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Flu shots available to Upstate community
Free flu shots for those with a valid Upstate ID are available weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. at Employee/Student Health, fourth floor, Jacobsen Hall.
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Black History Month events
All events are free unless otherwise noted.
• Diversity Campus Read. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Wednesday, Feb. 8
Noon. 4414A Academic Building. A reading of Rebecca Skloot’s number one New York Times bestseller that covers a social wrong committed by the medical establishment as well as the scientific and medical miracles to which it led.
Elizabeth Blackwell Day. Wednesday, Feb. 15
Noon. Lecture Hall, Academic Building. Keynote address: Luvenia Cowart, RN, EdD, associate professor of practice at Syracuse University, and executive director, Genesis Health Project. Cowart’s lecture is titled “Utilizing cultural leveraging to improve the health of African American families, churches and communities.”
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Gala. Friday, Feb. 17
7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sheraton Syracuse University & Conference Center, 801 University Ave., Syracuse. A fundraiser to benefit the Rahma Health Clinic. Tickets are $25 for students; $40 for general public. For information and to purchase tickets, contact Elana Cook, cookel@upstate.edu, or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 464-5234.
For more information about the events, call 464-5234 or 464-5433.
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College of Medicine Dean Search Open Forum is Feb. 2
The second in a series of College of Medicine Dean Search Open Forums will be held Thursday, Feb. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. One candidate for the position of Senior Vice President and Dean of the College of Medicine will present, followed by a question and answer session. The Open Forum will be available via videoconferencing at Binghamton Clinical Campus, and at Community Campus in Conference Room D-Room 1518. Live streaming will also be available. The forum is open to members of the Upstate Medical University community only.
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Quit Smoking Café is Feb. 2
The Quit Smoking Café will be open Thursday, Feb 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. The cafe is open to employees, students, volunteers, cancer patients and their families. Light refreshments will be served.
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Journal Club meeting is Feb. 3
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club meeting will be held Friday, Feb. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in 3507 Setnor Academic Building. The discussion, led by Dr. Robert Olick, will surround the JAMA article “The Affordable Care Act: Moving Forward in the Coming Years “by Lawrence O. Gostin, David A. Hyman and Peter D. Jacobson. To receive an electronic copy of January’s article or to be placed on the Center’s mailing list for upcoming Journal clubs, call Kathleen Szczech, 464-5404.
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World Cancer Prevention Day is Feb. 3
Upstate Cancer Center will celebrate World Cancer Prevention Day Friday, Feb. 3. Experts will be available to answer questions on employee benefits for screening and will have fact sheets and giveaways from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the kiosks in front of the second floor gold elevators at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Morrisons will serve samples of a healthy recipe from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the entrance of Café 750.
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Diversity efforts needed by Feb. 15 for next President’s Diversity Lecture series
Panelists are sought for the next President’s Diversity Lecture Series seminar, to be held March 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 4414A of the Academic Building. The President’s Diversity Council seeks submissions from faculty and staff highlighting their own innovative efforts to promote a more diverse and inclusive environment at work. Three presenters will be selected for the panel, but all submissions will be included in a program handbook. Each panelist will have 10 to 12 minutes to describe his or her efforts, followed by a Q and A with the audience. All proposals must answer the following questions in 250 words or less; name and department; what problem did you see that you wanted to address?; describe the innovation you will present; and what has been the response to this change?  Create an account and upload your submission at Diversity and Inclusion. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 15.
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Register online for MASH Camp
Registration is open for MASH Camp, to be held Feb. 23 and 24 at Community Campus. This hands-on experience is open to eighth and ninth graders. Space is limited. Visit MASH Camp for more information and to apply.
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2017 IRS Affordable Care Act Notice Requirements for NYSHIP enrollees
In accordance with the “Affordable Care Act,” new IRS tax forms will be mailed to eligible NYS employees’ home address and should be received in February. These forms will also be filed with the IRS by NYS to verify health insurance enrollment for eligible employees and their dependents the previous year to avoid any additional payment when filing your tax returns. Those enrolled at any time last year in the Empire Plan will receive a 1095-C. Those enrolled at any time last year in an Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) (HMO Blue or MVP) will receive a 1095-B from their HMO & likely a 1095-C from NYS.  Individuals do not need the 1095 to complete or attach to your 2016 state or federal tax returns, however once you receive the 1095, retain this with your tax returns for reference. The 1095 will list all dependents covered under your health insurance for 2016. If your dependent completes individual tax returns, you can provide them with a copy of your 1095 for their tax return records.  Note that this information does not convey, grant or guarantee any benefit(s) and is not to be construed as tax advice. Any questions employees have regarding how these forms may affect their taxes should consult with a certified tax professional. The above is based on information currently available and is subject to change. Any updates or changes will be posted.
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Apply for Advocates grant funding
The Advocates for Upstate Medical University grant funding applications for 2017-18 will be accepted through noon Feb. 24. Applications for grants of up to $10,000 will be accepted with the majority of the grants awarded falling between $100 and $3,000. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate are eligible to apply. Applications are available by visiting Advocates or by contacting Susan York, 464-5610, yorks@upstate.edu.
