Briefs

Hot Topics in Research is Jan. 31
Ebbing de Jong, PhD, director of Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry, will present Improved Analysis Capabilities at the Upstate Mass Spectrometry Core Facility Thursday, Jan. 31 at noon in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome. Pizza will be served. R.S.V.P. to Danielle Limer-Nies at limernid@upstate.edu.

Upstate Cancer Center kicks off National Cancer Prevention Month with event at Destiny USA Feb.2
The Upstate Cancer Center kicks off National Cancer Prevention Month celebration with an event Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Destiny USA. The event, billed as “Prevention is Key,” will provide information on cancer screenings and healthy life choices people can make to prevent cancer.  Experts from the Upstate Cancer Center will be on hand to answer questions. A survey to assess one’s cancer risk will also be available. Prize drawings and giveaways will be offered. The Upstate Cancer Center survivor bell will be on site for cancer survivors to ring in celebration.

Nominations sought for Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service
Nominations are sought for the 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 1 and may be sent to Megan Chase, Human Resources-OTD, 417 Jacobsen Hall, or via email at  chasem@upstate.edu. The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service, created by The State University of New York, recognizes state classified service employees represented by CSEA, PEF and PBA of NYS for excellence and superior service. For additional information visit: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/staff_resources/upstate_stars/chancellor-award.php.

Advocates will accept departmental grant applications beginning Feb. 1
The Advocates for Upstate Medical University will begin accepting applications for grant funding on Feb. 1. The deadline for submission is Feb. 28 at noon. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate Medical University on all campuses are eligible to apply for funding to be used between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020. The Advocates 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 The Advocates website or you may contact Advocates Administrative Coordinator Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610. See more information here: http://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grant_funding.php

Spiritual Care Journal Club is Feb. 6
Spiritual Care Journal Club will be held Feb. 6 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. 1317 Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The Journal of Palliative Medicine’s 2018 article “Spiritual and Religious Coping of Medical Decision Makers for Hospitalized Older Adult Patients” will be discussed. Bring your lunch. For more information, call 315-464-4236.

Public Health Grand Rounds on National Diabetes Prevention Program is Feb. 7
Parul D. Rahbari, MPH, project officer at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotions, and Susan Millstein, LCSW, MPH, manager of the Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention at the New York State Department of Health, will present The National Diabetes Prevention Program Thursday, Feb. 7 at 12:15 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds are available via webinar. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5326705423217659649.  For more information, email Alyssa Indelicato at indelica@upstate.edu.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds on cannabis legalization is Feb. 14
Sunny Aslam, MD, assistant professor of addiction and pain medicine, will present New York State Cannabis Legalization for the Public Health: A State-Run Monopoly Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. at Upstate Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building, 713 Harrison Street, second floor.

Magnet Designation Education Extravaganza is Feb. 14
The Magnet Designation Education Extravaganza will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 in five locations. The event is open to the Upstate community and will offer information about Upstate’s work toward Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information, email Nicole Harf at harfn@upstate.edu. The schedule for Feb. 14 is as follows:
—Downtown Campus from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Room 1403
—Community Campus from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Community Room
—UHCC from 9 to 11 a.m., Fifth Floor Conference Room
—550 Harrison from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
—Joslin Diabetes Center from 2 to 4 p.m., Conference Room

SNMA Black History Month Gala is Feb. 15
The Student National Medical Association will host the annual Black History Month Gala Feb. 15 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Marriot Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga St. Tickets are $25 for students; $40 for faculty and staff.

33rd Annual Dearing Writing Award Competition will accept entries through March 15
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities announces the 33rd annual writing award competition, open to all SUNY Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees and faculty. The competition is accepting submissions and for review until March 15. Entries can be quality fiction, essay, poetry or memoir. The subject matter is open. Individuals must submit two copies: one copy should have the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category on it; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should include only the title and category with the work. Please note: one entry per writer, maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems. Send entries to Jessica DeJohn Barbuto, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, via email at barbutoj@upstate.edu. Winners will be announced and awards presented May 1. Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for CBH’s annual journal, The Healing Muse. www.thehealingmuse.org

Heart Walk team captains sought; event is March 23
Team Upstate seeks motivated individuals to serve as team captains for the 2019 American Heart Association Heart Walk, March 23 at Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike. Team captains coordinate their department’s participation in the event. Team Upstate has been a top team for the past 21 years due, in large part, to the efforts of its team captains. To become a team captain or for more information, email Becca at pescir@upstate.edu or Beth at sellersb@upstate.edu.

President’s Convocation award nominations due April 1
Nominations are sought for the 2019 President’s Convocation Awards now through April 1 in the following categories: Advancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 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. Awards will be presented at Fall Faculty Convocation. Nominations for all award categories, except Voluntary Faculty and the Binghamton Teaching Awards, will be done electronically. No hard copies will be accepted.To nominate, visit:www.upstate.edu/convawards.  The nomination period will run from Jan.7 to April 1. No nominations will be accepted after April 1. Submission Voluntary Faculty nominations will be accepted in paper form only. For Voluntary Faculty nomination forms, contact Margaret Bourke at bourkem@upstate.edu or 315-464-4520. Nominations for Voluntary Faculty are to be submitted to the respective college dean by April 1.

HealthLink on Air features Upstate experts on WRVO, iTunes, Upstate.edu
Among recent guests on HealthLink on Air are Upstate research scientist Frank Middleton, PhD, who has appointments in neuroscience and physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, pediatrics and psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Upstate nurse Kelly Mussi, assistant director of transitional care; Upstate nurse Suzanne Wheeler, a case manager in the department of transitional care; and Upstate alumnus Steve Hicks, MD, PhD, a pediatrician and research scientist at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. HealthLink on Air is a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications and is available on iTunes and other podcast sources and is broadcast on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at www.healthlinkonair.org.