus Kolber will lead a discussion on the article titled “Why I Hope to Die at 75: An Argument that Society and Families, and You, Will be Better off if Nature Takes its Course Swiftly and Promptly” by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, Friday, April 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in 3507 Setnor Academic Building. To receive an electronic copy of the article or to be placed on a mailing list for upcoming Journal clubs, call Kathleen Szczech at 464-5404.
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Plant the seeds of good health wellness festival, April 8
The public is invited to ”Plant the seeds of good health,”  a free, fun wellness festival Saturday, April 8 from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. at The Ranch at Wolf Oak Acrews, 6470 Creek Road, Oneida. Activities include:
• 1 to 4 p.m. Includes: visit with health and nutrition experts, chair massages, make your own sachet, tea tastings and other treats, local goods and services, spring gardening tips, spices for health.
• 1:30 p.m. Guided meditation to relax and recharge.
• 2 p.m.  Kaushal Nanavati, MD, Upstate Medical University, will talk about how balancing nutrition, physical exercise, stress and spirituality can improve your overall health.
• 3:15 p.m. Introduction to Tai Chi.
Presented by Upstate Women’s Health and the Upstate Cancer Center at Oneida. RSVP at For more information, call 315-464-8668.
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SUNY’s Got Your Back donation drive begins April 10
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will hold a donation drive for toiletry items, new or gently used handbags, and other comfort care items during the SUNY’s Got Your Back event April 10 to 21. Items will be donated to Vera House and other shelters throughout Onondaga County to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Donation box locations are as follows: Community Campus Cafeteria, Health Sciences Library, Geneva Towers, Jacobsen Hall, Weiskotten Hall, University Hospital, Campus Activities Building, 550 Harrison, Sarah Loguen Fraser Building and UHCC. The drive will run from April 10 to 21. Questions? Call the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 315-464-5234.
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Breastfeeding class is April 11
Breastfeeding Back to Work/School will be held April 11 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Centering Room, POS Suite 2A, at Community Campus. Babies are welcome. Register at Best Beginnings. Questions? Email
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Strategic Plan Roll Out is April 12
An overview of the strategic plan that will guide the direction for Upstate’s long-term future and viability will be presented Wednesday, April 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. The Upstate community is invited to attend.
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Cultivate Innovation Program is April 13
Matthew Mroz, director of Enterprise Technology Transfer at the Office of Innovation and Partnerships at Research Foundation for SUNY, will present “Innovation and partnerships, intellectual property and patents” Thursday, April 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. Free parking is available in the lot behind the building.
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Blood Drive is April 13, 14
Upstate’s blood drive will be held Thursday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, April 14 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750, Downtown Campus. Call Linda Underwood, 315-464-6755, to make an appointment to donate.
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Office of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion seeks applications by April 14
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is accepting applications for the 2017-18 Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence initiative in support of innovative approaches that strengthen the intersections between diversity and inclusive excellence on SUNY campuses. Guidelines require sign off from both the chief diversity officer and the chief academic officer. Guidelines are available by calling 315-464-5234 or by emailing Applications are due Friday, April 14 by 5 p.m. Awards will be announced in May. Questions? Contact Chief Diversity Officer Maxine Thompson,,  315-464-5234.
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Academy of Upstate Educators seeks nominations
The Academy of Upstate Educators is seeking self-nominations for membership. The Academy promotes innovation and excellence in education at Upstate. Membership provides recognition to skilled and exemplary educators. Academy educators from across the four colleges commit to academy activities that will enhance the educational environment at Upstate. The Academy developed and teaches the BEST course (Build Excellent Skills for Teaching), a 4-topic, 2-session course to enhance individual educational expertise. The Academy also offers the “AUE Coaches Consultation Service,” providing individualized mentoring and consultation for faculty colleagues on issues related to assessment, curriculum design and course development. Academy members are also available to serve as consultants to administrative leaders concerning education-related issues. Active educators who are interested in being considered for membership, are encouraged to visit the Academy website  for details about the application and the process. The deadline for applications is May 26.
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R.S.V.P. by April 19 for Baldwin garden Party
A Garden Party to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund and breast cancer research at Upstate will be held Saturday, May 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. under the tent at Buttonwood Grove Winery, State Route 89, Romulus. The event opens with a cocktail party (5 to 6 p.m.) and features a string quartet, dinner and silent auction (6 to 10 p.m.); and wine tasting. For information and individual tickets call 315-396-7456. For Upstate table reservations, contact Zanette Howe, 315-464-4836. RSVP by April 19.
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Think Green information tables April 19
Upstate’s Think Green team members will staff information tables to answer questions about sustainability initiatives at Upstate and in the community Wednesday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: 2nd floor lobby, Downtown Campus; basement café, lobby, Community Campus; 9th floor Café lobby, Weiskotten Hall; and the lobby of Jacobsen Hall.
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Kick Butts Day is April 21
Upstate’s Tobacco Task Force will host Kick Butts Day April 21 to clean up cigarette butts on both campuses. The Downtown Campus event will run from 10 to 11 a.m. and Community Campus will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
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Buprenorphine waiver training for clinicians is April 22
Ross Sullivan, MD, Upstate University Hospital and Upstate New York Poison Center, and Laura Martin, DO, MyCare Syracuse Family Practice, will present “Buprenorphine waiver training for clinical providers” Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 3509/3510 Setnor Academic Building, Upstate Medical University. In response to the opioid overdose deaths in New York State, increased access to buprenorphine treatment for opioid overdose disorder is urgently needed. Physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are encouraged to attend this training. Under current regulations, physicians are required to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Physicians can acquire this waiver by attending and completing a standardized and required eight-hour training. Upon completion, of this training, physicians will meet the requirement of DATA 2000 to be qualified to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid-dependent patients. NPs and PAs are required to do an additional 16 hours of training before applying for a waiver. The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. For more information and to register, visit Waiver Training. Questions? Email Gail Banach at
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Sarah Loguen Fraser scholarship nominations due May 12
Upstate’s Medical Alumni Foundation is seeking nominations of first- and second-year medical students (Classes of 2020 and 2019) for its Sarah Loguen Fraser, MD, Class of 1876 Scholarship in the amount of $5,100.This scholarship recognizes students for their desire to provide service to the medically under-served. Students nominated must hold similar ideals to Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser and the recipients should demonstrate leadership qualities and a willingness to give of themselves through volunteer work or other efforts that make a positive impact on the lives of others. For more information, or a nomination form, visit Medical Alumni. Nominations are due by May 12.  Forms can be submitted online, by email to ( ), faxed to (315) 464-4360, or mailed to the Medical Alumni Office, Setnor Academic Building #1510.For more information, email ( ).
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