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Tranquility Tuesdays: Meditation with Dr. Nanavati is Feb. 7
Kaushal Nanavati, MD, will offer a 30-minute meditation on the first Tuesday of each month at noon in 3508 Setnor Academic Building. Nanavati is assistant professor of family medicine and medical director of Integrative Therapy.
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R.S.V.P. by Feb 3 for Student Learning Outcomes panel discussion
The Student Learning Outcomes Committee will present “Grading vs. assessment: a student’s perspective,” Friday, Feb. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in 4414A Academic Building. This will be an interactive discussion with a student panel comprised of a student representative from each college here at Upstate; Susan Graham, MS, MT (ASCP), SH, will moderate the discussion. Lunch will be provided. To R.S.V.P., email Colleen Dillenbeck, dillenco@upstate.edu by Feb. 3.
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Gold Standard Award nominations due Feb. 10
The 10th annual Celebration of the Faculty will be held Tuesday, March 14 when faculty members who have shown a passion for and excellence in research, clinical service and/or teaching will be honored with the Gold Standard Awards. To nominate a colleague, send a 1-2 page letter that offers a brief summary of the individual’s history and current role at Upstate, why you think your colleague represents the gold standard of teaching, research and/or clinical service, someone whom we all should emulate and admire. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 10. While there is no specific criterion for length of service to Upstate, the committee will consider it in the selection process. Submit nominations to Paula Trief, PhD, through interoffice mail (Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1254 Weiskotten Hall, or by email at triefp@upstate.edu (cc: Michele Henderson, hendermi@upstate.edu.)
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Nursing Grand Rounds is Feb. 21
Matthew Elkins MD, PhD, will present Transfusion Reactions Overview Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Upstate Nurses will learn the full range of transfusion reactions and how to appropriately care for patients experiencing a transfusion reaction. The presentation will be streamed live to Classroom A and B at Community Campus. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese at albanese@upstate.edu or 464-9443.
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Upstate Golisano Family Advisory Council joins children’s hospital team
Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital has formed the Upstate Golisano Family Advisory Council comprised of six parents of children who were treated at the children’s hospital. Council members offer a parent’s perspective regarding safety and quality initiatives at the children’s hospital. The advisory council was born out of the Solutions for Patient Safety initiative. Advisors were nominated by members of the children’s hospital clinical and administrative staff and serve a two-year term. Children’s hospital staff who would like advisory council input on current topics or projects are invited to contact Jenny Dickinson, coordinator of Pediatric Programs and Events, 464-9330, dickinsj@upstate.edu. These will be accepted on a rolling basis. (Note: See photo gallery for more on council members).
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Entries accepted for 31st Annual Bruce Dearing Writing Award competition
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities presents its 31st annual writing award competition, open to all Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty. Submissions of quality fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir are accepted through March 10. The subject matter is open. Submit two copies: one with the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category on it; students should indicate their college and class year. The other copy should include only the title and category with the work. One entry per writer (maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays) will be accepted. Send to Dr. Deirdre Neilen, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, 618 Irving Avenue or email your submission to barbutoj@upstate.edu. Winners will be announced and awards given April 19th. Student winners will receive a monetary award; faculty/employee winners will receive gift certificates. All submissions receive consideration in CBH’s annual journal, The Healing Muse.
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Register by Feb. 24 for ERS pre-retirement planning information sessions
Pre-retirement planning information sessions for those who are within five years of retirement and a member of the NYS ERS will be held Thursday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Individuals need only to attend one session. Each session offers an interactive discussion that provides employees with materials and reference tools to better understand available retiree benefits. This will include how your Social Security & ERS pension benefit is calculated, how to maximize benefits, what to do/who to contact when you are ready to retire, and a detailed explanation regarding NYSHIP retiree health insurance. Preregistration is required by Feb. 24 at Human Resources, keyword: Local. Supervisory approval is required to attend the full session.
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Nominations for 2017 President’s Convocation Awards due April 1
Nominations are being accepted through April 1 for the 2017 President’s Convocation Awards for the following categories:  Advancement of Affirmative Action, Excellence in Library Science, Excellence in Professional Service, Excellence in Faculty Service, Excellence and Leadership in Research, Excellence in Basic Research by a Young Investigator, Excellence in Clinical Research by a Young Investigator, Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Voluntary Faculty. These awards will be given out at the Fall Faculty Convocation in September. Nominations for all award categories, except Voluntary Faculty and the Binghamton Teaching Awards, will be accepted electronically; hard copies will not be accepted. Visit Convocation to nominate. Nominations will not be accepted after April 1. Submission for nominations for the Voluntary Faculty will be in paper form. Nomination forms for Voluntary Faculty are available through the Academic Affairs Office, 464-4520, or bourkem@upstate.edu. Nominations for Voluntary Faculty only are to be submitted to the respective college dean by April 1.
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